BCOE Professor Named Distinguished Scientist

The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) has recognized Stefano Lonardi, a professor of computer science and engineering in the Bourns College of Engineering, as a 2016 Distinguished Scientist for his contributions to the field of computational molecular biology. Lonardi’s research areas include bioinformatics and data compression; data mining; and algorithm design and analysis.

Stefano Lonardi

Stefano Lonardi

Each year, the ACM selects 40 to 50 Distinguished Scientists from the organization’s more than 100,000 members worldwide. To be eligible for nomination, members must have at least 15 years of professional experience in the computing field and five years of continuous professional ACM membership.

As a leading global source for scientific information, ACM promotes computer research and innovation through its journals, magazines, and the proceedings of more than 170 annual conferences and symposia.

Read the award announcement on the ACM website.

Rickerby Hinds’ ‘Dreamscape’ Wins Three NAACP Awards

The National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has awarded Rickerby Hinds, professor of playwriting in the Department of Theatre, Film, and Digital Production, three theatre awards for his play “Dreamscape.”

Left to right: Rickerby Hinds, recipient of Best Director award; Carrie Mikuls, nominated for Best Choreography; Natali Micciche and Rhaechyl Walker, Best Lead Actress winners; and John “Faahz” Merchant, recipient of Best Lead Actor award.

Left to right: Rickerby Hinds, recipient of Best Director award; Carrie Mikuls, nominated for Best Choreography; Natali Micciche and Rhaechyl Walker, Best Lead Actress winners; and John “Faahz” Merchant, recipient of Best Lead Actor award.

“Dreamscape” is based on the 1988 shooting of 19-year-old Tyisha Miller, a Rubidoux resident who was shot and killed by Riverside police. The incident sparked claims of racism and police brutality in the area. Hinds combined dance, music, beatboxing, and spoken word on the stage to tell the tragic story. The play was nominated six times for the NAACP Theatre Awards.

Hinds said, “I am both overwhelmed and humbled by the six nominations, especially after realizing that we received the most nominations for a local performance. I am especially thrilled for my cast and choreographer though, because ‘Dreamscape’ is only what it is because of them.”

Of the six nominations, “Dreamscape” won three awards: Rickerby Hinds won Best Director, Natali Micciche and Rhaechyl Walker won Best Lead Actress, and John “Faahz” Merchant won Best Lead Actor award. The mission of the theatre awards is to entertain, educate, inspire the community and create diversity in the arts and entertainment industry.  Hinds, Micciche and Walker are all alumni of UC Riverside.

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