University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Friday Morning Continuing Education Series begins its spring series with two courses on Friday in the Patio Café of the Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., in Houston.

Join Mike Stone at 9 a.m. as he explores the Persian Empire, Shiite Islam and a unique people in “Travel as a Counter-Cultural Action: Iran.” At 11 a.m., Bill Powers, UHCL adjunct instructor of History, will discuss the war many thought would never end in “World in Flames: World War I and the Prospect of Perpetual War, Part 1.”

The cost to attend is a one-time $26 spring membership fee and an $18 course fee for each individual class, which includes course materials, borrowing privileges from UHCL’s Alfred R. Neumann Library, discounts from the UHCL bookstore and more. For information, call 281-283-3033 or visit www.uhcl.edu/continuing-education.

Register for high-schoolers’ cyber security summer camp

High school juniors and seniors will explore the vulnerabilities of cyberspace and ways to defend against them in UHCL’s hands-on Cyber Security Summer Camp June 5-8. Register now to save $50.

Participants in the Cyber Security Institute’s day camp will also gain hands-on experience with network configuration, Linux, speakers, activities and games. Early-bird registration is $250. After April 15, registration is $300. For more information, visit www.uhcl.edu/cyber-camp.

UHCL annual chili cook-off set for Saturday

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends compete for top honors at UH-Clear Lake’s 28th Annual Chili Cook-Off from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Student Services and Classroom Building and Student Lot D.

The public is invited to enjoy food, music and games and cast ballots for the favorite chili recipe. Tasting kits are $5 or $4 with a UHCL ID. For more information, call UH-Clear Lake Student Life, 281-283-2560 or visit www.uhcl.edu/studentlife.

Learn about star formation in physics lecture

Journey to the stars and learn about how infrared emissions in galaxy-merging events impact star formation in “Pre-Merger Galaxy Pairs as Star Formation Benchmarks in the Local Universe,” led by Donovan Domingue, professor of Physics and Astronomy at Georgia College.

Before Georgia College, Domingue was a member of Spitzer Space Telescope research teams located at Caltech, the academic home for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The discussion will be at 7 p.m. April 3 in the Student Services Classroom Building lecture hall, and is part of UH-Clear Lake’s Physics Lecture Series, sponsored by UHCL Center for Educational Programs.

The physics lectures are free. However, if continuing education credit is sought, costs are $15 for each seminar, $40 for any three lectures in the series, or $99 to attend the entire series. For more information, visit www.uhcl.edu/physics or call 281-283-3530.

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