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May 14, 2007

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Laura Wade Recognized For Long, Distinguished Career

HOUSTON, May 14, 2007— After 18 years in research administration, an associate director of the Texas Center for Superconductivity at the University of Houston (TCSUH ) can now add “award-winning” to her resume.

Laura Wade received the Distinguished Service Award this month from the National Council of University Research Administrators (NCURA).

Wade oversees the administrative functions for one of the largest superconductivity institutions in the nation, and is responsible for preparing and submitting grant proposals for more than 200 faculty, researchers and students from several science and engineering departments. The center researches new high-temperature superconducting materials and their application to the nation’s electrical, medical, transportation and communications needs.

Colleagues at research institutions lauded Wade’s integrity, leadership and dedication to the profession in nominating her for the award.

“(Wade) has always stepped up to the plate when she was needed,” an administrator at Texas Christian University’s office of research wrote in a nomination letter.

Wade has remained active throughout her 18-year career, including serving as president of the NCURA and presenting educational and training workshops to fellow research administrators from throughout the country.

She also is a certified accountant and has a master’s degree in business administration. Before coming to Houston, Wade worked as a research administrator at universities in Galveston, Dallas, San Antonio and Arlington.

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