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Conference Personnel

Conference Director

Pilar Goyarzu, Ph.D.
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Faculty Advisor

Stuart Larson, M.F.A

Stuart Larson is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at UHCL. Previously, he earned his B.F.A., Kansas City Art Institute; M.F.A., Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, N.Y

Faculty Advisor Emeritus

David Malin, Ph.D.
David Malin is Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. A charter faculty member of UHCL, Dr. Malin has received the UHCL President's Distinguished Teaching and Distinguished Research Awards. His recent research primarily concerns laboratory study of nicotine dependence and age-related memory impairment. He leads a large student research group, known as the UHCL Rat Pack.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Kathleen Garland, Ph.D.

Kathleen Garland is currently a full-time lecturer in the Environmental Management Program in the School of Business, where she has taught for the past six years. She holds a PhD in Structural Geology from Penn State, and BA and BS degrees in General Arts and Sciences and Earth Sciences, also from Penn State. Before joining the UHCL faculty as an adjunct in 2005, Kathleen held positions with Chevron as a Development Geologist, and with the State of New Mexico as an environmental project manager, manager of the state's UST reimbursement program, and Director of the state's Mining and Minerals Division. She also worked as a senior environmental scientist in private consulting, and started her own consulting practice specializing in management strategies for companies and agencies concerned with compliance issues. Kathleen has acted as co-PI or senior research analyst on three research grants at UHCL, and currently sits on two Masters thesis committees. Her research areas focus on effectively communicating environmental and regulatory issues to the public, and on building community resilience on the Upper Texas Gulf Coast through ecosystem restoration, disaster preparedness, public policy, and community planning.
Kathleen has represented the College of Business for the Student Conference since 2009-2010. She is a strong advocate for student research at UHCL at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and has sponsored a number of student papers and posters for the conference.
Samina Masood, Ph.D.

Samina Masood is the Program Chair of Physical Sciences and an Assistant Professor of Physics at UHCL Dr. Masood earned a B.Sc. and M.A. at Punjab University, Lahore, and a M.Sc., M.Phil. and Ph.D. at the Quaid-i-Azim University, Islamabad.

Joyce Delores Taylor, P.E., M.A., M.S.
Joyce Taylor joins UHCL as the coordinator of internship programs and lecturer in behavioral sciences. She received undergraduate degrees from Wilberforce University and the University of Dayton in Ohio; a certificate in physics from Hull University in Hull, England, as an academic study abroad scholar; leadership degrees from Lakewood Church Institute; and graduate degrees from UHCL in behavioral sciences with a specialization in industrial/organizational psychology, criminology, and cross-cultural and women’s studies. Most recently, Taylor served as the chair of the UHCL Alumni Association’s Executive Council for which she continues to serve as outgoing chair.
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