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SNS Faculty Were Busy this Summer. Here Are a Few of Their Many Achievements...



Anna Beaudin was named a Pew Biomedical Scholar and was listed on the Merced Sun-Star’s “20 Under Forty” list of locals who are emerging community leaders.


In addition to publishing an article in Nature Geoscience, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe was selected by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to participate in their “New Voices in Sciences, Engineering and Medicine” initiative.


Jessica Blois received a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development award.


U.C. Solar was awarded a $1.1 million grant which Roland Winston will use to lead a team to focus on developing low-cost, portable technologies that collect and store thermal energy, technologies that in turn can power water purification systems.


Molecular and Cell Biology faculty members Jennifer Manilay, Laura Beaster-Jones, Marcos Garcia-Ojeda, and Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, James Zimmerman, received Merced’s first Howard Hughes Medical Institute award for project entitled, ‘Building Capacity for Inclusiveness in Biological Sciences’.


Chemistry & Chemical Biology faculty members Erik Menke, Christine Isborn, Hrant Hratchian, Benjamin Stokes, Michelle Leslie, and UC Merced Extension Director of Education Programs, Lynn Reimer, were awarded a $1.5 million grant from NSF to conduct their proposal entitled,  ‘Building Capacity: Improving the Undergraduate Chemistry Experience by Green Chemistry, Active-Learning , and Peer-led Experiences’.


Katrina Hoyer’s discovery that CD8 T immune cells promote autoimmune disease was published in the Journal of Immunology.


With a grant from the Almond Board of California, Rudy Ortiz found that breakfast-skippers who snack on almonds experienced reduced insulin resistance and performed better on cholesterol and glucose tolerance tests than those who snacked on crackers. His findings were published in the journal Nutrients.


Ramen Saha’s study identifying an important component of the brain’s timekeeping machinery became the first paper authored by a UC Merced faculty member to be published in the journal Neuron.


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