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Science diplomacy in Iran

July 01, 2014
Science diplomacy in Iran

Warren E. Pickett, Anthony J. Leggett and Paul C. W. Chu

Iranian scientists are growing increasingly isolated because of political tensions between Iran and the West. We attempt to alleviate this problem through science diplomacy.

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REEcycle Claims the Gold at DOE Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

June 13, 2014
REEcycle Claims the Gold at DOE Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

CONGRATS to Bauer students who won the triple crown at the DOE Clean Energy Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C. REEcycle developed a profitable way to reclaim rare earth elements from magnets in electronics. The company acquires used electronics from recyclers and extracts rare earth elements using a patented technology developed by Prof. Allan Jacobson, TcSUH Director, and Ph.D. student Pradeep Samarasekere.

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TcSUH News: 1987 Discovery of Superconductor Creates Excitement

June 13, 2014
TcSUH News: 1987 Discovery of Superconductor Creates Excitement

Kudos to Paul Chu! Great article in China Daily 06/13/2014

1987 Discovery of Superconductor Creates Excitement

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/epaper/2014-06/13/content_17585554.htm

Also on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/ChinaDailyHouston?hc_location=timeline

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UH Researcher Paul Chu's Achievements Cited in Exhibit

June 02, 2014
UH Researcher Paul Chu's Achievements Cited in Exhibit

Paul Chu, the founder of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, is included in an exhibit honoring the contributions made by immigrants from Taiwan and China to the United States.

“It gives visitors a different view of immigrants and tells stories of how immigrants started their journeys in America,” said Roy Yuan-Rong Leu, vice minister of the Overseas Community Affairs Council in Taiwan.

The exhibit, “Immigrants Building America,” opened Sunday, June 1, at the Culture Center of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, 10303 Westoffice Drive. It will remain up through June 14.

Through historical photographs and accounts, the exhibit features the work of early immigrants who arrived from China to fill the need for labor in the gold mines and to build the railroads across the United States, as well as describing the impact of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and subsequent extensions, which restricted Chinese immigration. It wasn’t repealed until 1943.

In addition to Chu, successful immigrants and children of immigrants cited in the exhibit include Rockets star Jeremy Lin, the son of Taiwanese immigrants; former Olympic skater Michelle Kwan, and former Cabinet members Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

Paul Chu, who grew up in Taiwan, told the crowd gathered for the exhibit’s Houston opening that he is grateful for the contributions of earlier immigrants and mindful of the discriminatory laws and policies they suffered.

“I had the opportunity to come to this country to seek my dream as a scientist and an educator,” he said.

Chu gained global recognition when he and his colleagues discovered superconductivity at above 77 degrees Kelvin, the boiling point of liquid nitrogen. That ushered superconductivity into the modern age, and superconducting materials now are used for energy generation, transmission and storage, as well as in the health field, including magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, among other uses.

Chu served as president of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology from 2000-2009, when he returned to UH, where he continues his research.

For more on the exhibit, see http://virtual.ait.org.tw/en/iba/panoramas.html#scene=/en/iba/scenes/s1

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Bauer Entrepreneurship Students Win $100K at Department of Energy Competition

May 09, 2014
Bauer Entrepreneurship Students Win $100K at Department of Energy Competition

Four undergraduate students from the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston took home the grand prize of $100,000 at the First Look West (FLoW) Business Plan Competition, a consortium through the U.S. Department of Energy that partners with the California Institute of Technology, University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

The team, all students in the college’s Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship, included Cassandra Hoang, Bobby Jacobs, Casey McNeil and Susan Tran. Their business plan focused on a technology developed by Allan Jacobson, the Robert A. Welch Chair of Science and Director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, that addresses rare earth elements (REE) used in computer memory, rechargeable batteries, cell phones, catalytic converters, fluorescent lighting and more.

“REEcycle reclaims critical rare earth elements from discarded hard drive magnets,” Tran said. “China controls over 97% of the world’s supply. Our business solves a national issue of rare earth element supply shortage.”

The competition consisted of a three round event where the students submitted a 10 slide presentation, then presented it to judges including angel investors, representatives of energy corporation venture funds and venture capitalists. During the final round, students were required to submit a 10 page business plan and an investor presentation.

The team was awarded $100,000 and guaranteed a spot in the Department of Energy’s National Competition in June. They will receive mentoring from investors and legal and business development experts to prepare them for the finals in Washington, D.C. Using the skills learned at the Bauer College, Jacobs knew they were poised for success.

“Bauer gave us the tools to get to where we are today,” Jacobs said. “From the amazing mentors to the knowledge from the finance, accounting and entrepreneurship classes, we would not have won if it wasn’t for all the resources provided by Bauer.”

This is the second business plan competition for REEcycle this semester, with their first win being at the Baylor New Venture Competition, where they received first place.

By Amanda Sebesta

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