November 2015

Optometry Student Julie Mocko Awarded Best Student Scientific Presentation

Julie Mocko  
College of Optometry student Julie Mocko  

At the recent meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, Ph.D. student Julie Mocko, B.S., won the 2015 Best Student Scientific Presentation. Her presentation, titled "Relationships between neural and vascular parameters in a rat model of oxygen induced retinopathy," will be recognized at the American Academy of Optometry / American Optometric Association reception held at the 2016 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting in Seattle.

Professor Thomas T.C. Hsu Named Distinguished Member of American Society of Civil Engineers

Thomas T.C. Hsu, Ph.D., P.E., Dist.M.ASCE, was recently named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Only 659 of ASCE's worldwide members have been elected to receive the highest accolade of the Society since its founding in 1852.

Hsu was recognized for his contributions toward the field of structural engineering, notably for establishing constitutive models of structural concrete that facilitate seismic finite element simulation of reinforced concrete walls in nuclear infrastructure. A former chairman of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston, Hsu holds a Moores Professorship that recognizes his outstanding contributions to research, scholarship, teaching, and service.

He is internationally recognized as an authority on theory and practice of structural engineering. He also is the founding director of the Thomas T. C. Hsu Structural Research Laboratory in Houston.

Dean Robert McPherson Receives the TPA 2015 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award

  Dean Robert McPherson 
  Dean Robert McPherson 

The Texas Psychological Association (TPA) recognized Dean Robert McPherson of the College of Education to receive their 2015 Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. McPherson will be recognized for his leadership, dedication, and exemplary professional service at the TPA Annual Convention in San Antonio on November 12, 2015.

David White, Executive Director of the Texas Psychological Association, stated, "His ongoing leadership exemplifies the loyalty and dedication he has not only for the profession of psychology but also for all the students and faculty at the University of Houston. It is truly an honor to recognize one of my dear friends as the recipient of TPA's pinnacle award for 2015."

LeeAnne Carlson Receives the Provost's Prize for Creative Writing

Undergraduate student, LeeAnne Carlson, received the Provost's Prize for Creative Writing for her work of nonfiction, The Dance. The prize, which is offered for the best prose entry for fall and the best poetry entry for spring, carries a cash distribution of $2,500. The winning entry will be printed in the University of Houston Magazine spring edition. 

  LeeAnne Carlson
  LeeAnne Carlson, author of The Dance.

The prize encourages students from all majors and disciplines to participate and showcase their talent to the University community. Entries are judged by both graduate students and faculty members in the English Department's Creative Writing Program.

Carlson is a College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences student majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Her winning entry framed her transition from city to country life and the deep way it impacted her understanding of herself and her place in the world.  

Students Have Opportunity to Work on Landslide Research with UH Professor in China

guoquan wang  
Professor Guoquan Wang  

Earth and Atmospheric Science students at the University of Houston will have the opportunity to work alongside UH professor Guoquan Wang as part of his 3-year, $245,945 National Science Foundation International Research Experience for Students grant.

The grant will fully fund summer research for two graduate and four undergraduate geoscience majors to work with the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan, Hubei Province, for eight weeks each summer. Students will have travel costs and additional expenses paid as well as receive a small stipend.  The students will study and predict landslides using GPS and LiDAR technologies and apply the data gleaned to other landslide-prone sites around the world.


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