One-on-One with Tier One: Dr. Yunsoo Choi


Dr. Yunsoo Choi is an assistant professor at UH working on the SPOCK detection system.

Dr. Yunsoo Choi is an assistant professor at UH working on the SPOCK detection system. Photo courtesy of UH Media Relations.

As climate change and global warming become increasingly severe problems around the world, researchers are looking into ways to monitor and forecast the pollution that contributes to this borderless issue. At the University of Houston, Dr. Yunsoo Choi (YC), assistant professor of Atmospheric Chemistry, Atmospheric Modeling and Remote Sensing, has developed a short-term pollution model for southeast Texas and the continental U.S. named the System of air POllution forecasting with Captain Kirk (SPOCK). He agreed to talk to UH’s Division of Research (DOR) about his model and his upcoming projects. Continue reading

One-on-One with Tier One: Drs. Milena Keller-Margulis and Allison Dempsey

Dr. Milena Keller-Margulis

Dr. Milena Keller-Margulis

In the United States, various factors are associated with preterm birth, including maternal characteristics, environmental factors and socioeconomic status. While medical advancements have increased premature survival rates, potential developmental and medical difficulties as a result of preterm birth remain variable, though the amount of prematurity functions as an indicator of possible impairments. Dr. Milena Keller-Margulis, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Houston (UH) and co-principal investigator Dr. Allison Dempsey, assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and at the Center for Clinical Research and Evidence-Based Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, were awarded a $19,530 grant from the Society for the Study of School Psychology (SSSP) to investigate early indicators of academic and behavioral difficulties among children born preterm. Continue reading

One-on-One with Tier One: Dr. Clayton Neighbors

Dr. Clayton Neighbors

Dr. Clayton Neighbors

In the United States, alcohol consumption is a common occurrence. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) states approximately 72 percent of men and 60 percent of women reported consuming at least one adult beverage in the past year. While greater than four or five drinks per day can be considered heavy drinking for adults, it is alarming that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that 90 percent of all alcohol consumed by underage drinkers is in the form of a binge episode. According to the CDC, individuals between the ages of 12 to 20 years old consume 11 percent of the total amount of the alcohol consumed in the United States. As underage drinking contributes to 4,300 annual deaths and approximately 189,000 emergency room visits among this age group, methods to understand youth drinking patterns is imperative, particularly on college campuses. Dr. Clayton Neighbors, professor in the Department of Psychology, Director of Social Psychology, and Director of the Social Influences and Health Behaviors Lab at the University of Houston (UH), received a five-year $114,528 award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop implicit measures to uncover the mechanisms that can predict hazardous drinking on college campuses. Continue reading

A quick look back at January 2011

This week, UH proudly remembers the day three years ago when the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching categorized UH as a university with “very high research activity”. In the days after the news came, the UH community gathered to celebrate the achievement that they themselves had built.

UH is Tier One.

We invite you to take a look back with us on what the designation means for our faculty and students.

Dr. Zhifeng Ren: Recipient of the 2014 O’Donnell Award in Science


We congratulate Dr. Zhifeng Ren, M.D. Anderson Chair professor of physics and principal investigator at the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston, who has received the 2014 Edith and Peter O’Donnell Award in Science from The Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas.