The University of Houston Magazine

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Stuart Long Stuart Long, professor of electrical and computer engineering, has been appointed interim University of Houston System vice chancellor and UH vice president of research and technology transfer. He also has been serving as associate dean of The Honors College and is the 2010 recipient of the Esther Farfel Award, the highest honor given to a UH faculty member. In 2009, Long surpassed $100 million in research awards and received UH’s inaugural Teaching Excellence Career Award. His research interests are in broad areas of applied electromagnetics, specifically microstrip and dielectric resonator antennas.

Scott Imberman Scott Imberman, assistant professor of economics, has been named the 2010−2011 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. The $55,000 fellowship award will assist with salary and research expenses. Imberman’s research focuses on how English-speaking students are affected by sharing classrooms with students who have limited English proficiency. The fellowship program supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. Now in its 24th year, the program has more than 600 alumni. Imberman will conduct the research jointly with UH’s Aimee Chin, associate professor of economics, and Tilburg University economist N. Melten Daysal.


Bruno Breitmeyer, professor of psychology, has written “Blindspots: The Many Ways We Cannot See.”

Johnny Buckles, associate professor of law, has written a chapter, “Bob Jones University v. United States: A Journey Through Scripture and History,” in “Law and Religion: Cases in Context.”

Michael Economides, adjunct professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, and Xiuli Wang (Ph.D. ’00) have written “Advanced Natural Gas Engineering.”.”

Antonio Gidi, assistant professor of law, has written “Class Actions in a Comparative Perspective.”

Paul Gregory, Cullen Distinguished Chair of Economics, has written “Politics, Murder, and Love in Stalin’s Kremlin: The Story of Nikolai Bukharin and Anna Larina.”

Casey Dué Hackney, associate professor of modern and classical languages, has written “Recapturing a Homeric Legacy: Images and Insights from the Venetus A Manuscript of the Iliad” and has co-written “Iliad 10 and the Poetics of Ambush: A Multitext Edition with Essays and Commentary.”

Dale L. Johnson, professor emeritus of psychology, has written “A Compendium of Psychosocial Measures.”

Nicolás Kanellos, Brown Foundation Professor of Hispanic Literature, has written a chapter, “A Schematic Approach to Understanding Latino Transnational Texts” in “Imagined Transnationalism.”

Julian Olivares, professor of Spanish, has written “The Love Poetry of Francisco de Quevedo” and “Studies on Women’s Poetry of the Golden Age.”

Jacqueline Weaver (J.D. ’75), A.A. White Professor of Law, has written “Texas Oil and Gas Law: Cases and Materials 2009” and has co-written “International Petroleum Exploration & Exploitation Agreements: Legal, Economic and Policy Aspects, 2nd ed.”

Marc Zimmerman, director of world cultures and literature, has written “Bringing Aztlán to Mexican Chicago: My Life, My Work, My Art (Jose Gamaliel González).”


Mark Bly, Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Dramaturgy and Playwriting, received the G.E. Lessing Career Achievement Award from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA). Bly, one of the nation’s most respected dramaturgs, is only the fourth artist in LMDA’s 25-year history to receive its most prestigious honor.

Zhigang Deng, assistant professor of computer science and director of computer graphics and interactive Media Lab, received a one-year Google Faculty Research Award to work on the development of a novel talking avatar interface for mobile computing platforms such as Apple iPhones and Google Nexus.

Barbara Evans (LL.M. ’03), director of the Center on Biotech, co-director of the Health Law & Policy Institute and associate professor of law, has been named a Greenwall Foundation Faculty Scholar in Bioethics for 2010−2013. Her research will focus on governance models for large, interoperable health data networks and the ethics of large-scale observational research.

Thomas Kubiszyn, chair and professor of educational psychology, has been selected as a Distinguished Practitioner to the National Academies of Practice in Psychology. The organization, which represents 10 health care professions, advises public policy makers on health care issues.

Yashashree Kulkarni, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has received a 2010 Young Faculty Award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The award, given annually to junior faculty, recognizes talented researchers whose work will help develop solutions that could enhance security.

Dan Luss, Cullen Professor of Engineering, has been named the 2010 recipient of the International Symposium for Chemical Reaction Engineering’s Neal R. Amundson Award for Excellence in Chemical Reaction Engineering. One of the highest honors in the field, the award is bestowed every three years to recognize a pioneer in the field.

Lewis T. May, adjunct associate professor of architecture, received a grant from the Texas International Education Consortium to create a long-range strategic and physical guide plan for the new Al Saleh University in Sana’a Yemen. The university is the 23rd higher education institution May has planned in the Middle East.

Surendra Shah, visiting professor in the Cullen College of Engineering and Walter P. Murphy Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Northwestern University, has been inducted into the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) as a foreign member. Shah is one of only four engineers in the world — and the only civil engineer — who is a member of the CAE and the United States National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow in the Indian National Academy of Engineering. He will join the UH engineering faculty full time in January.

Earl Smith (’72, M.S. ’75, Ph.D. ’78), dean of the College of Optometry and Greeman-Petty Professor, was named the 2010 recipient of the Charles F. Prentice Award from the American Academy of Optometry. The award is given each year to a person who has distinguished himself by contributing significantly to the advancement of knowledge through research in the vision sciences.

Arthur Weglein, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Distinguished Professor of Physics, will receive the 2010 Reginald Fessenden Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. The award is given each year to a person who has made a specific technical contribution to exploration geophysics.


John and Rebecca Moores Professors

(This five-year renewable award is given to two faculty members who are outstanding in teaching, research
and service. The award includes a $10,000 annual stipend.)

Lawrence Pinsky (J.D. ’97, LL.M. ’01), professor and chair of physics and adjunct law professor
Richard Willson, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and biochemical and biophysical sciences

Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award
(Honors a substantial record of outstanding research, scholarship or creative activities)


Vincent Donnelly, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering
Praveen Kumar, Texas Bank of Commerce/Tenneco Professor, chair of finance and executive director

Associate Professors

Casey Dué Hackney, associate professor of classical studies
Tahir Hussain, associate professor of pharmacology

Assistant Professors

Stanko Brankovic, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering
Rong Zeng, assistant professor of computer science

Teaching Excellence Awards (Honors outstanding achievements in teaching)

Andrew Davis
, associate professor of music
Olafs Daugulis, associate professor of chemistry
Richard DeFrank, associate professor of management
Douglas Eikenburg, associate professor of pharmacology
Alexander Parsons, assistant professor of English

Innovation in Instructional Technology
(Honors outstanding achievements in teaching using innovation in instructional technology)

Bernard Robin
, associate professor of instructional technology
Mary Bean (Ph.D. ’83), instructional professor of chemistry
Micky Fleischer (M.S. ’75, Ph.D. ’78), adjunct professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering

Graduate Teaching Assistant (Honors graduate students)

William “Willy” Bolander
, business
Jason Pitruzzello (M.A. ’08), English

Career Award (Honors a UH career of demonstrated excellence in teaching)

Joel Bloom
, associate professor of health and human performance

Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research (Honors mentoring undergraduate research and scholarship)

Rigoberto Advincula, associate professor of chemistry

Provost Faculty Advising Award (Honors excellence in undergraduate academic advising)

William Dupre
, associate professor of geology.