The Abramson Center for the Future of Health
at UH received a $250,000 pre-seed grant from the Texas Emerging
Technology Fund for Blue Scale, a system that assesses cardiac
function in the home and alerts the user to the need for intervention.
Upon reaching specific milestones with the project, the researchers
will receive the remaining $750,000 of the $1 million grant. Dr.
Cliff Dacso, professor in the College of Technology, is the executive
director of the center.
The C. T. Bauer College of Business is featured in The Princeton
Review’s 2011 edition of the book “The Best 300 Business
Schools,” released recently.
UH is part of the collaboration that received a five-year, $20
million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support
the project “Understanding Malleable Cognitive Processes
and Integrated Comprehensive Interventions for Grades 7-12.” David
Francis, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor,
chair of the department of psychology and director of the Texas
Institute for Measurement, Evaluation, and Statistics; and Jack
Fletcher, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor
in the department of psychology, are the principal investigators
for the UH section of the grant.
UH, ABB Inc, SuperPower Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy’s
(DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have received a $4.2 million
grant from the DOE to develop a superconducting magnet energy storage
system device that could revolutionize the nation’s electrical
Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical
Engineering and director of the Applied Research Hub of the Texas
Center for Superconductivity at UH, will lead the university’s
the second time in four years, the Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff
Center for Entrepreneurship at the C. T. Bauer College
of Business has been ranked the best of its kind in the nation,
landing at the top of The Princeton Review’s list of leading
undergraduate entrepreneurship programs in the United States. The
center is No. 1 on the list of the Top 25 Undergraduate Schools
for Entrepreneurs. The program was ranked No. 1 in 2008 and No.
2 in 2007 and 2009. William Sherrill is the program’s
Elizabeth Warren (’70), Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law
at Harvard University, was named by President Barack Obama to
serve as the special assistant to the president and special adviser
to the secretary of the treasury on the Consumer Financial Protection
Sugar Land City Council member Jacqueline
Baly Chaumette (’80)
has been named an ABC/13 Woman of Distinction for its 2011 winter
ball, benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of
America Houston Gulf Coast/South Texas Chapter.
Alice Cepeda, sociology professor and associate director of
the Center for Drug and Social Policy Research in the Graduate
College of Social Work, was presented with the National Award
of Excellence in Research by a New Investigator from the National
Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse. The award recognizes
outstanding research and/or publication in the field of Hispanic
Vincent Donnelly and Demetre
Economou, professors of chemical
and biomolecular engineering, received a threeyear, $450,000
grant from the National Science Foundation to develop their nanopantography
method of nanoscale fabrication.
Kubiszyn, chair and professor
of the department of educational psychology, received the Texas
Psychological Association 2010 Outstanding Contribution to Education
Roberta Nutt, visiting professor of counseling psychology in
the College of Education, was presented with the Texas Psychological
Association 2010 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.
Michael Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law
and director of the UH Law Center’s Institute for Higher
Education Law and Governance, has been elected president of the
Association of American Law Schools for 2011.
Tyler Priest, business professor, has been appointed senior
policy analyst by the National Oil Spill Commission. Priest will
work with the panel as it considers how the federal government
can better manage promoting offshore production, protecting the
environment and collecting revenues from oil and gas output.
Venkat Selvamanickam, M.D. Anderson Chair Professor of Mechanical
Engineering and director of the Applied Research Hub of the Texas
Center for Superconductivity at UH, was named as one of the recipients
of the 2010 R&D 100 Award. The awards are sponsored by Research
and Development Magazine and recognize the “100 most technologically
significant new products of 2010.”
Physics professor Arthur B. Weglein will receive the Reginald
Fessenden Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists.
The award honors an individual who has made a specific technical
contribution to exploration geophysics. It is one of the highest
awards presented by the organization.
Emily Messa, assistant vice president of university
services, was appointed to the city of Houston Clean City Commission.
The commission’s mission is to educate and to build community
partnerships and awareness of how people can be proactive in
Erica Fletcher was named one of Glamour magazine’s Top
10 College Women of the Year. Fletcher, whose profile appears
in the October edition of the magazine, was selected for her
academic excellence, personal involvement in the community and
her leadership experience.
The team of Stacey Brown, Aimee
Langlinais, Alina Tkachova and
Kate Turner took first place in a case competition at the National
Association of Women MBAs national conference.
Taraka Ravi Shankar Mullapudi is the recipient of the American
Society of Civil Engineers’ Trent R. Dames and William
W. Moore Fellowship.
Megan Planas is the recipient of the Society
for Mexican American Engineers 2010 President’s Award.
The award honors individuals for their extraordinary dedication
and exemplary work on a specific project having far-reaching
implications on the organization.
Scholars Academy received a five-year, $450,000 federal
grant from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The grant funds
efforts to increase underrepresented students in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics who enter programs in the nuclear
science arena. Principal investigator Mary
Jo Parker is the director
of the academy.
Jennifer Abrams received a three-year, $33,000 fellowship from
the American Society for Microbiology to support pioneering research
into the molecular causes of diseases such as Alzheimer’s,
Lou Gehrig’s and Parkinson’s. She was one of only seven
students to win the national award.
Charles McClelland (’98) was appointed as chief of the
Houston Police Department.
John Wolf (’10) has won the Texas Student Teacher of the
Year Award. Wolf is a science teacher in Carmichael Elementary
School in Aldine Independent School District.
Robert C. Wilson, jazz-artist-in-resident, received the 2010
Kemah Boardwalk Jazz Achievement Award. He has played with such
musical greats as Ray Charles, Judy Garland and Stevie Wonder.
Yvonne Kendall, associate professor and program annotator for
Mercury Baroque, has her writings featured on Mercury’s
website. Kendall’s work will also be used at a forthcoming
concert to be performed at the National Gallery of Art in Washington,
Alma L. Lara, adjunct professor of urban education, is the recipient
of Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s 2010 Hispanic Heritage
Gail S. M. Evans, professor of business law, has assumed the
role of chairwoman of the Board of Leadership Montgomery County
Viola Garcia, associate professor in urban education department,
has been named a vice president for the Texas Association of
Lea Campbell, director of assessment, was accepted into Accreditation
Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) summer fellowship
program. ABET accredits postsecondary engineering and technology
Lindsey White’s article on “Usability Testing Trends
in Library Services” was printed in Intercom, the monthly
magazine for the Society for Technical Communication.
Twelve students took part in the Civic Houston Internship Program
of UH’s Hobby Center for Public Policy. Participants were
Christina Mayes, Lizeth
Guerra, Quinten Flores, James
Frank Amakwe, Russell Morris and Stephanie
Power. Other participants
were Chris Simmons, Lee
Ann Norell, John Chavez, Maria
Pantoja and Marjorie
received unanimous approval for accreditation of its Master
of Arts in behavior analysis program offered by the School of Human
Sciences and Humanities.
Nine School of Education faculty and 10
doctoral students presented their research papers findings at the
91st annual American Educational Research Association conference.
Faculty participants included Winona Burt, assistant professor
of educational foundations; Carol Carman, assistant professor of
educational foundations; Denise Chapman, assistant professor of
special education; Caroline Crawford, associate professor of instructional
technology; John Decman, associate professor of educational administration;
Kent Divoll, instructor of teacher education; Denise
associate professor of curriculum and instruction and program coordinator
of teacher education; Lillian McEnery, associate professor of literacy,
language and library science; and Debora Ortloff, assistant professor
of education. Doctoral students included Kevin
Badgett, Dawn Coryat,
doctoral graduates Tina Farrell, Valentina
Blonski Hardin, Karen
Hickman, Lance Lyles, Rhonda
Parmer, Angela Pedrana, Angela
Randall and Jessica
Bazlur Rashid, assistant professor of molecular biology in the
School of Science and Computer Engineering, received a $341,934
award from the National Institutes of Health for his proposal “New
Human Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase-binding Proteins in Testis:
Possible Role in Fertility.”
Alumni Elaine Parker Adams (’00) had her article “School
Return Stimulating for Mature Student” published by the
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Lisa Camp (’83) is the recipient of the 2010 National
Association of Emergency Medical Technicians Paramedic of the
Steve Christopherson (’98, ’81) was appointed to
the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors.
He is a counselor at San Jacinto Intermediate School.
Craig Cordola (’98) was promoted to CEO for Memorial Hermann-Texas
Medical Center, Houston.
Tripp Montalbo (’05) was named chief operations officer
at Huntsville Memorial Hospital, Huntsville.
Lloyd Potter (’81) was named state demographer by Gov.
Monica Stout (’10) has written and illustrated the children’s
book “Mandy’s Heart.”
Sue Brown, program chair and associate professor of curriculum
and instruction, received $40,701 in additional funding from
the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Teacher Quality
Grants Program. Her total award for the “Mathematics Institute
2009-2011” proposal is $243,010.
James Dabney, program chair and associate professor of systems
engineering, was awarded $30,000 by the National Science Foundation
for the UH/UHCL collaborative proposal “Collaborative Research:
Develop Innovative Labs-to-Go Kits for Multidisciplinary Undergraduate
Engineering and Technology Education.”
George Guillen, associate professor of biology and environmental
science and executive director of the Environmental Institute
of Houston, received an additional $15,000 award from the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service for his proposal “Texas Diamondback
Terrapin Project, Galveston County, Texas.”
Lory Santiago-Vazquez, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology,
Andrew Yang, associate professor of computer science and computer
information systems, and Carl Zhang, professor of environmental
science, received $245,527 from the National Science Foundation
for their proposal “MRI-R2: Acquisition of a Time of Flight
Mass Spectrometry System for Interdisciplinary Research and Training.”
Christopher Mathey was awarded the National Excellence in Leadership
Award and a National Society of Leadership and Success scholarship.
Bayousphere, UHCL’s student-produced art and literary
magazine, was selected by the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP)
as one of 19 finalists in the 2010 Magazine Pacemaker competition.
This is the highest honor available to ACP members.
softball team was recognized as a National Association of Intercollegiate
Athletics Scholar Team. For a team to be considered for the award,
it must have a minimum 3.0 gradepoint average on a 4.0 scale.
of the master’s-level counseling programs offered by the
School of Education & Human Development received national accreditation
for the first time after a rigorous two-year review. The Council
for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs
accredited the Master of Education degrees in both community and
school counseling. Lawrence Rossow is the school’s dean.
Kristen Lindley (’09) is the recipient of a $25,000 2011-
2012 Rotary Foundation Academic-Year Ambassadori Hong Kong and
learn how to run environmentally friendly businesses.
Biology professor Siva Somasundaram was the recipient of a $17,000 “Designing
Foods for Health” grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
His latest research is part of a larger, ongoing project to find
better ways to prevent and treat breast cancer.
History professor Harold Smith and adjunct faculty member Judith
McArthur co-wrote the book “Texas Through Women’s
Eyes: The Twentieth-Century Experience.”
Ginger Blomstrom, a faculty member in the School of Nursing,
was invited to serve on the Mental Health America of Fort Bend
County board of directors. Her term will expire in 2018.
Jeffrey Di Leo, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, had
the article “The Cult of the Book – and Why It Must
End” published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Suzanne LaBrecque, provost and vice president for academic affairs,
was elected vice president and president-elect of the Texas Council
of Chief Academic Officers.
Margaret Rice, chief of staff, was named Texas state cocoordinator
for the American Council on Education Network of Women Leaders
in Higher Education.
Selected as employees of the month for June,
July and August, respectively were Vangie
training coordinator in the finance office, Ashlee
specialist for the School of Arts & Sciences, and Elizabeth
Corte, senior administrative secretary in the information technology
Erica Henry received an award from the Texas Counseling Association
after she wrote a grant for the organization’s Educational
Endowment Fund. The award allowed her to attend her first American
School Counselor Association conference.
Pravina Halim and Johndavid
Compian were awarded R.M. Tintsman
fellowships to help area United Way offices. Halim assisted the
United Way of Baytown Area. Compian became the first student
employed by Victoria County United Way under the fellowship.