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UIC CS Department sent 26 undergraduate female students and 8 graduate students to join the 12,000 attendees at the Grace Hopper Celebration in Houston Texas. Funded in part since 2014 by BRAID funding, this is an opportunity for female students to be inspired by industry leaders and network with companies looking for interns and employees. Mayank Lahiri, a PhD student in the Computational Population Biology Lab, has received the Provost's Award for his project on automatic identification of zebras from photographs, a project he has started in Kenya as a student in the Field Computational Population Biology course this semester. He will use the award to go back to Kenya to validate, fine-tune, and deploy the system where it is most needed: in the field, so the nature conservancy staff, field assistants, researchers, and scouts can use it to do their job studying and saving zebras. Congratulations to Jillian Aurisano, a PhD student in the Electronic Visualization Lab, on receiving 2015 Chancellor?s Student Service Award The recipients of the Illinois Technology Foundation's "50 for the Future" 2012 award. In the first row are UIC's PhD students Anushka Anand (leftmost) and Habiba (rightmost). Zebras at the Ol' Pejeta conservancy in Kenya where in January 2010 UIC computer science students joined Princeton biology students in a unique field course in computational population biology (co-taught by Professor Tanya Berger-Wolf). Among other projects, students studied zebra social behavior and designed software for automatic identification of individual zebras by stripes. UIC PhD student Marco Maggioni installing a server in Kenya to support the Image Based Ecological Information System (IBEIS) project.

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