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The 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration Abie Award Winners

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Rice University professor Lydia E. Kavraki, recipient of the Technical Leadership ABIE Award.

Rice University professor Lydia E. Kavraki was among the recipients announced this week of the Anita Borg Institute's 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration ABIE Awards.

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The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) has announced the recipients of its 2015 Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) ABIE Awards, which recognize female leaders in the realm of computer science.

Award recipients are nominated by their peers and chosen by a panel of fellow technologists and former ABIE winners.

This year's ABIE recipients include Rice University professor Lydia E. Kavraki, who won the Technical Leadership ABIE Award for her research into physical algorithms and their applications in robotics, computational structural biology, and translational bioinformatics.

Google software engineers Michal Segalov and Daniela Raijman were awarded the Social Impact ABIE Award for founding Google's Mind the Gap program, which encourages high school girls to pursue computer science and math in high school.

Maria Celeste Medina, cofounder of Brazilian software startup Ada IT, and Mai Abualkas Temraz, a coordinator at the Gaza Sky Geeks tech accelerator and co-working hub in the Gaza Strip, were awarded the Change Agent ABIE Award.

Joanne McGrath Cohoon, a University of Virginia professor who has researched the gender imbalance in computer science for almost two decades, was awarded the Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award.

Finally, Lydia Tapia, a professor at the University of New Mexico, was awarded the Denice Denton Emerging Leader ABIE Award for her efforts to establish methodologies for the simulation and analysis of motion.

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