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April 18, 2016
Doctoral student Patricia Cabral’s research has attracted a lot of attention lately. Cabral, who studies adolescent health risk behaviors (HRBs) in the Psychological Sciences group, recently won a highly-competitive Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship — the first of its kind...
April 12, 2016
Arturo Durazo, winner of this year’s UC Merced GradSLAM! competition, has a personal connection to his research. The fifth-year Ph.D. candidate studies the psychological effects of debilitating illnesses. Most recently, he has been researching the way thoughts and emotions guide behaviors...
April 5, 2016
If you want to understand how plant populations will respond as the climate changes, just examine the plants in different locations. That’s one of the conclusions drawn by UC Merced School of Natural Sciences Professor Jason Sexton in a new paper that’s part of a special...
March 31, 2016
Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez has had, by all accounts, an extraordinarily successful academic career. He began as an immigrant from Mexico City and wound up researching and teaching at Cornell University for 18 years before moving to Arizona State University in 2004 — with multiple awards...
March 28, 2016
Graduate student Sabah Ul-Hasan translated her love of science into four separate college degrees. She holds bachelor’s degrees in biology, chemistry, and environmental and sustainability studies, and a master’s in biochemistry (marine science) from universities in Utah and New ...
March 21, 2016
Childhood obesity and the environment took center stage last week when UC Merced graduate students and the graduate dean visited lawmakers in Sacramento to advocate for the importance of graduate student research to the state of California. Andrew Zumkehr, Graduate Dean Zatz, and Beatriz Sosa-...
March 18, 2016
Many studies have shown that raising cattle and pigs for food is hard on the environment, and fish has long been considered a better alternative. But the work of UC Merced graduate student Brandi McKuin indicates that because of emissions, fishing for large fish like tuna warms the climate just...
March 14, 2016
UC Merced is launching a new public lecture series that combines the campus’s emphasis on interdisciplinary scholarship with its strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Dr. Carlos Castillo-Chavez The Chancellor’s Dialogue on Diversity and Interdisciplinarity will host its...
March 4, 2016
Graduate Division kicked off its second annual GradSLAM! competition with two sets of qualifying rounds on Tuesday, March 1. GradSLAM!, a UC system-wide competition, provides graduate students with a forum to explain the methods, results, and significance of their research. The competition is...
February 12, 2016
The University of California, Merced, has been designated a “doctoral-granting university with higher research activity” — or R2, the second-highest classification for American research universities — in its first appearance on the highly cited Carnegie Classification of...

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