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Newsletter - Fall 2016

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Hackathon Event

UH-Clear Lake Awards Faculty Fellowships

Naveen Manoharan Naveen Manoharan, Graduate Computer Science University of Houston-Clear Lake
HackRice is Rice University's annual hackathon event. Participants trade their sleep for a weekend and join a team to create a project - typically software - in an environment optimized for creativity. At the end of the event, the participants demonstrate their projects to fellow hackers, visitors, and a panel of judges. The event is hosted by the Rice Computer Science Club.

The IBM-sponsored prize for the Best Use of IoT (Internet of Things) was won by MapMyNews , an app by University of Southern Mississippi sophomore Pujan Pauldel and University of Houston-Clear Lake graduate student Naveen Manoharan. Their app provides visualization of where news is being reported around the globe in a single dynamic world map. Readers can then select the geographic location for details, rather than searching in various lists or other resources.

The following links will give more details about the application.

Three professors in physics, psychology and education were honored at a luncheon in early October as the 2016-2017 recipients of University Faculty Fellowships at University of Houston-Clear Lake. UH-Clear Lake President William A. Staples announced Associate Professor of Physics Samina Masood, Associate Professor of Psychology Chris Ward and Associate Professor of Special Education Randy Seevers as recipients of the awards earlier this year.

"Having outstanding faculty teaching high quality academic programs is critical to student success," he said. "Faculty fellowships recognize the importance of our faculty."

Each recipient also received $5,000 to support teaching, research, conference travel or other expenses to further their contributions to the university. Masood is the program chair of UH-Clear Lake's physics program in the College of Science and Engineering. Her research interests include quantum field theories, planetary atmospheres and physics education, among other topics.

She teaches courses ranging from astronomy and electrodynamics to mathematical methods and quantum mechanics. Masood holds advanced degrees in Urdu literature and physics as well as a doctoral degree in high-energy physics and cosmology.

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Best Online Master’s in Environmental Science & Sustainability: Students Before Profits Award 2016. Digital image. N.p., 21 Nov. 2016. Web.

International Students: Leading Institutions

UH-Clear Lake Online Environmental Science Program Nationally Ranked

TOP 40 Master's Colleges & Universities Hosting International Students, 2015/2016

UHCL was ranked as 13th in the nation for hosting international students.

TOP 40 Master's Colleges & Universities Hosting International Students, 2015/16. (n.d.). Retrieved from

Nonprofit Colleges Online ranked University of Houston-Clear Lake seventh in affordability among 35 online environmental science master's degree programs nationwide.

Beyond affordability and flexibility, UHCL's online Master of Science in Environmental Science degree program also offers a multi-disciplinary approach taught by dedicated faculty members, said Program Chair and Professor of Environmental Science Chunlong (Carl) Zhang. While students in the online program focus on either a general track or an occupational safety and health track, they have access to courses in environmental biology, chemistry, geology and industrial hygiene for a well-rounded view of the discipline.

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UHCL Cyber Security Institute - Knowledge Knuggets

Bayou Science and Mathematics Colloquium & Delta Computing and Engineering Colloquium for Fall 2016

Introducing the inaugural issue of our monthly Knowledge Knuggets. These short articles are designed to inform and educate.
Upcoming CSE Colloquium Series in Spring 2016 - Hosted by the College of Science & Engineering
The next big “THING”
  • Have you ever thought of unlocking or locking your home door from your car?
  • Your coffee maker automatically brewing coffee once you wake up? 
  • Your car automatically notifying the other people in your next meeting of your delay, if you are running late?
  • Your car automatically optimizing the route based on traffic? 
  • Or your lights changing their color to reflect your mood?
Bayou Science and Mathematics Colloquium
Location: Bayou 3332 or 2234 Time: 11:30 AM‐12:30 PM (Refreshments: 11:00 AM‐11:30 AM)

Delta Computing and Engineering Colloquium
Location: Delta 241 Time: 12:00 Noon‐1:00 PM (Refreshments: 11:30 AM‐12:00 Noon)
To read more, see the full article on the CSI's website. Colloquium Series Schedule

UHCL Creates Expert Advisory Board

University of Houston-Clear Lake's College of Science and Engineering has founded a new advisory board of local professionals from science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, industries. Members of the board will provide guidance as the college develops new curriculum, programs and labs with a focus on keeping university coursework relevant and up-to-date.
  Meet Advisory Board Members
Last updated: 11/28/2016 UTC
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