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Harris County Gender Wage Gap Widens

Even as the gender wage gap narrowed nationwide, the average pay disparity between men and women in Harris County widened, according to an analysis of the latest census data by the Institute for Research on Women, Gender & Sexuality (IRWGS) at the University of Houston. Factor in race and ethnicity, and the contrast is even more stark.

$2M Grant to Examine What Drives Promotion and Tenure Outcomes in Higher Ed

A research team led by the University of Houston has received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to shed new light on what drives promotion and tenure outcomes in academic environments.

COVID-related Mental Health Disparities? There’s an App for That

With $2.7M from the National Institute of Mental Health, Michael Zvolensky, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor of psychology, is developing a behavioral health care app to address COVID-related health disparities in racial and ethnic populations.

Latinx Young Adults Who Worry About Heart Conditions at Higher Risk for Mental Health Disorders

Michael Zvolensky, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished University Professor of psychology, reports that screening for heart-focused anxiety is much more efficient and precise than screening for a whole range of mental health problems.

Fulbright Scholar Ambassador

University of Houston historian José Angel Hernández, a three-time Fulbright U.S. Scholar, has been selected as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador. 

Are External Review Letters & Promotion Outcomes Fair Indicators of Researcher Performance?

The University of Houston has received a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to examine the role of external review letters in the promotion and tenure process.

Girls Run the World: CLASS Celebrates Three 4.0 Summa Cum Laude Graduates

The University of Houston College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS) is proud to congratulate three summa cum laude graduates in the Class of 2021, each of whom achieved a 4.0 GPA throughout their undergraduate studies. Although Arden Alldredge, Barbara Lomeli Ibarra and Briana Johnson each dealt with unique hardships (first-generation college attendance, language barriers and the death of a loved one, respectively) on their paths to academic excellence, these high achievers believe the challenges they faced in college have made them more resilient in navigating life's rugged terrain. Today, they emerge triumphant, determined to claim a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Jaelynn Walls First UH Student to be Named Knight-Hennessy Scholar

Jaelynn Walls, a second year graduating senior majoring in art history with a minor in African American studies, has been named a 2021 Knight-Hennessy Scholar, widely regarded as one of the most prestigious fellowships in the nation. Walls is the first University of Houston student to receive the honor and joins 81 new scholars selected to start their studies at Stanford University in fall 2021.