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What's the biggest thing you've ever moved?

Surely you've heard that NASA's Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, NASA 905, will soon be united with the life-sized orbiter mock-up at Space Center Houston to create an epic exhibit experience.

Here's more on how it will go down: A 1,000-foot convoy will journey home on an eight-mile trek through the bay area during the nights of April 28 to 29, arriving the morning of April 30. Roads will close so workers can dismantle streetlights, signs and utility poles as the convoy approaches.

The portion of Highway 3 (Old Galveston Road) between its intersections with Scarsdale and NASA Parkway, will close from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Monday, April 28. Then, on Tuesday, April 29, NASA Parkway from Highway 3 to Saturn Lane will close from 9 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. (See Route Map.)
No utilities are expected to be interrupted. The convoy will travel at night for the safety of our neighbors and the workers involved in this complex transfer, as well as to minimize the impact on local residents, the traveling public and businesses. However, as a caution, be aware that there may be traffic impacts and plan accordingly.

April 28
9 p.m.: The convoy of 747 sections will depart Ellington Field via the gate at Dixie Farm Road and Highway 3.

April 29
Early morning: The convoy is scheduled to park on E. Commerce Street near NASA Parkway.
9 p.m.: The convoy will resume, moving east on the westbound lane of NASA Parkway.

April 30
Early morning: The convoy is scheduled to arrive at Space Center Houston.
For more information on The Big Move, contact 281-244-2119. Also visit Space Center Houston's The Big Move website.


NASA MUREP Scholarship Funding

Applications are due May 16, 2014

The NASA Office of Education is accepting applications for MUREP Scholars. The MUREP Scholarship is a competitive scholarship opportunity that focuses on underserved and underrepresented students in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines and students attending Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), thereby addressing the critical shortage of qualified STEM professionals that the nation is facing. Underserved and underrepresented STEM groups include but are not limited to women, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with military service.  MSIs include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) as recognized by the Department of Education.  Eligible students include rising freshman (high school graduating seniors or GED recipients not yet enrolled in college), sophomores and juniors, at the undergraduate level, who will complete their undergraduate degree in Spring 2016 or later and Minority Serving Institution community college students with at least two years remaining at the community college.  

The goal is to address the agency's mission-specific workforce needs and target areas of national need in minority STEM representation. The scholarship includes up to a $9,000 academic scholarship, not to exceed 75% of verified tuition, and a $6,000 stipend for a required Summer 2015 ten-week internship at a NASA center. The internship provides scholars with a unique NASA research experience and preparation for global competitiveness.   MUREP Scholarships cannot be concurrently accepted or combined with another US Government Federal scholarship or funding, irrespective of the scholar's status.  

Applications should be submitted through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative at .  Applicants should be sure to select “scholarship” for the type of application.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is designed to encourage the development of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate training that ensure that graduate students develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The NRT program initially has one priority research theme - Data-Enabled Science and Engineering (DESE); in addition, proposals are encouraged on any other crosscutting, interdisciplinary theme.

SCE Dean's Scholarship
  • Masters in Computer Information Systems
  • Masters in Mathematical Science
  • Masters in Physics
  • Masters in Statistics

Tutorial Support: Biology and Chemistry
Tutorial support for biology and chemistry courses is now available at Student Success Center. To schedule an appointment, students need to access the online scheduling system (Schedule a Tutor Appointment) on the home page: Student Success Center or students can visit the Student Success Center on the third floor (SSCB 3101.2) and make an appointment in person. If you have any questions please call 281-283-2452 or email.

UH-Clear Lake gains approval for new Physics Degree
With the recent approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, University of Houston-Clear Lake will now offer a Bachelor of Science in Physics. The program will provide a strong foundation to the current master’s degree already offered and set the stage for those continuing on to the collaborative physics doctoral program offered in partnership with the University of Houston. The new degree also provides more opportunities for potential students looking to pursue careers in engineering and technology.

“This is a very valuable degree if people choose to take advantage of it,” says Program Chair and Associate Professor of Physics David Garrison. “There is a lot a student can do with it.”

Garrison says the new program will provide students with a strong educational background in physics, including the concepts and ideas that will allow them to create the career they want. Demand from students and the low number of such programs in the area prompted the decision to offer the new degree program. Garrison says this program finally gives local students coming out of community colleges the chance to pursue a technical career.

“Physicists at the undergraduate level are a lot like chameleons,” Garrison says. “They can tackle problems effectively; they can use their background to fit into engineering jobs and other areas. This degree opens up a lot of doors that people wouldn’t even think about.

Garrison says physics is responsible for many products and technologies the world now takes for granted. Physicists invented the alcohol and mercury thermometer, the digital computer, the microchip, transistors, artificial superconductors, lasers and even the Internet. Physics has made great contributions to medicine, space exploration, energy and transportation (global positioning systems).

“This new program is a welcome addition to a roster of offerings created to meet the needs of our students and the community we serve,” adds School of Science and Computer Engineering Dean Zbigniew Czajkiewicz. “We now offer a bachelor’s and a master’s degree that will seamlessly transition into the collaborative doctoral program offered with our sister institution, University of Houston.

“I’m sure that Dr. Garrison’s passion for physics and this new program will strengthen UH-Clear Lake’s School of Science and Computer Engineering.”

Offering a solid foundation in physics that students can apply to a wide range or careers, including aerospace, energy and teaching, the new bachelor’s program is sure to open doors for new and potential students with their eyes on their future careers in the field. 

“There are a lot of people who have wanted this program for years,” Garrison said. “What people will do with this degree when they have it — is amazing.”

For more information visit the School of Science and Computer Engineering’s Physics program at, or contact Garrison by calling 281-283-3796 or e-mailing

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