All of life is motion — whether it is molecules shuttling around within our cells or flocks of birds in the sky.

UC Merced’s innovative Spatial Analysis and Research Center is mapping the next chapter in its development with a new faculty co-director and efforts to show imaginative uses for geographic information systems (GIS) tools.From left: Holley Moyes, Shawn Newsam and Erin Mutch


Two overlapping research projects involving UC Merced professors could have big implications for the region’s economy and effects on renewable energy, water and wildfires.

Bennett Widyolar has been named a Dan David Solar Fellow through the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar), headquartered at UC Merced. Three other students from the School of Natural Sciences were also named Dan David Solar Fellows.
Professor Ashlie Martini is one of only a few university researchers in the country who work on tribology — the study of friction, lubrication and wear.Professor Ashlie Martini, front, and her lab group, from left to right, undergraduate students Carter Brown and Nicholas Walters, graduate Student Sean Lant</body></html>
By Lorena Anderson, University Communications
By Mark Lore, For University Communications
Rebecca Quinte is a mechanical engineer who is learning to apply her skills and knowledge in unexpected ways, and that could end up benefitting farmers in the Central Valley and beyond.

New School of Engineering Dean Mark Matsumoto is not new to UC Merced. In fact, he’s not even new as the engineering dean, having served in the interim between founding Dean Jeff Wright and Dean Daniel Hirleman.

Matsumoto has a “long-standing interest in UC Merced,” starting when he served on the UC system’s Academic Senate task force for developing the campus.


In the midst of California’s ongoing drought, researchers at the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC Solar) at UC Merced are turning to an unlikely ally to help solve the problem of water availability for California’s farmlands: the sun.


A new supercomputer assembled on campus this summer is the first step toward making UC Merced a co