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Dean Meza
School of Natural Sciences Dean Juan Meza was recently elected to the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) Committee on Council Affairs. His selection became official during this year’s annual AAAS conference in Boston in late February. His term lasts two years, and he is one of eight members of this executive committee who will help guide the AAAS annual conferences and other efforts. Meza is a passionate advocate for science and science education, and said he looks forward to working with his...
The cake pans were hung on poles to gather dust samples.
But dust from as near as the Central Valley and as far away as the Gobi Desert in Asia provides more nutrients — especially critical phosphorus — than previously thought to sustain the vegetation in the Sierra Nevada, a team of scientists has found. A new study released in the journal Nature Communications Opens a New Window. this week indicates it’s important to understand how dust helps vegetation thrive, especially in light of the changing climate and land-use intensification. It is well known...
Professor Jessica Blois and colleagues examine the role of the fossil record in understanding future global changes.
The rapid pace of global change has large impacts on nature, and on the work conservation biologists will have before them, too. From here on out, experts say, the fossil record is going to be critical to guide nature into the future. A new paper in the journal Science Opens a New Window., co-authored by UC Merced paleoecology Professor Jessica Blois, contends that rather than holding ecosystems to an idealized past, preserving and maintaining vibrant ecosystems requires new approaches. That includes using Earth...
Amy Moffat, Student and Program Assessment Manager was the recipient of the UC Merced’s Outstanding Women award. This annual award recognizes the those faculty, post docs, staff, and students who identify as women at UC Merced who enriched the campus community through notable leadership, sustained dedication, outstanding service, and inspiring achievements that directly impact women. The award is provided by Women’s Programs out of the Office of Student Life. Amy is actively engaged in the campus serving as the secretary and...
Professor Andy LiWang shows his 3-D-printed model of the proteins that drive cyanobacterial circadian clocks.
In finding a way to see assemblies of the proteins that direct cyanobacterial circadian rhythms, or biological clocks, UC Merced biochemistry Professor Andy LiWang and his colleagues have done what no one else has been able to, despite more than 15 years of trying. A new paper released in the prestigious journal Science today Opens a New Window.explains how the labs of LiWang and his colleagues — Professor Carrie Partch in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC Santa Cruz and Professor Susan Golden...
The National Cancer Institute’s “cancer moonshot” tasks researchers with, among advancing other new biotechnologies, delving into immunotherapy and genomic analysis. UC Merced Professor Fabian V. Filipp is doing his part, further developing his work on precision targeting of cancers and personalized medicine. Filipp has already mapped the genetic landscape of melanoma Opens a New Window.and found a drug that could be effective in battling the deadly skin cancer Opens a New Window., and has now...
Professor Shilpa Khatri
If you want to know what the ocean really smells like, you’ll have to ask a crab. Yes, crabs have a sense of smell. In humans, chemicals in the air flow into our nasal cavities toward specialized sensory cells. Olfaction occurs when odorant molecules bind to specific sites on the olfactory receptors, or chemosensors. But crabs don’t have closed-in nasal cavities like humans do, of course. Like all crustaceans, they have arrays of hair-like chemosensors called aesthetascs that pick up chemical cues flowing past...
As a part of the cultural exchange program, Horizons du Monde, a group of about 20 french middle school students were hosted by UC Merced staff and faculty for a week in February. The students stayed in the homes of many UC Merced faculty and staff as a part of this immersion program. A half day tour of the UC Merced campus allowed for the students participate in science demonstrations by the School of Natural Sciences insturctional lab staff and tour the research laboratories of Natural Sciences faculty - included Professors Rudy Ortiz,...
Professor Clarissa Nobile
Everyone is invited to hear UC Merced Professor Clarissa Nobile, this year’s Pellissier Distinguished Speaker, discussing biofilms. “Microbial Films: Why are They Important? How do They Form? And What Does This Mean for You?” looks at biofilms, the predominant growth state of most microorganisms on living and nonliving surfaces. Like all bacteria and bacterial products, some biofilms are helpful and some are harmful. Nobile, a UC Merced microbiologist and professor of molecular and cell biology, researches...
During the last academic year, American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at UC Merced was able to purchase CPR Mannequins with the financial support of the School of Natural Sciences. Vice President of Membership, Andrew Betancourt said that this investment has been beneficial for not only AMSA members, but also students campus wide and prospective pre-health high school students. These mannequins greatly aided the organization in events such as the Annual Carnival of Pink, where the mannequins were used to demonstrate self-breast...

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