UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
Spring 2009

NSM Recruits Internationally Prominent Medical Researcher
A world-renowned biomedical researcher just recruited to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics faculty could propel the University of Houston to the forefront of the battle against breast cancer, obesity, diabetes and many other diseases.

Swedish scientist Jan-Åke Gustafsson was courted by Ivy League institutions and his decision to join NSM's Department of Biology and Biochemistry generated fanfare and headlines. At a January news conference Texas Gov. Rick Perry welcomed him to UH and announced a $5.5 million grant for Gustafsson and his world-class research team. more
In This Issue
Is NSM in Your Will?
teachHouston teacher helping a student NSM Tackles Teacher Shortage in Math and Science With Innovative Program for Aspiring Teachers
A pioneering program at the University of Houston to put more math and science teachers into Houston-area classrooms is growing rapidly as more and more Cougars answer the call to educate the next generation. more

Ricky Garcia First teachHouston Grad to Soon Command Own Classroom
His friends call him Ricky, but in a few months he will be known as Mr. Garcia.

Ricky Garcia will become teachHouston’s first graduate when he receives his math degree from the University of Houston in May and in the fall he will begin his career as a high school math teacher in Fort Bend County. more

Jackie Ekeoba TeachHouston Helps Aspiring Biology Teacher
Thanks to lots of hard work, and a little help from teachHouston, Jackie Ekeoba is well on her way to achieving her dream – teaching high school biology. more