Cougar Milestones May 2, 2022
05/02/2022, 01:00:02 PM

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A Message from the Provost

Dear UH Community,

Spring 2022 is drawing to a close, and what a semester it has been!

In recent weeks, we commemorated our institution’s many accomplishments during my recent address at the Spring Faculty Assembly; showcased researchers on the rise during Undergraduate Research Day, and observed the progress of Preeminence: 50-in-5 initiative during a special town hall.

Events such as these are clearly a reminder of the many activities taking place at UH. Soon, we will celebrate even more accomplishments during the Faculty Excellence Awards on May 5 and Spring Commencement ceremonies May 12 – 15.

It is safe to say there’s never a quiet moment at UH, especially when we have talented scholars, staff, and students making an impact within their respective departments and disciplines.

This edition of Cougar Milestones features even more achievements and clearly demonstrates the spirit of our institution and the people who make it a great university.

Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


Picture Perfect

Keliy Anderson-Staley is focused on inspiring future generations of photographers at UH’s Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts and is the institution’s latest Guggenheim Fellow. Read more.

The Future is (Ful)Bright

A second Fulbright appointment is twice as nice for Renee Knake-Jefferson. Jefferson, a law professor and the Joanne and Larry Doherty Chair in Legal Ethics at the University of Houston Law Center, was named a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador. Read more.

CAREER Rewards

Panruo Wu, assistant professor of computer science, is the latest National Science Foundation CAREER Award recipient in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. Read more.

UH’s Grad Programs Ranked Among Nation's Best

UH’s master’s and doctoral programs are again recognized as some the best in the nation. U.S. News & World Report ranks four UH graduate programs among the top 10 in the U.S., and 20 additional programs also rank high within their respective disciplines. Read more.

Prescription for Excellence

Rajender R. Aparasu is being recognized for his commitment to research, education, and service to improve patient health outcomes, especially within the geriatric population. Aparasu, Mustafa and Sanober Lokhandwala Endowed Professor in the College of Pharmacy, will soon receive the 2022 Paul R. Dawson Award for Excellence in Patient Care Research from the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. Read more.

NSM Professors, Alum Published in Science

UH biology and biochemistry faculty Kerri Crawford and Rebecca Zufall and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics alumna Hannah Locke were published in the noted journal, Science. Their research on white clover is one of the largest studies of parallel evolution in cities. Read more.

Making an Impact

Provost Paula Myrick Short presented the 2022 Impact Report at the Spring Faculty Assembly. Short's presentation, spotlighting the many achievements during her time as provost, is now online. Read more.

Grades on the Go

Students can now access their grades through the popular UH Go app. This is a convenient option for students to review their progress in courses and keep track of semester grades. They can simply visit the Grade Center within the app.

Upcoming Events


May 5 – Faculty Excellence Awards
6 p.m.
Conrad Hilton Grand Ballroom – Hilton University of Houston

May 12 – 15 Spring 2022 Commencement

Visit UH’s Commencement site for a complete schedule of college ceremonies and locations.


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