Baskin News Beat - March 2017


  • Katherine Isbister's book, How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design, was awarded Outstanding Academic Title by the American Library Association
    Every year, the American Library Association's Choice magazine publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles. Katherine Isibister's book, How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design was selected, based on criteria including overall excellence in presentation and scholarship, originality and/or uniqueness of treatment, and importance in building undergraduate library collections. The book explores how video games influence empathy, emotion, and social connection. Isbister challenges the stereotype that games produce indifferent and antisocial players; rather, she argues that game designers create supportive environments for emotional and social growth.
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  • Phokion Kolaitis was invited to join the Scientific Advisory Board of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing
    Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Principal Research Staff Member of the Theory Group at the IBM Almaden Research Center, Phokion Kolaitis was invited to join the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing. Comprising 16-20 members with broad scientific vision, expert knowledge of theoretical computer science, and a record of scientific leadership, the SAB provides broad-based external advice and guidance to the Institute's leadership team on a wide range of programmatic issues.
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Insider Information

  • Humans of BSOE: A new project featuring the humans who make up the Baskin School of Engineering
    The Humans of the Baskin School of Engineering (Humans of BSOE) is one of many new projects in the Baskin School of Engineering. Based on Brandon Stanton's popular and ongoing photo project Humans of New YorkHumans of BSOE features the stories of the humans who make up the Baskin School of Engineering and will eventually include faculty, students and staff. 
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  • Find more funding opportunities: UC Santa Cruz Office of Research purchases subscription to GrantForward 
    UCSC now has an institutional subscription to the funding opportunity database GrantForward. New grant opportunities are posted daily. 
    Go to GrantForward


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Goings On

  • Faculty, alums, and students attend the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco
    Baskin School of Engineering was well-represented at the 2017 Game Developers Conference, the world's largest professional game industry event, earlier this month. With more than 27,000 attendees, those involved in the development of interactive games and virtual reality came together to exchange ideas and help shape the future of the industry. Jim Whitehead gave a talk about university games programs and partnering with industry and Michael Mateas and Katherine Isbister ran the Education Summit. Several students and alums gave talks, too.
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Bears Repeating

  • Two Baskin School of Engineering faculty received NSF CAREER awards this year
    Peter Alvaro, assistant professor of computer science and Jishen Zhao, assistant professor of computer engineering were awarded Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF presents the CAREER award to faculty "who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research." The awards provide funding to support the recipients' research, teaching and outreach activities.
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  • UCSC Biomolecular Engineer Russ Corbett-Detig wins Sloan Research Fellowship
    The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded a Sloan Research Fellowship to Russ Corbett-Detig, assistant professor of biomolecular engineering at UC Santa Cruz. The prestigious two-year fellowship includes a grant of $60,000 to support Corbett-Detig's research, which focuses on evolutionary genetics and bioinformatics. Awarded annually since 1955, Sloan Research Fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars, the next generation of scientific leaders.
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  • UCSC Grad Slam Winner envisions surfing on shrimp shells
    Twelve UC Santa Cruz graduate students provided brief glimpses into their ongoing research in the third annual campuswide Grad Slam, a three-minute elevator pitch competition to encourage better storytelling about complex academic topics. Two Baskin School of Engineering students came out on top. John Felts, a second year Ph.D. electrical engineering student, earned top marks for his talk about creating environmentally friendly surfboard foam from the shells of shrimp. He won $3,000 and the opportunity to compete in a UC-wide competition on May 4.  Sam Mansfield, whose research into how technology can help avoid the epidemic of bed sores among the elderly and most vulnerable, earned second place honors and $1,500. He also won the coveted People's Choice Award, which came with a $750 prize.
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  • UC Santa Cruz hosts Giving Day 2017 - 100+ projects
    Building on the success of last year's event, Giving Day 2017 brought in 5,673 gifts totaling $525,284. Projects initiated by Baskin School of Engineering students, staff and faculty did well, raising nearly $65,000 in total. Formula Slug won the Final Frenzy match, a bonus $10,000, for having the most donors all day.    

    Formula Slug raised $20,564 from 449 gifts
    Girls in Engineering raised $12,860 from 52 gifts
    Plant the Seed for Big Dreamers (STEM Diversity) raised $10,676 from 214 gifts
    Academic Excellence (ACE) Program raised $10,938 from 136 gifts
    Women in Science and Engineering raised $4,439 from 54 gifts
    iGEM 2017 raised $2,491 from 157 gifts 
    MESA: Opening Pathways to College and STEM raised $1,260 from 33 gifts
    Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers raised $1,051 from 16 gifts
    Hack-y-thon raised $430 from 23 gifts
    Trash Toss Game for Sustainability raised $160 from 6 gifts

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  • Baskin Engineering Director of Undergraduate Affairs wins award
    Dr. Carmen Robinson, Director of Undergraduate Affairs for the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, was awarded the Bonita C. Jacobs Transfer Champions Award for her work to improve the process and experience for students transferring from two-year institutions to four-year institutions. The award is given to individuals whose efforts have made a significant contribution to the improvement of transfer student access and success.  
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  • Two Pore Guys gear up for a big year
    Two Pore Guys makes a hand-held digital single-molecule sensor based on solid state nanopore technology with applications in medical diagnostics, agriculture, food safety and environmental monitoring. The company's founder and CEO, William Dunbar, is a former Baskin School of Engineering faculty member. 
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