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Marilyn Fogel, a geobiologist in the School of Natural Sciences has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Alfred Treibs Award. Fogel was nominated for her numerous contributions to the fields of organic geochemistry, biogeochemistry, ecological processes, meteoritics and the archaeological sciences. The Treibs Award recognizes major achievements, over a period of years, in organic geochemistry. Fogel, who is in her second year at UC Merced, is the first woman to have received the award. The award was presented earlier this month at...
Chances are, sometime in your life, you’ll need an antibiotic.   But did you know that bacteria are evolving antibiotic resistance so quickly – and pharmaceutical companies are not inventing new antibiotics – that soon, there will not be any that are effective?   It’s a good thing UC Merced Professor Miriam Barlow, who has spent the past 14 years researching antibiotic resistance, is making her expertise available through a public-service program.   Project Protect, an online program for...
Climate change alters the way in which species interact with one another- and not just today or in the future, but also in the past, according to a review article by UC Merced Professor Jessica Blois and colleagues coming out tomorrow in the journal Science.   “We found that, at all time scales, climate change can alter biotic interactions in highly complex ways.  So if we don’t incorporate them when we’re anticipating future changes, we’re missing a big piece of the puzzle,” Blois said.   A...
In a move that will save the campus money, improve campus safety and help save the environment, Professor Jason Hein set up a new solvent purification system.   This project is similar to his previous efforts to reduce hazardous waste generated by his lab by capturing and recycling acetone.   The UC Merced provost’s office approved spending $42,000 to purchase the six-tank purification-and-drying system that cleans chemical solvents, providing high purity, water-free solvents for research. This system stores the...
Like many faculty members, Professor Katrina Hoyer is busy running a lab, teaching and researching. This year, she adds another item to her to-do list – learning how public policy is implemented and how she can advocate for policy that affects her research.   Hoyer has been named one of 10 public policy fellows in the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Public Policy Fellows Program, a year‐long program offering postdocs and junior faculty the opportunity to learn about and participate in public policy and...
By Karl Hodge, Slate. www.slate.com Full story As nature calls time on fossil fuels, researchers at the University of California are finding credible alternatives to oil and coal. It's solar power's time to shine. We’re running out of fossil fuels and the search is on for clean alternatives. Wind, waves and hydrogen have all grabbed recent headlines, but University of California researchers are bringing back the original renewable energy source: solar power. The sun-based energy source has some serious...
Two UC Merced undergraduates will spend the summer immersed in research after winning prestigious fellowships from the American Physiological Society. Sophomores Debby Lee and Meagan Moreno competed on a national level for the 10-week, $4,000 fellowships that will support them during their first biomedical research experience. Both already have begun some preliminary work in the campus lab of Rudy M. Ortiz, an associate professor of physiology and nutrition. Having two UC Merced undergraduates land APS fellowships for the same term is...
From Downtown Life Magazine June 9, 2013 By:  K. Chico   Professor Jason Hein is a tall man. This gives him the ability to look you in the eye, even if he is folded into a rolling desk chair. The DLM team managed to catch the chemist on one of the rare occasions when he was actually in his office, a small room dominated by stacks of papers and a quietly efficient laptop. A tenure-track rising star, the Canadian native has been on the UC Merced campus less than two years, but hit the ground running. Hein started a unique solvent...
Using some of the tiniest fossils in the world to help clarify how climate change is modeled has earned Professor Jessica Blois a big honor – publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Blois, one of the newest professors in the School of Natural Sciences, is a paleoecologist who looks at ecological and evolutionary responses to past, recent and future climate changes. She recently studied fossilized pollen in eastern North American lakes to empirically test whether space can substitute for time in climate...
Armanti Hardesty is ready to join the next generation of teachers. “We’re all going into a more technological age,” said Hardesty, an alumnus from Long Beach. “It’s great to have new teachers learning the best ways to help students.” Hardesty left UC Merced in May with a degree in sociology and a minor in natural sciences education, and is planning to enroll at Fresno Pacific University to pursue a multi-subject teaching credential. He’s one of nine other students headed to that university. Their...

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