February 2016

Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy Recognizes Graduates

Graduates of the 2015 Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy
Graduates of the 2015 Class of the CCLA. 

The Cougar Chairs Leadership Academy (CCLA) recognized its second class of graduates in a ceremony on January 26 in the Rockwell Pavilion of the M.D. Anderson Library. Provost Paula Myrick Short founded CCLA when she became Provost to build the leadership capacity of chairs and the institution as a whole.

"CCLA provides the opportunity for chairs to advance their leadership skills as well as to form relationships with fellow faculty that will continue to break down silos and offer new opportunities for collaboration and communication across the campus" said Dr. Short.

United Nations Conference on Climate Change

UH College of Architecture and Design Adjunct Professor Rives Taylor spoke at the Sustainable Innovation Forum hosted by Climate Action and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in Paris. Taylor presented on the built environment and its effect on climate change.

Rives Taylor
Adjunct Professor and Principal at Gensler Rives Taylor. Photo courtesy of Gensler. 

A Regional Sustainability Leader and Principal at collaborative design firm Gensler, Taylor was featured on local NPR affiliate Houston Public Media as part of their Houston Matters segment for his take on the future of the industry and environment in Houston.

Do Receives the Chemical Society Houston Younger Chemist Award

Loi Do  
NSM Assistant Professor Loi Do.   

Department of Chemistry Assistant Professor Loi Do received the American Chemical Society of Greater Houston Section Younger Chemist Award. The award recognizes members 35 years old or younger for their contributions to education, research, or community service.

Studying transition medal catalysts, Do's research focuses on devising more efficient methods of synthesizing polymers and mimicking enzymes inside living organisms.

Moores Opera Center Earns National Honors

The University of Houston's Moores Opera Center productions of "Rappacini's Daughter" and "Frau Margot" received top honors from the National Opera Association (NOA).

Rappacini's Daughter
A scene from the Moores Opera Center's production of "Rappacini's Daughter." 

"Rappacini's Daughter" received the first place award in Division V of NOA's Opera Production Competition and "Frau Margot"  received the second place award in Division V.

UH Law Center Jurist-in-Residence

  Robert Katzmann
  Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Robert A. Katzmann.

Robert A. Katzmann, Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, participated in the Judge Ruby Kless Sondock Lectureship in Legal Ethics this January. The Jurist-in-Residence program, formerly a lecture series, features invited judges who will speak to faculty, students, and staff on an ethics topic.

Judge Katzmann spoke about "Interpreting the Laws of Congress" on January 27, 2016.

Cullen College of Engineering Faculty Recognized

Several faculty members from the Cullen College of Engineering recently received prestigious awards. Dr. Hadi Ghasmeni received a grant from the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program for his proposal on Toward Bio-Inspired Smart Thermal Spreaders (BSTS). Dr. Cunjiang Yu received a grant of $500,000 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for his proposal, entitled CAREER: Conformal Stamp Printing for 3D Curvilinear Electronics Manufacturing. Dr. Aaron Becker also received the NSF Career Award. His proposal is titled CAREER: Massive Uniform Manipulation: Algorithmic and Control Theoretic Foundations for Large Populations of Simple Robots Controlled by Uniform Inputs. 

Honors College Students Present at the American Academy of Health Behavior Conference

Two undergraduate students in the Bachelor of Science in Health Program, Alexis Moisiuc and Quentaxia Wrighting, received travel fellowships from the Honors College to attend the American Academy of Health Behavior (AAHB) in Florida. They will be accompanied by their mentor, Health Education Associate Professor Lorraine Reitzel.

"This is an amazing opportunity for them to build connections with others across the country that can facilitate their future research and support their eventual transition into graduate-level studies" said Reitzel.


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