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Coogs Strong, Mask On

Coog Strong, Mask On is the University of Houston’s rallying cry to defeat COVID-19. Members of our UH community joined President Renu Khator to share how UH is preparing to safely welcome faculty, staff and students back to campus. Read more …

Reaching Latinx Youth to Expand Civic Engagement

Latinx participation in the electoral process has lagged considerably, despite a record 40% of Latinx eligible voters exercising their right in the 2018 midterm elections. To identify youth-driven strategies to expand civic engagement, Suzanne Pritzker, associate professor in the Graduate College of Social Work, led a community-based study in collaboration with the University of Denver School of Social Work and community partner Mi Familia Vota.  Read more …

Kondapi Recognized with SPE International Distinguished Membership

Phaneendra Kondapi, assistant dean of Engineering Programs at UH Katy, professor of Subsea Engineering and former director of Subsea Engineering, has been honored this year with International Distinguished Membership – the most prestigious distinction given out by the Society of Petroleum Engineers. This award acknowledges members who have attained eminence in the petroleum industry or the academic community, or who have made significant contributions to SPE. Read more …

Dining Services Opening Safely Plan

From new training procedures to adding safety equipment to the dining facilities, UH Dining Services spent the summer preparing to the upcoming fall semester. Learn how the University plans to provide high-quality, comprehensive dining services on campus. Read more …

Save the Date: First Lecture

Join the UH College of Education for “First Lecture,” a motivational back-to-school kickoff event taking place from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21. This year’s lecture features UH alumna Christine Ha, winner of “MasterChef” and owner of The Blind Goat and Xin Chào restaurants; Kam Franklin, lead singer of The Suffers; and comedian Bill Santiago. RSVP by Aug. 14. Read more …

Our People

    • Raj Kumar, clinical professor of biochemistry in the UH College of Medicine, discovered how a protein inside the body reduces the adverse effects of hypertonicity, an imbalance of water and solutes inside cells, which leads to cell death. The findings could have implications for a wide range of illnesses including edema from brain tumors, autoimmune diseases and kidney damage. Read more.
    • Moores School of Music Choral Studies Director Betsy Cook Weber shares her path to a career teaching music in higher education, her advice for those pursuing a career in the arts and how COVID-19 provided her with a period of renewal and reflection. Read more.
    • The UH Libraries honored outstanding librarians and staff during an online awards ceremony. Interim Dean of Libraries Marilyn Myers commended not only this year’s award recipients but all Libraries staff for being adaptable and thriving in this period of great challenge to health and safety. Read more.
    • The UH College of Medicine will welcome 30 newly minted medical students to their chosen profession during a White Coat Ceremony taking place at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 8. The rite-of-passage ceremony is designed to clarify for students, prior to their entrance into the medical community, that a physician’s responsibility is to both take care of patients and also care about patients. Family, friends and members of the community can watch the ceremony via livestream. Read more.
    • Professor of Psychology Rheeda Walker is reporting the results of two separate studies linked to the impact of racism on a person’s will to die. For Black adults, perceived discrimination serves as a sufficiently painful experience that is directly associated with higher capability to overcome one's inherent fear of death and achieve an increased capacity for self-harm. Read more.

Our Campus

    • The UH Law Center's O'Quinn Law Library has been designated as a Pride Partner, after unanimous approval from the University’s LGBTQ Resource Center Advisory Board. The program works to create a LGBTQ inclusive campus, and the designation will last for the next three years. Read more.
    • Staff Council has been working with University Information Technology to help make our data more secure. Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is the most effective way to secure our computer accounts by confirming identity via text message, phone call, mobile application and other methods. UIT will turn on 2FA for AccessUH Monday, Aug. 17. Read more.
    • The Student Centers reopen Monday, Aug. 10 with reduced hours from 7 a.m.– 7 p.m., Monday–Saturday. The Information Desk and Conference and Reservations Live Chat feature on the homepage of Student Center website is still available from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. Read more.
    • The University will begin adjusting building access in preparation for the reopening of the campus. Several lab buildings will have open access from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Monday, July 27. Cougar Card access will still be needed for evenings and weekends. For all other buildings on campus, exterior doors will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Monday, Aug. 10, with card access on evenings and weekends. Read more.