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arrowhead Kurt Krause, associate professor of biology and biochemistry, and Rigoberto Advincula, associate professor of chemistry, were invited to attend the National Academies Keck Futures Initiative conference “Designing Nanostructures at the Interface between Biomedical and Physical Systems,” which was held in November in Irvine, California. Advincula presented research on designing biosensors to aid in diagnostic health care and Krause on designing devices to combat HIV.

arrowhead As participants in a panel discussion at Houston’s Negative Space art gallery in October, physics professors Gemunu Gunaratne, Simon Moss, and George Reiter shared ideas with local artists about the interplay between art and science and how society supports each discipline. As a precursor to that event, biology professor Dan Graur participated in a panel discussion in September at Salento coffee house. That panel explored how science and technology influence artists and how artists further interpret those discoveries through their work.

arrowhead In celebration of the 75th birthday of University of Houston Professor of Geosciences Kevin Burke and to honor his contributions to his profession, the department of geosciences hosted a four-day symposium at UH that was attended by scientists from around the globe.

arrowhead In September, Stuart Dryer, chair of the department of biology & biochemistry, co-sponsored an event with KUHF-TV that brought National Geographic Emerging Explorer Spencer Wells to the UH campus. Wells, a geneticist and anthropologist, spoke to a fascinated crowd about his work using DNA as a historical document and discovering that all humans alive today can be traced back to a small tribe who lived in Africa 60,000 years ago.

arrowhead In the recently released Texas Monthly 2004 Guide to Texas Colleges and Universities, Research Associate Professor of Chemistry Simon Bott’s chemistry class was listed as the best class to take at UH.

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