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Researchers Report New Understanding of Thermoelectric Materials

Physicist Zhifeng Ren, center, director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at UH, leads a project to resolve the problem of asymmetrical thermoelectric performance. They applied their model to predict promising new materials to generate power using waste heat from power plants and other sources. Read more …

Researchers Explain Visible Light from 2D Lead Halide Perovskites

Jiming Bao, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, led an international group of researchers investigating how a two-dimensional perovskite composed of cesium, lead and bromine was able to emit a strong green light. Building on this research has potential applications ranging from solar cells to LED lighting and other electronic devices. Read more …

Rajashekara Wins IEEE Achievement Award

Kaushik Rajashekara, distinguished professor of electrical and computer engineering at the UH Cullen College of Engineering, is the winner of the 2019 IEEE PELS Vehicle and Transportation Systems Achievement Award. The award is presented by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ Power Electronics Society. Rajashekara is a world-renowned authority and advocate for transportation electrification and futuristic vehicles. Read more …

Harrington Joins UH Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Services

Suzy Harrington has been named the assistant vice president for student affairs – student health and wellness for the University. She will oversee the operations and programming of the UH Student Health Center, Campus Recreation, UH Wellness, Counseling and Psychological Services, Center for Students with DisABILITIES, and Cougars in Recovery. Read more …

O'Quinn Law Library Staff Teaches Local Attorneys

Staff members of the UH Law Center's O'Quinn Law Library shared their expertise on cost-effective legal research tools during the "Essential Legal Information & Technology for Texas Lawyers" program last week at the University. Read more …

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    • Moores Professor of Physics, Computer Science and Chemistry Margaret Cheung is examining the reaction in the brain at the precise moment when certain memories are seared into our minds. She predicts that understanding the molecular structure inside a single neuron will open a new world in increasing memory and the use of the brain. Read more.
    • Five College of Nursing faculty have been recognized with the 2019 Good Samaritan Foundation Excellence in Nursing Award. Congratulations to: Sonya Wade, DNSc, APRN, FNP-BC, RN; Danielle Quintana, MSN, RN, CNOR; Lee Anne Lightfoot, MS, RN, NE-BC; Shermel Edwards Maddox (center, white coat), MS, RN-BC; and, Lenora McWilliams, Ph.D., RN. Read more.
    • The Welch Foundation has recognized two UH professors with awards for their outstanding research. Jiming Bao, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, earned a $240,000 award – his fourth Welch award – to continue studying cobalt oxides as viable catalysts for energy generation. Debora Rodrigues, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, won a $195,000 grant to investigate the effects of drug delivery in the emergence of antibiotic resistance. Read more.
    • Pradeep Sharma, M.D. Anderson Professor and chair of the mechanical engineering department, was recently selected to receive the 2019 Charles Russ Richards Memorial Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. ASME is recognizing Sharma for pioneering achievements in using theoretical and computational methods to material behavior as well as leadership in the scientific community. Read more.
    • Within the space of one week, two companies with homegrown Texas roots, Whataburger and Schlitterbahn, announced changes in ownership. C. T. Bauer College of Business Professor of Marketing & Entrepreneurship Betsy Gelb said that when the hubbub calms down, it is unlikely that either brand will sustain any substantial changes. Read more.

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    • Your UH Moment, the news you need in 60 seconds: The UH Men’s Track and Field capped an successful season finishing third and the NCAA Outdoor Championship and Kahmari Montgomery winning the program’s first ever 400-meter individual title; UH is ranked among the top 100 in the nation for utility patents; and the Texas Music Festival at UH is celebrating its 30th season throughout June. Watch now
    • Nomination Deadline Extended for President's Excellence Awards: Acknowledge one or more of your colleagues deserving of special recognition by nominating them for the President’s Excellence Awards. The nomination period has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, June 28. Read more. 
    • The 34th annual University-wide election for Staff Council representatives is now open. Online voting at will be available from 6 a.m. on June 19 through 5 p.m. on July 10. Select the Elections icon under University Services. In-person voting will be available on Wednesday, July 10, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Wellness and Benefits Fair at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center. Read more.