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Institute for NanoEnergy associate professor Seamus Curran is leading the charge to turn cutting-edge research into real, everyday products. If he had his way, we would be living in, walking on and wearing materials lined with an invisible coating developed here at UH. Curran’s company, C-Voltaics, was recognized by the 2013 International Conference on Commercializing Micro and Nanotechnology with the Young Technology Award for their super-hydrophobic protective coatings. “This award is important for the University,” Curran said. “It proves

that the research dollars invested in UH create the next generation of technologies that future American jobs depend on.” Curran and his team at C-Voltaics are poised to start producing up to 400 gallons of this coating per day in a plain, brick-lined room at the Energy Research Park this semester. What sets them apart from their competitors is the ability to consistently manufacture large amounts of a nano-based product. The line of coatings are invisible to the naked eye and imperceptible to touch — yet so effective at repelling fluids that you can pour a cup of coffee on a pair of jeans and the RESEARCH continues on page 3

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The room was bustling with chatter Thursday as students, faculty and alumni celebrated the grand opening of the new Bauer Honors Commons. In addition, attendees were able to join in the annual Bauer Honors Fall Mixer, where they networked and learned about the latest updates within the program. “I am so excited about the new Bauer Honors Commons opening,” said pre-business freshman Leslie Zorzi. “It’s going to be a place where all of us can go together, meet up and socialize with alumni, professors and each other and have a great learning environment.” Within the Bauer Honors Commons, the Hamill Commons Room includes two classrooms, two offices for the academic advisers and a large common area, which is equipped with couches and chairs where students can relax, do homework and interact with each other. “It is a really exciting time, especially for commuter students like myself,” said Matt Null, a finance senior and former Bauer honors mentor. “There is finally a place for us to be on campus.”

The Cullen College of Engineering held its biannual Engineering Career Fair Thursday in conjunction with student organizations, like the National Society of Black Engineers, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and the Society of Women Engineers. “It is a great opportunity to find a suitable position, and more importantly, to network with potential employers and find out what they are looking for in their candidates,” said civil engineering first year masters student Raghu Kapoor. “As an international graduate student, that is very critical. Students turned out to meet potential employers and to promote their student organization or learn about other organizations. “The company professionals were highly impressed by our students, especially by their demeanor and preparedness,” said Senior Director of Professional Development Vita P. Como. “They love the idea that our freshmen go (to the event), as it helps them get over being scared, which is in fact crucial when the time comes for them to apply.” The fair was organized at the Hilton UH, with nearly 92 companies registered. “It was great to see a lot of employers relevant to my major. The career fair was a great experience, but I hope there could be separate timings for freshmen (in the future), as the career fair got overcrowded,” said petroleum engineering junior Farah Azari. The fair utilized eConnection, an online portal where students can apply for jobs and schedule

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C-Voltaics, a company led by UH associate professor Seamus Curran, will begin producing 400 pounds of hydrophobic coating a day from a lab in the Energy Research Park this semester. | Tristan Reickhoff/The Daily Cougar

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Having shared its commons with the Honors College in the M.D. Anderson Library, the Bauer honors program now has a place of its own.

Any time you give a group of people a place where they can meet, it’s going to improve the connectedness they’re going to have together because they will get together to do more things.” Jonathan Shirley, said Bauer activities adviser about the new Bauer Honors commons

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their interviews. “As of today, we have over 2,548 registered companies on eConnection and 2,316 interviews. The (Engineering) Career Center is growing exponentially in helping the students provide all the help they need in getting the right job. Mechanical engineering is the most-in-demand major, but students from all majors are getting offers,” Como said. “We have recently got our cameras installed to provide the students with online mock interview preparations as well. The time that follows the career fair is very crucial; I would ask the students to be prepared for the interviews and if they ever need anything, the Career Center is there to help them.” The fair is held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters and is open to all students.

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liquid will remain on the surface as if you had poured it on a sheet of plastic. The liquid never soaks into the strands of fabric, so no evidence of a spill is left behind. The technology developed at UH is being used in the marketplace, Curran said. “There is a return on the investment that has been put into research,” he said. Curran recommends students in all disciplines pursue business courses so they can learn the skills required to turn ideas and

technologies into reality. He also recommends all students reach out to faculty for work and research opportunities. “Looking to the future, or the whole art of discovery and understanding, is wonderful,” Curran said. “However, right now the United States economy is hurting and it requires us to change our focus a bit. If we have the potential to generate technology that can pull us out of where we are, we have to contribute to that. We have to actively participate. It’s not just teaching that will create those jobs.” Renat Tatarin, a mathematics senior pursuing an honors thesis, is one of the students working at

C-Voltaics. After a year of working with the team, he has developed a newfound confidence in communicating with industry partners. “Research is a great opportunity to get important people to know you, to secure that recommendation later on and improve yourself before graduating while it’s free and easy. A lot of professors need help and you do have to work really hard,” Tatarin said. “Just because you don’t want to go to graduate school doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t do research. The other side is about getting to know people in the industry.” news@thedailycougar.com

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Callie Parrish/The Daily Cougar experience. Loud noises can sometimes remind them of gunfire or an explosion from a roadside bomb. In my own experiences, my heart will begin to race and I’ll be on edge for a while, even after all the thunder is gone. It’s like I’m reliving the shooting again. I’ll be taken back and will just reminisce about that event and tune everything else out. I undergo flashbacks and those are always unpleasant. The worst part of the PTSD isn’t my reaction, though. It’s what I have to go through mentally. And of course, PTSD can lead to feelings of depression. Sudden loud noises can trigger my fear response and cause me to undergo great distress and even after a while has gone by, I’ll still be on edge, my heart will race, and I will feel great sadness and helplessness. It’s all crippling and, at times, embarrassing. Yes, I have undergone therapy. And yes, I have gotten better.

But the PTSD never goes away. It’s always there. According to the National Center for PTSD, “Most people who go through a trauma have some symptoms at the beginning. Only some will develop PTSD over time.” Whether you get PTSD depends on many things, such as how intense the trauma was and how long it lasted, how strong your reaction was and how much you felt in control of the events. However, exactly how people develop PTSD is an important question that hasn’t been answered yet. “We don’t know how some people don’t develop PTSD and others don’t. That’s a research question,” Bordnick said. There are too many variables to come to a sound conclusion at the present time. People with PTSD experience many problems in their lives. The National Center for PTSD lists the common ones as follows: feelings of hopelessness, shame or despair; depression or anxiety; drinking

or drug problems; physical symptoms or chronic pain; employment problems; and relationship problems, including divorce. The greatest adversity, however, isn’t personal. It’s the way society looks at people with PTSD. If you have the slightest inkling of PTSD, then you’re labeled as a psycho or a nutcase. As a result, “thousands of men and women refuse to seek the help they need,” said Jeremiah Workman in an article for The Huffington Post. Hollywood certainly hasn’t helped the image and reinforces the stereotype of soldiers returning with PTSD as crazies. According to Workman, a staff sergeant of the United States Marine Corps, troops with PTSD featured in movies such as “Rambo” and “Lethal Weapon” “have been portrayed as loose cannons, violent and sociopathic.” Fighting the stereotype is in itself a great challenge for PTSD sufferers to overcome. “Pop culture has stigmatized PTSD to the degree that many men and women who have it are not willing to come forward and seek the treatment they need to get better,” Workman said. Changing the view on PTSD won’t be easy. It won’t happen overnight, either, as much as people like Workman and I would love to see it change. However, the more people learn about it, the more they’ll be able to accept people who have it. Hopefully, that means that more people can get the help they need, and once they’ve been helped, they won’t be made to feel different from society. Opinion columnist Callie Parrish is a math and arts senior and may be reached at opinion@ thedailycougar.com

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Warren finds niche after return home Harrison Lee Staff writer

At age 12, when she was playing for the Houston Juniors Volleyball Club, Cortney Warren had already made a good impression on her future college coach. The junior right side has now returned to her hometown with head coach Kaddie Platt after sitting out the 2012 season. “When I first saw her play, she was 12 years old,” Platt said. “She was playing in a club that I was a coach for, so I’ve seen her develop. I know her family and she’s really everything she’s supposed to be.” Warren has already made an impact on the Cougars as well. She

was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week after her performance in the Delta Zeta Classic on Aug. 30 in San Marcos after recording 35 kills during the trio of matches, including 20 in one match. For the season, Warren has 103 kills and is second on the team, with 111.5 points after 11 games. For her part, Warren said she enjoys being on a young team, as it allows her to step up her leadership abilities. “It’s pretty cool. I worked hard for a year to get here and I owe a lot to my team and to my coaches ... I’m confident,” Warren said. “I knew I was going to be starting. I knew I was going to be getting after it and competing right

off the bat. I knew I was going to be where I am.” Warren expressed her willingness to return to a metropolitan setting from the rural confines of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and cites her family as her biggest motivation. “I really needed them to get through a lot of things in college,” she said. Warren pointed out a desire for academic success along with a longing for athletic honors as her goals for the season. Platt said Warren is able to adapt to different offensive and defensive systems. “She’s just a really great athlete,” Platt said. sports@thedailycougar.com

Junior right side Cortney Warren has 103 kills through 11 games and was named the conference player of the week on Sept. 9. | Esteban Portillo/The Daily Cougar

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Movements make the moment First annual lecture series kicks off in high gear, proving that there is more to dance than leotards Sabrina Lloyd Contributing writer

Collaboration is the art of working together and utilizing each other’s skills to create a masterpiece. World-famous choreographer and collaborator Bill T. Jones spoke with students Thursday night as the first lecturer of the Mitchell Lecture Series presented by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Complete with dance, video, song and electric violin, Jones emphasized the importance of learning to work together and using passion to become a leader. “We are thrilled and honored to have the incomparable Bill T. Jones deliver the first ever Mitchell Artist Lecture,” said Karen Farber, director of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center said in a UH press release. Jones is the co-founder and director of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, which produces and presents contemporary art in New York City. He has also won two Tony Awards and a Kennedy Center Honor which he won in 2010. “Art-making is a spiritual activity for the artist and there is a selfishness in art-making. Collaboration is going past oneself and letting someone else through,” Jones said. “By throwing yourself into someone else’s fire, you can get to another place, and that’s what keeps me going.”

Jones’ performances typically incorporate multiple disciplines and are often centered around injustices Jones has experienced throughout his life. “I ask myself: Can I make a dance that will make the world less violent? Can I make a dance that will spread knowledge on climate change? Can I make a dance that will make parents care more about their children’s education?” Jones said. Earth science sophomore Marcela Acosta was truly inspired by Jones’ lecture and now plans to make dance a first choice in her career. “I am a dance minor and he taught my master dance class today. He put collaboration into us as dancers,” Acosta said. “He taught us how to figure out how to work together and still be leaders.” Dance sophomore Lauren Johnson was moved by his lecture and couldn’t believe she was being taught by someone so famous. “It’s just really big to receive advice from him. To think that he started this life as a crop picker and is now an award-winning artist,” Johnson said. “To be that close to him and hear what he has to say is pretty amazing.” Jones’ advice for students who want to be artists is to make their own road, make their own opportunities and to never give up and keep on going, no matter what. “The world doesn’t need another hungry artist,” Jones said. “You have to say, ‘To hell with the world, I’ve got to do this.’ Say, ‘I am an artist and I want your attention.’” arts@thedailycougar.com

Bill T. Jones is known for creating work that deals with a variety of issues, such as social and political issues. | Image courtesy of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

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More events give students chance to shine Rachel Sneed Contributing writer

On-campus social life is continuing to grow this semester, thanks to the Student Program Board. SPB hosted its first glow party at the University Center on Saturday. A disc jockey and a UV dance floor left students in glow paint, waving glow sticks and partying the night away. Biology seniors Kingsley Nwobasi and Ray Akanno enjoyed themselves at the event. “I liked the music,” Nwobasi said. “Everyone was having a good time.” The party was so enjoyable that they are looking forward to the next SPB event. “Seems like everyone was happy,” Akanno said. “I would come to another event to have fun.” SPB caters to students who live on campus to build an active social life. This resident-focused organization hosts up to five events per week to make campus life entertaining for

Cougars felt the beat of the music while showing off their moves on a UV dance floor | Fernando Castaldi/The Daily Cougar those who want to get more involved. All of the events are free with the exception of trips, which are priced to be affordable to students said SPB’s Late Night and Weekends Chair and psychology and pre-nursing

junior Odinakachukwu Ezeigwe. Anjuli Tuck, an anthropology senior and SPB’s president, has set a goal for the organization to get students to be more social on weekends.

“SPB wants to focus and prioritize our programming to evening and weekend programming, as well as improve the overall student life on campus for all UH students,” Tuck said.

Tuck joined SPB in Fall 2011, serving on the Cinema and Novelty Committee and the Trips and Tournaments Committee. She became president in May 2013 and has planned and executed many events for students on campus. “My passion and commitment for SPB has grown greatly over the years because I have seen and executed amazing programs that make students extremely happy,” Tuck said. The glow party had been planned since July. Ezeigwe said she was pleased with the outcome. “Despite the weather and location change, the turnout was better than expected,” Ezeigwe said. More events are planned for students during the weekends, and a pool party is one of the upcoming events this month. To keep up with SPB and find a calendar of events, visit their website, http://www.uh.edu/spb/. arts@thedailycougar.com


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