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ANALYSIS

Dickey’s tenure marred by team’s inconsistency Christopher Shelton Sports editor

James Dickey’s tenure featured ups, but probably had more downs. He helped UH regain its inroads in the fertile recruiting grounds of Houston, yet the talented players he convinced to play at Hofheinz Pavilion have not reached their full potential. The Cougars improved each season, however, the team failed to

reach the NCAA tournament during the four years Dickey patrolled the sideline. UH defeated three top 25 teams this season, but was unable to attain national ranking. After four years as head coach of UH’s basketball program, UH announced that Dickey will step down to restore a work-life because a “family matter” will require more time and energy.

“This has been a difficult decision to make. I continually preach to my players about being an everyday guy, and the balance of your personal and professional life is a major part of it. With that being said, I have a family matter that requires my time and energy, and I will regretfully step down from my current position at the University of Houston,” Dickey DICKEY continues on page 5

Head coach James Dickey, who guided the Cougars to 20 wins in the 2012-13 season, decided to step down on Monday. | File photo/The Daily Cougar

HISTORY

OPTOMETRY

A tribute Q &A An eye on Law professor pursues passion for international law after military career the research to UH, its faculty JORDAN PAUST

Laura Gillespie Assistant news editor

In the 87 years since the University was founded, the school has gone through some drastic changes. Originally a junior college with a 12-member faculty, the UH System now spans four universities, with more than 3,600 faculty members at the main campus alone. UH was founded March 7, 1927 by the Houston Independent School District Board of Education trustees as a junior college with San Jacinto High School, but quickly expanded to a full university in 1934 to become the University of Houston. The University remained at San Jacinto High School until the Fall 1934 semester, when it was moved to its own campus at Second Baptist Church at Milam and McGowen, where it remained for five years. More than 100 acres were donated by Julius Settegast and Ben Taub in 1936 for the University to use as a permanent location. Hugh Roy Cullen also donated more than $56 million, adjusted for inflation, to the school under the stipulation that the University “must always be a college for the working men and women and their sons and daughters. If it were to be another rich man’s college, (he) wouldn’t be interested.” The University continued to expand and grow, becoming the HISTORY continues on page 3

LAW CENTER PROFESSOR OF INTERNATIONAL LAW JORDAN J. PAUST HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE “TOP 10” INTERNATIONAL LAW PROFESSORS IN THE UNITED STATES, BASED ON OVERALL CITATIONS OF AUTHORS’ WORK IN LEGAL PERIODICALS SUCH AS LAW REVIEWS, FACULTY-EDITED JOURNALS AND INTERDISCIPLINARY PUBLICATIONS.

The Daily Cougar: What made

you want to choose law as your career?

Jordan J. Paust: I was interested in

law by the time I was in high school. My father was a lawyer in practice in Los Angeles, and I had some minimal familiarity with what a lawyer does in an independent practice. When I went to college, I had also expected, like many in my generation, that being a lawyer would allow me to participate in politics — a career pattern that I had been attracted to but had never followed. During my college years, many of us had been inspired by John F. and Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King, although Bobby was the only lawyer. ... I had been in ROTC at UCLA, and upon graduation, I was a lieutenant in the U.S. Army who had been deferred from active duty in order to attend law school. I graduated from UCLA Law School in 1968, and because I was married and we had a daughter by the time of graduation from law school, I chose to sign up for a four-year tour as a JAG officer during the Vietnam War. I was fortunate to be selected to join the faculty of the Judge Advocate Generals School after completing a 10-week course at the JAG School and, during my four-year tour, I was in the International Law Division at the JAG School teaching many of the 2,000

lawyers in the Army laws of war, use of force under international law, human rights law and other topics. I realized that I loved international law and had attended conferences and started to write articles on international law. ...

TDC: Is there any advice that you

have received from a past professor or colleague that made a huge impact on your ethics and what advice do you give to your students?

JP: Not any particular moment, but by working with other members of the JAG School faculty during the Vietnam War, I was aware that it is best to be a professional when teaching, writing and otherwise engaged in professional activities within government. The worst sort of governmental lawyer is one who does not ask whether to jump but just how high. There is no doubt in my mind that several of the lawyers during the Bush-Cheney administration have failed in their professional lives, have failed the U.S. and have failed humanity. Our students need to understand that what you will do in your professional career will define who you are, what you stand for — be yourself and grow. — Interview conducted by Evelyn Hurtado Full interview can be found at thedailycougar. com.

Dyllon Braun

Contributing writer

UH is home to an impressive roster of professors from all walks of life, and many of these men and women are world-renowned doctors and scientists. One professor worth noting is Kirill Larin, director of the Biomedical Optics Laboratory in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Larin, his staff and his students Larin research and develop new methods of tissue functional imaging. Research activity within the lab is congruently supported by four grants from the National Institutes of Health. One of these grants funds the research of optical elastography, which uses optics to characterize cells and tissues based on their elastic and viscoelastic mechanical properties. “Optical elastography is the new emerging hot area of research,” Larin said. “In utilizing the high-resolution capability of optics, this rapidly emerging field builds on and complements the related fields of ultrasound and MR elastography, as well as existing methods for biomechanics, such as atomic force microscopy and rheology. With the help of professor Sampson from University of Western Australia, we just LARIN continues on page 8


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CRIME LOG The following is a partial report of campus crime between March 16 and Thursday. All information is selected from the files of the UH Department of Public Safety. Information or questions regarding the cases below should be directed to UH DPS at (713) 743-3333. Theft: A student reported that someone stole his unattended and secured bicycle from the Welcome Center Student Parking Garage. The incident occurred between noon March 7 and 9:18 a.m. on March 17. The case is inactive. Criminal Mischief: A student caused damage to his dorm room at Cullen Oaks Apartments and was issued residential life and student life referrals. The incident occurred between 12:22 p.m. Feb. 19 and 9:55 a.m. March 17. The case is cleared by referral. Public Intoxication: A student was observed intoxicated and transported to Houston Center for Sobriety. The student also received student life and residential life referrals. The incident occurred at 1:15 a.m. on March 18. The case is cleared by referral. Theft: A student reported that someone stole his unattended and secured bicycle from Cougar Place. The incident occurred between noon March 9 and 9 p.m. March 16. The case is inactive. Criminal Mischief: A student reported that someone broke the driver’s-side door handle on his parked and unattended vehicle at Lot 4A. The incident occurred between 9:45 a.m. and 12:49 p.m. Wednesday. The case is active, pending new information. Assault: A student reported that his ex-girlfriend assaulted him at the Welcome Center Student Garage. The incident occurred at 1:34 p.m.

Wednesday. The case is cleared by arrest. Burglary of a Building or Habitation: A staff member reported that an annual inventory revealed that someone stole 10 UH laptops from the Science Building. The incident occurred between March 2013 and 2 p.m. Wednesday. The case is inactive. Traffic Offens e: A student reported that his parked vehicle was struck and damaged at Lot 19B and the striking driver failed to leave the information required by state law. The incident occurred between 1:30 and 7:05 p.m. Wednesday. The case is inactive. Traffic Offens e: A student reported that his parked vehicle was struck at Lot 19B and damaged and the striking driver failed to leave the information required by state law. The incident occurred between 10:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday. The case is active, pending new information. Assault : A faculty member observed two students entering an unoccupied office at Melcher Hall. One student was issued a student life referral. The incident occurred between 5:55 and 11:06 p.m. Wednesday. The case is cleared by exception. Theft: A student reported the theft of her secured and unattended bicycle from Agnes Arnold Hall. The incident occurred between 1 p.m. March 8 and 8 a.m. March 17. The case is active, pending new information.

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Crossing the lines of color Fourth-year Counseling Psychology doctoral student Martinque Jones led a presentation during the 13th annual Diversity Institute, which aims to raise awareness around diversity and promote Counseling and Psychological Services. — Channler K. Hill/The Daily Cougar

HISTORY continued from page 1

second-largest university in Texas by 1951. It became a state university in order to combat rising tuition costs in 1963. In 1983, the name of the main campus was temporarily changed to UH-University Park in order to differentiate the campus from UH-Downtown, but it was changed back to the University of Houston in 1991. Since Fall 1995, UH’s main campus has seen its faculty population nearly triple, going to 3,679 from 1,249 professors, associate professors, assistant professors and other faculty such as lecturers and teaching assistants. Additionally, the student population in that time has roughly doubled to 39,540 from 23,504 total students The largest number of both students and faculty lie in humanities, fine arts and communication, with more than 5,000 students and 310 faculty in the Fall 1995 semester. Now, though the number of faculty in CLASS has stayed the same, the number of students has doubled.

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ACADEMICS

Humanities still equal to STEM in society Hayder Ali Opinion columnist

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worrisome trend has emerged in our educational system. Humanities and fine arts are becoming increasingly undervalued, while more emphasis is placed on students who major in science, technology, engineering and math. To be clear, STEM fields are important. It is not hard to see why they are lavished with attention, praise and, most importantly, funding. Virtually any industrial job out there requires some sort of exposure to the aforementioned disciplines, and it is true beyond any doubt that the miracles of technology that have profoundly shaped our society owe themselves to hard scientific inquiry and application. By comparison, it is difficult for some to see the practical utility of a discipline such as history or political science or English, let alone any of the classics, literature and cultural studies. Many people hold the attitude that these disciplines are simply a waste of time and that nothing is worth studying if it is not useful. Nevertheless, the study of the humanities is essential to a balanced education. The humanities, liberal arts and fine arts deserve no

The study of the humanities is also very important. Not only does it make you a well-rounded person, but you can develop very important critical reading and writing skills that serve you no matter what your discipline.” Simon Bott, chemistry professor, on the importance of humanities in modern, industrial society.

David Delgado/ The Daily Cougar less appreciation and institutional support than the hard sciences. The discrepancy between the hard sciences and the humanities is not puzzling. Chemistry professor Simon Bott said he thinks the reason STEM is so favored is because it “brings in money and pumps out money.” In short, it’s practical. “The study of the humanities is also very important,” Bott said. “Not only does it make you a well-rounded person, but you can develop very important critical reading and writing skills that serve you no matter what your discipline.” Bott is not alone in his assessment. Kimberly Meyer, who teaches the English- and literature-based Human Situation course for The Honors College, agreed on all points. “Creativity should not be undervalued. The arts and humanities play a critical role in promoting creativity, and that’s a trait that will help everybody,” Meyer said. However, students have mixed opinions.

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“The humanities teach you about who you are and how you react to the world,” said political science sophomore Sahar Sadoughi. This sentiment is echoed by others, including creative writing sophomore Isaac Morey. “I certainly think there’s a great deal of value in studying the humanities, and I would love to see them receive more funding than they currently are,” Morey said. Other students, such as undeclared freshman Donald Slaw, remain skeptical. “I like to learn about that sort of thing, especially art, but economically speaking, it all comes down to jobs,” Slaw said. This sentiment, that the humanities are interesting but impractical, appears to be the mainstream among all the critics of a humanities-focused education. All of these concerns have an element of truth to them. Yet the solution must not be to shun the humanities altogether, but to reform expectations about what an education is — and isn’t — and

STAFF EDITORIAL The Staff Editorial reflects the opinions of The Daily Cougar Editorial Board (the members of which are listed above the editorial). All other opinions, commentaries and cartoons reflect only the opinion of the author. Opinions expressed in The Daily Cougar do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Houston or the students as a whole. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The Daily Cougar welcomes letters to the editor from any member of the UH community. Letters should be no more than 250

adapt so students can spend more time engaging the arts and humanities. Besides refining critical reading and writing skills, the humanities and arts confer another major benefit: cultural exposure. “Houston is a growing and diverse city. The University of Houston is one of the most diverse institutions in the entire country,” said history professor Bailey Stone. “We need adequate history and cultural programs to serve this diverse student body. This involves an emphasis on research, building up the libraries, enhancing programs and reaching out to the Houston community.” This point cannot be overstated. The utility of some fields in the humanities and fine arts may not always be apparent. It is easy to see why the fields of English and history are important and practical, but it’s not as clear why, for example, Latin American literature ought to be explored or promoted by the University. The answer, as Stone said, is

words and signed, including the author’s full name, phone number or e-mail address and affiliation with the University, including classification and major. Anonymous letters will not be published. Deliver letters to N221, University Center; e-mail them to letters@ thedailycougar.com; send them via campus mail to STP 4015; or fax to (713) 743-5384. Letters are subject to editing. GUEST COMMENTARY Submissions are accepted from any member of the UH community and must

twofold. On the one hand, knowledge of these disciplines is a benefit in itself — if, of course, you believe that learning for the sake of learning is good. In addition, such knowledge enhances our ability to relate to others from different backgrounds — to understand where they come from, what moves them, what forms the foundation of their identity. The humanities and fine arts are, therefore, profoundly important. History is a case in point. The study of history is the exploration of our collective memory. It is, therefore, no more true that the study of history is unimportant than that an individual with no memory or life experiences is ready and able to confront the world. In short, if the sciences enable us to answer the question “how does it work?” then the humanities enable us to answer the question “why does it matter?” Opinion columnist Hayder Ali is a history and pre-med sophomore and may be reached at opinion@thedailycougar.com

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BASEBALL ANALYSIS

For Cougars, win formula well intact Harrison Lee Senior staff writer

UH’s weekend sweep against College of Charleston was a slightly encapsulated version of the things that teams normally associated with winning tend to do. Now 19-4 with four sweeps on the season, UH seems to have fallen into a groove, even if it sometimes hasn’t been through a smooth path. With scores of 8-3, 3-2 and 7-1, UH preserved its No. 21 ranking while fending off what head coach Todd Whitting called one of the most aggressive swinging teams in the country. Beyond that, the result was exactly what he had in mind. “Any time you can sweep a team that’s the caliber of the College of Charleston, that’s a big weekend,” Whitting said. “If we’re going to win the American Athletic Conference, (which starts) next weekend, we have to be (able) to sweep. You can’t win the league unless you learn to sweep.” A big factor in the sweep, as well as the season so far, was the work of the pitchers, who held Charleston to only six runs in 27 innings. Each game featured something unique

as far as pitching performances. Junior right-hander Aaron Garza’s complete game win Friday was followed Saturday by sophomore right-hander Jake Lemoine’s one-hit performance through five innings. In the series finale, sophomore right-hander Jared West set a personal record with 11 strikeouts. “You can’t get intimidated by that kind of stuff,” said West of the intimidating reputation of Charleston’s swing-happy batters. “You have to work the zone and let them, the ball and the defense do the work.” The importance of each player’s contribution was that each starter lasted at least five innings, sparring any precarious dipping into a bullpen that was in need of rest coming off two midweek games. “It was big,” said Whitting of the starter’s stamina through the series. “That was the biggest concern I had — that our offense kind of fouled up our bullpen going into the weekend. But we were able to score some runs this weekend and not have to go too deep into the (bullpen). That was a huge advantage for us.” UH batters were anchored by performances from redshirt senior

The Cougars will need to have a strong pitching performance if they want to win the Silver Glove for only the second time in 15 tries. UH will try to get to 20 wins with a midweek matchup with Rice on Tuesday. | File photo/The Daily Cougar Casey Grayson’s on Saturday, which consisted of two RBI doubles, and sophomore infielder Josh Vidales’, who drove in the go-ahead run in the Sunday finale. Vidales, who credits his elevated baseball socks for breaking his mini-batting slump, points out that the team’s mental and gamesmanship approach to batting with two strikes has helped immensely. “I think our approach at the plate

with two strikes lately has been a lot better than what it was earlier in the season,” Vidales said. “From (the batter’s) standpoint, if we get runners in scoring position, we just want to be straight to the ball, try to hit it hard somewhere and hopefully find a hole.” The momentum was well-timed, since UH will host cross-town rival Rice in what is perhaps UH’s best shot to win the Silver Glove in front

of the home crowd. “We have no problem with confidence,”Vidales said. “Being one-up against Rice, we’ll go into this midweek game with enthusiasm about getting ready to go and win the Silver Glove series. I think if we keep doing what we’re doing now, there should be no problem coming out with a W.” sports@thedailycougar.com

MARCH MADNESS

Professor DICKEY uses math to tie-in sports

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The Daily Cougar news services The Department of Mathematics will host professor Wayne Winston to talk about “Mathletics: The Intersection of Math and Sports,” which will be hosted at 3 p.m. on Wednesday inside the Science and Engineering Building 105. Winston is a professor for Decision Sciences at the University of Indiana and is currently a visiting professor at the Bauer College of Business. He will discuss how mathematics ties in with sports such as baseball, football and basketball teams. He will also discuss the use of it in rating teams. Winston received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MIT and his Ph.D. in operations research from Yale. He has written 15 books in areas such as operational research, mathematical programming, and stochastic models. sports@thedailycougar.com

said in a statement. Though Dickey finished with a pedestrian 64-62 record at UH, he leaves the program in a better position than he found it. Dickey’s predecessor had more success, but the six-year Tom Penders-era left UH disconnected with its host city. Penders focused on recruiting junior college transfers instead of taking chances on local kids. “If you have a local kid that doesn’t start, you have problems,” Penders said to the New York Times. “I got a good share of players from Houston. I’d rather get a marginal kid from Florida than Houston because if he doesn’t start, you get the A.A.U. coaches, the parents and the media on your back because he’s not playing.” Dickey kept 5-star recruit Danuel House and 4-star talent Danrad Knowles from leaving the city, and the duo could be cornerstones for the Cougars during the next two seasons.

Keeping talented Houston players in the city was a major part in his staff’s plan to return UH to national prominence. He also guided the Cougars during a difficult transition when UH joined the American Athletic Conference this season, a conference that featured five ranked teams. The Cougars held their own against talented teams at home, but were often outmatched in road contests and even lost to some less talented opponents. Good deeds aside, winning was just not contagious enough during Dickey’s tenure. Neither of his teams ever had had a winning record in conference play even though three of DickRhoades e y ’s t e a m s played in the talent-depleted Conference USA. Before UH took down then-No. 17 Connecticut, the best win during his tenure was a 73-72 victory against unranked Texas in the College Basketball Invitational last

Though the Cougars defeated three ranked teams for the first time in nearly three decades this season, head coach James Dickey decided to step away from the program on Monday. | File photo/The Daily Cougar season. The Cougars’ next coach should inherit a talented team and a program looking to make a return to its glory days when UH made three consecutive Final Fours in the late 80s. The Cougars will break ground in a $20 million new practice facility in May, and Hofheinz will undergo $77

million renovations as well. “Coupled with the talented young men returning, facility upgrades in progress and membership in one of the premier basketball conferences in the nation, we feel this is a very attractive opportunity,” said UH Athletics Director Mack Rhoades. sports@thedailycougar.com


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THEATER

Tribute highlights UH legend’s impact BoJanay Posey Staff writer

As dozens of glasses were raised to the heavens in honor of a UH legend, a few members of the crowd bowed their heads, eyes twinkling just as brightly as their glasses. “To Doc,” they said in unison for the second and final time Sunday evening. More than 100 people gathered to pay tribute to Sidney “Doc” Berger at the Jose Quintero Theatre. Berger passed away Feb. 15, 2013. He directed, produced and taught at UH for 41 years until he retired in 2010. During his time at UH, he served as the director of the School of Theatre and Dance until 2007 and founded the Children’s Theatre Festival and the Houston Shakespeare Festival. “I think tonight was a wonderful opportunity for alumni and friends of Sidney to pay a tiniest hint of tribute he is due,” said Jim Johnson, director of the School of Theatre and Dance. Many colleagues, alumni, former students, faculty and friends swapped stories of Berger, sharing how he was innovative, kind and brilliant. Many say UH’s world-renowned theater department wouldn’t exist without Berger. David Gottlieb, for example, credits Berger for putting UH on the map. Gottlieb, former dean of the College of Social Sciences and CEO of the Cynthia Woods Pavilion, said Berger was one of his best friends at UH. He said Berger was one of the people who

Although he passed away in 2013, Sidney Berger and his theater legacy, especially the foundation of the Houston Shakespeare Festival, shined in Sunday’s tribute. | Courtesy of Gary Fountain diligently worked to transform the University what it is now, and that’s just not in regards to theater. “Sidney Berger brought more international attention to the University than any other faculty member I know,” Gottlieb said. “If it was never for Sidney, there would be no Moores School of Music, because Moores was so impressed by him.”

Berger’s influence spread throughout Houston, reaching places like high schools in Acres Homes and the Ensemble Theatre. Berger worked with many local and international theaters. One of the many in attendance Sunday who worked with Berger was Robert Peeples, an Alley Theatre actor. “He was an intellectual truck driver,” Peeples

said. “He was a very passionate man, a very strong man, a very tough man. He was in your face … he was tough and he knew exactly what he wanted … He was one of the best directors I ever saw.” Mary Fanioni, whose husband partnered with Berger in the 1970s to produce such works as “The Last Temptation of Christ” and “Where is the Sun,” said Berger had a sense of goodwill and helped people. He viewed his students as his family and his legacy. “He was extremely intelligent. He was extremely loyal, self-disciplined, a self-starter,” Fanioni said. “Nothing was impossible. If he could think of it, nothing would stand in his way.” Pamela Guinn, one of Berger’s former mentees, said Berger knew how to get the best performance out of everyone. In her case, he would tease her. Although she recalls when she was casted as Thomasina in “Arcadia,” he waltzed her around the stage to show her how it was done. She remembers most his love for Shakespeare. “None of us understood his love for Shakespeare,” Guinn said. “You can’t measure it.” Sandra Hopkins, Berger’s wife, said the tribute was remarkable. “My husband was bigger than life. This evening shows the love he had for his students and colleagues,” Hopkins said. arts@thedailycougar.com

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UH Moores Jazz Orchestra is performing a series of famous works in its upcoming concert, “The Great American Song Book,” on April 16 at the Moores Opera House to honor National Jazz Month. | Courtesy of Mike Emery

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Jazz orchestra to play renown works Film festival to screen student submissions

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A series of student-made videos submitted in a film competition will be screened from 4 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Student Video Network Studios, located in Room 221 at the UC North.

As March comes to an end, jazz musicians prepare to celebrate National Jazz Month in April with a collective concert to showcase renown works. The Moores Jazz Orchestra will host “The Great American Song Book” at 7:30 p.m. on April 16 at the Moores Opera House. The concert features pieces from jazz artists including Cole

The six, short 5 to 10-minute dramas, romances and comedies include “College Shenanigans,” “Cynosure,” “Obituary,” “The Plan,” “The Power of LOVE” and “Writer’s Block.” Attendants can vote for their favorite films, and cash prizes will be awarded to three winners.

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Porter, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin and Harold Arlen. Grammy-nominated singer and alumna Tianna Hall will accompany the orchestra on stage with her soulful voice. Recording artist and graduate student Henry Darragh will also handle vocal chores. “The songs we’re playing... are classic and very important tunes that helped define this truly American art form and shaped the careers of countless musicians,”

said jazz director Noe Marmolejo in a statement. Tickets are $12 for general audiences and $7 for students and senior citizens. The orchestra will also perform portions of this concert in Da Camera Jam at 6:30 p.m. on April 17 at Houston’s Discovery Green. The event is free and open to the public. arts@thedailycougar.com


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Coming out against immigration practices Three students and a UH alumna drew a crowd to the University Center Circle Drive on Monday when they faced their fears and spoke about their personal stories and insights regarding higher education for immigrant and undocumented youth. The three speakers, along with their supporters, raised awareness about the immediate need for reform in the nation’s immigration and education system. — Emily S. Chambers and Jimmy Moreland/The Daily Cougar

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organized the first inaugural conference devoted to optical elastography methods in medicine and biology.” The object of this research will help develop instrumentation and methods to treat problems related to the cornea and treat diseases such as glaucoma. Not only does Larin strive for greatness in his research, but his colleagues do as well. “This work is exciting and promises to be a real game changer for the diagnosis and management of eye diseases such as keratoconus, one of the leading causes of corneal transplant in the United States,” said associate professor of optometry Michael Twa. “Dr. Larin is a powerful creative force that keeps everyone around him motivated and inspired to succeed. His lab has a team spirit that is infectious and that starts from the top.” Recent biomedical engineering graduate Narendran Sudheendran said Larin’s infectious spirit stretches beyond just the spectrum of fellow doctors. “I have done research with him, been his TA and have taken his class,” Sudheendran said. “It has been a great experience.” Along with his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Larin also holds UH certifications in mechanical engineering and electrical and computer engineering at the Department of Optics and Biophysics at the Saratov State University in Russia. He is also the recipient of the Presidential Award from Russian President Boris Yeltsin, recognizing his significant contributions in optics. “The process of new knowledge which, of course, will lead to new clinical instruments is very exciting not only for me but for my research team,” Larin said. news@thedailycougar.com

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