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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...
I'm delighted to introduce our new web site. We have made a major overhaul to our site based largely on feedback we have been hearing from you.   Read Dean Meza's first post here.
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...

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