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A discovery by a UC Merced biophysicist has moved science a step closer toward fine-tuning cell functions and combating certain diseases. Professor Jing Xu found that a cell's nanomotor can be activated by a cellular cue often lacking in people suffering from neurodegeneration. "What we see is quite dramatic," Xu said. "There's a significant increase in the population of active nanomotors." While many people may think of a cell being like a soup with genetic material, Xu said cells are very organized and more...
Researchers at the University of California, Merced, have discovered a new way in which bone health impacts a person's immune system. The discovery could impact how scientists try to combat bone-related disease, as drugs to improve bone quality could weaken a person's immune system. "The bone does have an influence on the basic biology of blood development," immunology Professor Jennifer Manilay said. "This interdisciplinary research shows the need to look at the whole organ." Manilay collaborated with Lawrence...
A joyous throng of 776 degree candidates of the University of California, Merced, today marched through the Beginnings Sculpture and onto the campus' South Bowl to receive their prized degrees, marking the culmination of the newest UC’s seventh academic year. UC Merced celebrated its largest graduating class — 81 percent larger than last year’s graduating class of 428 — with some 7,000 family members and friends present. The total number of UC Merced students with degrees is just above 2,000. Chancellor Dorothy...
UC Merced senior Jesse Anaya answered his phone one day to hear an unfamiliar voice ask, “Are you ready to change the world?” “Yes,” he replied. “Now, who is this?” A representative from the Harvard Latino Leadership Program told the Modesto native that he’d been accepted. It was his most unusual notification of such an honor, but not an isolated incident. Anaya, who is majoring in earth systems science at UC Merced, has earned entry into several prestigious programs where he can pursue his dual...
UC Merced's Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) team built its first racecar and exhibited it at a national competition last June. The student club has crafted a more advanced machine this year. The car launches from zero to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds — as fast as a top-of-the-line Porsche. In May, the team plans to enter the car in the Formula SAE Michigan event at Michigan International Speedway. Judges will evaluate the vehicle and quiz its builders on their design knowledge. And unlike last time, the team plans to race its...
When Andrea Rodarte began studying physics, she first wanted to look to the stars for answers. Instead, she's finding them in nanoparticles. "The people I know who went into astrophysics only get to do an experiment once or twice a year," Rodarte said. "I can come to the lab and do an experiment every day. It's much more hands-on and fun than I thought it'd be." Rodarte is a third-year UC Merced graduate student studying condensed matter physics with professors Linda Hirst and Sayantani Ghosh. She's...

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