‘Dreamscape’ Nominated for six NAACP Theatre Awards

“Dreamscape,” a play by Rickerby Hinds, theatre professor at UC Riverside, has been nominated for six National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Theatre Awards.

Rickerby Hinds

Rickerby Hinds

“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,” Hinds said.

“Dreamscape” is based on the 1998 shooting of 19-year-old Tyisha Miller, a Rubidoux resident who was sitting in her car when she was shot and killed by Riverside police. The incident sparked demonstrations and protests amid claims of police brutality and racism. Through dance, music, beatboxing, and spoken word, Hinds tells the story of the tragic incident through the eyes of “Myeisha Mills” (the main character in the play, representing Tyisha).

The play leads all local nominations, recognized in the categories of: best choreographer, best director, best female lead, best male lead, best playwright, and best producer. Read the full story.

California Science Project Honored with 2016 Distinguished Contributors Award

The California Science Teachers Association recently named the California Science Project a recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Contributors Award.

The California Science Project, led by Maria Simani, is a statewide network of 13 sites for professional learning and leadership development for California elementary, middle and high school educators. courtesy maria Simani

The California Science Project, led by Maria Simani, is a statewide network of 13 sites for professional learning and leadership development for California elementary, middle and high school educators.
courtesy maria Simani

The California Science Project, which is housed in UC Riverside’s Department of Physics and Astronomy and is led by Maria Simani, is a statewide network of 13 sites for professional learning and leadership development for California elementary, middle and high school educators. During the 2015-2016 school year, the California Science Project served over 4,300 educators.

The project collaborates with science faculty, educators, schools and districts to provide effective and high quality science instruction, with a special focus on the needs of English learners, students in poverty, and students with low literacy.

The project was recognized for its countless hours of professional learning opportunities as well as being involved with the California Next Generation Science Standards, which were adopted in 2013, and the California Instructional Science Framework adopted at the beginning of this month.

Gillian Wilson named interim deputy director of UC Observatories

Gillian Wilson, a professor of physics and astronomy at UC Riverside, was recently named interim deputy director of UC Observatories.

The UC Observatories is a multi-campus astronomical research unit, with headquarters on the UC Santa Cruz campus. The unit operates the Lick Observatory on Mount Hamilton near San Jose, and technical labs at UC Santa Cruz and UCLA. UC Observatories is also a managing partner of the W. M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii, and the center for UC participation in the Thirty-Meter Telescope, a proposed astronomical observatory in Hawaii with an extremely large telescope.

Gillian Wilson

Gillian Wilson

This is the first time a non-UC Santa Cruz faculty member has served in the deputy director role. Wilson will serve in this position until the deputy director search process has been completed.

The appointment comes just months after Wilson was named chair of the University of California Observatories Advisory Committee. She is serving a two-year term. She will continue in that role while serving as interim deputy director.

Wilson has been a faculty member at UC Riverside since 2007. She has served as a member of the UC Observatories Advisory Committee since 2014. Her research interests include clusters of galaxies, galaxy evolution, and cosmology.

Wilson will continue to be based at UC Riverside, but spend several days a months at UC Santa Cruz.

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