NSM Momentum Newsletter
Winter 2005 Issue
Letter from the Dean
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Support NSM Initiatives
Dean John Bear
I am very pleased to present this extended issue of Momentum as a tribute to and focus on our donors: the people and organizations that make our work possible. Without them, we would be unable to continue the tradition of world-class scientific research and education for which the University of Houston is now known. It is our honor to acknowledge their thoughtfulness and generosity.
SERCC Building, May 2006 NSM Fund Helps Drive College Forward
Like most academic institutions, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) receives millions of dollars each year in charitable gifts for scholarships, faculty support, research, and facilities. In fact, the college has more than 1,200 individual funds and initiatives that donors may choose to support. Yet nearly 75% of all gifts to NSM go to the same initiative each year: the NSM Learning. Leading. Fund. More
Dr. Norman Hackerman (rear, second from left) and Norbert Dittrich (rear, fourth from left) with Welch Summer Scholars Supporting the Sciences
- Characterization of Recombinant Oncostatin M.
- Index of Refraction of Ionic Liquids.
- Friedlander Synthesis of Phenanthrolines.
These are just three of the many research projects conducted at the University of Houston each year. But the researchers were not UH professors, graduate students, or even undergraduates. More
Sabine Boutet, Erica Smith, and Aurélie Mayeux Three Friends Find Success at UH
Chemists, friends, and UH alumnae—three women forge dynamic careers in science and research. More
April 2005 Through April 2006 Donors Make the Difference
List includes those donors who made a gift to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics from April 2005 through April 2006. Categories are based on total lifetime giving to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. More
Kathy O'Keefe Why We Donate to NSM
Donors, like students, come from a variety of backgrounds. Most contributions to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) are made to the college’s Learning. Leading. Fund, but donors to that fund vary widely in their motivations and expectations. Regardless of their reasons for giving, donors to NSM agree that it is the right thing to do. More
Dr. George Zouridakis Summer Research Spotlight
Through a collaboration with researchers at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, UH Associate Professor of Computer Science George Zouridakis is working on  a new method for early detection of skin cancer.  More
A third-year graduate student in physics, Clarina de la Cruz recently captured first prize in the worldwide student competition of the 50th Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference. The competition recognizes research excellence at the graduate level, with the winner receiving a $1,000 fellowship.
Susan Hardin, adjunct professor of biology and biochemistry and President and CEO of VisiGen Biotechnologies, Inc., has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in Washington, D.C.  In 2000, she and 4 other University of Houston faculty members formed VisiGen to develop a DNA sequencing technology that is projected to sequence a human genome in a day for $1000.
Xiaolian Gao, biology and biochemistry professor and adjunct professor in chemistry and biomedical engineering, has been named one of Houston’s top women in technology by the Houston chapter of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC).  One of 24 honorees, Gao will receive her AWC-Houston Leadership in Technology Award during the annual gala June 10 at the Inter-Continental Houston Hotel.
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