Cougar Milestones April 15, 2021
04/15/2021, 01:00:01 PM

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Francine J. Harris Receives
2020 National Book Critics Circle Poetry Award

Associate Professor of English Francine J. Harris won the 2020 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Award for poetry. She received this honor for her most recent work, Here is the Sweet Hand. UH alumnus Bryan Washington’s latest novel, Memorial, also claimed an honorable mention in the NBCC Awards’ fiction category. In 2019, the NBCC awarded UH Arte Público Press the prestigious Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award. The NBCC Awards are considered among the most respected literary honors in America.

Norma Olvera Earns 2021 Hispanic Health Professionals Leadership Network Award

College of Education Professor Norma Olvera has been honored by the National Hispanic Medical Association with a 2021 Hispanic Health Professionals Leadership Network Award for her work to improve health in traditionally underserved communities. Olvera founded and directs the BOUNCE program, which promotes healthy living among adolescents and families. She is also an executive committee member of the Underrepresented Women of Color Coalition.

Wei-Kan Chu’s 40-Year Teaching Career Honored with Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award

Physics Professor Chu's dedication to and excellence mentoring the next generation’s scientific leaders has garnered him two awards. Most recently, he won the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools’ 2021 Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award. In 2020, he received the inaugural UH Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award.

Roberto José Tejada Awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship

Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor of English, Creative Writing, and Art History Roberto José Tejada has been awarded a 2021 Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry. Dr. Tejada was one of 184 American and Canadian artists, writers, scholars, and scientists chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants. Of the 184 recipients, 26 were awarded to fiction writers, nonfiction writers, and poets. 

Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design industrial design student Anna Bibikova received first place in the prestigious 2021 Bienenstock Furniture Library Competition for her chair, Manta, a hammock-like net woven around a fluid metal frame. The project was conceived and fabricated as a result of professor Jeff Feng and Aaron McEuen’s studio assignment encouraging students to enact their personal interests while designing a chair.  

Reid Boehm, research data management librarian in the UH Libraries, was one of 15 international information professionals who received a National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Plus 2021 scholarship. Sponsored by Digital Science, the scholarship is awarded to those working in libraries, vendors, publishing, or other areas of information science whose views and voices are underrepresented or marginalized.

The Hobby School’s survey on the impact of Winter Storm 2021 and COVID-19 Restrictions revealed how intensely Texans were affected by the breakdown in basic services and also how they feel about relaxing public COVID safety measures. The results will help decision-makers mitigate the after effects of both and weigh potential changes to public policies. The survey results were released in three parts in late March and early April 2021. 

Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, UH System
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