By Laurie Fickman:: Female firefighters are fighting for their mental health as they perform their grueling duties. A University of Houston psychologist is reporting that one-fifth of female firefighters in a large, urban fire department experience post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms and are at higher risk of contemplating suicide than their male colleagues. Until now, little has been known regarding the mental health of female firefighters.
By None:: In solving a scientific mystery, researchers from the University of Houston and the nation’s national laboratories also discovered a new avenue for clearing toxins from water, including wastewater produced by hydraulic fracturing.
By Shawn Lindsey:: A survey by the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs found that while Texas voters agree on major school finance issues facing the Legislature – “yes” to increased state spending and limiting property tax increases, “no” to paying for that with a higher sales tax – there are sharp generational differences, suggesting a possible shift in key traditional Texas attitudes.
By Shawn Lindsey:: The University of Houston System Board of Regents has approved a contract with Follett Higher Education Group to manage six campus retail locations across the UH System’s four universities. With the switch comes new affordability options for course materials, fresh merchandise and integrated online services and learning materials for students.
By Jeannie Kever:: A researcher from the University of Houston has created a form of recombinant insulin that could potentially address some of the biggest concerns about the lifesaving drug, including its price.
By Laurie Fickman:: Movie pirates boost box office buzz and bottom line. Findings by a University of Houston marketing researcher might have movie producers reconsidering their attitudes about movie piracy – illegal downloads occurring after a movie’s release increase a movie’s word of mouth, or buzz, and are likely to increase box office sales by 3%.
By Jeannie Kever:: As Houston builds its innovation ecosystem, two of the latest companies to commit to the city have moved into the University of Houston’s Technology Bridge. Oleon, which converts natural fats and oils into a wide range of oleochemical products, and Saratech, a California-based engineering, software, services and 3D printer sales company, have offices and lab space at the Bridge.
By Chris Stipes:: If you had $5 million, how would you prepare for and respond to the next hurricane to improve the quality of life for Houston residents? That’s the thought-provoking question facing local high school students participating in a new University of Houston mentorship program and competition focused on solving important community health issues.