Mihaela Noroc Photography

Photographer from Romania, the author of an unique project -The Atlas of Beauty-. She travels and captures the natural and diverse beauty around the world.

I photographed women in 37 countries, but there are more faces on earth to be discovered.

Your support is really important because it will help me reach more places of the earth and show more diversity of our amazing planet. Our world really needs an Atlas of Beauty and we can create it together.

What is The Atlas of Beauty

First of all, let me introduce myself: I’m Mihaela Noroc, a 29 years old photographer from Romania. In the past 2 years I traveled around the world, with my own small savings, photographing hundreds of women and creating a project called The Atlas of Beauty.

My goal is to show that beauty is everywhere and is not about race, money or trends, but more about being yourself, natural and authentic.

Today more and more women feel a pressure to look in a certain way, but I think we are beautiful, if we treasure what makes us unique.

The Atlas of Beauty became viral on the internet and major publications, from all around the world, wrote about it. Now I have the chance to make my statement heard so it’s very important to continue my project.

19333-R3L8T8D-900-different-countries-women-portrait-photography-michaela-noroc-5-moscow-russiaI have to travel at least one year to gather enough images for publishing a comprehensive Atlas, but I really need your support to do this journey.

19345-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere16__880I plan to visit all continents, except Antarctica, and I will make my exact route based on your votes. I will go in both modern and traditional countries. I will cover different kind of environments from cities, villages and remote areas to show the diversity of our planet, through portraits of women.

19349-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere7__880Now millions of people will see my photos and together we can send a powerful message to the world. We can show that beauty is in our differences and we should all be proud of ourselves.

Now that I reached the funding goal, I can cover the expenses listed above. 

But more funds I raise, more countries and diversity I will capture. The extra funds are essential for the quality of the project and for the film of the journey so each contribution is still very important, until the last day of the campaign. 

19340-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere10__880With your support, I will study more areas of the world.

I will buy a dedicated video camera and microphone.  The documentary will be very authentic and realistic, but it still needs investments.

19351-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere9__880I will also be able to offer more support when visiting communities in need.

Sometime I will be able to rent a car to go in more remote places.

20150315121000-2eThe Impact of the project

The Atlas of Beauty has been featured in major publications of the world. This coverage offers us the opportunity to send our message to more people.


But this is just the beginning. If I will have your support I will capture much more diversity. Together we will continue to show that beauty means to be yourself, to be proud of your roots, to cultivate what you have, instead of being disappointed about something that you don’t have.

Beauty is in our differences and uniqueness. Now I’m saying it trough words, but if I will have your support, I will “say” it better through my photos.

19350-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere8__880-1Risks and challenges

In my previous journey I had dangerous moments, hard days of working, exhausting routes, unfriendly viruses, but I will do it again, with all my passion. This time I will have more experience and more confidence, knowing that wonderful people from all around the world are supporting me.

19347-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere18__880Other ways you can help

Any contribution is important and will help me to continue. But you can also support me by sharing my story with your friends and letting the world know about The Atlas of Beauty Campaign.

19343-R3L8T8D-900-I-photographed-women-from-37-countries-to-show-that-beauty-is-everywhere14__880-1Together we can show to the world that beauty is everywhere. Thank you very much for your support!

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Project Management

pmGet the tools that allow you to manage projects successfully in different fields of action.

Basic Skills

This Learning Experience is based on the premise that achieve success in executing projects requires fundamental knowledge in Project Management and that PMI® standards (PMBOK®) can provide excellent guidelines to implementing work strategies to ensure such a success.

The course will run as a workshop, with participants divided into teams working through the phases of an example project from initiation to closing. This course is designed for staff who are moving into a project management role or who have been in such a role for 2 years or less.


Advanced Skills

This course is based on the Project Management Institute (PMI®) standards and its content provides an opportunity to improve upon existing project management skills by applying tools to a relevant custom-made project case study.

The course will be run as a workshop, with participants divided into teams and working through the phases of an example project from initiation to closing. This course is designed for staff who are moving into a project management higher level role or who have been in such a role for 2 years or less.


Screen-Shot-2013-02-05-at-9.35.11-PMMore information: www.traineeum.com 


Space Center Houston


Houston, we have a problem. You haven’t experienced Space Center Houston yet!

This isn’t just like going to a simple science museum; this is where the magic happens! The center features more than 400 space exhibits and attractions related to the future and past of America’s human space-flight program – all for one small admission price. You are sure to find something new every time you pass by, because there are new exhibits all the time, but your old favorites will probably still be there!


Since opening in 1992, Space Center Houston has welcomed more than 17 million visitors and currently takes in around 800,000 guests each year! When you are in the need for some space, check out Space Center Houston today!

For more information: http://spacecenter.org/

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)


It’s the summer; pretty much everyone is on a summer break. Even if you don’t, you have siblings or kids. Drop on by the Children’s Museum of Houston today!

What makes this museum so special? First off it is the “America’s No. 1 Children’s Museum” by Parents magazine, the Winner of Nickelodeon Parents’ Picks Best Museum in Houston” 2009 & 2010, Click2Houston’s Best Museum” 2010, and the Citysearch.com nationwide 5-star children’s museum. Amazing, right?

CMH_Cyberchase-2-_700x700Since it was founded in 1980 by a group of Houston parents, this museum has done everything in its power to influence kids to learn while having fun, to involve kids in reading, science, math, culture, and social studies.

Overall I think this is a fantastic museum if you are under 12 years old or know someone between those ages, perhaps your kids or siblings. Check out the Children’s Museum of Houston this summer!

For more information: http://www.cmhouston.org/

Children’s Museum of Houston

1500 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004

Phone: (713) 522-1138



Haven’t you ever been bored on a Thursday morning in the summer, you just have nothing to do, why don’t you go to the Houston Museum of Natural Science?

You must be wondering why I mentioned Thursday morning, it’s because the HMNS is free on Thursdays after 3 p.m.! Go on and take your entire family for an amazing experience.

Burke-Baker-Planetarium-Houston-Museum-Natural-ScienceWhat makes this museum one of the best in Houston? Let me tell you!

Since its founding in 1909, the purpose of the HMNS has been to enhance knowledge of natural science in individuals. To this day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with this museum.

As one of the most heavily attended museums in the USA, the Museum houses the Burke Baker Planetarium, Wortham GIANT Screen Theatre, Cockrell Butterfly Center and a large variety of exhibit areas that examine astronomy, paleontology, energy, chemistry, gems and minerals, Texas wildlife and much, much more!

hmns_logotype2This would surely be an amazing learning experience for people of all ages and sizes, come on and drop by this amazing museum when you are in the downtown area!

5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston Texas 77030

Information/Tickets: 713.639.4629


– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)


6faaf4c4c16ae6aa94340a4945a55301Haven’t you ever wanted to take a workshop or a class, I mean it’s the summer; don’t you want something to do that stimulates your brain?

TX/RX is a non-profit Hackerspace in Houston offering classes, lab space, and collective knowledge. They are a project based group of makers, inventors, tinkerers, artists, crafters, and coders.


Their goals are to bring creative people together and to make opaque scientific and technical concepts accessible to everyone through education.

697ce22f09086df253a32252c9af19e9All you have to do is go to their website, see if any of their classes/workshops interest you, then book it! They have a large variety of classes for all ages, so teens can also learn a little something this summer.

If you see a class that is full or isn’t available, you can just sign up for an email notification so you don’t have to keep checking the website day in day out.

If you feel as if you don’t want to book a class just yet because you don’t know anything about TX/RX Labs, you can head on over to the Open House they host every Friday at 7 p.m. and check out the huge facility!

5a150705115480cc9a84a7b0ab8c238bSo why don’t you drop by their website or their Open House sometime, you might see something worth your while!




Hours of Operation

Monday to Friday: 10 am to 10 pm, Saturday: 9 am – 8 pm, Sunday: 10 am – 7 pm

Mailing Address

205 Roberts Street, Houston, TX 77003


– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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You didn’t know that Texas had endangered, exotic or extinct animals?

What? Well you might be surprised to see some of these animals that live or used to live here. I’m not going to list all of them because there are hundreds for each category so I’m only going to put my favorites.



The HOUSTON TOAD is an endangered species that is also known as Bufo Houstonensis and was listed as endangered in 1970, dang.



I’m going to include two birds, because I think one will surprise you.

cutieThis cutie is called the piping plover and is known as Charadrius Melodus  to scientists.





eagleGASP! I didn’t know that bald eagles were here in Texas, but unfortunately they are still endangered, they are known as Haliaeetus Leucocephalus.






This weird thing is called the small tooth sawfish, creepy, and if you want you can call It Pristis Pectinate.





spiderGROSS! This monstrosity is called the tooth cave spider, and I’m glad it’s endangered; if you want you can call it Neoleptoneta Myopica.





mammalsThese adorable guys are known by you as West Indian Manatees, but if you really want to you can call them Trichechus Manatus, I’m kind of bummed out that they are endangered.

ursusOh my god, we have black bears too?!? This poor guy is the Ursus Americanus and is not common around here but can still be found.

I think this is it for the endangered animals, stay tuned for more soon, and leave some suggestions of what you want to see!

– Daniella Garcia-Loos (writer-contributor)

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A business team of three sitting in office and planning work

Increase your sales – and your happiness – by forming winning habits that set you up for achievement.


Start putting these habits into play to improve your performance and generate more revenue.
  • Practice Empathy: Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. It is crucial to sales success. So, commit yourself to empathizing in personal and professional interactions. Do this often enough and it will become habit. You’ll be able to better understand your clients’ pain points, needs and objectives; this will help you develop better solutions that earn you client loyalty and more sales.
Confident businesswoman explaining something to colleagues at meeting
Urpromoproducts Team – Houston, Texas
  • Constantly Strive To Improve: Upper echelon performers in every field always work to get better. Do the same. Look to learn from more senior sales pros. Look to younger reps, too, for new perspectives. Seek insights from quality sales videos, articles and seminars produced by reputable sources. Most importantly, analyze your own performance. After each interaction with a client and prospect, question how you could have performed better. If you do this when calls go poorly and when they go well, you’re bound to improve your bottom line.
  • Maintain a Strong and Steady Work Ethic: High-achieving sales reps are consistent in their business efforts. Strategic and persistent, they routinely apply the methods and work habits that lead to success, always resisting the temptation to slack off. “With consistency in your work habits, you’re more apt to be motivated, hopeful and have enough deals in your pipeline to keep your sales levels where you want them to be,” says Jonathan M. Bell, author of Suddenly Successful.
  • Train Your Brain To Focus On The Positive: Be forward-thinking, focusing your attention on goals and the practical steps needed to achieve them. Start building this sunny outlook by being more mindful of your thought monologue. Catch those negative thoughts as they creep in and then reform them into positive ones. Turn, for instance, “This prospect is just going to buy from the Internet” into “I have a good plan for bringing value to this client that will encourage him to order from me.” A positive outlook will strengthen your confidence, which will radiate to prospects, making it more likely that they will order from you.
  • Plan Your Day, Every Day: Writing down what you aim to accomplish in the day significantly increases the chances those things will get done. Prioritize the list, putting at the top the tasks that must be addressed. You may have to deviate from the list, but starting out with a framework gives you structure, keeps you organized and clarifies where you should be devoting attention. Such focus will make you more productive, enabling you to serve clients better. And superior service directly contributes to stronger sales.
  • Practice Tactful Persistence: Top salespeople are consistently assertive without being aggressive. They pursue the sale with great passion using humor, scheduling follow-up times, bringing added value to the table and always having a valid reason for contacting the prospect. With strategic persistence, they keep client relationships amiable and earn more business.

(source: Advantages -ASI member – by www.urpromoproducts.com – Houston, Texas)

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Rice_University_170690Rice University is a private institution that was founded in 1912. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,965, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 285 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Rice University’s ranking in the 2015 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 19. Its tuition and fees are $40,566 (2014-15).

Rice University, located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, offers a dynamic student life in the nation’s fourth-largest city. The Rice Coffeehouse, Valhalla Pub and Willy’s Pub are all student-run institutions offering on-campus food and drink. Before stqualityepping foot on campus, all students are assigned to one of 11 residential colleges, of which they remain members even if they decide to move off campus. The residential colleges provide housing, dining, and academic and social events. The Rice Owls boast 14 varsity NCAA Division I athletic teams and are well known for their strong baseball program. Students receive free tickets to all varsity athletic events.

Rice is comprised of eight schools, including the School of Social Sciences, School of Humanities and Wiess School of Natural Sciences. Its graduate schools include the highly ranked Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business and George R. Brown School of Engineering. Rice also has a well-regarded School of Architecture and the Shepherd School of Music. Rice is home to the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy, a nonpartisan think tank, which offers coursework, internships and lectures. When a private detective found Rice’s stolen owl mascot at rival school Texas A&M in 1917, he sent a coded message back to Rice students letting them know that “Sammy” was OK, thus bestowing a name on the school’s mascot.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):
As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed…As a leading research university with a distinctive commitment to undergraduate education, Rice University aspires to pathbreaking research, unsurpassed teaching and contributions to the betterment of our world. It seeks to fulfill this mission by cultivating a diverse community of learning and discovery that produces leaders across the spectrum of human endeavor. Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, undergraduate education has remained at the center of Rice University’s mission since its founding in 1912. Our students have unparalleled opportunities to learn from distinguished faculty through classroom interaction and research collaboration. Rice combines the advantages of a liberal arts college with the resources and facilities of a premier research university. Some of the important engineering and science developments include Rice being the first university in the nation with a department wholly dedicated to space science; Rice researchers joining Dr. Michael Debakey and his Baylor College of Medicine team to produce the first artificial heart; and Rice professors Robert Curl and Richard Smalley and British chemist Sir Harold Kroto receiving the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their discovery of buckyballs, which introduced the new field of nanotechnology. In addition to engineering, Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. The distinctive residential college system enhances the Rice experience by allowing students to flourish as individuals in a community of their peers. Rice boasts a 6:1 undergraduate student-faculty ratio, a median class size of 14, an endowment of $4.84 billion and numerous opportunities for undergraduates to conduct primary research. Rice practices need-blind admission, meets 100 percent of students’ demonstrated need and is consistently heralded as one of the best values in higher education. Rice is surrounded by the Texas Medical Center, the Museum District, Hermann Park, Rice Village and great restaurants, and is a short light-rail ride away from theater, symphony, ballet, opera and major league sports.

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College of Education Dean Ranked Among the Most Influential in the Nation

New Rankings from Mometrix Consider Program Rankings, Awards and Alumni Salaries

Robert McPherson, dean of the University of Houston College of Education, has been ranked among the 30 “Most Influential Deans of Education in the United States.”  The recognition comes from Mometrix Test Preparation, a Texas-based, global test preparation company.

“This type of individual recognition reflects the collective effort and impact of the Tier One faculty, staff and students at the University of Houston,” McPherson said. “We are a College of Education aspiring to lead the nation in research, teaching and service by eliminating health and educational disparities and empowering human potential. Houston deserves nothing less.”  McPherson

The rankings considered state and national awards and honors, education program rankings, individual degree program rankings and the level of pay received by the institution’s alumni.

McPherson has led the college since 2012, during which time the college’s online graduate programs have been ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. The magazine has also ranked the college’s graduate programs among the best in the nation. Additionally, the National Council for Teacher Quality has ranked three College of Education programs in the top 25 of the nation’s best teacher preparation programs.

“Dr. McPherson has found a way to blend his background in psychology with an ever-growing education program at the University of Houston,” the Mometrix rankings noted. “Since his installment as dean, the College of Education has risen in national prominence.”

McPherson is a member of the National Academics of Practice and is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the American Educational Research Association.  He also has served as chair of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. He also is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Karl Heiser Award which recognizes his state and national advocacy contributions on behalf of psychologists and their patients.

To view the rankings visit http://www.mometrix.com/blog/the-30-most-influential-deans-of-education-in-the-united-states/


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Forbes Names Vlocity As A Next-Gen Disruptor in Sales and Customer Management In Addition to Being Named by Forbes to the Next Billion Dollar Companies List,...