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UH Moment: Unique Virtual Reality Lab Expands, Tackles Heroin Addiction

- Established in 2002, the University of Houston (UH) Graduate College of Social Work’s Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab is expanding. “We’ve had smokers in our lab studies learn to refuse cigarettes,” said the lab’s founder and director, Patrick Bordnick, Ph.D., a UH Graduate College of Social Work professor. “Our current studies focus on alcohol. In the future, we’ve got several studies looking at injection drug use, people that are using heroin and opiates, using the same technology and methodology of studying craving in the lab, and then also teaching people skills to not use in relapse.”
Mike Garrity

City Celebrating Bard in the Park on Houston Shakespeare Festival Day Aug. 1

- Houston Mayor Annise Parker has proclaimed Aug. 1 as Houston Shakespeare Festival Day in the city. On this day, the festival will kick off its summer run with “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” at 8:30 p.m. in Miller Outdoor Theatre.
Mike Emery

First Hispanic Collections Archivist Joins University of Houston Libraries

- The University of Houston Libraries are part of a growing trend in libraries. The formidable system with more than 2,000,000 volumes in its collection now is home to its first Hispanic Collections archivist and librarian.
Marisa Ramirez

UH Student-run 'Gourmet Night' Receives Coveted National Award

- The UH Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management's student-run event, 'Gourmet Night,' is recognized by the National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) as Best in the Nation.
Marisa Ramirez

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season to Enter High Gear?

- With the 2014 hurricane season about to enter its busiest time, the University of Houston will host an annual conference on preparation and coastal protection on Aug. 1. Open to emergency managers, industry suppliers and members of the community, the conference – the sixth annual Hurricanes, Major Disasters, Coastal Protection and Rapid Recovery in Texas and the Gulf Coast Region – is focused on rapid recovery from major disasters, said Cumaraswamy “Vipu” Vipulanandan, director of the Texas Hurricane Center for Innovative Technology and professor of civil and environmental engineering in the UH Cullen College of Engineering.
Jeannie Kever

New Angle on Rare Lung Disease May Improve Quality of Life for Patients

- A Health and Human Performance study is investigating how physical activity impacts quality of life of those living with a rare lung disease called LAM.
Marisa Ramirez

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