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The University of Houston–Clear Lake is a four-year state university, and is a separate and distinct component institution of the University of Houston System. Its campus spans 524 acres in Pasadena, with a satellite campus in Pearland. Founded in 1971, UHCL has an enrollment of more than 8,000 students. The institution will begin offering freshman and sophomore classes in fall 2014.The university serves students in four academic schools. UHCL offers nearly 90 degree programs: 40 bachelors, 44 masters, and one doctoral. Awarding more than 2,100 degrees annually, the university's alumni base exceeds 50,000. Wikipedia.

Li D.-S.,China Three Gorges University | Wu Y.-P.,China Three Gorges University | Zhao J.,China Three Gorges University | Zhang J.,CAS Fujian Institute of Research on the Structure of Matter | Lu J.Y.,University of Houston-Clear Lake
Coordination Chemistry Reviews | Year: 2014

In order to further design and successfully prepare for the functional metal-organic framework materials, it is essential to understand the fundamental correlations between the composition, physical properties and topology of the underlying nets. In this review, we focus on recent advances in metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that possess more common non-zeotype 4-connected topological nets (such as sql, kag, nbo, lvt, cds, qtz, dia, lon, pts, etc.), and discuss the synthetic strategies of non-zeotype 4-connected MOFs and their related properties. In particular, we emphasize how to establish basic design principles and synthetic methodology to construct the same topological MOFs with different functions using specifically designed organic linkers. © 2013 Elsevier B.V.

Na C.,University of Houston-Clear Lake | Paternoster R.,University of Maryland College Park
Criminology | Year: 2012

The primary goals of this study were to test the long-term stability thesis of general theory of crime and to examine the relationship between self-control and social control over time. The data come from a field experiment where the "treatment" consisted of an intentional effort to improve the childrearing behaviors of a sample of caregivers whose children were at high risk of criminal behavior. Caregivers in the control condition were given no such training. The intervention occurred when all subjects were in the first grade (mean age: 6.2 years old), and we have measurements on self-control and the social control/bond for each subject from grades 6 to 11 (mean ages: 12 to 17 years old). Both a hierarchical linear model and a second-order latent growth model identified meaningful differences in the growth pattern of self-control among individuals in the pooled sample and a difference in the growth parameters for self-control and the social control/bond over time between the treatment and control groups. Both findings are inconsistent with Gottfredson and Hirschi's stability of self-control hypothesis. The same patterns persisted when different analytic techniques and model specifications were applied, which suggests that the results are not an artifact of measurement error, model specification, or statistical methods. Structural equation modeling using the panel design of the data was better able to disentangle the long-term relationship between self- and social control-a relationship that was found to be more dynamic than previously hypothesized. © 2012 American Society of Criminology.

Na C.,University of Houston-Clear Lake | Gottfredson D.C.,University of Maryland College Park
Justice Quarterly | Year: 2013

The use of police in schools has increased dramatically in the past 12 years, largely due to increases in US Department of Justice funding. This study used data from the School Survey on Crime and Safety to assess the extent to which the addition of police in schools is associated with changes in levels of school crime and schools responses to crime. We found that as schools increase their use of police, they record more crimes involving weapon and drugs and report a higher percentage of their non-serious violent crimes to law enforcement. The possibility that placement of police officers in schools increases referrals to law enforcement for crimes of a less serious nature and increases recording of weapon and drug offenses requires that more rigorous research be carried out to assess more carefully the school climate and school safety outcomes related to this popular and costly practice. © 2013 Copyright Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

Kim D.J.,University of Houston-Clear Lake
Information Systems and e-Business Management | Year: 2012

This study proposes a framework regarding the relationship between consumer trust, satisfaction, expectation, and post-expectation in the context of electronic commerce. In particular, the framework draws together from three theories: social exchange theory, expectation-confirmation theory, and post-acceptance model of IS continuance. Following the longitudinal pre-purchase and post-purchase stages, this study provides a theoretical framework combining trust, expectation, satisfaction, and post-expectation (i. e., perceived usefulness) and tests the proposed model empirically using Internet consumer behavior data collected via two rounds of Web surveys. The empirical findings suggest that both consumer's trust and expectation have positive influences on consumer's satisfaction; a significant and positive relationship is detected between consumer's trust and expectation; customer's satisfaction and perceived usefulness as post-expectation belief are important predictors of repurchase intention. In consequence, the study provides a framework explaining the subsequent relationships of trust, expectation, confirmation, satisfaction, post-expectation, and repurchase intention (i. e., consumer trust → expectation → confirmation → satisfaction → post-expectation → repurchase intention) across pre-purchase and post-purchase stages. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.

Agency: NSF | Branch: Standard Grant | Program: | Phase: | Award Amount: 1.10M | Year: 2013

This project is a collaboration between the University of Houston - Clear Lake (UHCL), an upper-level undergraduate and graduate university, and three campuses of the San Jacinto Community College district (SJC) to increase attainment of STEM associates and baccalaureate degrees, as well as to facilitate and increase transfer of STEM students across the institutions. The project focuses on increasing student engagement and persistence through the development of face-to-face and technology-enhanced learning networks, both within and across campuses. Supporting initiatives include extended orientation programs, peer and faculty mentoring, career-awareness and enhancement activities, and modest financial aid. The intellectual merit of the project lies in the strong partnership between the baccalaureate and associates institutions, well-designed and coherent project elements which build on literature-based best practices and successful pilot studies, clear implementation strategies, well-planned evaluation, and extensive involvement of local STEM industries. Broader impacts include enhanced support at these Hispanic-serving institutions, with additional efforts to reach women, veterans and/or low-income students. Project graduates deepen and diversify the local STEM workforce, and the project provides a useful model for linking associates and baccalaureate institutions, as well as local STEM employers, to support student retention and success.

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