Cougar Milestones April 1, 2022
04/01/2022, 12:00:02 PM

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A Message from the Provost

Dear UH Community,

Welcome to the latest edition of Cougar Milestones showcasing some of the recent accomplishments of our Cougars, as well as recent campus news.

While this newsletter showcases spring success stories, the next edition of the newsletter will contain a digital edition of the forthcoming Provost’s Impact Report showcasing UH’s progress over the past 10 years. I also will present items from this report to stakeholders on campus.

While I have the good fortune of sharing details on UH’s growth, I must give credit where credit is due. UH’s growth has been made possible thanks to your hard work. The accomplishments over the last several years were made possible by a shared vision for our university … one that is moving it ever so closer to its goal of becoming a Top 50 public university.

Thank you for your hard work and commitment to UH!

Paula Myrick Short


Professor Tapped for NHC Fellowship

Cedric Tolliver, associate professor of English, is among the select group of scholars named to the National Humanities Center Fellows. Tolliver, a two-time Fulbright Scholar, joins up to 40 educators, researchers and authors in the 2022-23 class of NHC Fellows.

An Outstanding Mentor

The numbers speak for themselves … 41 years at UH, nearly 50 graduate students mentored, as well as dozens of postdoctoral fellows, visiting scholars and undergraduate students. They add up to UH College of Pharmacy's Diana S-L. Chow earning the 2022 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools.
Read more.

Education Professor
Earns NSF Appointment

Elsa Gonzalez, associate professor of education, has been appointed as a program director for the National Science Foundation. Gonzalez will focus her efforts on enhancing STEM education at Hispanic Serving Institutions. Read more.

A Social Work Champion

Suzanne Pritzker, associate professor and dean of academic affairs in the Graduate College of Social Work, was named a Social Work Champion by the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy. Pritzker and other honorees were recognized during Social Work Day on the Hill in March (also Social Work Month). During this event, she was acknowledged as an influential scholar in political social work and served on a panel titled “The Future of Political Social Work.”

Researchers ‘Clean’ Up with $4.4M in
U.S. Department of Energy Funding

UH researchers’ clean energy projects earned $4.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. The Cullen College of Engineering’s Yan Yao (pictured at left) and his research team were awarded $3.4 million to develop a lithium and transition metal-free battery with high-energy and fast charging. His colleague Harish Krishnamoorthy (pictured at right) and his team received a $1 million grant to build gallium nitride-based miniaturized pulsed power system architecture for mission critical applications. Read more.

Diophantine Geometry No Problem for UH’s Min Ru

UH’s Min Ru has earned a four-month research professorship at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California. The professor of mathematics will share his expertise in Diophantine geometry, a branch of number theory, during his time on the west coast. Read More.

Mission Accomplished

Women’s History Month kicked off with a presentation from a woman in higher education who has certainly made history. Gilda Barabino was the keynote speaker for the Accomplished Leaders Forum and shared insights on leadership and life with the UH Community. Read more.

Regents Updated on 50-in-5

50-in-5 is among the key initiatives driving UH’s momentum toward becoming a Top 50 public university. Provost Paula Myrick Short and Vice president for Research and Technology Transfer Amr Elnashai recently updated the UH System Board of Regents on this program. The board also heard from three 50-in-5 scholars: David Berntsen, Therese Kosten and Ezemenari Obasi.
Read more.

Left to right: David Berntsen, Ezemenari Obasi, Paula Myrick Short and Therese Kosten.

Upcoming Events

April 14 – 50-in-5 Town Hall
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Shamrock Room, Hilton University of Houston Hotel

April 14 – Undergraduate Research Day
3:30 – 6 p.m.
Rockwell Pavilion and Honors College Commons

April 20 – Spring Faculty Assembly
noon – 2 pm.
Rockwell Pavilion and Teams

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