Changing | Transforming: The Newsletter of the Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success

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The goal of the NSF ADVANCE program is to increase the number and success of women faculty in the science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and behavioral sciences fields by recruiting more diverse faculty, providing clear opportunities for advancement and career development, and providing an inclusive and balanced work environment.


Google Scholar Profiles Enhance the Visibility of Faculty Research and Lead to New Collaborations and Grant Opportunities

Over the past decade, Google Scholar has become a tool many researchers use to provide the scientific community and the public with information on their research. Women who have created Google Scholar profiles report the following advantages:

Some UH departments have explicitly encouraged faculty to create Google Scholar profiles. For ADVANCE to promote the recruitment, retention and development of women and women of color on our campus and beyond, we encourage you to create a Google Scholar profile.

Drs. Monit Cheung and Patrick Leung of the Graduate College of Social Work developed a guide on how to set up your Google Scholar profile. View their presentation here .

If you prefer to work with someone directly on setting up your google scholar profile, please contact Maura Pereira-De Leon at UH ADVANCE and we will set up a meeting with you where we will jointly create your profile. 

ADVANCE Launches Distinguished Scholars Program

In order to provide Women of Color faculty with opportunities to network nationally,The UH Center for ADVANCING Faculty Success invites underrepresented minority tenure/tenure-track women faculty in the STEM or Social/Behavioral Sciences disciplines to submit one-page proposals to host leading experts in their discipline for a two-day visit to the UH campus. Program goals are to provide underrepresented minority women faculty members with the opportunity to network with leading scholars in their discipline, obtain feedback on specific research projects and funding applications through several meetings throughout the two-day period, and host a guest speaker colloquium in their department for the leading scholar.

Those women interested in hosting a leading scholar through the ADVANCE Distinguished Scholars Program are asked to submit a one-page application to the ADVANCE Managing Director Christiane Spitzmueller detailing who they intend to invite, the time frame for the visit, and the overlap between the distinguished scholar's research and their own. Funded applications will provide for travel funds (hotel and airfare) and an honorarium for the distinguished scholar. Deadline for submission of applications for the first round of the ADVANCE Distinguished Scholars Program is March 30, 2017 by 5:00pm.


  Xin Fu 
  Assistant Professor in the Cullen College of Engineering Xin Fu earned a $410,000 award from NSF to customize smartphone designs and processors.

UH Engineer Earns NSF Grant to Improve Cell Phone User Experience
Xin Fu, assistant professor in the UH Cullen College of Engineering’s electrical and computer engineering department, earned a $410,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to customize smartphone designs and processors to better suit the needs of its vast array of users. Smartphone manufacturers have traditionally expected their customers to adapt to their devices. But with the diverse group of smartphone users now ranging from teenagers to CEOs, manufacturers are exploring ways to adapt smartphone technology to meet the needs of all its users. Learn More

Ph.D. Student in Chemistry Awarded Inaugural Axalta Achievement Scholarship
Zhongzheng ‘Amy’ Cai, a fourth-year chemistry Ph.D. student at the University of Houston, was awarded the inaugural Axalta Achievement Scholarship. This scholarship, which came with a $5,000 award and a plaque, was sponsored by Axalta Coating Systems in conjunction with the Powder Coating Institute (PCI). This scholarship is offered annually to a student pursuing studies in fields related to powder coating chemistry at a US university. “After obtaining my doctoral degree in chemistry, I want to work as a research scientist, applying my knowledge and expertise in catalyst design to solve challenges in polymer science,” Cai said. Learn More

CLASS Researcher Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Labor to Examine LGBT Workplace Discrimination
A CLASS researcher has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to examine how well contractors are following a 2014 executive order signed by President Obama which bans federal contractors from workplace discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation. Dr. Amanda Baumle, associate professor of sociology, is working with two faculty members from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst to analyze data and determine the effectiveness of the order. Her co-investigators on the project are Dr. M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics, and Dr. Steven Boutcher, assistant professor of sociology. Learn More

Mini Das Receives $1 Million Breakthrough Award from Department of Defense
Mini Das, assistant professor of physics in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston, was awarded a highly competitive $1 million Breakthrough Award Level 2 grant from the Breast Cancer Research Program, administered by the Department of Defense. This three-year grant was one of only 15 awarded for 2016. The grant supports Das’ research to develop an innovative imaging technique to solve the problem of low tissue contrast in current breast cancer imaging techniques. To do this, Das will lead an interdisciplinary team of physicists, biologists and engineers. Learn More


Paula Myrick Short, Director and Co-Principal Investigator, Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success
Christiane Spitzmueller, Interim Managing Director, Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success | 713.743.4210 |