October 2014

Alumna Wins American Prize for Poetry

Janine Joseph

Dr. Janine Joseph, UH Class of 2013

Congratulations to Janine Joseph ('13), winner of the 2014 Kundiman Poetry Prize. The Alice James Books Board, along with members of the Kundiman artistic staff selected her manuscript "Driving Without a License," which will be published in 2016.

Janine earned her Ph.D. in creative writing from UH as one of the Dissertation Completion Fellows , a highly selective cohort awarded stipends of $20,000 to cover expenses for up to a full academic year while they complete their dissertations. The fellowship is funded by a gift from the Houston Endowment .

Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review Online, Best New Poets, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Journal, and elsewhere. A recipient of a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship, an Inprint/Barthelme Fellowship in Poetry, and an Academy of American Poets prize, she is an Assistant Professor of English at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

ADVANCE Center Gaining Traction

The Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success  is still in the early stages of creation, and it is receiving local media attention for its impressive mission.  Elissa Rivas of ABC13 News recently spotlighted the new center in the feature, “University of Houston Receives $3.3M Grant to Promote Women in STEM Fields.”


Dr. Megan Robertson, Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

The five-year grant is funded by the National Science Foundation for the creation of a center on campus to change the dynamics of the current standard for faculty in STEM fields. The Principal Investigator on the grant is UH President Renu Khator, and UH Provost Paula Myrick Short is the ADVANCE Center Director.  Other co-principal investigators include Dr. Bonnie Dunbar (’83), M.D. Anderson Professor and director of Aerospace Engineering and UH STEM Center Director; Dr. Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering; Dr. Holly Hutchins , Associate Professor, Human Development and Consumer Sciences, College of Technology; and Dr. Dan Wells, Interim Dean, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, professor, Biology & Biochemistry, College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics.

The Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success will hold a kick-off symposium at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21 featuring Brown University President Emeritas Ruth J. Simmons in Room 186 of the Health and Biomedical Sciences Building.

UH School of Pharmacy Holds Second Annual Research Symposium

Pharmacy Research Symposium

PPS Research Symposium Scholar-in-Residence Erin Schuetz, Ph.D.,
third from left, with UHCOP Executive Vice Dean for Research Mustafa
Lokhandwala, symposium chair Tahir Hussain, UHCOP Dean Lamar Pritchard, and PPS Department Chair Doug Eikenburg.

This past August, UH College of Pharmacy showcased investigations into the development and progression of such diseases as Alzheimer's, cancer and hypertension, as well as the current and promising agents and tools to diagnose and treat them. The event was the Second Annual Pharmacological & Pharmaceutical Sciences Research Symposium.

The annual symposium has two purposes: to showcase cutting-edge research by students, post-docs and their faculty advisors/lab supervisors, and to also provide students an additional opportunity to gain experience presenting and defending their work among peers and future colleagues from across the University.

UH Graduate School Presents First Graduate Research Day

The UH Graduate School will convene the Graduate Research and Scholarship Projects Day (GRASP) on October 31 at the University Center and showcase the broad array of research-related activities conducted by graduate students at the University.


Using the template of short, but powerful, “TED” talks, the day will begin with 11 “GRASP” talks from a curated list of more than 40 proposals.  Poster sessions will begin mid-day. They will be followed by demonstrations and performance presentations. The event will close with Radhika Dirks, Co-Founder and CEO, Stealth Startup, delivering the keynote, followed by the awards reception and networking.  The day’s content is reflective of the richness of the graduate programs and their students - from research to architecture to drama. The event will celebrate the wide spectrum of scholarship and creative endeavors of our UH graduate and professional students. 

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