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UC Merced engineering students at the SHPE conference in Charlotte, N.C.
December 13, 2022
  UC Merced students came away from a national engineering conference with some big wins — including a first-place finish in a famous design competition and job offers from some of the most prestigious companies in the United States. UC Merced sent 34 students to the Society of Hispanic...
Professor Emily Moran
December 12, 2022
Life and Environmental Sciences Professor Emily Moran and collaborators at several other universities are set to conduct a continental-scale analysis of climate change effects on tree reproduction. In addition to monitoring seed production, thanks to a new grant from the National Science Foundation...
The effects of drought are evident at this reservoir in Merced County.
December 9, 2022
Longtime UC Merced supporter and institutional partner the David and Lucile Packard Foundation has made a significant gift to the campus that will catalyze research efforts and scientific investigations focused on climate change and developing sustainable solutions that ensure the planet’s health....
A new website offers farmers vital growing information.
December 7, 2022
  When planting crops, farmers confront numerous questions. Among them: Will it get too hot? Is it likely frost will stunt growing? When is the best time to plant? What kind of pests could impact the harvest? UC Cooperative Extension climate adaptation specialist at UC Merced Tapan Pathak has...
Professor Jeanette Cobian-Iñiguez, front, and her students study heat transfer in fire in her lab.
December 5, 2022
Fire scientists typically respond to agency opportunities and conduct research in response to past wildfires. But it is time they take more proactive, integrative, predictive approaches toward mitigating and adapting to this potentially devastating consequence of climate change, a group of...
A recent demonstration of how biochar is created
November 28, 2022
Adding even a small amount of biochar — a charcoal-like material produced by burning organic matter — to a dairy’s manure-composting process reduces methane emissions by 84%, a recent study by UC Merced researchers shows. The dairy industry is one of the main sources of methane in California,...
Professor Joshua Viers, coordinator Danny Royer and Professor Tom Harmon describe plans for UC Merced's smart farm.
November 28, 2022
Land has been tilled at UC Merced’s smart farm, the first physical step in developing the state-of-the-art project. “Even though it’s just a blank field, we have overcome some pretty big obstacles to be where we are today,” said Danny Royer, Experimental Smart Farm coordinator for the university....
Low water levels at the north boat ramp at Lake Mendocino, a large reservoir in Mendocino County, California, October 21. California Department of Water Resources
November 22, 2022
Losses to California’s ag industry have continued to mount as the state’s drought stretched into a third straight year, according to a report released Tuesday by researchers from the School of Engineering and the Public Policy Institute of California. The report, led by Professor Josue Medellín-...
Rakesh Goel is the new dean of the UC Merced School of Engineering
November 21, 2022
Rakesh Goel developed an interest in earthquakes at an early age — and rather abruptly. As a small boy in India, one of his first memories is of experiencing an earthquake. "I must have been a few years old and there was a big earthquake," said Dr. Goel. "I clung to the window, thinking that it was...