New ADVANCE Center Makes Headlines on ABC 13


Melanie Ziems

The University of Houston’s new Center for ADVANCING UH Faculty Success is still in the early stages of creation, but it’s already receiving local media attention for its impressive mission. ABC 13 Eyewitness News’ Elissa Rivas recently spotlighted the new center, supported in part by the Cullen College of Engineering, in the feature “University of Houston Receives $3.3M Grant to Promote Women in STEM Fields.”

The five year grant comes from the National Science Foundation for the creation of a center on campus to change the dynamics of the current standard for faculty in STEM fields. "It's so important that our faculty is representative of our student body, and so faculty of color, women of color, that is something that we're focusing on within the STEM faculty," said Holly Hutchins of the UH College of Technology, one of the co-principal investigators on the grant application. Other co-PI’s include Bonnie Dunbar, M.D. Anderson Professor and director of Aerospace Engineering and UH STEM Center Director, and Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering.

According to the ABC feature, “As part of a program called ADVANCE, the school will use the money to recruit educators and administrators of color within the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math - STEM disciplines.”

Read the full report here.