Cougar Milestones Sept. 2, 2022
09/02/2022, 01:00:02 PM

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Dear University of Houston Community,

The time has arrived—the start of a new academic year!

It’s an exciting moment, particularly for our new Cougars. Those faculty, staff and students arriving to UH for the first time will experience many longstanding fall traditions on our campus.

One tradition I am proud to be a part of is this newsletter, Cougar Milestones. This is not just the first edition of fall semester, it happens to be my first newsletter as interim provost.

My predecessor, Dr. Paula Myrick Short, set the standard for promoting news on student success and institutional excellence. I will do my best to follow her lead, and I believe the latest Cougar Milestones spotlights several truly great things happening at UH.

These first few weeks of the semester are indeed busy, but take a moment to browse through this newsletter and learn more about our University. Also, make time to immerse yourselves in our Cougar culture. Meet new friends, join campus organizations, and become better acquainted with your institution. Whether you’re a new or returning Coog, you’ll always discover something new to love about the University of Houston.



Robert H. McPherson
UH Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost




Med Students Named Albert Schweitzer Fellows

Breanna Chachere, Zikora Stephens, Taylor Jackson and Pelumi Oloyede are among UH’s latest Albert Schweitzer Fellows, lending their expertise to support the health needs of underserved communities.




Career Achievement
The National Science Foundation has recognized Andreas Mang as a scholar on the rise. The assistant professor of mathematics earned NSF’s most prestigious honor, the CAREER Award.


University of Choice
The University of Houston has been selected as an Amazon Career Choice institution.Through this designation, Amazon employees seeking higher education opportunities can pursue bachelor’s degrees at UH.


Provost’s Spotlight: Hussain Sayed
Each month, Cougar Milestones spotlights an outstanding student achievement. This month’s Provost’s Spotlight is on Hussain Sayed, the first UH student to earn the Joseph John Suozzi INTELEC® Fellowship in Power Electronics.


Get Your Neuromotors Running: NIH Grant Awarded to UH Professors

Another collaborative effort among University of Houston faculty is being recognized by the National Institutes of Health. Health and Human Performance Associate Professor Pranav J. Parikh and Cullen College of Engineering Professor Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal have been awarded the NIH R25 Research Education grant titled “Neuromotor Skill Advancement for Post-baccalaureates (NSAP).” 

Sept. 23 - The Quest for Environmental and Climate Justice Featuring Robert Bullard

This free lecture will be conducted in the UH Alumni Center at 11 a.m. Special guest Robert Bullard, Distinguished Professor at Texas Southern University will explore how race and class map closely with pollution, unequal protection, and vulnerability.


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Robert H. McPherson
Interim Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, UH | 832-842-0550


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