Cougar Milestones July 27, 2022
07/27/2022, 12:00:01 PM

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A Message From the Provost

Dear UH Community,

Time certainly flies!

I’ve used this expression in recent presentations, but it certainly applies to this edition of Cougar Milestones. This will be my last newsletter as your senior vice president of academic affairs and provost, but I know this digital publication will continue to communicate the great things happening at UH.

It has indeed been a wonderful 10 years serving this institution, and saying “goodbye” is never easy. With that in mind, this is not farewell, but rather a “See you soon!”

Although I won’t be on campus as frequently, my commitment to the University of Houston still runs deep. When called upon, I will be available to support this outstanding University and offer my services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Not to mention, I also will be in the stands at the Fertitta Center and TDECU Stadium to root for our Coogs!

As they say, “Once a Cougar, always a Cougar!”

That is indeed accurate as I will forever be a part of this University and it will always be a part of me.

See you soon!

Paula Myrick Short
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost


All Eyes on Professor’s Global Energy Prize

UH Distinguished Professor Kaushik Rajashekara is one of only three experts worldwide to receive the designation of Global Energy Prize Laureate.

Unwrapping a New Gift at C. T. Bauer College of Business

A $4 million gift is supporting the launch of the C. T. Bauer College of Business’ Musa and Khaleda Dakri Center for Economic Inclusion. This gift from the Dakri family also supports an endowed chair and research.

Celebrated in Sugar Land

Provost Paula Myrick Short was recently recognized by the city of Sugar Land.

First Fulbright is a Charm for Samina Salim

UH’s Samina Salim traveled to Jordan as a Fulbright Specialist. She is continuing her work with Syrian refugee communities and will collaborate with Jordan University of Science and Technology.

STEM Stars on the Rise

UH’s STEM RISE is preparing future scientists, doctors, and teachers.

NSF Supporting Undersea Research using A.I.

UH’s Jiajia Sun and Will Sager will explore oceanic plateaus using artificial intelligence. Their efforts are supported by a recent National Science Foundation grant.

Doctoral Students Research Earns Recognition

The research of Kerry Chávez recently earned acknowledgements from the Association for Psychological Science. Likewise, her work received an honorable mention for the 2022 Researching Injustice and Social Equality (RISE) Research Award.

Upcoming Events


Aug. 19 - First Lecture
First Lecture returns to an in-person event in Cullen Performance Hall at 10:30 a.m. Kick off the academic year with inspirational speakers as they provide insights for moving forward toward a better future.


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