In my travels within
the state of Texas and in other parts of the country, I meet
many UH alumni who are astonished when they learn how the College
of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the University of Houston
have changed since they were on campus. A particular source
of amazement and pride is that NSM is at the forefront of scientific
research in fields such as BioNano Technology, biomedical science,
and energy and air quality research, using computational resources
and instrumentation that rank among the best in the nation.
Indeed, we have launched this quarterly
newsletter, appropriately named Momentum,
to keep our alumni and other friends of NSM apprised of our
Initiatives for Excellence – research, teaching, and service – of
which we are justifiably proud.
This issue of Momentum highlights
Associate Professor of Chemistry Rigoberto Advincula’s
work in new materials based on ultrathin polymer films and illustrates
how research and teaching go hand in hand in a large research
university. Another article presents the important air
quality and climate change research of the Institute for Multidimensional
Air Quality Studies group headed by Professor of Geosciences
Daewon Byun. We also introduce you to our Advisory Council—a
truly distinguished group of men and women, and to a special
alumnus, Mr. Jack Battle.
Please keep in touch, and let me
know your thoughts.
John L. Bear
Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
University of Houston