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Students show off one of their projects for Innovate the Grow audiences.
December 6, 2021
More than 40 student teams from the School of Engineering will show off the projects they’ve been designing and assembling for community partners — from data analysis and food processing to autonomous mobile robots and water-treatment monitoring. The Fall 2021 Innovate to Grow (I2G) showcase takes...
Ocean after a hurricane.
December 6, 2021
Even the tiniest organisms have a surprisingly huge effect on life in the oceans, eating up the last bits of oxygen in certain areas, preventing larger marine life from surviving there, a new study shows. Department of Life and Environmental Sciences Professor Michael Beman published “...
Professor Sarah Kurtz, center, poses with graduate students Aaron Wheeler and Dalia Martinez behind a solar panel.
December 6, 2021
Finding creative solutions to lessen humans’ impact on the environment and reduce reliance on fossil fuels is a core tenet of the renewable energy field, something engineering Professor Sarah Kurtz specializes in. In her most recent paper with co-author Nancy Haegel published in the Institute of...
Bakersfield College, grad student fellowship
December 1, 2021
Their community college experiences occurred hundreds of miles apart, but Kim Arellano Carmona and John Wilson each found the support and inspiration that would propel them to Ph.D. candidate studies at UC Merced. Now they both have a golden opportunity to give back as awardees of a fellowship...
Professor David Strubbe
November 29, 2021
Professor David Strubbe has become the eighth faculty member of the 21-member Department of Physics to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for his research into improving the fundamental understanding of the interaction of light and vibrations in materials. He is the 29th...
A 10 kW array on location at UC Merced. This is one of the two innovative technologies in the Department of Energy's desalination contest.
November 22, 2021
When people hear the word “solar,” many think of solar panels on a house, which generate electricity. But there is another way to use energy harnessed by the sun: heat. Founding faculty member and Director of the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar)...
Fourth-graders at a Merced elementary school are introduced to agriculture-related sciences by undergrads in the FARMERS program.
November 18, 2021
Students at UC Merced and those who might someday become Bobcats are the focus of FARMERS, Professor Rudy M. Ortiz’s training program funded again for $1 million by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). FARMERS stands for Facilitating Agriculture-Related Mentoring for Emerging Research...
Professor John Abatzoglou
November 17, 2021
An upside of the increase in forest fires in the West is that they reduce the amount of fuel available for other burns. That might provide a buffering effect on western fires for the next few decades, but the threat of climate-driven forest fires is not diminishing, a new study shows. Without...
Literacy is often promoted over math skills for early learners, something Early Family Math is trying to change.
November 17, 2021
It’s a scene familiar to many students: sitting at the kitchen table, utterly hopeless because they can’t solve that tricky math problem. Many people can identify with that feeling and if it’s not conquered, it can turn into what Chris Wright calls “math phobia” — something students at UC Merced...
Professor Josué Medellín-Azuara is heading up a new study of drought's effects on agricultural communities.
November 16, 2021
Just because there has been rain lately doesn’t mean California is drought-free. A new $1.5 million research grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture is supporting School of Engineering Professor Josué Medellín-Azuara, collaborating engineering professors Joshua Viers and John...
Professor Josué Medellín-Azuara is heading up a new study of drought's effects on agricultural communities.
November 16, 2021
Just because there has been rain lately doesn’t mean California is drought-free. A new $1.5 million research grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture is supporting School of Engineering Professor Josué Medellín-Azuara, collaborating engineering professors Joshua Viers and John...
Professor Xuan Zhang
November 15, 2021
Lots of people look at clouds and think about flying, floating or the shapes they see. When atmospheric chemistry Professor Xuan Zhang looks at clouds, she thinks about tiny particles in the air. With her first grant from the National Science Foundation, Zhang is studying how pine tree emissions...
Professor Nishiguchi, right, shows one of her squid hatchlings in her lab.
November 15, 2021
As a young child, Professor Michele Nishiguchi would dive off the couch and into the shag carpet reefs of her family home, mimicking the turns and leaps of intrepid explorer and environmentalist Jacques Cousteau. This love of the ocean would remain with Nishiguchi as she progressed through her...
November 15, 2021
School of Engineering Professor Colleen Naughton has been selected to be part of a Center of Excellence, along with colleagues at UC Davis, funded by a National Institutes of Health grant. Ceres Nanosciences, a private company that makes products to improve life science research and diagnostic...
November 15, 2021
In recently published reports, Department of Public Health Professor Maria-Elena Young, Public Health doctoral student Sharon Tafolla and colleagues at UCLA discovered that Latino and Asian immigrants in California have varied perceptions and experiences in the workplace, encountering law or...
Biochar is high in carbon and created by heating biomass at moderate temperatures in a process called pyrolysis.
November 10, 2021
Central Valley natives are accustomed to seeing plumes of smoke from burning tree piles after harvest. This is the traditional way farmers dispose of crop waste, such as trees, nut shells and pruned vines. But there may be a better way to get rid of residual orchard waste that is less harmful to...

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