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Biofilms — colonies of microorganisms living inside a protective coating — are everywhere, from the plaque we scrub off our teeth each day to the slimy green masses that form on rocks in streams. They are on the inside and outside of our bodies, in our oceans, and on natural and manmade surfaces, including medical implants such as artificial heart valves and catheters. Biofilms aren’t always bad news, but when they are, they can cause extremely serious problems. Biofilm infections are impossible to treat or even to see...
UC Merced Professor Roland Winston will deliver details on a groundbreaking hybrid solar collector he’s working on that simultaneously generates electricity and very-high-temperature heat at the annual 2016 UC Solar Research Symposium slated for Oct. 7 at UC Davis. The University of California Advanced Solar Technologies InstituteOpens a New Window. (UC Solar) — a multi-campus research collaborative headquartered at UC Merced — develops innovative technologies that make solar energy systems more...
Graduate students at the University of California, Merced, will benefit from extensive new research, funding and training opportunities, thanks to two National Science Foundation (NSF) grants totaling more than $3.25 million. Interdisciplinary groups of computational sciences researchers won two of the 30 NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program grantsOpens a New Window. the agency is giving out this year. The grants will fund 50 doctoral students and train another 100 graduate students over the course of five years....
Looking back on his years as one of the first students at UC Merced, Vinh Vo remembers how the brand-new university served him not only as a student, but also by preparing him for graduate school and his current career as a dentist. Vo, who graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, said the faculty and staff members he interacted with during his four years were supportive of his goals and played a major role in his successes at UC Merced and beyond.  “Being in such a close-knit environment...
Faculty members from the Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceOpens a New Window., Chemistry and Chemical BiologyOpens a New Window. and Mechanical EngineeringOpens a New Window. groups are forming the newest research center at UC Merced, seeking the best ways to conduct high-performance computing. With a hardware donation from the NVIDIA Corporation and through the company’s GPU Centers Reward Program, professors Dong Li, Christine Isborn and Yanbao Maare co-leading the effort to...
Professor Jessica Blois is the newest recipient of the International Biogeography Society’s MacArthur & Wilson Award recognizing early career work and contributions to biogeography. Blois, a paleoecologist with the School of Natural Sciences, is the only recipient of this year’s award, which the International Biogeography Society (IBS) gives biennially to faculty members who have completed their Ph.D.s within the past 12 years. In nominating her, two professors and a research scientist from Yale...
A science literacy nonprofit created by UC Merced students is gaining an international foothold with planned expansion into classrooms in Ecuador. Growth is nothing new for BEAT — short for Biology, Engineering, Agriculture and Technology — but jumping the border is a significant step for the organization. BEAT co-founder and UC Merced alumnus Steven Duval Ruilova recently met with business leaders and educators in Quito, Ecuador, to discuss the organization’s model, which includes classroom instruction for...
Several students, faculty members and the provost represented UC Merced at the University of California’s recent Carbon Slam event, placing in the presentation competitions and increasing the campus’s visibility among peers and the public. Professors Michael Dawson, Elliott Campbell, Martha Conklin and Roger Bales attended, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Tom Peterson served as an emcee, two of Campbell’s graduate students each won $1,400 by placing third in their...
On June 24th the School of Natural Sciences held its third Annual Staff Award event that recognized staff that demonstrate the highest levels of commitment and dedication to the School of Natural Sciences and the university. Two categories of awards were handed out, one to recognize individual staff contributions through the Individual STAR Award and one to recognize team/unit contributions through the Team STAR Award. Nominations were solicited from faculty, students, and other colleagues from across the campus. Individual STAR Award...
Stephanie Ruiz and Carisza Lenaburg will be among the many UC Merced students earning bachelor’s degrees at this weekend’s commencement ceremonies. Unlike their fellow graduates, however, Ruiz and Lenaburg will also be graduating with single-subject teaching credentials from UC Berkeley. Ruiz and Lenaburg are the first to graduate from the joint UC Merced-UC Berkeley credential program as part of CalTeach at UC Merced. The CalTeach Program was initiated by the California Legislature in 2006 and provides funding to the University...

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