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Crista is a professor in the Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at UC Irvine, with research interests in Programming Languages, Software Engineering, Distributed Virtual Environments, and just about anything else that relates to the art of programming. She is an IEEE Fellow, an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and Editor-in-Chief of The Art, Science, and Engineering of Programming. Her book Exercises in Programming Style has gained rave reviews, including being chosen as "Notable Book" by the ACM Best of Computing reviews. She is the recipient of the 2016 Pizzigati Prize for Software in the Public Interest for her work in the OpenSimulator virtual world platform. She's also a founder and advisor of Clowdr CIC, a UK-based company providing virtual conferencing services.