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A Year in Review: The Viral Sensations of 2019

As 2019 draws to a close, we look back on the viral videos, stories and memes that had Coogs talking throughout the past year. From the robot invasion, celebrities and pop culture to major milestones, March Madness and mariachis, there was no shortage of viral topics in 2019. Read more …

Information Technology Can Save Police Lives, According to a New Study

New research by C.T. Bauer College of Business Dean Paul A. Pavlou has found that the use of information technology by law enforcement agencies can cut the number of police killed or injured in the line of duty by as much as 50 percent. The findings by Pavlou and his research partner was published in the journal Decision Support Systems. Read more …

UH Engineering Student Wins Prestigious Department Of Defense Graduate Fellowship

Adesola Saba, Ph.D. student in chemical and biomolecular engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, was awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship for his work studying the metabolome of bacterial persisters. He is the second NDSEG fellow in the history of UH. Read more …

UH Libraries Receives $100,000 Gift for OER

University of Houston Libraries has received an anonymous gift of $100,000 to support the expansion of the University’s open educational resources. OER are teaching and learning tools, either in the public domain or released with an open license, that anyone can freely use and re-purpose. Read more …

UH Law Center Professors Selected as Distinguished Visiting Environmental Scholars

Professor Victor B. Flatt, Dwight Olds Chair in Law, and Professor Blake Hudson, A.L. O'Quinn Chair in Environmental Studies, were awarded week-long residencies as Haub Distinguished Environmental Scholars at Pace University’s Elisabeth Haub School of Law in White Plains, NY. Flatt and Hudson are co-directors of the Law Center’s Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Program. Read more …

Our People

    • UH Law Center alumni, faculty, staff, friends and families filled the Albertus and Hendricks Heritage rooms on Saturday for the annual Holiday Coffee event. The celebration also marked the five-year anniversary of Leonard M. Baynes’ deanship and his dean’s portrait was formally presented. The portrait was painted by Jon R. Friedman. Read more.
    • Stephanie Martinez, who advises health majors in the College of Education, understands that transitioning to college can be challenging. She draws on her own academic experiences to help struggling students get back on track. Read more.
    • The PROMES faculty, staff and scholars gathered together 140 pounds of non-perishable food and personal care items to donate to the UH PEEPS Pantry, a free food pantry to help students in need. Minerva Carter, senior PROMES program manager as well as founder and manager of the Women of PROMES, initiated the drive. The Women of PROMES is also conducting a holiday personal care item drive in partnership with Houston’s Star of Hope Women/Family Emergency Center. Read more.
    • This week nearly 5,000 UH students will receive their degrees during the fall 2019 University Commencement. Among the graduates are Curtis Mooney, a 72-year-old former CEO, and our youngest graduate is Marko Jovanovic, an 18-year-old wunderkind. Mooney earned his second Ph.D. – a doctorate in American history with a concentration in health care. Jovanovic is graduating with a Bachelor of Science in computer science with cum laude status. Read more.
    • Terry Rooney has been promoted to associate head coach for UH Baseball. He was hired in June 2017 and serves as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator for the Cougars. His impact was felt right away, as Houston won The American regular-season title and made a berth in the NCAA Chapel Hill Regional in 2018. Read more.
    • C. T. Bauer College of Business Assistant Professor Zesong “Zack” Liu examined how the collapse of the housing market and the unprecedented decline in household wealth impacted job decisions and long-term career trajectories. Liu and his co-authors collected the work histories and property values for actors, writers, and directors in the film industry to draw conclusions about how people reacted to changes in their housing wealth. Read more.
    • The Houston Airport System-Hilton College Customer Service Student Partnership was developed to give graduate students a real-world consulting experience. The students, under the direction of Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management Professor Carl Boger, Clinton L. Rappole Distinguished Chair, examined the customer service quality of Houston’s airport terminals. The students provided their findings to HAS Director Mario Diaz in December. Read more.

Our Campus

    • The tally is complete. The Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management raised more than $1 million for student success initiatives during its Golden Anniversary Gala. Read more.
    • Students from the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship were on hand as Cyvia Wolff and UH President Renu Khator signed an agreement marking a historic gift from the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff Family Foundation. The gift will ensure the Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship remains a priority at UH and continues as a source of leadership and expertise on the topic. The gift is expected to have a total impact of $15 million. Read more.
    • Relaxed parking rules will start Monday, Dec. 9 and continue through Sunday, Jan. 12. During this time, anyone with a valid UH parking permit will be allowed to park in any ungated lot on campus, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Normal restricted parking hours resume promptly at 7 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13. Read more.
    • As the fall semester comes to an end, UH is preparing to host nine commencement ceremonies from Thursday, Dec. 12 through Saturday, Dec. 14. For information on live streams of the ceremonies, parking, gown distribution and UH’s special traditions, visit the UH commencement website. Read more.