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Student Research Projects

Research Project Name: Merced Downtown Neighborhood Identity, History and Preservation

Luce Fellows: Anaïs Guillem, Dalena Ngo, Rocco Bowman

Other team members: Garima Panwar, Graham Goodwin

Community Partners: Merced Downtown Neighborhood Association, Merced County Courthouse Museum

Team Poster

Rocco Bowman


Research Project Name: Baskets to Bytes: Indigenous California Heritage Preservation 

Luce Fellows: Manuel Dueñas Garcia, Cristyna Galarza and Scott Nicolay
Other team members: Madeline Brown
Community Partners: Cecilia Moreno, UC Merced student and Tachi Yokut/ Wukchumni traitional basketweaver; Jennifer Malone, Wukchumni Elder and traditional basketweaver; Marie Malone, Wukchumni Dictionary creator, traditional basketweaver and elder; and Carolyn A. Smith, UC Berkeley postdoc and Karuk tribal member

Team Poster

Scott Nicolay


Research Project Name: 4-Dimensional Map of Merced

Luce Fellows: Katherine Shurik
Other team members: Maria Elena Arias-Zelidon, Mirko De Tomassi, John Flores
Community Partners: Sarah Lim, director of Historical Courthouse Museum; Karen Baker, director of Merced Visitor Services; Dennis Colton, director of the Merced Multicultural Arts Center; Clifford ViMonte, storyteller for the Cultural Arts Center

Team Poster

Katherine Shurik


Research Project Name: Water Governance & Power Dynamics

Luce Fellows: Ivan Gonzalez Soto
Community Partners: Community Water Center

Team Poster

Ivan Soto