Monday, April 1, 2002 Volume 67, Issue 120



Research projects to be displayed Friday

Cougar News Services

Students will have the opportunity to sift through biological clocks, drug development, identification and prevention of reading
disabilities and other information Friday at the Fourth Annual Research and Scholarship Day.

Twenty research projects will be highlighted at the event, which focuses on cutting-edge research and scholarly programs at the
University. Another 60 exhibits describing various projects and research programs will be on display from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Friday in the Conrad Hilton Ballroom of the UH Hilton.

UH researchers and scholars will be on hand throughout the morning to give demonstrations and to discuss their research. Exhibits
will include projects in biology and biochemistry, psychology, molecular design, languages, optometry, pharmacy, law,
nanotechnology, engineering, hospitality management, architecture and materials science. 

At 11 a.m., Michael A. Olivas, the William B. Bates Professor of Law and director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and
Governance at UH, will give the keynote address,"Why Do Faculty Do the Things They Do?"

"Our faculty and students are advancing basic science, making significant scholarly contributions to many fields, and are highly
active in transferring technology from the lab to commercial applications," said Arthur Vailas, vice president for research at UH.
"Research and Scholarship Day gives the community an opportunity to learn about these programs, and provides scholars a chance
to present their work in an informal setting."

Olivas is the 2001 recipient of UH's Esther Farfel Award, the highest faculty honor bestowed by the University. Before joining the
faculty at UH in 1982, Olivas held teaching and research positions at The Ohio State University and Howard University.

He served as director of research for the League of United Latin American Citizens in Washington, D.C., from '79 to '82. He earned
his bachelor's degree from Pontifical College Josephinum, his master's and doctorate from The Ohio State University and a J.D.
from Georgetown University Law Center.

Research and Scholarship Day is sponsored by the UH Division of Research, the Faculty Senate, the Research Council, the Office
of University Advancement and the Honor Society of Sigma Xi.

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