NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Coming Attractions: On-Campus Events Featuring NSM Staff, Faculty, and Students

These upcoming on-campus events feature several of our NSM colleagues.

February 20 - Film Screening: Deep in the Heart

Panelist, Evelyn Merz, UH Coastal Center

The documentary, “Deep in the Heart,” is a visually stunning celebration of Texas’ diverse landscapes and remarkable wildlife found nowhere else. Narrated by Matthew McConaughey, the film aims to conserve our remaining wild places, to show the connectivity of water and wildlife, and to recognize Texas’ conservation importance on a continental scale. View Trailer

Panelists Evelyn Merz, program director, UH Coastal Center, and Shae Bolton, Wildlife Center of Texas, will be available for Q&A following the film.

Staff, faculty, students, and families welcome to attend.

Date/Time: Monday, Feb 20, 5–7 pm
Location: UH Student Center South Theater

RSVP Here - Free. No tickets are required, but RSVPs via Eventbrite are encouraged to help organizers gauge the number of anticipated attendees.

March 2 - Picture a Scientist: Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Panelists: Julia Wellner, Minako Righter, and NSM Graduate Student Devin McQuaig

This event kicks off Women’s History Month. “Picture a Scientist” chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, viewers encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all. View Trailer

Panelists: From the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences - Julia Wellner (associate professor), Minako Righter (research assistant professor), and graduate student, Devin McQuaig.

The primary organizer for the event is EAS graduate student Ruby Patterson, and the event is sponsored by the NSM DEI Committee. Snacks, drinks, and pizza will be provided.

Date/Time: Thursday, March 2, 5:30 pm
Location: Science & Research 1, Room 116

March 3 - Friday Focus Tour: Public Art of the University of Houston

Geology and Public Art with Jinny Sisson

Join geologist and instructional professor Jinny Sisson to learn about the material and method behind stone artworks on the UH campus.

From the Black Cambrian granite of Matt Mullican’s Untitled (1991) to the fossils embedded in The Art Guys’ Statue of Four Lies (2010), Sisson provides unique insights into the artistic process through the lens of a geologist.

The tour is free and open to the public.

Date/Time: Friday, March 3, 12–1 pm
Location: UH Wilhelmina’s Grove