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Recognizing SNS Staff that Shine

On June 24th the School of Natural Sciences held its third Annual Staff Award event that recognized staff that demonstrate the highest levels of commitment and dedication to the School of Natural Sciences and the university. Two categories of awards were handed out, one to recognize individual staff contributions through the Individual STAR Award and one to recognize team/unit contributions through the Team STAR Award. Nominations were solicited from faculty, students, and other colleagues from across the campus.

Campus’s First Undocumented Doctoral Recipient Gets to the Heart of the Matter

A doctoral degree is something to be proud of. It is the culmination of years of study and hard work — a mark of determination, willpower and excellence in research and scholarship.

For Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate student Yuriana Aguilar and the growing population of undocumented students like her, it is also a beacon of change and promise.

Aguilar, who will participate in the 2016 commencement ceremony on Sunday (May 15), makes UC Merced history as the campus’s first undocumented Ph.D. recipient.

UC Merced Receives $5 Million for Interdisciplinary Research Center

Researchers at the University of California, Merced, won a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how biological matter like proteins or cells come together to perform specific tasks, effectively behaving as machines.

The research — funded over five years through the NSF’s Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program — could help researchers design and develop innovations ranging from designer cells and tissue to novel diagnostic and therapeutic devices.

Oceanic ‘Dead Zone’ Research Earns Campus’s 13th CAREER Award

Professor Michael Beman, with the School of Natural Sciences, became the 13th faculty member to win a National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award since the campus opened.
The grant provides nearly $700,000 over the next five years to help the UC Merced life sciences professor further his studies of oceanic hypoxic and anoxic (low- and no-oxygen) “dead zones.”

Student Volunteers Work With Local Emergency Department

In Fall 2007, Maricela Rangel-Garcia became one of the first UC Merced students to sign up for a new, non-clinical volunteer program in the busy Mercy Medical Center Emergency Department (ED).
Her participation in what has become a vital and growing program cemented her career path. 
“I decided to volunteer because I wanted general experience with doctors and patients,” said Rangel-Garcia, a Clovis resident who graduated in 2009 with a degree in biological sciences. “The program was a great way to gain exposure.”