Baskin Newsbeat 2019

The Baskin News Beat is a new BSOE bulletin for sharing successes, anecdotes, insider information, goings on, and other information not generally communicated via other channels such as Tuesday Newsday and email announcements.

There are many good things happening here in the Baskin School of Engineering. I invite you to share your stories, successes and insider information with the BSOE community. Just email to news@soe.ucsc.edu at any time. 

Alexander L. Wolf, Dean

 

Baskin News Beat - March 2019

Who Owns Your DNA?
 

Abhradeep Guha Thakurta, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, is on a team exploring how to best give researchers access to increasing amounts of genomic data. The stakes are high, promising unprecedented insight into what causes—and could possibly cure—a range of diseases and chronic conditions. Read the story.

UC Santa Cruz launches brain research project

The project, funded by Schmidt Futures, involves applying modern artificial intelligence (AI) approaches to understanding and emulating the architecture of the human brain. A key component of the research is to advance the technology for growing and studying three-dimensional models of brain tissue, called cerebral organoids, in the laboratory. The project includes researchers from Baskin Engineering, in collaboration with neuroscience faculty at UC San Francisco. Read the story.

Research Roundup

Discover Magazine article features David Haussler

David Haussler discusses the human-specific NOTCH2NL gene's role in our ancestor's brains becoming bigger and more powerful in "State of Science: Finding Human Ancestors in New Places."

Lise Getoor gives Annual Faculty Research Lecture

The talk, Responsible Data Science, addressed the technical and societal issues in emerging data-driven technologies. In case you missed it, the recorded lecture by Lise Getoor will soon be available on the Academic Senate Faculty Research Lecture web page. More information

Technology developed by Holger Schmidt and collaborators featured in new Zika virus detection study

Scientists are working to develop a new way to detect Zika virus using optofluidics. Electrical and computer engineering professor Holger Schmidt, who helped develop the technology, is featured in this article.

Leila Takayama wins Google Research Award for robot training

A Faculty Research Award from Google will help Associate Professor Leila Takayama learn what it takes for a robot to learn from its human peers. (See "Comings and Goings" below for an introduction to incoming Associate Professor Leila Takayama.) Read the article

Air Force Office of Scientific Research awards grant to develop tools for hybrid dynamical systems

Flying an autonomous vehicle through unfamiliar terrain demands better, more reliable, algorithms; UC Santa Cruz Engineer Ricardo Sanfelice aims to deliver them.  Read the article.

Engineer Ali Yanik wins National Science Foundation CAREER Award

Grant will support Ali Yanik's research into phononic metamaterials and their use in acousto-microfluidic technologies for biomedical applications. Read the article.

Western Digital and Baskin School of Engineering collaborate to accelerate genomics sequencing

Results could lead to the acceleration of clinical genomic analysis and precision medicine diagnoses at scale. Read the article.

!!Con arrives UC Santa Cruz

32 speakers and 200 attendees participated in an energetic and very successful two-day celebration of the joy, excitement, and surprise of computing. Lindsey Kuper, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, (and a few of her friends) were the original creators of the event in New York City in 2014. Learn more.

Kudos

Mathematical biologist Marc Mangel honored by American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists

Marc Mangel, distinguished research professor of applied mathematics, has been chosen to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award of the American Institute of Fishery Research Biologists. Read more.

Carlos Maltzahn selected to speak at the Linux Foundation’s Open Source Leadership Summit 2019

Carlos Maltzahn will discus “How to Leverage Research Universities” at OSLS 2019. Learn more about the event.

Eddie Melcer participates in fireside chat about games and learning at Ubisoft

"Gaming for Learning" was Eddie Melcer's topic for the event in San Francisco.

Insider Information

Baskin Engineering LinkedIn

Follow Baskin Engineering on LinkedIn for news and updates. You can also find us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

Social Media Directory

You can find a new directory of Baskin Engineering-affiliated social media sites on the Communications website. Please let the Communications Team know if you would like to be added to this directory.

Baskin Engineering to host Santa Cruz cycling event 

Baskin Engineering will provide the start and finish venue for the Santa Cruz Mountains Challenge, an annual cycling event put on by the Santa Cruz County Cycling Club (SCCCC). The event is Saturday, July 20, 2019. The SCCCC has generously provided 10 free registrations for Baskin Engineering faculty and staff. Be one of the first 10 to sign up and snag your free ride. Sign up here

Payroll Unit converts academic population to post-reshaping payroll accounts

The Payroll Unit team—Mel Scanagatta, Sara Puhl, Summer Croft, and Raychel Sky—successfully converted the Baskin Engineering academic population from the pre-reshaping chart of accounts to the post-reshaping chart of accounts in the payroll and the timekeeping systems. This effort took nearly 500 separate payroll entries, over 380 individual transfer of payroll expense transactions, and 20 employee assignment data updates in the timekeeping system. Great work!

Comings and Goings

Comings:

Steve Whittaker, Professor

Please join me in welcoming Steve Whittaker to Baskin Engineering's Computational Media Department, where he will continue his research in Human-Computer Interaction. Steve comes to us from the Psychology Department. He has received more than 40 patents, been elected as a fellow to the Association for Computing Machinery, co-authored more than 150 technical papers, and received a CHI lifetime achievement award from SIGCHI in 2014.

Leila Takayama, Associate Professor

Please also welcome Leila Takayama, who is joining the Computational Media department from Psychology as well. She is an internationally recognized expert in Human-Robot Interaction, awarded an IEEE Robotics and Automation Society, Early Career award in 2015. Before coming to UC Santa Cruz she founded Hoku Labs in Santa Cruz, worked as a senior user experience designer at Google X and has been a researcher at Nokia Research, Willow Garage, Inc. and PARC.

Adrian Fuller, Staff Human Resources Manager
 

Adrian will manage all staff processes (hiring, compensation, performance management, merits, awards, etc.) within the school and coordinate with central Staff HR. Teaming up with Maria Walker, our very capable SHR Coordinator, Adrian is available for consultation and support in these areas. His office is in BE 325 and you can reach him at aefuller@ucsc.eduor extension 9-5879.

Emelye Neff, Administrative Assistant  
 
Emelye will support Senior Design capstone courses and additional projects led by Dr. Patrick Mantey. Emelye is a recent graduate of the International Education Management master's program at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She has lived in many places in East Africa, Asia, and Central America and has worked as an English teacher in Denver and a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala. Her office is in E2 571.
 
Bryn Kanar, Web Developer
 

Bryn has joined Baskin Engineering as our new web developer. He comes to us from ITS Learning Technologies, where he served as the University Library web developer. His first day was March 1st. His office is in BE 311A. Welcome Bryn!

Goings:

Kristin Bradham

Kristin accepted a position with campus ITS. Though she will be missed at Baskin Engineering, we wish her all the best in her new post.

Jeff Duncan

Jeff was promoted to CHES (UCSC Housing) West Housing Coordinator. Please join me in thanking him for all the hard work he has dedicated to keeping things running smoothly at Baskin Engineering. 

Student News

Game created by UC Santa Cruz undergrad will help create global coral database

As an undergrad at UC Santa Cruz, Jarrett van den Bergh created a game that teaches players to classify corals using satellite images of reef systems around the world. The results of the game will train a machine to classify corals automatically and create a global database. Read the article.

UC Santa Cruz Grad Slam finalists include two engineering students

Andrea David (Ph.D., computer engineering) and Minmei Wang (Ph.D., computer engineering) are Grad Slam finalists. To see them compete, head out to the Grad Slam event on March 8, 2019 at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center (320 Center Street). Doors open at 5:00 pm. Learn more.

 

Computational Media Department students and alumni in the news

Computational Media P.h.D. candidate Kate Compton has been nominated for RedHat’s Women in Open Source Software award in the student category for her open source project, Tracery, and her AI tutorials and starter projects.

Four 2018 graduates of the Games & Playable Media MS program (including Creative Director Ahmet Terzioglu) have formed startup Lava Games to commercialize their capstone project. The company is funded by venture capital investment, and has leased office space in Los Angeles.

Undergraduates from the Computational Media Department are building a disaster preparedness game for the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The game is part of the Opportunity Project, run by the Census Bureau. Eddie Melcer, who is supervising the students, showcased the game to government officials at the demo day in Washington, D.C. on March 1st. Learn more about the Opportunity Project and the UC Santa Cruz Disaster Awareness Game. 

Bears Repeating

UC Santa Cruz creates the state's first graduate program in Serious Games

The Baskin School of Engineering is launching the first professional master’s degree program in serious games offered in the United States, with an initial cohort of students starting in fall 2019. Read more.

Two Baskin School of Engineering faculty members receive patent awards

J.J. Garcia-Luna Aceves and David Bernick have been acknowledged by UC Santa Cruz Office of Research's Inventor Recognition Program for their groundbreaking inventions. View the patents.

Darrell Long to serve as strategic faculty advisor for Baskin School of Engineering

Darrell Long will lead the school's efforts to create a security technology and policy research center, will advance engineering faculty recognition, and act as an ambassador for Baskin Engineering in various national and international fora. Read more.

UC Santa Cruz engineering students' autonomous boat could keep micro plastics out of oceans

The boat and net system would collect plastic waste where rivers meet oceans, preventing it from drifting out to sea. Read more.

Amateur radio thrives at UC Santa Cruz

The UC Santa Cruz Amateur Radio Club offers students opportunities to engage with the community and meet industry professionals. Read more.

Tech titan returns to campus, shares tales of survival

Alumnus Michael Lopp is vice president of engineering at Slack, the popular team-building platform, and the author of two books and a blog about leadership. Read more.

Researchers at UC Santa Cruz receive training to model optical components and systems

Baskin Engineering students learn optical design software from Code V. Read more.

Seed-funding innovation

The UC Santa Cruz Foundation Board of Trustees seeks interesting new projects to fund. Read more.