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President Renu Khator has been appointed to the nine-member board of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, serving an unexpired portion of a three-year term ending Dec. 31, 2011. She is eligible for reappointment to a full term after that ... The UH Law Center ranked 22nd nationally for the total number of law degrees conferred on Hispanic students in 2009, according to the Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education publication ... Noted peace activist Mient Jan Faber, who held the position of secretary general of the Interchurch Peace Council in the Hague for 30 years, recently served as a guest faculty member of the Honors College. Faber, a professor at Amsterdam’s Free University, taught a course called “Wars and the Transformation of the Security Fabric” ... UH has earned a B+ on the 2011 College Sustainability Report Card a national ranking of schools’ performance and practices in several sustainability related fields. While a number of other Texas schools matched UH’s B+ ranking, no other school scored higher. UH scored a B on the previous year’s report … First-year Graduate College of Social Work students Maria Cano and Yuliana Medina received the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health Bilingual Scholarship. The award covers full tuition and fees for new bilingual students entering graduate social work programs … UH students topped a number of nationally competitive schools to win the AP Top 25 Gowalla Check-in Challenge. The victory resulted in a $10,000 scholarship contribution to the university’s Cougar Community TierOne Endowment fund, courtesy of Gowalla.

Case Keenum

Quarterback Case Keenum, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in September 2010, has been granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA, based on medical hardship, and will rejoin the Cougars football team this fall. Keenum led the nation in passing offense and total offense in 2009.


Rigoberto Advincula, professor of chemistry, has been named a 2011 American Chemical Society Polymer Division fellow and Polymer Materials Science and Engineering Division fellow.

Edward Albee, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Theatre, has received the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s American Artist Award for his contributions to American theater.

Abdeldjelil “DJ” Belarbi (M.S. ’86, Ph.D. ’91), Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor and chair of the department of civil and environmental engineering, has received the American Concrete Institute’s Joe W. Kelly Award, an international award for outstanding contributions in education relating to the broad field of concrete.

Albert M.K. Cheng, professor of computer science, has been named an associate editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computers journal.

Cheryl Craig, professor of curriculum and instruction, has been inducted as a 2011 Fellow of the American Educational Research Association. AERA honors national and international educators who have made substantial research contributions to the field.

David R. Dow, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of Law, has received the Barnes & Noble 2010 Discover Award for nonfiction for his book, “The Autobiography of an Execution.” The memoir chronicles his years of working on behalf of Death Row inmates.

Ronald S. HarwethRonald S. Harwerth, (’62, O.D. ’64), John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Optometry and one of the world’s premier visual scientists, has earned the 2011 Esther Farfel Award, the university’s highest faculty honor. Internationally known as one of the most pre-eminent glaucoma researchers in optometry, he has tackled the difficulty of diagnosing glaucoma in its initial stages. In his landmark work, Harwerth’s findings explain the different ways glaucoma presents itself.

Jami Kovach, assistant professor of technology, has been named the 2010 recipient of the American Society of Quality’s Feigenbaum Medal. She received recognition for her contributions to the field of quality engineering and management, where she applies practical experience as a process improvement engineer and academic expertise in innovative instructional techniques to prepare students and practitioners to be trained problem-solvers.

Rebecca Lee, associate professor of nutrition, and Catherine Horn, associate professor of education psychology, have been awarded Fulbright scholarships. Lee’s five-month research period begins this year, while Horn’s starts March 2012. Lee will travel to Instituto de Ciencias Aplicada a la Actividad Fisica y al Deporte in Guadalajara, Mexico, where she will develop training protocols for health care practitioners and researchers so they can better document and define obesity. Horn will study strategies to increase student access to higher education at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile.

Vassiliy Lubchenko, assistant professor of chemistry, has been named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow.

Martin Melosi, Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen University Professor of History and Center for Public History director, has written “Precious Commodity: Providing Water for America’s Cities.”

Mamie Moy (M.S. ’52), professor of chemistry, has received the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences.

Michael A. Olivas has been named the ImmigrationProf Blog’s 2010 Immigration Professor of the Year. Olivas, the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair in Law and director of the Institute for Higher Education Law and Governance, also will serve as the 2011 Association of American Law Schools’ president. And, he has
been named a 2011 American Educational Research Association fellow.

Latha Ramchand has been named the C.T. Bauer College of Business interim dean. She also has served as the college’s associate dean of programs and administration as well as of graduate and professional programs.

Jerry Rogers, associate professor of civil engineering, has received the American Society of Civil Engineers Environmental & Water Resources Institute’s 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award and the History and Heritage Committee’s 2011 Civil Engineering History and Heritage Award.

Nancy Beck Young, professor of history, has written a chapter, “Beyond Parochialism: Modernization and Texas Historiography,” for “Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations.”

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