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Ph.D. candidate Emily Wilson discovered her passion for research in the natural sciences as an undergraduate student, fueled by a collaboration with the engineering dean and her powerful creative spirit. Collaborating with a dean – especially an interdisciplinary collaboration – is uncommon on other college campuses, but UC Merced provides the perfect environment for such partnerships and innovation. Watch the video.  
For the University of California, Merced, students in this year’s nanoBIO internships and research program, working with something extremely small could have huge implications. “I had no idea nanotechnology could have so many applications in biology,” said John Harvey Paredes, a fourth-year student majoring in materials science. “This internship opened so many doors, so many possibilities.” Professor Sai Ghosh recommended he apply for it, so he gave it a shot. He was one of seven students accepted to...
The odds were stacked against Ruben Rodriguez. When the 27-year-old UC Merced student was still in high school, he was confronted with a sobering statistic that Hispanics receive only 5 percent of all doctorates awarded. “That’s always stayed with me,” said Rodriguez, who was born in Mexico and came to the United States when he was 9. During his senior year in high school, he missed the application deadline for the University California schools. UC Merced extended its deadline and his English teacher insisted he...
The School of Natural Sciences has hired nine faculty members for the 2014-15 academic year, bringing the total number of tenure-track faculty to more than 70. Four of the nine new hires are women, which is one example of how UC Merced is ahead of the curve in academia. According to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Commerce, women hold less than 25 percent of jobs available in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. However, Dean Juan Meza reports that in the School of Natural Sciences, women make up close to 40...
You probably know that carbon monoxide can be lethal. But one UC Merced professor is working to harness its health benefits to treat people with sickle cell disease. Henry Forman, a professor of biochemistry and chemistry at UC Merced, has developed a way to provide therapeutic levels of the gas to patients. He’s working with Edward D. Gomperts, clinical professor of pediatrics and pathology at the University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine and attending hematologist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles....
As the world continues to amass more digital data everyday, thousands of skilled mathematicians will be needed to slice it into meaningful pieces that can help power the information economy. With the help of an $880,000 grant, three of UC Merced's applied math faculty members will help prepare some of those future data analyzers. “Every business right now is trying to predict consumer intent and producing huge amounts of data,” Professor Arnold Kim said. “The challenge is: How do we analyze all that data and extract...
Seeking to combat a debilitating and sometimes fatal disease commonly found in the San Joaquin Valley, three regional institutions are uniting to improve the area's health. The University of California, Merced, Health Sciences Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco Fresno Medical Education Program and the California State University, Fresno Central California Center for Health and Human Services are working together to determine research priorities and public service needs to address valley fever. The campuses will...
Graduate student Portia Mira has always liked helping people and learning ever since she found refuge in school from her dysfunctional home life. She focuses on taking care of others, including her younger, disabled sister, and her work here at UC Merced is no different. By researching antibiotics with Professor Miriam Barlow and School of Natural Sciences Dean Juan Meza and participating in Barlow’s Project Protect program, she gets to help people with their real-life health problems. Mira, Barlow and Meza research resistance genes...
A dozen UC Merced undergraduates will gain an edge in their journey toward a career in biomedical and behavioral research, courtesy of five years' funding from the National Institutes of Health. The campus recently received a Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences that will give the students experience in conducting research, presenting, writing and networking. The funding, $171,000 per year, is renewable, so there's a good chance more students will be helped. The...
An interdisciplinary team of researchers at the University of California, Merced, has begun an ambitious quest to discover common principles that guide evolution of structures at the linguistic and molecular levels. Professors Rick Dale in cognitive science, David Ardell in evolutionary biology and Suzanne Sindi in applied mathematics will spend the next three years conducting research that employs computational and mathematical models as well as human data to see what kind of fundamental similarities and differences they can find. "We...

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