Letter from the Dean
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Dean John Bear
The array of projects ongoing in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is always impressive. The work of Professor Monte Pettitt and his colleagues in the Institute for Molecular Design is no exception. While the molecular images they create are works of visual art, they are important tools to help design new drugs. They are also being used in efforts to develop molecular profiling methods that may help doctors make optimal therapy recommendations for patients with cancer and other diseases.
B. Montgomery Pettitt
Molecular Design: Designing Drugs to Save Lives
B. Montgomery Pettitt, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, is designing drugs that could eventually save your life. As the director of the UH Institute for Molecular Design (IMD) and the W. M. Keck Center for Computational Biology, Pettitt is on the forefront of molecular design research. More
Allied Geophysical Lab
Deep in the Heart of Texas: Beneath our Feet Lie Treasure Chests of Undiscovered Oil
As gasoline prices soar and current reserves decline, two-thirds of recoverable North American oil sits waiting to be discovered. The UH Allied Geophysical Laboratories (AGL) is where students and researchers study images of the earth’s interior to map hidden geology and potential oil reservoirs miles beneath its surface. More
Mariana Popa-Dimitru
Easy Decision, First Choice: Mariana Popa-Dimitru Comes to UH
What do Bucharest and Houston have in common? Sisters who are both geophysicists – and each other’s twin – with an interest in seismology. One of the twins has remained in Romania and the other is here at UH’s College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in our geosciences department.  More
Baylor College of Medicine Clinical Professor Emeritus of Surgery Louis H. Green
Keynote Speaker for Upcoming Commencement Ceremonies
A recent afternoon visit with the keynote speaker for the 2005 commencement ceremonies of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics began with a discussion of world renowned heart surgeon Dr. Michael E. DeBakey and the rise of the Texas Medical Center and ended with a piano serenade of Chopin’s “Nocturne in E Flat Major” and Cole Porter’s “It’s All Right With Me." More
The Methodist Hospital and the University of Houston System have signed a 30-year agreement to jointly develop health service and education programs and to participate in research efforts and technology transfer, paving the way for the brightest minds to search for the next scientific breakthrough, the next vital treatment, and the next important cure.
Suncica Canic, professor of mathematics, has been named one of Houston’s top women in technology by the Houston chapter of the Association for Women in Computing. Canic is involved in research to develop improved stents to treat arteries damaged by aneurysm.
The University of Houston hosted the Alliance for NanoHealth conference in February, featuring Congressman John Culberson as the keynote speaker. The alliance bridges the gap between medicine, biology, materials science, public policy, and nanotechnology to provide new clinical approaches for saving lives.
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