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University of Houston System Cybersecurity Cyber-Resilience Workshop

 Delta Computing & Engineering Colloquium

Hosted by University of Houston-Clear Lake

Friday, March 10, 2017
Bayou Building, Garden Room 
11:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Hosted by the College of Science & Engineering

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 
Refreshments will be served in the hallway of Delta 136 from 11:30AM– 12:00 Noon!
Delta 136, 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

Workshop Overview

Cybersecurity has been one of the most important research and education challenges in computing science. This workshop aims to bring together available resources related to Cybersecurity research and education in The University of Houston (UH) System. The workshop serves to foster communication among scholars, researchers, educators in the UH system with a common interest in improving Cybersecurity research and education through cross-campus collaboration.

The topics of the workshop cover but not limit to

  • Security in Networked Systems
  • Cyber Defense & Resilience
  • Cybersecurity Management
  • Cybersecurity Education & Training

Attend the workshop, you will

  • Meet colleagues in the UH System who are interested in Cybersecurity research and education
  • Learn the existing Cybersecurity related research and education programs in the UH System
  • Look for potential cross-campus research and projects collaborations
  • Learn from keynote speaker and panelists
  • Visit beautiful campus of UHCL
  • Social, social and social …


No Registration Fee. Space is limited and registration is required. To register: Email no later than March 3, 2017

More Information

Extensive Cryptic Splicing Upon Loss of RRBM17 and TDP43 in Neurodegeneration Models

Dr. Zhangdong Liu Department of Pediatrics Baylor College of Medicine

Splicing regulation is an important step of post-transcriptional gene regulation. It is a highly dynamic process orchestrated by RNA-binding proteins (RBPs). RBP dysfunction and global splicing dysregulation have been implicated in many human diseases, but the in vivo functions of most RBPs and the splicing outcome upon their loss remain largely unexplored. Here we report that constitutive deletion of Rbm17, which encodes an RBP with a putative role in splicing, causes early embryonic lethality in mice and that its loss in Purkinje neurons leads to rapid degeneration. Transcriptome profiling of Rbm17-deficient and control neurons and subsequent splicing analyses using CrypSplice, a new computational method that we developed, revealed that more than half of RBM17-dependent splicing changes are cryptic. Importantly, RBM17 represses cryptic splicing of genes that likely contribute to motor coordination and cell survival. This finding prompted us to re-analyze published datasets from a recent report on TDP-43 an RBP implicated in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal dementia (FTD), as it was demonstrated that TDP-43 represses cryptic exon splicing to promote cell survival. We uncovered a large number of TDP-43-dependent splicing defects that were not previously discovered, revealing that TDP-43 extensively regulates cryptic splicing. Moreover, we found a significant overlap in genes that undergo both RBM17- and TDP-43-dependent cryptic splicing repression, many of which are associated with survival. We propose that repression of cryptic splicing by RBPs is critical for neuronal health and survival. Availability: and supplementary tables are available at

Host: Dr. Kewei Sha, 281-283-3764. Any person needing an accommodation for a disability to participate in this program should contact the sponsoring organization at (281) 283-3770 to make the necessary arrangements.

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Ion Beam Characterization and Modification of Materials

Bayou Science & Mathematics Colloquium

February 27, 2017
SSCB 1100
Mondy - 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by the College of Science & Engineering

Friday, March 3, 2017
Refreshments will be served in the hallway of B1313 from 11:00AM – 11:30AM!
Bayou 1313, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Wei-Kan Chu, Research Director and Distinguished University Professor of Physics, University of Houston

Abstract: Ion Beam Characterization of materials results from bombardment of atoms on the surface of a sample to be studied. Detection the consequences of such bombardment such as energy of the scattered projectile, or nuclear reaction induced by the bombardment, or X-ray production caused by the bombardment can reveal the composition, depth, and structure of the sample. In addition, ion beam processing of materials results from the introduction of atoms into the host materials, and modifying its solid state properties. In this talk, I will describe the principles, methods of the title subject. I will also present many examples to illustrate the utility of ion beam on material science research, and industrial applications.

CV: Wei-Kan Chu is a Cullen University Professor in Physics Department at University of Houston. His research interest is related to ion-solid interaction and on Ion Beam Characterization of Materials and Ion Beam Modification of Materials. He is also an expert on High Temperature Superconductor applications in the area of HTS-magnetic Bearing and Levitation Flywheels

The lecture is free for those not pursuing continuing education credit, and $15 for those who desire to receive credit. For more information or to register, contact the Center for Educational Programs at 281-283-3530 or Physics Lecture Series Website.

Transcriptions, DNA Damage, and DNA Damage Response in Space

Dr. Honglu Wu Johnson Space Center NASA
In space, living organisms are exposed to microgravity, space radiation and other environmental stress factors. One of the key questions in space life sciences is how these organisms adapt to such a harmful environment at the molecular levels. In addition, space radiation and reactive oxygen species (ROS) generated due to increased levels of environmental and psychological stresses will induce damage in the DNA. Understanding how spaceflight factors, microgravity in particular, impact the cellular responses to DNA damage is essential for assessing the radiation risk for astronauts and the mutation rate in microorganisms. To address these questions, we flew human fibroblasts to the International Space Station (ISS) to investigate transcriptomic changes. We also deliberately induced DNA damage in space to investigate the cellular response to such damage in the microgravity environment. Results of our ISS study showed that the effects of spaceflight on transcriptomics and DNA damage response are dependent on cell growth conditions.


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Professional Training in Cyber Security and Networking


Bayou Science and Mathematics Colloquium & Delta Computing and Engineering Colloquium Series
Spring 2017

Register online today
  Upcoming CSE Colloquium Series in Spring 2017 - Hosted by the College of Science and Engineering

Network engineers are crucial to an organization's data communications. With an average salary of $78k per year, this sector of IT has excellent prospects for employment. Employers are looking for experience and certifications from prospective employees.

The demand is high for Information Security Analysts. With a median pay of $90k per year and expected growth rate of 18% through 2024, this sector of IT has excellent prospects for employment. Employers are looking for experience and certifications from prospective employees.

The Network Management and Security program can put you on the right track to fill these positions.

The Cyber Security Institute is pleased to announce it will be offering additional opportunities for students interested in taking NMS 1: Fundamentals of Information Security and/or NMS 2: Introduction to Network Technology.

  • Visit Cyber Security Institute website to learn more.
  • Network Management and Security Program: 2017 Calendar
  • Veterans are eligible to receive a 30% discount on the cost of the classes. Please visit our website or contact the Cyber Security Institute at 281-283-3808 for more information.
  • Alumni, students and former or current employees of the University of Houston-Clear Lake are eligible to a 30% discount on the cost of courses.

Bayou Science and Mathematics Colloquium

  • Location: Bayou 1313
  • Time: 11:30AM‐12:30PM (Refreshments: 11:00AM‐11:30AM)

Delta Computing and Engineering Colloquium

  • Delta: Location: Delta 136
  • Time: 12:00 Noon‐1:00PM (Refreshments: 11:30AM‐12:00Noon)
See Spring 2017 Schedule for more details, we will see you there!

Admissions Preview

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Student Services and Classroom Building

This event is for transfer and graduate students only

Here is your opportunity to apply and get admitted On-the-Spot! Learn about admission, program requirements, financial aid, and scholarships!

Admissions Preview Highlights

Join us for a fun filled evening of snacks, mingling and fun informative workshops to help you with a smooth transition to UHCL!

  • Attend workshops for admissions, financial aid, and scholarships
  • Take a tour of the campus
  • Turn in documents for On-the-Spot admission
  • Apply for admissions with help from counselors
  • Learn about our new Undergraduate Automatic Transfer Scholarships!
  • Bring friends and family with you
  • Have fun with snacks and meeting helpful admissions staff

On-the-Spot admission

All students wishing to participate in on-the-spot admissions MUST bring all official transcripts and test scores with them.  These items will not be returned.  Documents submitted to UHCL prior to Admissions Previews cannot be accessed for on-the-spot admission.  MHA/MBA, MHA, RN to BSN, Professional Psychology, Counseling, Doctorate-Educational Leadership, freshman and international students are not eligible for On-the-Spot admission.  Although on-the-spot admission decisions are not available for these programs, Admissions Preview is a wonderful opportunity to get more information about the programs, as well as UHCL as a whole.

Admissions Preview Information

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