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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...
In recent publications, Professor Vincent Tung proves that inspiration for advancements in materials science can come from anywhere — even the merging of raindrops on a windshield or the sheeting of red wine down the inside of a glass. Through those liquid movements, Tung discovered and optimized a new, low-cost, scalable and environmentally friendly way of using perovskite, an extremely thin and highly efficient material that is at the forefront of photovoltaic research. Teaming up with physics Professor...
Researchers at UC Merced are playing key roles in the new UC Valley Fever Research Initiative, studying how the Valley fever fungus, Coccidioides immitis, causes disease in its mammalian hosts, and identifying the genes involved in this process. School of Natural SciencesOpens a New Window. professors Clarissa Nobile, Katrina Hoyer and Aaron Hernday are part of an effort led by UC San Francisco scientist Anita Sil through the UC’s latest round of Multicampus Research Programs and InitiativesOpens...
Professor Emilia Huerta-Sanchez
A new study identifies genetic changes in Native Americans that came about when Europeans settled in the Pacific Northwest and might have played a major role in why so many natives died of infectious disease. In a new paper in Nature Communications, “A Time Transect of Exomes from a Native American Population Before and After European ContactOpens a New Window.,” UC Merced Professor Emilia Huerta-Sánchez and collaborators show that the Tsimshian, a First Nations community in the Prince Rupert Harbor region of...
Infrared heaters are suspended from scaffolding surrounding heated plots in the alpine tundra. Photo courtesy of Andrew B. Moyes
Scientists expect subalpine trees to advance upslope as global temperatures increase, following their climate up the mountains. But new research publishedOpens a New Window. Dec. 15 in the journal Global Change Biology suggests this might not hold true for two subalpine tree species of western North America. A study led by project scientist Lara Kueppers, affiliated with the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, shows Engelmann spruce might not move to higher elevations as temperatures rise. Its lower-elevation boundary...
There are 1.7 million multidrug-resistant, hospital-acquired infections that extend hospital stays, increase medical expenses and decrease quality of life. The United States alone reports at least 120,000 deaths annually from resistant infections that are improperly treated because of a scarcity of reliable antibiotics.  But a new study shows that not only can hospitals be breeding grounds for antibiotic-resistant bacteria, they are also important in stopping the evolution of resistant bacteria. In a paper published...
UC Merced professors Jessica Blois and Justin Yeakel and their graduate students are sifting through time, picking out tiny clues that will give them a mouse’s eye view of the ecosystem that surrounded what is now the La Brea Tar Pits in the middle of Los Angeles.   A deeper look into the past could also help better understand the future. There’s a growing recognition of climate change threats, and many scientists make predictions about how plants and animals will fare. But those forecasts often...
Congratulations to the following graduate students for being awarded the Spring 2017 School of Natural Sciences Dean's Distinguished Scholars Fellowship! These individuals are being recognized for their contributions in research, engagement in the STEM community, outstanding academic record, and their help to diversify our graduate programs. Lasith Adhikari - Applied Mathematics Anusha Madushani - Applied Mathermatics Joel Heisler - Chemistry and Chemical Biology Mekena Metcalf - Physics Katherine Copenhagen - Physics Kinsey...

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