By None:: Patients with complex needs — serious mental and physical health problems and substance use disorders — flock to emergency rooms costing the health care system billions every year. A new study led by Dr. Dave Buck of the College of Medicine suggests a nontraditional approach to these patients can significantly improve their daily functioning and health outcomes.
By Jeannie Kever:: Efforts to use biomass, including wood and agricultural products, offer promise as a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels, but converting it to transportation fuels and chemicals is hampered by high concentrations of oxygen. An engineer at the University of Houston has proposed a catalyst using bulk cerium oxide – the most abundant of the rare earth elements in the earth’s crust – to address the problem.
By Shawn Lindsey:: A team of assessors from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) will visit the University of Houston Police Department (UHPD) on October 19 as part of a voluntary process to gain IACLEA accreditation – a highly-prized recognition of campus public safety professional excellence. University members, agency employees and the public are invited to offer comments as a part of this process.
By Sara Tubbs:: Works by Jacqueline Nova, a pioneer in electroacoustic music and Paul Mpagi Sepuya, a globally acclaimed photographic artist, will be on view at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum. Both exhibitions will debut with a reception from 5-8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19 and are free and open to the public.
By Jeannie Kever:: In work that combines a deep understanding of the biology of soft-bodied animals such as earthworms with advances in materials and electronic technologies, researchers have developed a robotic device containing a stretchable transistor that allows neurological function.
By Laurie Fickman:: A University of Houston psychologist is reporting that hope increases in therapy and is a trait that predicts resilience and recovery from anxiety disorders, an important mechanism for therapists to restore in patients to move them forward toward recovery.
By Sara Tubbs:: Six accomplished space explorers will visit students at the University of Houston on Wednesday, Oct. 16 to educate and inspire the next generation of astronauts, scientists and engineers.
By Jeannie Kever:: Solid-state lithium batteries have generated interest because they don’t carry the same risk of fire and explosion as conventional batteries with liquid electrolytes, but full-scale commercialization has been slowed, in part, because scientists don’t fully understand what causes the batteries to fail. A $1 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy will allow researchers develop a new platform to study the chemical, structural and mechanical interactions at the interface between a battery’s solid electrolyte and the cathode and anode.