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Exhibits, lectures and tours, oh my ...

By Julie Burlingame
News Reporter

Have you ever wanted to find out how NASA is planning on sending people to Mars? Or to experience virtual reality first-hand? Would you like to see what happens backstage right before opening night? Have you ever wondered what your physics professor does with her time outside class?

These are a few of many subjects students, professors and anyone else can hear about, and even experience, for free today at the Second Annual UH Research and Scholarship day.

"It's an opportunity annually ... to showcase in an academic way the creative achievements of the university," " said Arthur Vailas, vice president for research and Intellectual Property Management.

Lectures, displays and on-site visits to research projects and programs will showcase UH's academic community.

Fifty-plus tables showcasing projects and programs will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the Grand Ballroom, along with two lectures reflecting science and the humanities.

Laurence Young, a professor from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will lecture on the challenges of sending humans to Mars at 9:30 a.m. The second lecture, beginning at 10:30 a.m., will feature Mark Rothstein, winner of the 1999 Esther Farfel Award -- the highest award UH bestows on faculty -- speaking on research in behavioral genetics.

In addition to exhibits and lectures, events will include visits to sites of interest on campus or nearby, such as the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, the Virtual Environments Research Institute and the School of Theatre. Tours will begin at 1 p.m. outside the Grand Ballroom of the University Hilton. Buses to transport visitors to the VERI tour will leave at 1:15 and 2 p.m.

The Second Annual Scholarship and Research day is sponsored by the Division of Research, the Faculty Senate Research Council and Sigma Chi.
 

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