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Dec. 1, 2010
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Registration opens today for UHD's first online Winter Term which runs from Dec. 27, 2010, to Jan. 14, 2011. See story below.

The Fall 2010 Fact Sheet is available on the Office of Institutional Research's website. See story below for the link.

Gordon Massie, former head of AIG's Leveraged Finance Group,will discuss confronting accounting fraud from 2 to 3:30 in room C-100, Commerce Street Building.

Student Initiated Project production of the play, "La Señora Martín", presented at 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 4 in the O'Kane Theatre.

UHD's MS150 Cycling Team is sponsoring a jersey design contest in preparation for this year's MS150 ride in the spring.

WinterTermGraphicRegistration opens today for UHD's first online Winter Term

UHD will hold its first online Winter Term from Dec. 27, 2010, to Jan. 14, 2011.

Currently enrolled UHD students will be able to take one course during the session, and registration for Winter Term will open today.

For more information, go here.

Here is the  list of courses list of courses for the all-online Winter Term:

    ACC       3303    Cost Accounting
    ACC       3304    Accounting Information Systems
    BA          3300    Business Cornerstone
    BA          3301    Legal Environment of Business
    BIOL       4220    Intro. to Genomics and Bioinformatics
    CIS         1301    Introduction to Computer Based Systems
    CJ          3301    Criminology
    CJ          3306    Crime and Delinquency
    CJ          3311    Ethics of Social Control
    CJ          3317    Race and Crime
    CJ          3318    Sex Crimes
    CJ          4314    Women and the Criminal Justice System
    COMM   3302    Argumentation and Debate
    COMM   3314    Research in Communication Studies
    COMM   4380    Field Experience in Communication
    CS          1305    Introduction to Computer Technology
    ENG       1318    Intro. to the Study of English Grammar
    ENG       3302    Business and Technical Report Writing
    ENG       3318    Studies in English Grammar
    FIN        3302    Business Finance
    HUM      3301    Foundations of Western Culture I
    HUM      3310    Cultural Criticism
    MATH    3321    Math Concepts I
    MGT      3301    Management of Organizations
    MKT      3301    Principles of Marketing
    PSY       3302    Principles of Educational Psychology
    PSY       3305    Adolescent Psychology
    PSY       3310    Psychology of Women
    PSY       3311    Biological Psychology
    SCM      3308    Purchasing Management
    SOC      4390    Child Abuse
    SOSE    3320    Assessment and Evaluation of Children
    SPAN    3301    Spanish Grammar and Composition
    STAT    3309    Statistical Analysis for Bus. Applications
    STAT    3311    Statistical Analysis for Natural Science

Holiday Open House set for

Dec. 9, in Special Events Center



UHD's Staff Council will host the Holiday Open House from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Special Events Center in the Academic Building.  Refreshments will be served.

Fall 2010 Fact Sheet is now available

A new report is available on the Office of Institutional Research's website reflecting information for the fall semester.


The Fall 2010 Certified Fact Sheet is available here:  It includes information on UHD students broken down by ethnicity, gender, student type, classification and majors. It also includes information on the breakdown of semester credit hours students are taking this semester.

Urban Education MAT Program presents Graduate Project Exhibition Dec. 6

The UHD Department of Urban Education Master of Arts in Teaching Program will hold a Graduate Project Exhibition from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, in room C-100, Commerce Street Building.


Graduate students will present poster sessions on capstone projects in grant writing, position papers, curriculum revision and research studies.

Exchange/Outlook email planned downtown for Sunday, Dec. 5

Information Technology is planning to install a new backup system for the Exchange e-mail system on Sunday, Dec. 5.


During the installation period, access to Exchange/Outlook e-mail as well as Xpressions voice messages will be unavailable intermittently between 9 a.m. and noon Sunday, Dec. 5.


Please plan accordingly to arrange for access to important e-mail messages that you may need during the three hours of planned intermittent downtime on Sunday, Dec. 5. 


If you have any questions or need more information, please contact the Help Desk at ext. 3000, 713-221-8031 or email

Colloquium focuses on modeling of genomic regulatory networks Dec. 3

The Computer and Mathematical Sciences Department Colloquium will feature Ivan Ivanov of the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University who will discuss "Compression and Control of Boolean Models of Genomic Regulatory Networks" at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in room A-623, Academic Building.



"Computational modeling of genomic regulatory networks holds the promise to provide better understanding, predicting, and influencing the long-term behavior of these systems. Owing to the inherent computational complexity of the optimal control methods, it is often infeasible to design control policies for large networks. Thus, strategies for complexity reduction become a key requirement in this process. Removing genes from the model and interpreting them as latent variables imposes constraints on the dynamics of the reduced network.


We use the Boolean network (BN) model to develop the general framework for selection and reduction of the model's complexity via designating some of the model's variables as latent ones. This framework is based on a 'collapsing' heuristic and utilizes the concept of a selection policy. We discuss the effects of selection policies on the steady-state distribution and on stationary control, in particular, the Mean-First-Passage-Time (MFPT) control policy. Because every binary probabilistic Boolean network (PBN) is a collection of Boolean networks with perturbation, we treat selection policies within the framework of Boolean networks with perturbation. After establishing how difficult is to find the optimal selection policy and its corresponding reduction mapping, we present a novel compression algorithm for Boolean networks with perturbation that not only facilitates the control of model, but also provides the framework for synthetic study of biological properties via simulation of network dynamics.


The Coefficient of Determination  (CoD) approach is used to decide which gene is the best candidate for removal from the network. The performance of the algorithm is evaluated by its effects on the steady-state distribution and on the stationary control for the network, in particular, MFPT control policy."

Student Initiated Project production features comedy in English and Spanish

UHD senior, Emil Niz, will present his Student Initiated Project production of the play, "La Señora Martín", at 8 p.m. Dec. 2, 3 and 4 in the O'Kane Theatre, room N-364, One Main Building.

Enjoy an evening of laughter with high school student, Martina, in the world of James Day High School and see if her teacher, Mrs. Martín, will succeed in forcing her to "never speak in Spanish again!" The play contains dialogue in Spanish and English and requires no reservations. The seating is open and first come - first seated. Admission is free.

Stories from previous Skylines

Arts and Humanities Dept. sponsors holiday music, cookies Dec. 6 and 7

Harpist Laura Smith and the Chancel Bells Quartet of Houston's First Presbyterian Church will perform holiday music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 and 7, near the large Christmas tree on the third floor, Academic Building. 


Free cookies will be available. The Arts and Humanities Department sponsors the annual event. For information, contact Carrie Allen, assistant professor of music, at 713-226-5550.

Alley Theatre's "A Christmas Carol" features two UHD faculty members

The Alley Theatre's annual production of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" features two UHD faculty members.

Adjunct Professor David Rainey plays Mrs. Dilber and Marley's Ghost, while Adjunct Professor John Johnston plays Mr. Topper and a Ghostly Apparition. 

The production is running currently, and plays through Dec. 27.  Tickets can be purchased online at, or by calling the box office at 713-220-5700, then 1 for tickets.

UHD's MS150 Cycling Team sponsors jersey design contest for this year's ride

UHD's MS150 Cycling Team is sponsoring a jersey design contest in preparation for this year's MS150 ride in the spring.


Information, rules and regulations are included in the linked document. All submissions should go to Lea Campbell at


The cycling team encourages individuals interested in riding in this unique event to get their registration in quickly.


Event organizers register participants until the 13,000 rider limit is reached. Initial registrants filled 80 percent of the openings. Team UHD members say registration will likely pick up again and if interested UHD riders do not sign up soon, it may be too late.


The Team UHD roster is at 16 members and they look forward to an increase before the end of the year. Please spread the word to students, staff, faculty and alumni.


For more information about the team, contact Jose Cantu at or Lorenzo Morales at  

NotTooLatteeOffice of Admission hosts 'It's Not too Latte" on Saturday, Dec. 11

UHD's Office of Admissions is hosting the "It's Not too Latte" event from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 11, so potential students can apply for admission and receive admission assistance on campus.

To be admitted on the spot, a potential student should bring a check or money order for the $35 application fee and a copy of his or her official transcripts.

Individuals also can apply in advance online at Paper applications will be available the day of the event. For additional information, contact a UHD admissions counselor at 713-221-8522 or email

Last day for guaranteed delivery of commencement regalia orders

The December 2010 Commencement ceremony is scheduled for Dec.19, and the UHD Bookstore staff wants everyone to be ready.The order deadline for regalia was Nov. 24. After this date, an additional $10 fee will be added to orders for rush shipping.


Orders placed before Nov. 24 should arrive the week of Dec. 8 and you will be contacted to pick up your regalia.


For any orders placed after Dec. 1, there will be no guarantee regalia items will arrive prior to the day of Commencement.


The UHD Bookstore requires prepayment  for all orders and accepts cash, all major credit cards (with a valid identification), or a charge to your department via PCard or purchase voucher with prior approval from your department.The regalia rental fees are:


Master's Unit Complete - $60.98

(Includes cap, gown, tassel and hood)


Doctorate - $109.98

(Includes tam, gown, tassel and hood)



Individual Piece Prices:


Master's Cap, Gown, and Tassel - $30.98


Master's Hood only - $29.98


Master's Gown only - $25.98


Doctorate Cap, Gown, and Tassel - $68.98


Doctorate Hood only - $33.98


Doctorate Gown only - $29.98


8 Sided Tam - $40.98

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In this issue
Coming up at UHD
Registration opens today for UHD's first online Winter Term
Holiday Open House set for Dec. 9
Fall Fact Sheet available
Urban Ed. MAT program presents Graduate Project Exhibition
Exchange/Outlook email will be down Sunday
Colloquium looks at genomic regulatory networks
Student Theater Project Opens Thursday
Holiday Music Event is Dec. 6 & 7
UHD Faculty to Appear in Alley Theatre Production
Cycling Team Sponsors Design Contest
Not Too Latte Event is Dec. 11
Rush fees now apply for ordering Commencement regalia
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