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June 29, 2011

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UHD will be closed Monday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. 


College of Public Service offers online Master of Science in Criminal Justice    


The University of Houston-Downtown's College of Public Service will offer a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice entirely online for the first time starting with the Spring semester 2012.


UHD's Department of Criminal Justice in the College of Public Service now offers a master's degree through regular face-to-face evening classes. Faculty and staff have been planning the online initiative for a year and a half. The deadline for admission to the online degree program is Nov. 1. More information is available here

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Science trip
UHD science students and faculty in New York City.

Science in the City trip introduces students to career paths, scientists and museums     


Four faculty members and 10 students from UHD's Department of Natural Sciences recently returned from the Science in the City Spring 2011 trip to New York City where they visited science-related venues, toured museums and saw other cultural sites.


Trip organizers said a goal of the trip was to show students a variety of career paths that graduates with science degrees can pursue with varying levels of education from bachelor's degrees to doctorates. A second goal was to broaden the general cultural experiences of students and for students to meet individuals from a variety of social and ethnic backgrounds who have achieved success in science. The trip was May 24 -29.


Trip leaders were Lisa Morano, associate professor of Biology and Microbiology, and Jerry Johnson, assistant professor of Biology and Biochemistry. Other chaperons were Phil Lyons, associate professor of Biology and Microbiology, and Akif Uzman, professor of Biology and Biochemistry and chair of the Department of Natural Sciences.


Students apply for the Science in the City program and are chosen based on grade point average, essays and recommendations. The Department of Natural Sciences pays half the cost of the airfare and hotel expenses and students pay the other half, plus food, local transportation and entertainment expenses in New York City. 


While in New York City, the group engaged in three science-related tours. First, the group toured several scientific laboratories at New York University where they discussed science career paths in academia with graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and premier scientists in their fields. Second, the group toured the New York Botanical Garden, meeting with industry-funded scientists, herbarium staff and scientists and a scientific librarian. Finally, the group toured the American Museum of Natural History, where they had access to all museum exhibits, behind-the-scenes workings of the museum and the graduate school housed on the premises.


The group also had access to cultural experiences while in New York City including: Broadway, Central Park, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Ground Zero and the city's numerous museums.


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Main Street closure update   


Main Street was originally scheduled to close for 18 months in mid to late June for construction of the METROrail North Line. New estimates place the closure date closer to Aug. 1, said Chris McCall, UHD Assistant Vice President for Facilities Management. 


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Stories from previous Skylines

Channel 13's Crossroads features UHD  


UHD President Bill Flores, recent graduate Nancy Adossi, African-American Male Mentorship Program Advisor Trevor Jones and student Bryson Brown recently appeared on KTRK Channel 13's Crossroads program.


Melanie Lawson's interviews with the UHD representatives are in segment three. 


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UHD's Beebe named to education journal, School-University Partnerships, editing team     


The National Association for Professional Development Schools (NAPDS) recently named UHD's Ron Beebe, assistant professor, Urban Education, to its next team of editors for its flagship journal, School-University Partnerships (SUP).


Beginning with the journal's Spring 2012 issue, the new editors will consist of a team from three PDS partnerships: Ron Beebe (Editor, UHD), Martina Ramos-Rey (Editor, North Shore Elementary School, Houston), Kristien Zenkov (Senior Editor, George Mason University, VA), Athene Bell (Editor, Manassas City Schools, VA), Diane Corrigan (Editor, Cleveland State University, OH) and Jim Harmon (Editor, Euclid High School, OH).


NAPDS is the only national organization in the United States dedicated to promoting school/university partnerships in support of teacher education, P-12 student achievement, educational research and professional development for pre- and in-service school- and university-based educators and teacher educators. School-University Partnerships is the only peer-reviewed journal focused on research reports related to Professional Development Schools.


Submissions and inquiries to School-University Partnerships can be emailed to



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IT training for Faculty/Staff/Alumni 

Register for IT training opportunities at the links below.  To schedule a one-on-one appointment or other assistance, please call 713-221-8200.


Blackboard Vista



2 - 3 p.m.  - SoftChalk Lesson Builder

Thursday, June 30

10 - 11 a.m. - Wimba

Tuesday, July 5   

2 - 3 p.m. - Turnitin

Monday, July 11 

10 - 11 a.m. - StudyMate

Tuesday, July 12   

10 - 11 a.m. - Wimba

Wednesday, July 13    

3 - 4 p.m. - Blackboard Vista: Assignments

Thursday, July 14  

3 - 4 p.m. -  Blackboard Vista: Managing Course Content


Blackboard Learn


Thursday, June 30   

3 - 4 p.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E.)

Friday, July 1

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard Learn - Getting Started

Wednesday, July 6 

10 - 11 a.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E.)

Thursday, July 7 

10 - 11 a.m. - Blackboard Learn - Getting Started

Tuesday, July 12

1 - 2 p.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E.)

Thursday, July 14   

10 - 11 a.m. - Adopters Converting Early (A.C.E.)

Friday, July 15

11 - 12 p.m. - Blackboard Learn - Getting Started


Microsoft Office

Friday, July 8

10 - 11 a.m. - Transitioning to Office 2010


Windows 7

Wednesday, July 6  

1 - 2 p.m. - Transitioning to Windows 7



See all current IT training available


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College of Public Service offers online MSCJ
Science students and faculty return from Science in the City trip
Main Street closure update
Channel 13 program includes UHD
UHD's Beebe named to journal's editing team
IT training schedule
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