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Lamar PritchardLamar Pritchard has been named dean of the College of Pharmacy. Before joining UH, he was dean of the College of Health Sciences and of the College of Pharmacy at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. ULM’s College of Pharmacy’s giving increased six-fold under his leadership. Pritchard also has served as medical science manager at Bristol-Myers Squibb and has provided medical science research support and has targeted research initiatives for major medical academic/research centers. His initial UH priorities include increasing funding, building a state-of-the-art facility, recruiting additional top-notch faculty and developing the University of Houston Center for Drug Discovery.

Dana RooksDana Rooks, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Endowed Dean’s Chair in the University of Houston Libraries and the dean of libraries, has received the Texas Library Association’s Distinguished Service Award for 30 years of outstanding leadership and service to Texas libraries. Rooks has mentored young librarians and has served as co-principal investigator for Texshare, a statewide resource-sharing project. She also has served as TLA president and a board member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Online Computer Library Center Research Libraries Advisory Council and the Amigos Board of Trustees.



David R. Dow, Distinguished University Professor of Law, has authored “America’s Prophets: How Judicial Activism Makes America Great.”

Gary Dworkin, professor of sociology, has co-edited “International Handbook of Research on Teachers and Teaching.”

Mike Emery, adjunct lecturer of communication and media relations writer, has authored a chapter, “Rock Brands,” in “Business of Entertainment: Popular Music.”

Helen Hattab, assistant professor of philosophy, has authored “Descartes on Forms and Mechanisms.”

Peter Hoffman, director of the Blakely Advocacy Institute and Newell H. Blakely Chair in Evidence in the UH Law Center, has edited the “2008–2009 Texas Rules of Evidence Handbook.”

W. Lawrence Hogue, John and Rebecca Moores Professor, has authored “Postmodern American Literature and Its Other.”

Larry Kelley, professor of advertising, has co-authored “Cases in Advertising Management.”

Joe Kotarba, department of sociology chairman and professor, has co-authored “Understanding Society through Popular Music.”

Joseph A. Pratt, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and NEH Cullen Chair of Business and History, and Martin Melosi, director of the Center for Public History and Distinguished University Professor of History, have co-authored “Energy Metropolis: An Environmental History of Houston and the Gulf Coast.”

Brandon Rottinghaus, assistant professor of political science, has co-edited “International Perspective on Criminal Disenfranchisement Law.”

Faculty Kudos

Anees Banday, research assistant professor of pharmacological and pharmaceutical sciences, has received a three-year, $308,000 grant from the American Heart Association for his work in identifying the molecular mechanisms of AT1 receptor signal transduction during oxidative stress. Conditions associated with oxidative stress, such as hypertension and diabetes, exhibit increased AT1 receptor density, which could be a main contributor to high blood pressure.

Yi-Chao Chen, professor of mechanical engineering, has been elected chairman of the Society for Natural Philosophy, an organization that seeks to unify mathematical and physical science research.

Margaret Cheung, assistant professor of physics, has been awarded $219,000 from the National Science Foundation to study the behavior of protein folding and interactions in a cell. The knowledge obtained from the research will be used to discover physical principles of protein folding in vivo and predict new phenomena that can be seen only in the interior of a cell. An integrated multiscale modeling and simulation approach will be applied to enhance knowledge of complex protein dynamics in living systems.

Diana Chow, director of the Institute for Drug Education and Research and associate professor of pharmaceutics, has been invited to collaborate on a multi-institutional clinical trial for patients with traumatic, acute spinal cord injury. The collaboration includes eight institutions from the United States and Canada and is sponsored by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation-North American Clinical Trials Network.

Cheryl Craig, professor of curriculum and instruction, has been awarded an outstanding methodology Article Award by the American Educational Research Association for her article, “Why is Dissemination so Difficult? The Nature of Teacher Knowledge and the Spread of Curriculum Reform.”

Ekere James Essien, director of the Institute of Clinical Health and associate professor of clinical sciences and administration, has been appointed to the International Journal of Women’s Health editorial board.

Jerome Freiberg, director of consistency management and cooperative discipline and John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Curriculum and Instruction, has been named an American Educational Research Association Fellow for his research accomplishments.

John Hart, history department chairman and John and Rebecca Moores Professor in History, has been awarded the Harvey Johnson Prize for the best book of 2008 for “The Silver of the Sierra Madre,” sponsored by the Southwestern Council of Latin American Studies of the Latin American Studies Association. The award was presented at the organization’s 2009 convention in the Dominican Republic.

Arturo Hernandez, director of the Development Cognitive Neuroscience Initiative and associate professor of psychology, has received a two-year, $375,000 National Institutes of Health exploratory grant to examine how basic activity changes in children who are learning a second language.

Nicolás Kanellos, The Brown Foundation, Inc. Chair in Spanish, has been named a member of Real Academia Hispanoamericana, also known as the Spanish American Royal Academy for Literature, Arts and Science.

Joe Kotarba, sociology department chairman and professor, has received the George Herbert Mead Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, an international professional organization of scholars interested in the study of social issues with an emphasis on identity, everyday practice and language.

Martin Melosi, director of the Center for Public History and Distinguished University Professor of History, received the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Environmental History for his outstanding contributions to the organization and community. Melosi served as president of ASEH (1993–95) and funded the E.V. and Nancy Melosi Travel Grant as well as helped organize two conferences in Houston, the only city to host the event twice.

Haluk Ogmen, director of the Center for Neuro-Engineering and Cognitive Science and electrical and computer engineering department chairman and professor, and Bruno Breitmeyer, professor of psychology, have co-authored Experimental Phenomena of Consciousness: A Brief Dictionary. The book received an American Library Association Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award.

Norma Olvera (M.S. ’88, Ph.D. ’92), director of the Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise Program and associate professor of health and human performance, and Rebecca Lee, founding director of UH’s Texas Obesity Research Center and principal investigator of the Health Is Power Project, have received the National Cancer Research Awareness Award presented by The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Center for Research on Minority Health.

Raúl Ramos, associate professor of history, has received the T.R. Fehrenbach Book Award for “Beyond the Alamo: Forging the Mexican Identity in San Antonio, 1821–61.” The award honors original research and publication of material that preserves, records and recounts Texas prehistory and history.

Pradeep Sharma, Bill D. Cook Faculty Scholar and associate professor of mechanical engineering, has received the 2009 Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Claremarie Verheyen, associate professor of makeup and costume history, has received the U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology-Southwest Regional Section Forrest A. Newlin Founders Award in recognition of outstanding lifetime service.

Cameron White, professor of education, has received a Fiscal Year 2009 Fulbright-Hays Seminar Abroad Grant.