Chemistry Related
Dean John Bear
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
That obesity increasingly is plaguing Americans is no secret, and most authorities agree that finding a solution isn’t easy. An NSM computer science professor proposes that one answer may be mixing exercise with computer games. Our cover story explains his research aimed at helping people adopt more active lifestyles.

Our faculty members recently garnered numerous awards. Among these was a coveted Guggenheim Fellowship. An NSM chemistry professor was one of only two North American chemists so honored this year. The Geological Society of America also bestowed its highest award on a geosciences professor. Five NSM professors won prestigious university faculty awards for teaching and research, and two others won the college’s highest teaching award.

A ninety-two-year-old, who graduated with a bachelor’s in math this spring, is believed to the oldest UH graduate ever. He was among approximately 500 graduates who heard an NSM alumnus who is vice president and general counsel for the Associated Press deliver the commencement address.

Earlier, a distinguished UH alumnus and retired surgeon inspired outstanding graduates, faculty, and friends of the college at the annual Tribute to Scholars, Leaders, and Partners in Excellence dinner.

We invite you to read about these and other events, as well as the generous donors who support the college and are recognized in this issue. As always, we want to hear from you and know what you think.
John L. Bear



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