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More so, the Houston Cougars basketball team has transformed itself into a tried and true contender over the past couple of years under the tutelage of former Houston Rockets coach, Kelvin Sampson. UH Statements in Regard to the Big 12 Conference Vote Against Expansion. Statement by Renu Khator, UH President and UH System Chancellor: “The Big 12’s decision in no way changes the mission of the University of Houston that began long before there was talk of conference expansion. UH is a diverse, Tier One research institution that is on the move. We remain committed to strengthening our nationally competitive programs in academics and athletics that allow our student athletes to compete on the national stage.

We are confident that in this competitive collegiate athletics landscape an established program with a history of winning championships and a demonstrated commitment to talent and facilities in the nation’s fourth largest city will find its rightful place. Our destiny belongs to us.” Statement by Hunter Yurachek, Vice President of Athletics: “Today’s news is not just about the University of Houston and the Big 12 Conference, it’s about the evolving landscape of collegiate athletics. It does not, and will not, deter our mission of building champions for life. Our goals, which were in place long before expansion conversation began, will not change. As a progressive Tier One institution that places a competitive emphasis on both academics and athletics, the University of Houston will continue to operate in the national spotlight in one of the nation’s premier athletic conferences and dynamic cities.” Vape Vectors, Photos & PSD. Vintage vaping logotypes with letterings and skeleton hand holding vape in monochrome style illustration. Vintage vaping logotypes with letterings and hand holding vape illustration. Man with concealed identity smoking a controversial vaping an electronic cigarette.

vaping is debatable in the health community if it is safe or a health risk. Designer James Monsees tells us how the PAX changed the game. By Portland Monthly Staff 12/23/2015 at 3:47pm Published in the December 2015 issue of Portland Monthly. No doubt, our Silicon Forest will someday turns its attention to—wait for it—trees, but until then, Portlanders in search of a vape need look elsewhere. Our recommendation: The Bay Area, birthplace of the PAX 2, the second evolution of one of the most popular, elegant, and visually striking vaporizers on the market. The mouthpiece doubles as the device's only "button," controlling power and temperature, a single LED light changes color to show battery charge, temperature, and idle status, and an internal motion sensor adjusts power consumption to save battery. It's iPhone engineering brought to bear on a smoking device. PAX Labs' determination to bring Silicon Valley design to an industry known for skull stickers and hand-blown pipes has paid off. Founded in 2007 by two Stanford product design students, this year, PAX Labs closed a $46.7 million round of funding, expanded to 100 employees, and sold upwards of half a million total units of the PAX 1, before releasing the PAX 2 in March. The company reports it has doubled sales over the past two years. Take note: While the device is capable of vaporizing any "loose leaf product" the PAX is marketed strictly as a tobacco device, at least until federal law catches up to the state-by-state trend of cannabis legalization. We asked CEO and co-founder James Monsees what's special about the PAX 2 and the future of the nascent vaporizer market. How do you go about designing a deceptively simple device like this? It used these little tobacco capsules, sort of like espresso cartridges and it was butane powered. We realized very quickly the category of e-cigarettes wasn’t really around. Portable vaporization devices were sort of in existence but they were clunky and weren’t terribly popular. We realized that if you only have a few people in the company, you can have a cool product, but you can’t explain it to people. It’s exceedingly expensive and time-consuming to actually get it out. Portable vaporizers were around but they were really designed for, let’s say, extreme users, who were more than happy to push a bunch of buttons and turn a bunch of knobs and fiddle with things to get things where they wanted. We designed PAX as a tool for more mainstream consumers. People who wanted a really simple, elegant experience. Now we have two product lines for which demand is pretty well of the charts. It’s taken some years to get retail saturation here in the US for PAX.

The thesis that we did [at Stanford], which was the basis for what ultimately became the company, was for a program in product design. The graduate program there is a joint program traditionally between the fine art department and the mechanical engineering department.

It’s spawned its own philosophy, what’s now called “design thinking”.

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