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UHD Experts Available to Address Houston Road Rage, Bezos' Space Launch, Texas Democrats in D.C.


Contact: Mike Emery, UHD Director of Communications

Faculty experts from the University of Houston-Downtown are available to address a variety of topics this week, including: violent road rage incidents on the rise in Houston, billionaire Jeff Bezos' upcoming space launch and Texas Democrats' ongoing efforts to counter legislation calling for voting restrictions. Experts are available as their schedules permit, and interviews can be scheduled by contacting UHD Director of Communications Mike Emery (emeryp@uhd.edu / 281-794-4824).

  • Road Rage .. Entitlement in Action?: Dr. Kristin Anderson cites the spike in Houston-area road rage incidents as examples of modern day entitlement. Her recent book, "Enraged, Rattled, Wronged," explores entitlement's role in perpetuating violence, aggression and ultimately, confusion in society. According to Anderson, "entitled" individuals are over-empowered to take matters into their own hands when they feel things (no matter how big or small) are not going their way.
  • Billionaire Space Race: Amazon Executive Chairman Jeff Bezos is the next billionaire space traveler (following Richard Branson who journeyed to the stars a few weeks ago). This week, Bezos and his company Blue Origin will blast off from West Texas. Assistant Professor of Business Dietrich von Biedenfeld can address whether Bezos and Branson's galactic galavanting are positive signs for space tourism, and Dr. Gene Preuss, Associate Professor of History, can discuss the historical significance of these flights. One giant leap for mankind? Or simply just another day at the office for these billionaire visionaries?
  • Dems in (Self-Imposed) Exile: Texas Democrats continue their crusade against their state's proposed legislation that would impact voting. While these state legislators face an uphill battle (and now COVID-19) in Washington D.C., UHD experts can weigh in. Dr. David Branham, Professor of Political Science, can address how their actions may impact legislation left on the table during the Texas Legislature's special session, as well as its effects on Democrats' image and popularity in the state. Additionally, historian Dr. Gene Preuss can revisit similar standoffs in 1979 and 2003. 


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD)—the second-largest university in Houston—has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 60,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.