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Spring 2009
Message from the Dean
Dean John Bear

The recent hiring of a world-renowned medical researcher was a major milestone for the University of Houston and for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

Jan-Åke Gustafsson was courted by Ivy League institutions, but chose to join the Department of Biology and Biochemistry faculty to continue his groundbreaking research on cancer, diabetes, heart disease and many other ailments.

This issue’s cover story details how Gustafsson’s pioneering work with nuclear receptors could lead to breakthroughs in cancer prevention and treatment while making UH a leader in biomedical research.

NSM is also taking the lead in tackling one of our state’s most pressing challenges – the shortage of qualified math and science educators. TeachHouston, an innovative new teacher training program for NSM majors, has caught the attention of the nation’s leading school reformers and philanthropists.

A major fundraising effort is now underway to ensure aspiring teachers at NSM have the financial support they need to finish school. In this issue of Momentum we introduce you to two of these bright NSM students who are foregoing more lucrative careers because of their passion for teaching.

In other articles we have highlighted some of the latest accomplishments from our students, faculty and alumni.

We invite you to read in this issue about these and other exciting developments at NSM. As always, we want to hear from you and know what you think.


Signature of Dean John Bear
John L. Bear
Dean, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
University of Houston

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