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The University of California, Merced, was plotted at the juncture of mountains, fields and urban sprawl with the mission of serving the diverse needs of the San Joaquin Valley region.   Little has changed with that philosophy a decade later as UC Merced flips the switch on a new era in which public and human health sciences will be some of the core subjects for the institution in its teaching, research, faculty recruitment and program development.   As research funding and activity has grown exponentially on campus, studies have...
Almost $2 million in grants will go a long way toward helping Professor Christine Isborn and colleagues at other universities learn more about the molecular processes involved in capturing solar energy, energy storage and telecommunications for the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.   The money will also allow Isborn to further work with upper-division students to help them succeed and stick with their chemistry studies.   “It’s super exciting,” the quantum chemistry professor said. “I was...
The University of California aims to lead the way to a sustainable future in the face of global warming, and UC Merced professors have contributed to a report that offers practical steps to help get there. “Bending the Curve: 10 Scalable Solutions for Carbon Neutrality and Climate Stability,” an intercampus report due out in the spring, presents paths for limiting climate warming to no more than 3 degrees Fahrenheit and preventing the consequences any further warming would cause. An executive summary, released today...
UC Merced undergraduate students can find opportunities to conduct research in a lab as early as their freshman year — what’s less common is getting that research funded.   Fourth-year biology major Adam Fishburn caught the eye of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), which awarded him a $4,000 fellowship to help continue his work with Professor Clarissa Nobile on the study of biofilms, microbial communities that are notoriously resistant to antimicrobial treatments.   “Being chosen as an ASM fellow is an...
Professor Danielle Edwards is part of a team of researchers that made a huge discovery recently about two groups of giant Galapagos tortoises — they are actually two different species. The team’s paper, entitled “Description of a new Galapagos Giant Tortoise Species (Chelonoidis; Testudines: Testudinidae) from Cerro Fatal on Santa Cruz Island,” appears online today in the journal PlosOne. “It’s not every day you can name a new species of major vertebrate,” Edwards said. “...
Professor Roland Winston has been tracking the Sudbury Neutrino Experiment since it began in the 1980s, because he invented the light collectors the scientists built to detect solar neutrinos.   “I just wanted to make sure they worked,” he said. Last week, Winston learned with the rest of the world that the collectors not only worked, but were critical to the experiment that shared this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics. “It’s a very important experiment,” said ...
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has awarded Adam Fishburn the 2015 ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship. This competitive fellowship provides the opportunity for Adam to conduct research during the summer with his ASM mentor, Dr. Clarissa Nobile, Assistant Professor. The title of the research project is: Interspecies Interactions between Streptococcus and Candida in Biofilms. Each fellow has the opportunity to present their research results at the 2016 ASM Microbe Meeting held in June in Boston, MA, if their...
While many young women her age are thinking about their favorite shoes or who they’ll go with to the winter formal, Callie Nance, 15, is thinking about her favorite science organizations and her future as a physicist. That’s why the Dinner with a Scientist event at UC Merced last week was so perfect for her. “Seeing all of these women — it’s a big thing for us to get out and see that there is so much more for us than just what we experience in Mariposa,” Nance said. Nance and 55 other ninth...
Professors Linda Hirst and Sayantani Ghosh are combining liquid crystals with nanoparticles such as gold and quantum dots to come up with a new platform that could have applications in fields such as optics and medicine. And the two new grants the School of Natural Sciences researchers have earned could help take their creations out of this world — literally. A National Science Foundation grant of $410,000 will help Hirst and Ghosh study the fundamental physics behind the capsules that form when...
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