Short Takes

October 11, 2018 | Jim Townsend

Short Takes
Friday Morning lecture: See the universe from your backyard

Keeping your digital devices and your personal information safe from hackers is usually a matter of common sense, rather than technological acumen, says Anthony Scaturro, information security officer at University of Houston-Clear Lake. Learn more from Scaturro in a lecture on Oct. 19, 9 a.m., part of UHCL’s Friday Morning Continuing Education series.

At 11 a.m., instructor Leo Costello looks at the life of artist J.M.W. Turner, who used his brush to comment on social justice issues that faced Great Britain in the turn of the 19th century. He was hailed as one of the greatest painters of his time. Costello will explore the artist’s clandestine side.

Your first Friday Morning Continuing Education class includes a $26 membership fee, and $18 class fee ($44 total). With your membership, additional classes for the semester are $18 each. Registration is open to all. To register or for more information, go to

UHCL workshop: how to put on a science fair

Area teachers can learn how to plan and execute a successful science fair in a workshop hosted by University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Center for Educational Programs on Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Assistant Director of Southwest Regional T-STEM Center Sarah Wall will teach science teachers how to choose a topic and create a mentoring plan for the year. Teachers will gain confidence in how to plan and coordinate science fair, and get students excited about their projects.

The course fee is $85. Please bring a lunch or money for a one-hour break. To register or for more information, visit

Create a culture of learning for advanced students

Educators can discover various ways to create an environment and overall culture of learning that will allow advanced students to thrive in the classroom in the workshop “Differentiation for the Advanced Learner,” on Saturday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The workshop is hosted by University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Center for Educational Programs with assistance from Blythe Brown and Brandy Magdos, advanced academics specialists at Clear Creek ISD. Attendees will explore instructional practices that create the engaging rigor that advanced students need to grow as learners.

The fee for this course is $85. Please be sure your mobile devices are fully charged for this class. To register or for more information, go to

Bayou Theater to host Trout Fishing in America

University of Houston-Clear Lake will bring Trout Fishing in America to Bayou Theater on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 2 p.m., 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston.

Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet have had an unlikely musical partnership that has been warming the hearts of kids and families for 40 years. The duo has earned four Grammy nominations, most recently for their latest release, “Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers.” Tickets are $15 for adults (18+), $8 for kids (3-7) and $1 for children under 3. To buy tickets or to learn more about the schedule, visit