Informatics Ph.D. student Marie Tsaasan recently received the Brython Davis Fellowship for a second year. Funds for the fellowship were donated to the University of California in 1967 by the Brython Parry David Trust to provide financial support for children of U.S. Navy and Marine veterans.
ICS faculty provide healthy outlook for gaming despite the World Health Organization’s plan to classify “gaming disorder” as a mental health condition.
At 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 26, Global Game Jam (GGJ) 2018 will begin. For the 48 hours that follow, jammers all over the world will develop games based on a common theme announced at the start of the GGJ event. In 2017, more than 7,000 wave-themed games were created at 700 locations in 95 countries, 20 of which were developed here at UCI at a GGJ site organized by Informatics Professor Josh Tanenbaum.
The recipient of the 2018 James Harvey Scholar award is Informatics Ph.D. candidate Oliver Haimson. The award recognizes graduate students who have excelled academically, have a financial need and are studying homosexuality, including but not limited to sociological, medical, political, historical or legal ramifications. Funds for the award were donated to the University of California in 1991 from Mr. Harvey’s estate. The award will cover Haimson’s resident fees for Spring 2018 and provide him with a $6,000 stipend paid over three months.
Professors Kurt Squire, Ramesh Jain and Vladimir Minin provide a sneak peak of what technological innovations are ahead in 2018.
Two Informatics professors have each received an Inclusive Excellence Spirit Award for their work in promoting equity, diversity and inclusion at UCI. Assistant Professor Bonnie Ruberg, along with Ph.D. student Amanda Cullen, received the award to help diversify esports, while Assistant Professor Aaron Trammell, along with graduate student Sarita Rosenstock, undergraduate student Grace Wood, and Library Event Coordinator Daniel Gilchrist, received the award for efforts to promote feminism and the politics of inclusion. UCI’s Office of Inclusive Excellence offers the awards, which include funding for related campus activities.
Two ICS professors are participating in events hosted by UCI’s Africana Institute for Creativity, Recognition and Elevation (AICRE) for Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. AICRE aims to “create a dynamic exchange of cultural, scientific, economic and spiritual knowledge between local communities and academia to positively impact the next generation, so people of African descent can equitably contribute to a more sustainable society and command respect worldwide.” Informatics Professor and AICRE Fellow Aaron Trammell and Computer Science Professor Magda El Zarki will be presenters at two of the public events, contributing to this exchange of knowledge.