- Heather Goltz has been awarded a position in the 2018 Massachusetts General Hospital
Workshop on Research Methods in Supportive Oncology.
- Rebecca Pfeffer will be the lead evaluator on a Bureau of Justice assistance grant
received by the Houston Police Department's Vice Unit.
- Michael Connell's manuscript, "A technology immune technology enabled problem within
an action on objects framework: Stamping functions," was published in the Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
- The Social Work Program received an newly formed endowed scholarship in support
of our social work students; the Robert Earl Givson Memorial Scholarship Endowment.
- Ashley Blackburn’s paper, “Channels only? The emotional effect of vicarious trauma
on court reporters,” was accepted for presentation at the Southwestern Association
of Criminal Justice conference.
- Ash Tiwari’s manuscript, “Institutional barriers to educational participation: Examples
from China and India,” was published in the International Journal of Educational Reform.
- Dawn McCarty participated on the panel for our Town Hall on Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals featured on Channels 13 and Univision 45.
- Jace Valcore’s manuscript, “Sexual orientation in state hate crime laws: Exploring
social construction and criminal law,” was published in the Journal of Homosexuality.
- Matt Fugate’s edited book, Teaching Gifted Children: Success Strategies for Teaching
High Ability Learners has been published by Prufrock Press and the National Association
for Gifted Children
- Heather Goltz’s manuscript, “Explanatory models of genetics and genetic risk among
a selected group of students,” was published in Frontiers in Public Health.
- Beth Sanders’ paper, “Assessment of New Jersey distracted driving on accidents,”
was accepted for presentation at the Midwest Criminal Justice Association Conference.
- Diane Miller’s manuscript, “Standards revisions and teachers’ voices: A story of
participation politics, and passion,” was published in Language Arts.
- Heather Goltz’s manuscript, “Exploring the reality of using patient experience data
to provide resident feedback: A qualitative study of attending physician perspectives,”
was published in The Permanente Journal.
- Ash Tiwari’s manuscript, “Examining teachers’ understanding of attention deficit
hyperactivity disorder,” was published in the Journal of Research in Special Educational
- Michael Connell’s manuscript, “Problem solving in the digital age: New ideas for
secondary mathematics teacher education,” was published in the Journal of Computers
in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
- Heather Goltz participated in the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN) Think Tank
Meeting where she was the only social/behavioral scientist on the Think Tank Steering
Committee and the second to lead a BCAN Working Group.
- Steven Villano attended the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities annual
conference where he continued to build on his knowledge of urban community engagement.
- Dawn McCarty has been invited to give the first annual “Porres Lecture” on Latin
American issues at the University of Dallas.
- Hsiao-Ming Wang’s paper, “Prison staff’s perception of contraband prevention: An
exploratory study in a southern state,” has been accepted for presentation at the
Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice annual meeting.
- Judith Harris’ paper, “Service-learning: A case study of recovery coach training,”
was accepted for presentation at the Southwestern Association of Criminal Justice
- Jace Valcore was interviewed on Channel 13’s Crossroads on the topic of the ban
of transgender individuals in the military.
- John Kelly’s paper, “The impact of a service learning project involving preservice
teachers,” was accepted for presentation at the Consortium of State of Texas Teacher
Education (CSOTTE) Conference.
- Rebecca Pfeffer’s paper, “The trafficking of people with disabilities: Perception
of victims and offenders culpability,” was accepted for presentation at the American
Society of Criminology Conference.
- Diane Miller, Christal Burnett, and Amelia Hewitt’s paper, “Round the clock read
alouds: Stories of preservice teachers in an urban literacy project,” was accepted
for presentation at the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers Conference.
They will be joined in the presentation by partner, Sally Swanson, Executive Director
of the Houston Public Library Foundation.
- Shanaz Savani made an oral presentation on the topic “The role of social work in
the age of Islamophobia” at the National Association for Social Workers Texas Annual
- Ron Beebe has been appointed Associate Editor for the 2018 Journal of Urban Learning,
Teaching, and Research.
- Susie Nelson is the co-sponsor for the Texas State Teachers Association – Student
Program Fall Conference co-hosted by UHD-Kingwood and Kingwood College.
- Mike Cavanaugh begins his term as Vice-President of the Southwestern Association
of Criminal Justice.
- Ron Beebe begins his term as the Treasurer of the Texas Association of Colleges
for Teacher Education.
- Rebecca Pfeffer received a College of Public Service – Learning Course-Based Community
Engagement and Service (LEARN) award for her proposal, “Human trafficking in Houston
bus tour: A high impact practice.”
- Nina Barbieri and Matt Fugate received a College of Public Service – Learning Course-Based
Community Engagement and Service (LEARN) award for their proposal, “CJ3306, STEAM,
and mentorship of young men in the Fifth Ward Enrichment Program.”
- John Kelly received a College of Public Service – Learning Course-Based Community
Engagement and Service (LEARN) award for his proposal, “UHD Department of Urban Education/Harris
County Juvenile Probation Department Excel Academy and JJAEP Literacy Project.”
- Beth Gilmore received a College of Public Service Conference and Research Experience
for Students (CARES) award for her proposal “Police views on policing.” Through this
award, UHD student James Holt will travel to the American Society of Criminology Conference
and present the results of the literature review and final manuscript he developed
with Dr. Gilmore during his independent study, CJ4312 Research Project.
- Kevin Buckler received a College of Public Service Conference and Research Experience
for Students (CARES) award for his proposal “Criminal Justice Legislation in Texas.”
Through this award, UHD student Brandon Andrews will travel to the Academy of Criminal
Justice Sciences Conference and present the results of the data collection, analysis,
and manuscript he completed with Dr. Buckler during his independent study, CJ 4312
- Criminal Justice student Mirna Grant has been awarded the University of Houston
– Downtown Criminal Justice Graduate Externship Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded
in collaboration with the Harris County Juvenile Probation Department.
- Houston Police Department Captain, Graduate of the Master of Science in Criminal
Justice program, adjunct in the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work, and
member of the UHD-Criminal Justice Training Center Advisory Board, Captain Greg Fremin
received a Congressional Certificate of Recognition from Congressman Gene Green for
his valuable service to the Northeast Division of the 29th Congressional District.
- Nina Barbieri’s paper, “Disentangling identity: An examination of colorism and its
effects on criminal justice experience,” was accepted for presentation at the American
Society of Criminology conference.
- Lori Lovins’ paper, “Examination of an intervention to address jail overcrowding,”
was accepted for presentation at the American Society of Criminology conference.
- Lori Lovins’ paper, “Evaluation I: Recidivism outcomes from a youth treatment and
management program,” was accepted for presentation at the Annual Association for the
Treatment of Sexual Abuses conference.
- Clete Snell’s paper, “Mental health courts: Do they improve the quality of life
for participants?” was accepted for presentation at the Southwestern Association of
Criminal Justice Sciences conference.
- Clete Snell’s paper, “Recidivism outcomes in mental health court: Does criminal
history make a difference?” was accepted for presentation at the Academy of Criminal
Justice Sciences annual meeting.
- Shanaz Savani’s proposal for a poster session, “Suicide in Central Asia: Prevalence
rates, risk and protective factors, and interventions” has been accepted for presentation
at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research.
- Shanaz Savani’s paper, “The role of social work education in the age of Islamophobia”
has been accepted for presentation at the Council of Social Work Education conference.
- In a university-wide survey of FTIC students who participated in Gator Gateway this
- 83% of the CPS students said they are very excited about their major; that number
ranged from 59-66% for other colleges and overall was 67%
- For the statement, “I’m excited about getting to know students/faculty in my college,”
CPS was 95%, other colleges ranged from 83 – 90% and overall was 88%
- Except on one measure (for which CPS showed the same % as the overall average) CPS
percentages were higher than the overall.
Congratulations to the members of the College of Public Service – students, staff,