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UHD in the News: June 20, 2016

In recent headlines:

Houston Chronicle (subscriber access): Howard Hughes Sr. changed oil industry, and Houston, forever. The Sharp-Hughes Tool Co. began in a small building on Buffalo Bayou, at the present site of the University of Houston-Downtown.

BuzzFeed News: Loma Linda University denied a graduate student admission because their policies don't allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients to enroll. UHD Interim President Michael Olivas quoted, saying, "All of these excuses are circular...They can't deny anyone admission on the basis of national origin or immigration status."

Xinhua News: The heightened tension in the South China Sea is not an isolated incident, but the result of the U.S. "pivot to Asia" policy, University of Houston Downtown Associate Professor Peter Li told Xinhua in a recent interview.

The Tribune: UHD professor and City of Houston Poet Laureate Robin Davidson is inviting Houstonians to submit their favorite poems to be included in an anthology. Houston's Favorite Poem Project is free and open to all Houstonians. The deadline for submissions is July 8, 2016. For more details please visit www.houstontx.gov/favoritepoemproject.html. To submit your favorite poem, visit http://calypsoeditions.org/favorite-poem/.

Houston Style Magazine: The 14th Annual Disparities in Health in America: Working Towards Social Justice Workshop will take place at the University of Houston-Downtown. Here is the link to the program: https://form.jotform.com/60837422659160.

The Korea Times: UHD Associate Professor Pamela Hurley was one of two scholars to win the International Insurance Society's 2016 Shin Research Excellence Award. Hurley won the award with her paper, "Re-engineering the Insurance Industry for Innovation in Emerging Markets."

The Katy News: The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) awarded 27 grants totaling $1,821,958 to Texas universities and community colleges for summer youth camps that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through the Governor's Summer Merit Program. University of Houston-Downtown received $99,975 - 112 scholarships for STEM Prep Camps, which will target biotechnology, life sciences and chemical products. Sessions will target academic, workforce and higher education development.

Houston Chronicle (subscriber access): Houston homicides climb as part of a national trend. Larry Karson, an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Houston-Downtown, said that murder rates have been dropping nationwide since the 1990s, so it is too soon to know what might cause a one-year jump.

CNN Money: UHD Interim President Michael A. Olivas has been tracking undocumented student policies, and says just 19 states allow both undocumented students with and without DACA status, to establish residency and attend state colleges as in-state students. Of those, six -- including Texas, Washington and New Mexico -- allow them to get state-sponsored financial aid.

South China Morning Post: UHD Associate Professor Peter Li says there is no defense for a pseudo Chinese custom like dog eating.

Xinhua News: Experts, including UHD Associate Professor Peter Li, say an arbitral tribunal's jurisdiction over China-Philippine maritime disputes is an abuse of international law.