NSM Faculty/Staff Newsletter

From the Office of the Dean

Recognition & Honors

Ashley Askew and Michelle Nodskov (NSM Student Success) attended the Qualtrics X4 Experience Mgmt Summit in Salt Lake City, Utah, March 7–9. The event featured sessions specifically designed to show how Qualtrics can improve the way organizations obtain and utilize feedback for a variety of sectors, including education, financial services, customer care, and government.

Emily Beverly (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) will receive the 2023 SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology James Lee Wilson Award for Excellence in Sedimentary Geology by a Young Scientist. The award recognizes early-career scientists who have achieved a significant record of research accomplishments in sedimentary geology, including all aspects of modern and ancient sedimentology, stratigraphy, and paleontology, fundamental and applied. In addition to being recognized at the SEPM meeting during the GSA Connects Meeting, she will be featured in SEPM’s Distinguished Scientists interview series.

Jacqueline Ekeoba and Mariam Manuel (teachHOUSTON/Mathematics) along with faculty members at Dartmouth University and City University of New York facilitated a web seminar for the International Association of Medical Science Educators. The session, “Building Pathways & Bridges on the Bumpy Road towards Equity in STEM & Medicine (STEMM),” featured examples of successful outreach programs at UH, including the NSF-funded STEM RISE program, and at City University of New York School of Medicine. The session, attended by over 200 audience members, provided an understanding of the complex issues surrounding equity in STEM and medicine, and inspired attendees to take meaningful steps toward creating a more just and equitable future at their institutions.

Evelyn Merz (UH Coastal Center) served on a discussion panel for the on-campus viewing of the documentary, “Deep in the Heart,” a visually stunning celebration of Texas’ diverse landscapes and remarkable wildlife. 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. The event was organized by the UH Metropolitan Volunteer Program.

Jinny Sisson (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) led a walking tour on “Geology and Public Art” that discussed the material and method behind stone artworks on the UH campus. The presentation was one of the Friday Focus Tours offered by Public Art of the University of Houston.

Julia Wellner, Minako Righter and NSM graduate student Devin McQuaig (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences) served on a discussion panel for the screening of “Picture a Scientist” held on campus. The event kicked off Women’s History Month. The primary organizer for the event was EAS graduate student Ruby Patterson, and the event was sponsored by the NSM DEI Committee.