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Rising Opioid Use During Pandemic Heightens Need for Safe Drug Disposal

To address prescription drug misuse, Doug Thornton, assistant professor of pharmaceutical health outcomes and policy and director of the UH Prescription Drug Misuse Education and Research Center, has received $3.3 million supplement from the Texas Targeted Opioid Response program. He will expand education and training on medication single-use disposal kits that that deactivate drugs, preventing misuse and protecting the environment.  Read more …


Spotlight: Instructional Designer Turns Love of Tech into Teaching Tool

Instructional Designer Velvette Laurence regularly helps professors at the College of Education enhance their courses to keep students engaged. Laurence creates support documentation and videos that give instructors a go-to place for information, and she hosts weekly sessions to talk about college trends and share tech tips that may improve courses or business operations even further. Read more …


Spring Textbook Adoption Deadline Approaches

The deadline for submitting spring course material adoptions is Wednesday, Nov. 4. Adopting on time contributes to course materials affordability. By submitting adoptions prior to the due date or by the due date, your campus store has time to source used and rental inventory which translates to savings for your students. Read more …


Reminder: State Employee Charitable Campaign Ends Oct. 31

The University is again participating in the State Employee Charitable Campaign that raises funds for local and national organizations. UH employees have an outstanding tradition of participation in the annual campaign. From the start of the SECC, UH community has contributed more than $1.3 million. The final deadline for giving and/or pledging is Saturday, Oct. 31. Read more …


Our People

    • President Donald Trump is leading Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by more than five points among likely voters in Texas, according to a poll released Monday by the Hobby School for Public Affairs. The poll, conducted between Oct. 13 and Oct. 20, found 50% of voters said they already had or will vote for Trump, while 44.7% said they had or will vote for Biden. Read more.
    • Residential Life Coordinator for Student Housing and Residential Life Shemeka S. Phipps, Ed.D., was recently selected to serve as an at-large council member for the Learning Communities Association for a three-year term. Phipps will be responsible for identifying and addressing the needs of learning community practitioners in a variety of roles, assisting with revenue generation/fundraising ideas and helping to identify future leaders within the association. Read more.
    • A digital humanities project featuring a dynamic presentation of ancient Syrian material culture is now available online. The “SYRIOS Project: Studying Urban Relationships and Identity Over Ancient Syria” is a digital exhibit focusing on narratives of the Syrian capital city of Antioch-on-the-Orontes. The proof-of-concept release guides users through interactive stories of the region built from coins, texts, and other material culture. Read more.
    • Emily Beverly, assistant professor of sedimentary geology in the UH Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, documented a prolonged period of human instability nearly 400,000 years ago by analyzing sedimentary core from a drill site in the East African Rift Valley (now Kenya). Her work is part of a human evolution study led by the Human Origins Program and the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of History. Read more.

Our Campus

    • The University is again participating in the State Employee Charitable Campaign that raises funds for local and national organizations. UH employees have an outstanding tradition of participation in the annual campaign. From the start of the SECC, UH community has contributed more than $1.3 million. The final deadline for giving and/or pledging is Saturday, Oct. 31. Read more.
    • Nominations are now open for the Esther Farfel Award, which is the highest honor accorded to a University faculty member for overall career excellence, and the UH Teaching Excellence Awards. Faculty, students, and alumni can make nominations for both of these award areas through Monday, Nov. 9. The awards bring campus-wide recognition along with cash prizes. Read more.
    • The deadline for submitting Spring course material adoptions is Wednesday, Nov. 4. Adopting on time contributes to course materials affordability. By submitting adoptions prior to the due date or by the due date, your campus store has time to source used and rental inventory which translates to savings for your students. Read more.
    • Once again, UH will be hosting early voting and Election Day voting locations for all registered voters in Harris County. Early voting will be held in the UH Student Center while Election Day voting will be held at the TDECU Stadium Club Level. In addition, early voting has been extended by one week to a total of three weeks, beginning Tuesday, Oct. 13, and concluding Friday, Oct. 30. Read more.