Short Takes

February 6, 2019 | Jim Townsend

Short Takes

Friday Morning talks: rethinking flood control; Norway

University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Friday Morning Continuing Education winter series continues Feb. 15 with two lectures. 

At 9 a.m., John Branch, vice president of the Clear Lake City Water Authority Board, will discuss how local governments can rethink their approach to floodwater detention with multiple benefits. Branch is at the forefront of the green space project in Clear Lake.

At 11 a.m., learn about the cultures, history and natural phenomena of Norway – Land of the Midnight Sun – with Manuela Holst, biologist and neuroscientist.

The Friday Morning lecture series highlights unique topics in art, culture, social issues and more led by field experts. Register online at

Apollo Chamber Players adds other-worldly theremin to the mix

The Apollo Chamber players will introduce a unique sound experience to their audience at University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theater stage, on Friday, Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The Houston-based ensemble is featuring world-renowned German theremin musician Carolina Eyck to share the arresting music of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu, as well as Eyck’s new works composed for theremin and string quartet in a show titled “Theremin Fantasies.”

Invented by and named for Russian scientist Leon Theremin in the 1920s, the theremin is an electronic instrument which produces eerie sounds when the thereminist’s hands are placed near antenna-like oscillators that control frequency and amplitude.  It can be heard in the sci-fi movie classic, “The Day the Earth Stood Still” and in the theme music of the long-running British TV drama “Midsomer Murders.”

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School psychology specialist program receives national recognition

University of Houston-Clear Lake’s graduate-level school psychology specialist program has once again received approval from the National Association of School Psychologists with national recognition. NASP has continuously approved UHCL’s program since 1988 – the first program to receive NASP approval in the state of Texas.

Graduates of this program are equipped for careers as Licensed Specialists in School Psychology (LSSP). Other potential career paths may include behavior specialists, diagnosticians, special education counselors or administrators within special education departments. U.S. News and World Report recently named school psychologist as the No. 2 best job in social services.

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