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Research Reaching Houston: UH addresses real-world challenges

Marisol Gallagher


HOUSTON — On June 7, The University of Houston announced its launch of Research Reaching Houston, an online collection of projects that demonstrates the impact of the University of Houston’s research on the local community. The project included diverse areas, including community health, regional environment, health equity, social justice, local economy, urban infrastructure, natural disasters, and safety and security.

The collection allows people to find information regarding the COVID’s economic toll on Houston or the impact of hurricanes and flooding. They can also learn about new technologies and discoveries, like the “smart cement” that the University of Houston (UH) researchers has developed recently.

Amr Elnashai, UH vice president for research and technology transfer, envisioned the portal to be a helpful resource for policy decision-makers, industry leaders, journalists, and citizens.

“The research priorities of the University of Houston are set by the challenges facing its community around the campus, in Houston and within a Texas context. Setting our research sights on our community challenges has led to the great advances that our faculty have made in addressing health and prosperity, human capacity-building, social justice, and infrastructure development. The research snippets we share today are a testament to the commitment of our professors and of our university leaders to Houston and Texas,” said Elnashai.

Developing a research powerhouse that positively affects lives and creates innovations for the greater good is the primary goal of the university’s new strategy, “Together We Rise, Together We Soar,” announced earlier this year. This commitment to increase research and scholarly output will only help the region overcome its challenges, Elnashai concluded.

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