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Volume 70, Issue 161, Thursday, August 4, 2005


Two UH students, professor honored

Mathematics teacher receives award for career of achievement

By Jennifer Peacock
The Daily Cougar

A UH professor and two students received honors for their accomplishments in science and technology at the annual Association for Women in Computing gala earlier this summer. 

Mathematics professor Suncica Canic received one of the association's Top Houston Women in Technology awards and students Barbara Nishae Brooks and Irene Cooperstein Cole each received a $10,000 Kathi Bowles scholarship.

Canic, who also heads the Houston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology, received her honor for her career achievements and leadership in Houston's computing and technology community, specifically for a research project that she began after becoming a UH professor in 1998.

Along with a team of cardiologists from the Texas Heart Institute, UH professors and researchers, Canic spent the past seven years researching ways to repair aneurysm-damaged arteries, and said she remains humbled by the experience and the award.

"It was not just me, it was a group of people who worked on the experiment," Canic said about the aneurysm research.

Both Cole, a computer science and mathematics senior, and Brooks, a technology leadership and supervision junior, received their honors for exemplary performances in their majors.

Brooks recently worked on a project to create images of a hard drive and distribute it across a hardware independent image, and Cole recently finished an internship with Oregon State University's Computer Science Department. 

Along with several professors and students from other universities, she analyzed patterns on spreadsheet layouts by using applied abstract math. 

"It is always good the be recognized for the work that you do," Canic said about all the honors. 

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