On June 7, 2022, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) resumed its annual ICS Awards Celebration luncheon, paused during the pandemic, as faculty and staff spent an afternoon reconnecting and socializing. Dean Marios Papaefthymiou welcomed new staff, announced the recipient of the Jim McKenzie Staff Leadership Award, presented the Dean’s Faculty Awards, and recognized a variety of faculty members for recent honors and accomplishments.Continue reading
Monthly Archives: June 2022
ICS Project Expo Strengthens Industry Engagement and Showcases Student Talent
June 27, 2022
More than 250 students from UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) showcased their talent and mingled with industry professionals on June 1, 2022, at the Second Annual ICS Project Expo. Held in the new state-of-the-art Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Building (ISEB), the event was a culmination of months of hard work, offering the students the opportunity to present projects completed for undergraduate capstone courses in informatics, computer science and data science, as well as for the Butterworth Product Development Competition. Project sponsors and students alike look forward to this annual opportunity to highlight projects they’ve labored over throughout the year.Continue reading
Xi Lu Awarded ICS Steckler Family Endowed Fellowship
June 14, 2022
Informatics Ph.D. student Xi Lu of UCI’s Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) was awarded the ICS Steckler Family Endowed Fellowship for 2022-2023. The goal of this fellowship, which covers fees and tuition and includes a $10,000 quarterly stipend, is to support Ph.D. students who are committed to promoting the field of computing to women.Continue reading
UCI Podcast: Jonathan Alexander takes his own advice
In this episode of the UCI Podcast, Chancellor’s Professor of English and informatics Jonathan Alexander talks about the genre of creative nonfiction and the role each book in The Creep Trilogy held on his personal journey, with a special focus on the latest installment, Dear Queer Self. He also shares advice for others who may find themselves on the outside looking in, and details why he finds Pride Month both aspirational and hopeful.
Read the full story on UCI News.
UCI News: “Building a community that’s got game” (Constance Steinkuehler and Kurt Squire featured)
June 13, 2022
Games+Learning+Society Conference seeks to unite and enlighten the multibillion-dollar industryContinue reading
Gillian Hayes Elected to 2022 CRA Board of Directors
June 7, 2022
Kleist Professor of Informatics Gillian Hayes, who also serves as vice provost for graduate education and dean of the Graduate Division, is one of three new board of directors recently elected by Computer Research Association (CRA) members. Hayes will serve a three-year term starting July 1, 2022. The CRA Board of Directors is a distinguished group of leaders in computing research from academia and industry that provides the membership for various standing committees and leads CRA’s responses when issues affecting computing research arise unexpectedly.
Read the full CRA announcement here.
Pride Month: Supporting LGBTQ+ in Tech
June 3, 2022
An article published in Science Advances in June 2021, “Systemic Inequalities for LGBTQ Professionals in STEM,” outlines results from a study of 25,000 full-time employed STEM professionals, over a thousand of whom identify as LGBTQ. According to the findings, “LGBTQ STEM professionals were more likely to experience career limitations, harassment and professional devaluation than their non-LGBTQ peers. They also reported more frequent health difficulties and were more likely to intend to leave STEM.”
The article concludes that “STEM workplaces need to include LGBTQ status in their broad efforts toward diversity and inclusion, provide LGBTQ employees with opportunities to network and seek support … and ensure that LGBTQ persons have access to the full suite of formal and informal benefits enjoyed by their non-LGBTQ colleagues.”Continue reading