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October 13, 2008-Houston-
The University of Houston Office of Communication recently hired another media relations representative to assist in disseminating the university's science, technology and research news to the media.

Angela Hopp, who joined the university last fall to do communication for the Office of the Vice President for Research, will now be partnering with University Communication's senior science writer Lisa Merkl. Hopp will cover the Cullen College of Engineering, the College of Optometry, the College of Technology and the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture.

"She brings invaluable institutional knowledge to our office and the science beat from her time as the communication liaison for our university's research division," said Eric Gerber, director of University Communication. "She clearly demonstrated her science writing skills and media savvy when our office collaborated with her as our contact point for that key division. We are fortunate to now have her as part of our team."

Hopp, a UH graduate, has spent most of her career as a print journalist.

She got her start as an editorial assistant at the Houston Chronicle in 1999. Shortly after graduation in 2000, she was hired on by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock as a news copy editor.

In 2001, she returned to the Chronicle's news copy desk and spent more than six years there, rising through the ranks to Sunday Page One editor. She's been an adjunct professor of print and digital media at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication since 2002.

"I really feel like this is a great fit for me," Hopp said. "I was practically raised by journalists, and I love my alma mater and my students. Now I get to spread the word about the amazing research and activities we have going on here. So, for me, this position offers the best of both worlds."

Hopp can be reached at 713-743-8153 or ahopp@uh.edu.

To receive UH science news via e-mail, visit http://www.uh.edu/news-events/archive/sciencelist.html.

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