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UH Welcomes Institute for Global Engagement Executive Director

Ambassador (Ret.) Michael Pelletier has been named executive director of the University’s new Institute for Global Engagement, an Aspire Initiative. He has served at eight U.S. Missions overseas and in senior leadership positions at the U.S. Department of State. Read more …

AMPing Up Delivery of Superconducting Wires

Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical Engineering, is pioneering high temperature superconductor wire. His company AMPeers, short for Advanced Materials Pioneers, in partnership with UH, has received three grants totaling $1.6 million to accelerate utilization of the technology. Read more …

Lee Awarded Two Grants Totaling $390,000

Kyung Jae Lee, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, has received funding for two recent grants for more than $350,000. She will research the interactions between hydraulic fracturing fluid and mineral components of shale and the fundamentals of interactions between fracturing fluid and kerogen and their impact on multiphase fluid transport.  Read more …

Bauer Researcher Looks at Ways Conversational Agents are Successful with Consumers

Artificial intelligence conversational agents, such as Alexa, Siri and others, are now taking the place of human customer service representatives in many customer interactions. C. T. Bauer College of Business Assistant Professor Mark Grimes has conducted several research studies that break down what does and doesn’t work when it comes to chatbots. Read more …

Our People

    • With a $1 million gift from The Cullen Trust for Health Care, the College of Medicine will open a low-cost direct primary care clinic on the campus of Memorial Herman Southwest Hospital, offering an alternative to insurance-based or fee-for-service practices. Read more. 
    • Adam Fetterman, assistant professor of psychology, is reporting the impact of political nostalgia on future political attitudes. Additionally, nostalgia for a particular politician or administration may also play a key role in political campaigns. Read more.
    • Associate Professor of Biology Richard Meisel and his research team for the first time identified a sex chromosome in the house fly, Musca domestica, that is associated with both a behavioral preference for temperature and a physiological tolerance for temperature. Read more.
    • Hackers, terrorists and thieves can threaten your data. A new program led by computer science professor Rakesh Verma trains CyberCops in methods to keep your corner of the internet secure. Read more.
    • Your UH Moment. This week, UH researchers are working to create a liquid biopsy; the Adaptive Athletics program refurbished 40 sports-specific wheelchairs; and 271 student athletes were named as American Athletic Conference All-Academic honorees. Watch here.
    • Professor of Chemistry Jeremy May and his research group will use $474,114 from the National Science Foundation to develop new ways to link molecules with carbon-boron bonds to other organic fragments to quickly access complex molecular structures. Read more.

Our Campus

    • The community gathered to officially kick off construction of the UH Hilton’s new hotel tower. in addition to a new five-story hotel tower, renovations are also planned for existing facilities. Read more.
    • On the 31st anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services renamed the Justin Dart, Jr. Center for Students with DisABILITIES to be more inclusive. The Justin Dart, Jr. Student Accessibility Center, or Dart Center, honors UH distinguished alumni, Justin Dart Jr., who is considered by many to be the godfather of the ADA. Read more.
    • The latest Staff Council newsletter is filled with information about upcoming meetings, return-to-campus resources and information about the recent Staff Council election. Read more.
    • The UH Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center Network, a premier business assistance and resource program, is announcing a change in its 35-year partnership with Lone Star College in Montgomery County and North Harris County. Read more.
    • UH Dining Services has updated the hours of operation for the summer. Check the schedule to see when your favorite on-campus restaurants and convenience stores open for dining and take-out. Read more.
    • For those who are transitioning back to campus this summer, here are some helpful tips and information to improve the parking experience. Read more.