Chemistry Related
Dean John Bear
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
It’s always gratifying to learn of successful alumni. One could say that Roger Berry, an NSM graduate profiled in this issue, has enjoyed a magical career. Berry parlayed his math major and computer science minor into several prominent positions in corporate America. Today he serves as Walt Disney Parks and Resorts chief information officer.

Educating a populace well-versed in math and science continues to pose a challenge for K-12 educators because of a shortage of qualified teachers. Nowhere is this more true than in urban schools. To address this problem, the Department of Mathematics and the College of Education have partnered in a new program, teachHOUSTON, to place aspiring math and science teachers in the classroom beginning in their freshman year.

NSM continues to be on the leading edge in research. A sampling includes a physicist’s co-development of a tool for surgeons — based on high-temperature superconductors — for staging and treating cancer; two genome composition specialists’ role in analyzing sea urchin and honeybee genomes; and an econophysics team’s discovery of models and methods for solving economics problems.

A chemistry professor is among those helping to develop the next generation of scientists by mentoring them in his lab: two protégés recently advanced in national science competitions for high school students. And awards recently bestowed on faculty include the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG) Karcher Award to an assistant professor of physics to recognize significant contributions as a young geophysicist of outstanding abilities. Also recognizing excellence, SEG chose an NSM geosciences professor to teach its Distinguished Instructor Short Course.

We invite you to read about all this and more. Please enjoy this issue, and let me know what you think.
John L. Bear



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