summer 2008

Message from the Dean
Chemistry Related
Dean John Bear
College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is poised to reach new heights in teaching and research excellence but it will not happen without the steadfast support of our college’s alumni. That is why the regular gifts of the donors profiled in this issue and hundreds like them are so crucial. The list of NSM contributors recognizes some of our most loyal alumni and friends.

Although NSM alumni hail from diverse backgrounds and excel in a variety of careers, they all share a deep commitment to opening doors of opportunity to future generations of Cougars.

The story of Arman Jahangiri underscores how a UH education is about more than a degree: It is about living the American Dream. This first-generation American and recent NSM graduate was among the winners of a national scholarship competition.

Our young faculty members also are earning national recognition. Vassiliy Lubchenko recently was honored as one of America’s most promising young scientists for research that ultimately could lead to breakthroughs in solar cells and memory devices like flash drives.

Sending new Cougar graduates out into the world is one of the highlights of the year for me and this edition includes some photos from NSM’s 2008 commencement exercises.

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


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