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January 2014

2013 CLASS Grants: The year in Review

Last year, CLASS amassed about $4 million in grants from national and local organizations. These research dollars are crucial to the continued development of the liberal arts and social sciences through critical and creative thought. read more
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Gulf Coast Food Project awarded $100,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Gulf Coast Food Project at the University of Houston. The grant is designed to deepen the teaching, research and community engagement activities delving into the history of food production and consumption in the U.S. Gulf Coast more

CLASS in the Media

The CLASS Laboratory for the Neural Bases of Bilingualism recently published a new research study on bilingualism and how new languages are assimilated in the brain. Arturo Hernandez, director of the Laboratory for the Neural Bases of Bilingualism, Ferenc Bunta, assistant professor of communication sciences and disorders, and post-doctoral researcher Pilar Archila-Suerte are featured in several articles regarding their study:
The Daily Cougar article, Language research to influence education, featured the researchers and their study.

Their research was also featured in the Ft. Bend News article, UH research finds potential key to learning a new language.

Texas Higher Education Journal also included an article about the study, titled Can't Learn a New Language? New Research Finds That it's All in Your Head.

Tatcho Mindiola, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies, was quoted in the Houston Chronicle article about the anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's death titled, Camelot recalled as 50th anniversary of JFK's Houston visit nears.

Associate professor of political science, Brandon Rottinghaus appeared in several media outlets last month:
He wrote a commentary for the Washington Post titled, Why Rob Ford is still in office, and what might make him resign.

He also was quoted in a Houston Chronicle article about Houston's recent runoff elections, titled Early voting in council, HCC runoffs starts Wednesday.

KTRH 740AM included comments by Rottinghaus in their article, Would They Lie To You about lying politicians.

George P. Bush's future in politics was discussed on News 92FM. Rottinghaus commented on Bush's political leanings.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s poise during the time of her husband's death was the focus of the Chicago Tribune article, Jacqueline Kennedy's iconic image shaped on a day of national grief. Nancy Beck Young, professor of history, was quoted in the story.

Huffington Post Live's program, Legalese It! with @MikeSacksHP, recently featured a panel of experts who commented on recent, notable legal stories. Among the panelists were Gerald Horne, professor of history.

Art professor, Abinadi Meza, is creating an aural portrait of Houston's climate based on temperature and barometric pressure for an installation to be placed in Hermann Park. The work - "Vein of Sky" - will be the first of eight artworks in the Art in the Park series marking the park's 2014 centennial. An article titled, Symphony of nature to kick off Hermann Park centennial, about the project appeared in the Houston Chronicle.

The NewStatesman included a commentary by professor of English David Mikicks about how reading a classic novel forces individuals to confront certain human experiences. His piece is titled, What Crime and Punishment can teach you that the internet can’t.

The University of Houston Choral Ensemble was mentioned as part of the Mayor’s Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting in the Houston Chronicle article, Merry music for the holidays.

The School of Theatre and Dance reception honoring the Patsy Swayze Scholarship was mentioned in the Houston Chronicle article, Reception Honoring Patsy Swayze Scholarship scheduled Dec. 6.

Your Houston News included an article about the Moores School of Music program, “Joy to ALL the World" in their article, UH musicians spread ‘Joy to ALL the World’.

Today’s digital world often allows personal attacks to posted anonymously. Arthur D. Santana, assistant professor of communications, offers his expertise on this topic in the Asia One article, Sites have to find their own way with anonymity.

Robert Zaretsky, professor of history, contributed to the New York Times opinion pages with his article, Why Machiavelli Still Matters.

'Zineb Sedira: Lighthouse in the Sea of Time', an exhibit at the Blaffer Art Museum, was featured in the MySA article, Lighthouses shine in 'Sea of Time'.

The future of weight loss could lie in your lingerie, according to the Prevention article, The Microsoft Bra That Helps You Lose Weight. Tracey LeDoux, assistant professor of health and human performance, was quoted in the article about bra sensors utilized for weight loss.

Professor of Music and renowned pianist, Abbey Simon, founded the International Piano Festival in 1983 to bring Houston audiences concerts and master classes that celebrate the piano and feature world-class performers. According to the Katy News article, 31st Annual International Piano Festival, this year's event will be held Jan. 31 - Feb.2.

¡LatinoLA! recently published an article titled, Televisa Foundation Live the Dream-Anglica Vale, which featured a foundation established to inspire English Language Learners in K-12 public schools to pursue their dreams and education. Arturo Hernandez, professor of psychology, was a guest speaker at the Houston-area event
January 20 – Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The University of Houston campus will be closed in observance of the national holiday.

January 22 – The University of Houston MLK Day Celebration
The University community comes together each year to honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s celebration will also commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The program is from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the University Center Theatre.

January 23, 25 and 26 – Moores School of Music presents The Consul by Gian-Carlo Menotti
A woman is trapped in a Kafka-esque nightmare of bureaucracy and spies in this Broadway operatic drama that won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize and a New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award that same year. All shows begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Moores Opera House. Tickets are $12 for students and senior citizens and $20 for the general public.

January 24, 26 and 27 - Moores School of Music presents The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini
The cries of “Figaro, Figaro, Figaro!” echo through the streets, for everyone needs the famous barber. You won’t be able to do without him either in this comic classic. The show on the 26th is a 2 p.m. matinee and the shows on the 24th and 27th start at 7:30 p.m. in the Moores Opera House. Tickets are $12 for students and senior citizens and $20 for the general public.

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