Dean John L. Bear
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
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INITIATIVES FOR EXCELLENCE
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.
Sincerely,
John L. Bear
Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
University of Houston
 
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