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Fall 2008
Alumni NotesSee What Your Former Classmates Are Up To…
Harry F. Tibbals, who received a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Houston in 1970, recently co-authored a textbook – Introduction to Nanoscience – published by Taylor and Francis CRC Press. The book uses an interdisciplinary approach, covering the chemistry, physics and biology aspects of nanoscience. Tibbals is the director of the Bioinstrumentation Resource Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, which supports development for medical devices and biomedical instruments in collaboration with clinical and basic research faculty. His current research is focused on wireless sensors for medical and life support monitoring.

Laurance Beauvais, who graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, is now an assistant professor of chemistry at San Diego State University. At UH he worked with renowned physicist Paul Chu on the synthesis of high-temperature superconductors. He received a Ph.D in inorganic chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley and was a post-doctorate researcher at MIT. Beauvais and his wife Miriam, also a member of the chemistry faculty at SDSU, welcomed their daughter Lily this summer.

Heather Rodriguez, who graduated from UH with a bachelor’s degree in physics in 2004 and a master’s physics degree in 2006 is now working on a doctorate in space physics at UH. She is also working full time at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in the orbital debris program office. This fall she married Grady Cowardin and plans to complete her doctoral degree by spring 2010.

Chris VanHoose, who graduated in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in computer science, recently was named chief technology officer for CT Lien Solutions in Houston.

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