- Rigoberto Advincula, who holds dual appointments of associate professor of chemistry and associate professor of chemical engineering, attended a Washington, D.C., awards ceremony in March with a protégé who was a finalist in a prestigious science competition for high school students. Yieu Chyan was among 40 high school seniors named finalists in the Intel Science Talent Search (STS) 2007. A Denton resident, Chyan attends the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science and the University of North Texas. Chyan and Clayton Ayres, another student mentored by Advincula, also were named regional finalist and semifinalist, respectively, in the 2006-2007 Siemens Math, Science and Technology Competition. Ayres attends St. John’s School, Houston.
- Kurt Marfurt, professor of geophysics and director of the Center for Applied Geosciences and Energy, was chosen by the Society of Exploration Geophysicists to teach its 2006 Distinguished Instructor Short Course (DISC). Selection as the DISC instructor is regarded as a recognition of excellence by SEG. Marfurt’s SEG course discussed seismic attributes for exploration and reservoir characterization. He presented this one-day seminar at more than 25 locations around the world, appealing to a wide audience that ranged from students to seasoned professionals.
- Enhancing ways to detect petroleum targets recently earned Kristopher Innanen, assistant professor of physics, the J. Clarence Karcher Award from the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Only the second from UH to receive this top honor, Innanen was given the Karcher award to recognize his significant contributions as a young geophysicist of outstanding abilities under the age of 35. This is the second year in a row that a researcher from the UH Mission-Oriented Seismic Research Program
(M-OSRP) under direction of Cullen Distinguished Professor of Physics Arthur Weglein has been selected for the Karcher for innovations in seismic technology in oil and gas exploration.
- Kingwood Medical Center, an HCA-affiliated hospital, recently named NSM alumnus Chik-Fong Wei, M.D., (’71, Ph.D. ’92) chief of medical staff. Wei will preside over medical staff meetings and serve as chair of the medical executive committee and as chief administrative officer for the medical staff. A cardiologist, he earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and completed an internal medicine residency and a cardiovascular diseases fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Wei has practiced on staff at Kingwood Medical Center since 1996. During his tenure, he has served as chairman of the cardiology committee and chief of staff-elect. He also serves on the medical center’s board. A clinical assistant professor of medicine for the University of Texas Medical School, he is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology.