Boston University News Release

1st December, 2003

Chicago Resident Receives Lubee Award at Bat Research Symposium

(Boston, Mass.) — Boston University senior Diane Hirsh recently received the Lubee Award at the 33rd Annual North American Symposium on Bat Research. The Chicago resident was the sole undergraduate student in the competition and this was her first conference talk.

Since June 2003, Hirsh worked on her presentation, “Censusing Brazilian Free-Tailed Bats Using Infrared Thermal Imaging and Computer Vision Methods” with Boston University professors, Margrit Betke and Thomas Kunz.
The North American Symposium on Bat Research (NASBR) is committed to the support and development of the scientific study of bats, concentrating on conservation and education. This year’s meeting was held in Lincoln, Nebraska, featuring researchers from North America and around the world.

Hirsh is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Visual Arts. A 2000 graduate of Regina Dominican High School, she is the daughter of Richard Hirsh and Janet E. Stow Hirsh.

Hirsh is the Webmaster and Artificial Intelligence team leader for the Video Game Creator’s Consortium at Boston University, and a member of the Golden Key Honor Society. She currently works for the New England Medical Center in the General Care Research Center as a Web developer.

Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.

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