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October 25, 2021
Physics Professor Linda Hirst has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives at its most recent meeting. This is the second consecutive year the Department of Physics has had a faculty member elevated to an APS fellowship. The number of APS...
Gov. Gavin Newsom speaking at UC Merced on Monday, announced that the state will support the building of the university’s new medical education building.
October 25, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom, speaking at UC Merced on Monday, announced that the state will support the building of the university’s new medical education building. The Health, Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education Building will support a B.S.-to-M.D. joint degree program with UCSF-Fresno, starting in...
Professor Patti LiWang
October 20, 2021
An HIV-inhibiting silk film designed to advance prevention and help end the AIDS epidemic in countries in Africa, developed by UC Merced Professor Patti LiWang, has met recent success at the California National Primate Research Center at UC Davis. “They show complete protection,” LiWang said. “The...
Professor Ahmed Sabbir Arif’s lab is contributing to a new form of communication that could people who are not able to audibly express themselves.
October 19, 2021
Not being able to communicate with loved ones is an unfortunate reality for some, such as recent stroke patients or mute individuals. Vocal imaging research performed by Professor Ahmed Sabbir Arif’s lab is contributing to a new form of communication that could help these afflicted populations...
Professor Stephen Hart, left, Professor Martha Conklin, right, and researcher Jian Lin, seated.
October 18, 2021
A group of UC Merced researchers are working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to find out how much greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced just through land-management strategies. Professors Stephen Hart and Martha Conklin and postdoctoral researcher Jian Lin are analyzing 1,445...
Professor Colleen Naughton is taking students to Morocco to study argan oil production.
October 13, 2021
Students will soon be able to apply for a unique opportunity to go to Morocco — when travel is safe again — to study the environmental and socioeconomic aspects of the production of argan oil. The oil is commonly seen in cosmetics in the United States, but it is also edible and in high demand...
Professors Sarah Loebman, left, and Anna Nierenberg, right
October 12, 2021
Dark matter and the life cycles of star clusters will come into focus as UC Merced’s astrophysicists get resources from the two space telescopes soon to be exploring the universe. NASA has granted Professor Anna Nierenberg observational time with the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) when it’...
Professor Andy LiWang is one of the lead authors in a new paper in Science.
October 7, 2021
Daily cycles in virtually every aspect of our physiology are driven by biological clocks (also called circadian clocks) in our cells. The cyclical interactions of clock proteins keep the biological rhythms of life in tune with the daily cycle of night and day, and this happens not only in humans...
Professor Joshua Viers stands near a canal on the UC Merced campus.
October 6, 2021
UC Merced’s largest research grant in its 16-year history aims to improve agricultural and environmental water resilience. The new $10 million collaborative focuses on water banking, trading and improvements in data-driven management practices to arrive at a climate-resilient future in water-scarce...
October 1, 2021
UC Merced's Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC) and the American Heart Association are hosting a free webinar to provide insight on generating media coverage and helping change public perceptions on a variety of issues in the Central Valley. "Policy and the Media - How to Influence Change...
 Dr. Thelma Hurd has been appointed the inaugural Thondapu Family Endowed Chair in Medical Education.
September 30, 2021
Distinguished UC Merced Director of Medical Education and public health Professor Dr. Thelma Hurd has been appointed the inaugural Thondapu Family Endowed Chair in Medical Education. “I am both gratified and honored,” said Hurd. “It is truly an important step in establishing a long-term medical...
An image depicts a plush toy on top of a mattress.
September 29, 2021
It's no surprise that a good night's rest is one of the most important factors for a person's well-being, but not everyone can say they have the luxury of being able to sleep for eight hours a night. New research from UC Merced is shedding light on the problems this can cause, specifically for the...
From left, professors Linda Hirst, Chris Amemiya and Valerie Leppert.
September 28, 2021
Cartilaginous fishes such as sharks and skates have a sixth sense, but it’s not ESP — it’s electrosense. Such fishes use hundreds or thousands of specialized organs to sense prey and mates and to navigate the oceans. A cross-disciplinary group of researchers at UC Merced is making new discoveries...
September 28, 2021
UC Merced's Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) has been awarded a $1.2 million grant to study the effects of vehicle emissions on public health and the environment. This award is part of a $10 million program by the California Department of Justice to support research on the effects of...

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