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Professor Honored Among Houston’s Finest Authors

Professor Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in the Department of English will be honored at the inaugural Houston Literary Awards. The Houston Public Library Foundation selected Divakaruni as one of five local writers to be recognized for their engaging, entertaining literary works that deepen readers’ understanding of themselves and the world around them. Divakaruni is the author of 18 books that have been translated into 29 languages.  Read more …


UH Law Center Partners with American Society of International Law

The UH Law Center recently became an academic partner of the American Society of International Law. Through the partnership, UHLC faculty and students will be able to take advantage of career and teaching resources, special events, discounts on individual memberships, conference attendance and more. Read more …


Space Explorers to Visit University of Houston

Six accomplished space explorers will visit UH Wednesday, Oct. 16 to educate and inspire the next generation of astronauts, scientists and engineers. Delegates scheduled to visit include NASA astronauts Clay Anderson and Mary Ellen Weber; Russian Space Agency cosmonauts Alexander Alexandrov and Sergei Krikalev; Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Chiaki Mukai; and Claude Nicollier, retired European Space Agency astronaut. Read more …


Know Before You Go: Traffic Alerts and Lot Closures

With the University growing and changing so quickly, the UH Parking and Transportation developed a traffic alerts and lot closures page to help UH employees and visitors plan their route around special events and construction sites.  Read more …


Our People

    • Professor of Political Science Gregory R. Weiher, scholar and author, died Sunday, Sept. 29. Weiher joined the UH Department of Political Science in 1984 and in 2003 became a professor. For more than three decades, Weiher served the university. In addition to his research, he worked as the director of the Center for Public Policy from 1991 to 1995, director of the Master’s Program in Public Administration from 2007 to 2008, and chair of the Department of Political Science from 2008 to 2011. Read more.
    • In celebration of National American Pharmacists Month, UH College of Pharmacy Pharm.D. students took over the Student Center Plaza to showcase the vital role of pharmacists as medication experts and patient care advocates. More than 80 free blood pressure or blood glucose screenings were provided to UH faculty, staff and students, including President Renu Khator. Read more.
    • Full-scale commercialization of solid-state lithium batteries has been slowed, in part, because scientists don’t fully understand what causes the batteries to fail. UH researchers are working on a $1 million project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop a new platform to study the chemical, structural and mechanical interactions at the interface. Read more.
    • “Physical Activity and Sleep Problems in Homeless Adults,” an article by second-year doctoral student in counseling psychology Ashley Taylor, was published in the journal PLOS ONE. Among her co-authors are College of Education professors Rosenda Murillo and Lorraine Reitzel. Taylor is involved in UH projects to help eradicate health disparities in minority populations. Read more.
    • UH alumna Elizabeth Butts (‘09) started Sprinkle Pop in 2017 at her home in Katy. It now operates out of a warehouse just south of Loop 610 and is on track to surpass $1 million in lifetime sales this year. Butts and her employees handle everything in-house, from dying and mixing to bagging, bottling and shipping the vast collection of sprinkles. Read more.
    • Taewoo Lee, assistant professor of industrial engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, received two grants from the National Science Foundation. One focuses on making eye care more accessible to at-risk patients with diabetic complications and the other is looking to create smart incentives for organ transplant centers to work equitably with patient needs and government regulations. Read more.

Our Campus

    •  The Student Center shuttle stop will be temporarily relocated starting Wednesday morning to accommodate a sidewalk improvement project along Entrance 1. The shuttle stop will remain on the north side of Entrance 1, but is being shifted east to where a pedestrian crosswalk is located near the Parking Information Booth. The move is a temporary one and is expected to last approximately 2 – 3 weeks. Read more.
    • Thanks to a generous donation from longtime Houston Athletics supporters Richard "Rusty" and Patricia "Tricia" Penick, the Fertitta Center playing surface has been renamed the Penick Court ahead of the 2019-20 basketball season. Read more.
    • The University Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic established a Parkinson's voice service to help people who live with the debilitating impact of Parkinson's disease on their voice and ability to swallow. Read more.
    • This week through the end of October, visitors to the M.D. Anderson Library will notice a suite of 40 banners displayed in the atrium. The Banner Project, created by Houston activist Sara Fernandez, is a pop-up exhibit featuring pivotal points in Houston's LGBT history from the 1930s to present day. Read more. 
    • University employees have a tradition of participation in this annual giving campaign which supports health and human services, environmental programs, human rights organizations, educational programs for children and support programs for the elderly. The final deadline for giving and/or pledging is Oct. 31. Read more.