Shasta’s Story Round-Up

by Sarah Hill, posted on: August 25, 2017


Is it HOT enough for you? Students started back at UH on August 21, 2017. Cougar First Impressions was present with maps, directions and, thankfully, water bottles for students. Even hotter? Moving in this heat! The Cougar Movers helped new and returning students transition into the dorms the prior week! Read more to find out what else Coogs are up to:

Attention alumni! Do you have a memory from your time living in the Quadrangle? There’s a celebration slated for September 16, 2017 from 3 – 6:30 p.m. before the UH vs. Rice Football game – come and remember the Quad!

Is Houston lagging behind in clean energy? UH engineers were interviewed in the Houston Chronicle for their expertise on the subject. See what they have to say about the future of wind and other clean energy.

Do you exhibit signs of distracted driving? It claims thousands of lives each year, and Ioannis Pavlidis, Eckhard Pfeiffer Professor and director of the Computational Physiology Lab at UH, said the study is the first to tackle three types of distracting elements — sensorimotor, such as texting; cognitive, such as absorbing thoughts; and emotional distractions.

Assistant professor Melanie Rudd co-authored a study that concerns one’s optimism in the face of a serious health crisis as it relates to one’s culture. “Cultivating Optimism: How to Frame Your Future during a Health Challenge” explores many techniques, such as visualization in creating a positive outlook.

You may have heard Moores School of Music professor David Ashley White’s compositions on NPR this past July 3rd. If you missed it, check out the beautiful program as featured on “Pipedreams” here.

Dr. Anthony P. Ambler has been appointed as the next dean of the College of Technology. Originally from the United Kingdom, Dean Ambler has a welcome message for the UH community.

To better serve patient’s, the University of Houston College of Optometry’s La Nueva Case De Amigos (CASA) Eye Clinic will be moving all services and operations to the UHCO Eye Center in the Heights, located at 190 Heights Blvd., Houston, TX 77007, effective August 11, 2017. If you are due for your annual eye exam, call today!

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