- A third-year graduate student in physics, Clarina de la Cruz recently captured first prize in the worldwide student competition of the 50th Magnetism and Magnetic Materials Conference. The competition recognizes research excellence at the graduate level, with the winner receiving a $1,000 fellowship.
- Susan Hardin, adjunct professor of biology and biochemistry and President and CEO of VisiGen Biotechnologies, Inc., has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering in Washington, D.C. In 2000, she and 4 other University of Houston faculty members formed VisiGen to develop a DNA sequencing technology that is projected to sequence a human genome in a day for $1000.
- Xiaolian Gao, biology and biochemistry professor and adjunct professor in chemistry and biomedical engineering, has been named one of Houston’s top women in technology by the Houston chapter of the Association for Women in Computing (AWC). One of 24 honorees, Gao will receive her AWC-Houston Leadership in Technology Award during the annual gala June 10 at the Inter-Continental Houston Hotel.
- Barbara Keyfitz, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Mathematics, has earned the University of Houston 2006 Esther Farfel Award, the highest honor UH bestows on a faculty member. Keyfitz is the first female scientist to receive the award and the second person in her family to hold the honor. Her husband, Martin Golubitsky, Cullen Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and director of the Institute for Theoretical Engineering and Science, is the 1997 recipient.
- Four NSM faculty members were recently recognized with UH 2005-06 Awards for Excellence. Associate Professor of Biology and Biochemistry Costa M. Colbert received the Teaching Excellence Award; John and Rebecca Moores Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology and Biochemistry Stuart Dryer received the Excellence in Research and Scholarship Award; Professor of Biology and Biochemistry George Fox was named the 2006 John and Rebecca Moores Professor; and Professor of Chemistry T. Randall Lee received the Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Research. In addition, Mathematics Lecturer Craig Larson received the Non-tenure Teaching Excellence Award and Biochemistry Teaching Assistant Tarek Mahfouz received the Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.