Khator Presents Roadmap to National
Relevancy at the Annual Fall Address

In an inspiring speech before an enthusiastic audience at Moores Opera House, UH System Chancellor and UH President Renu Khator declared that success for the University of Houston is “critical to the city, and equally critical to the nation.”

Top Stories

UH Airs National Commercial

UH recently has released its 2014 national commercial, which highlights the University’s 667-acre campus, including the new TDECU Stadium.

Regents Elect New Officers

A new leadership team is in place for the Board of Regents for this fiscal year. The board recently elected a new chair, vice chair and secretary.

UH, UH System Surpass Annual Fundraising Goals

For the third consecutive year, the UH System and UH have not only surpassed their annual fundraising goals, but have established new records.

UH Experiencing Record Enrollment

Fall enrollment at UH is 40,914, the largest in the history of the institution. It represents a growth of 3.5 percent over last fall.

Administrative

UH Receives Grant to Promote Women in STEM Fields

UH has received a $3.3 million grant to increase the number of women faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

Investment Deal to Fuel Faculty Startups

The University has signed a deal to commercialize technologies created by its faculty. The deal will be worth as much as $25 million.

New HRM Ph.D. Approved

Students at the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management can pursue doctoral studies beginning in fall 2015.

UH Launches Passport for Coogs Initiative

UH recently launched Passport for Coogs, an ongoing initiative to offer a free passport to students interested in pursuing a learning abroad program. 

Arts

CounterCurrent Highlight of Mitchell Center's Season

The Mitchell Center for the Arts continues its season, which features a range of newly commissioned works and presentations by visionary artists.

Opera Season Continues with Two Houston Premieres

During its 2014 – 2015 season, the Moores Opera Center will transport audiences to fantastic settings while showcasing some of the city’s most beautiful voices.

Alley Theatre Takes the Stage at UH

The Alley Theatre continues its 2014-2015 season at the University of Houston Wortham Theatre with the classic “A Christmas Carol - A Ghost Story of Christmas.”

Art Briefs

The Blaffer Art Museum's exhibition “Buildering: Misbehaving the City” is now on display.

School of Theatre & Dance Season Features Classics

Audiences will experience the creative energies of actors at the School of Theatre & Dance in some of the most intimate performance spaces on campus.

Success

Applause

UH ranked 21st among the top 100 colleges and universities granting undergraduate and graduate degrees to Hispanic students, according to a national survey.

Burke Receives Arthur Holmes Medal

The European Geosciences Union has named geology professor Kevin C. A. Burke recipient of the 2014 Arthur Holmes Medal & Honorary Membership. 

Business Plan Team Wins Big At National Contest

A student team won the three top awards at the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition for its plan to recycle rare earth elements.

IEEE Honors Two Superconductivity Researchers

Paul C.W. Chu (pictured) and Venkat Selvamanickam were recently honored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Students Showcase Customized Chairs

Architecture students didn’t take the Wilsonart Challenge sitting down. Instead, they jumped at the opportunity to create innovative, functional chairs.

Marketing, Communication, Media Relations Team Earns Awards

This year, members of the Division of University Marketing, Communication and Media Relations were acknowledged by noted professional associations.

Khator Receives Honorary Degree, Pride of India Award

President Renu Khator has been awarded an honorary degree by Swansea University, a world-class public research university in the United Kingdom.

Professor Pratt Awarded State Teaching Accolade

Of the many titles Joseph A. “Joe” Pratt carries — professor, historian, researcher, scholar, writer — he is proudest of another title: teacher.

Profiles

Walker Shares Her Breast Cancer Story

In October, UH observed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Staff member Ginger Walker, who is battling the deadly disease, shares her story.

Cougars at Work

Lisa Cruces became the first curator and archivist of UH’s Hispanic Collections in February. Cruces hopes to capture the history of the Hispanic experience in the state.

Faculty Focus

Isabel Torres’s passion for social justice and human rights was born from personal experience. Torres was the first person in her family born in the United States.

Research

Expressive Writing May Help Breast Cancer Survivors

Writing down fears, emotions and the benefits of a cancer diagnosis may improve health outcomes for Asian-American breast cancer survivors.

Buzzwords May Create a False Sense of Health

Health-related buzzwords, such as “antioxidant,” lull consumers into thinking packaged food products labeled with those words are healthier than they actually are.

Exercise May Help Patients with Rare Lung Disease

Thomas Lowder is studying a rare lung disease that strikes women exclusively, regardless of age, ethnicity, genetics or physical conditioning.  

Research Links Poverty to Young Adult Obesity Rates

Assistant professor Daphne Hernandez examined nearly 4,000 young adults and their exposure to family-level poverty. 

An IPhone App Offers Melanoma Screening

The idea sounds simple: Take a photo of a suspicious mole or lesion with your phone, run it through an embedded software program and find out within a few seconds if it is likely to be cancerous.

Features

Litvinov Receives UH's Most Prized Faculty Award

UH recognized the accomplishments of one of its most esteemed researchers —Dmitri Litvinov, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School.

Charles Neff Honored with McElhinney Award

The University of Houston bestowed its highest staff honor to an employee who not only inspires excellence but defines Cougar pride as well.

UH Presents Staff Excellence Awards

UH presented Staff Excellence Awards to eight staff members in recognition of their hard work and outstanding contributions.

Outstanding Faculty Recognized

UH honored distinguished faculty members for excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and advising. UH also named two faculty members as John and Rebecca Moores professors.