NSM Momentum Newsletter

Spring 2008

Letter from the Dean
  Rolando Garcia, Editor
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Support NSM Initiatives
Dean John Bear
As part of a public university, NSM not only aims to provide top-notch science and math education to UH students but also to enrich education for students before they graduate from high school. To that end, NSM conducts numerous outreach programs.
NSM Programs Reaching Houston High School Students
In one of Houston’s most impoverished neighborhoods, high school students who had struggled with algebra and geometry received their diplomas in May, thanks to extensive one-on-one tutoring.
Chemistry Department Ranked Among Elite Programs
When it comes to undergraduate chemistry degrees, certification by the American Chemical Society is like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval, signaling to potential employers and graduate schools that a student has completed an especially rigorous chemistry curriculum.
Geologist’s Discovery Sheds New Light on Earth’s Interior
What a University of Houston geologist discovered during an expedition to the North Pole is perhaps even more astonishing than Santa Claus or flying reindeer – ancient, never-before-seen mantle rocks that give scientists a rare glimpse deep into the Earth’s interior.
NSM Student Starts Tutoring Program at Inner-city High School
The University of Houston boasts cutting-edge research and lots of bright, high-achieving students. But just blocks away from a campus bustling with world-class scholarship is a high school where too many dropout and too few go to college.
UH Chemist Wins Prestigious Sloan Research Fellowship
A University of Houston chemist who is simplifying the process for forming compounds used in many everyday products has received an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship that recognizes exceptional researchers early in their academic careers.
UH Geologists Locate Houston Surface Faults Posing Threat to Roads, Buildings
Houstonians may not feel it, but the ground beneath them is moving, and that could mean trouble for buildings or roads located on one of the hundreds of faults traversing the region’s surface.
  • Tanya (Barauskas) Dorff, who graduated from the University of Houston in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in biology, recently was hired as an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the University of Southern California. She treats genitourinary malignancies, particularly prostate cancer. Dorff earned her medical degree from the University of California – Los Angeles School of Medicine. She and her husband Michael have a daughter, Zoe.
  • Balaji Krishnan, who received his Ph.D. in biology from UH in 2003, is now a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He is studying cocaine withdrawal mechanisms at UTMB’s pharmacology department. Krishnan is president of the UTMB Organization of Postdoctoral Scientists.
  • Sara Javed, who graduated in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, is completing her first year of medical school at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.
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  • Do you have any recent news or accomplishments you would like to share with other NSM alum? Let us know at momentum@nsm.uh.edu.
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