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This course is for those with at least a year of prior study and who are comfortable using several tenses.

Wednesday 5:20 - 6:50pm

This is an advanced French course for those with good command of grammar. The course focuses on vocabulary building and conversational skills through literature readings. This course is taught entirely in French.

Wednesday 5:20 - 6:50pm

This course is for those with strong prior background who need to build vocabulary and conversational skills. This course may be taught entirely in Spanish depending on the level of the group.

Wednesday 5:20 - 6:50pm

This course is ideal for those with minimal prior background as well as those with some exposure to conversation and reading.

Wednesday 5:20 - 6:50pm

Students with at least one year prior study will find this to be a comfortable level where they will be able to expand vocabulary and learn more grammatical principles, through conversational drills.

Wednesday 5:20 - 6:50pm

For those with strong prior background in simple and compound tenses, this course will expand grammatical skills and build more vocabulary, through conversational drills. This course may be taught entirely in French, depending on the level of the group.

Wednesday 7 - 8:30pm

This course is destined for those with strong prior background in all verb tenses, and who wish to expand vocabulary through conversational drills and cultural readings. This course will be taught entirely in German.

Wednesday 7 - 8:30pm

Upcoming Events & Classes

This is an advanced course in Russian for those with strong previous study. The course will be taught entirely in Russian and will focus on cultural readings and conversation.

Thursday 4:30 - 6pm

This course is for those with minimal prior background in Spanish. The focus will be on conversational skills while building vocabulary and familiarity with elementary grammatical structures.

Thursday 5:20 - 6:50pm

The broad spectrum of topics included in the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) ensure its relevancy across all disciplines in the field of information security. The CISSP is ideal for experienced security practitioners, managers and executives interested in proving their knowledge across a wide array of security practices and principles.

3/25/19 - 3/29/19 8:30am - 4:30pm

UHCL's distinguished Physics Lecture Series takes place every year during the spring semester and includes presentations by world-renowned scientists who speak on a variety of physics and space science topics. These talks are free and open to the public. They are are appropriate for anyone, from high school students to practicing scientists, as they expose a general audience to ongoing research in physics and space science. All talks take place Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in STEM 1203.

Each session takes place in conjunction with the Research Project and Seminar (PHYS 6838) and the Modern Physics Research Seminar (PHYS 4732). To register, visit our online registration (under Professional Development, click the "Physics Seminar Series" link). For assistance, call the Center for Educational Programs at 281-283-3529.

University credit is available for the series in two ways. Non-physics majors can receive class credit by signing up for PHYS 4732. Students can earn continuing education certificates as well through this series. The cost is $15 per individual seminar, $40 for any three seminars, or $99 for the entire series. If you are not pursuing a credit, you are still welcome to attend at no charge.

Presenter

Margaret Cheung, Moores Professor of Physics, Chemistry and Computer Science, UH

Abstract

Calcium (Ca2+) signaling is a dynamic system where Ca2+ concentration fluctuates in range of 0.1-10μM with time. These short transient Ca2+ around the entry sites activate Ca2+-binding proteins such as calmodulin (CaM). The prototypical pathway describes CaM as encoding a Ca2+ signal by selectively activating downstream CaM-dependent proteins through molecular binding. However, CaM’s intrinsic Ca2+-binding properties alone appear insufficient to decode rapidly fluctuating Ca2+ signals. It has been proposed that the temporally varying mechanism for producing target selectivity requires CaM-target interactions that directly tune the Ca2+-binding properties of CaM through reciprocal interactions. In this presentation, I will focus on the binding mechanism of CaM and its target, which requires mutually and conformationally-induced changes in both participants Then, I will focus on two unique and distinct CaM binding targets, neurogranin (Ng) and CaM-dependent kinase II (CaMKII), which are abundant in postsynaptic neuronal cells and are biochemically known to tune CaM’s affinity for Ca2+ in opposite directions. My group has employed an integrative approach of quantum mechanical calculations, all-atomistic molecular dynamics, and coarse-grained molecular simulations to investigate the molecular mechanisms of CaM’s reciprocal interaction between target binding and Ca2+binding. The research of my group has been driven and tested in close collaboration with experimentalists. I will also discuss about CaM binding and target selection in the context of evolution and in a crowded environment.

Biography

Margaret Cheung is the Moores Professor of Physics at the University of Houston. She graduated from the National Taiwan University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and received her Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, San Diego. Cheung carried out theoretical biological physics and bioinformatics research as a Sloan Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Maryland and started her lab at the University of Houston in 2006. Her research focuses on protein folding inside a cell, calmodulin-dependent calcium signaling, protein motors, actomyosin dynamics, and quantum efficiency in organic photovoltaics.

Cheung is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a senior scientist at the Center for Theoretical Biological Physics, and an adjunct professor of bioengineering at Rice University. She has two young children and loves to explore the city of Houston with them.

7 pm

Procedures and Regulations

  • Each applicant should plan to stay for 2 ½ hours, 2 hours for the exam plus two 15 minute breaks (if needed).
  • Applicants should be prepared to show a copy of their registration form (if applicable) and a valid I.D. (government-issued, passport, etc.) when checking in for the assessment.
  • A secure location will be provided for applicants to lock up their personal items, such as bags, purses, and cell phones.
  • Applicants will be given two writing prompts. The applicant will select one and respond by writing a 5-7 page paper.
  • At the end of the assessment session, the applicant will deliver their saved work on a USB flash drive (provided).
  • Each applicants' essay will be scored by two (2) College of Education faculty members.
  • Applicants will be notified of score within one week.

Parking

The Center for Educational Programs on the University of Houston - Clear Lake Campus. We are located in the Arbor building suite A1300.01. The campus address is 2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058.

The appointment is on the campus of the University of Houston Clear Lake in the Arbor Central building. From Bay Area Blvd, you will turn right onto University Drive, take first street to your right then make an immediate left into parking lot G. Drive to the far-right hand corner of the parking lot, there you will find visitor parking places. Once parked, take the sidewalk between Arbor Central and Arbor South. You will enter in the larger building on the left via the sliding glass doors. Once inside the building, the CEP office (1300.01) is the second door on the left, directly across from the bathroom. You will be issues a parking pass (if needed) at the front desk. Please place the pass on your car's dash.

Fees

  • Writing Assessment (includes scoring): In-State $150.00

  • Reschedule Fee: In-State $25.00

9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.