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Physics Professor Dustin Kleckner studies structure in fluid and soft matter systems.
March 16, 2021
Physics Professor Dustin Kleckner has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER award for his research — the third in his department this year. He studies how optical and acoustic binding controls interactions between/among particles and how it manipulates them into self-...
Selina Brinkmann, who will graduate in May with a master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, is UC Merced’s first student to earn a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.
March 10, 2021
UC Merced master’s student Selina Brinkmann has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for study at Oxford University — a first for the campus. “A Rhodes Scholarship being awarded to one of our UC Merced engineering students is an amazing first,” School of Engineering Dean Mark Matsumoto said. “This...
Physics Professor Daniel Beller is investigating how biological matter is able to self-organize.
March 9, 2021
Physics Professor Daniel Beller has received a CAREER award for his research into how complex organization arises from simple physical interactions for biological cells or polymers assembled in large numbers. He is the 26th researcher from UC Merced and the sixth from the Department of Physics —...
An aerial view of Camanche Reservoir.
March 8, 2021
Professor Marc Beutel and his graduate student Mark Seelos have been recognized for papers and a presentation on toxic mercury mitigation by the North American Lake Management Society. Beutel, an environmental engineer, co-wrote two of a group of three papers named Best Paper of the Year at the...
From left to right: Marjorie Zatz, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Tracey Osborne, Sora Kim, Teenie Matlock and Denise Payán.
March 8, 2021
International Women’s Day is more than a day to celebrate the fantastic females around us. It is a day to reflect on the contributions women have made both socially and politically around the world. Women across the globe have used their gifts and talents to help others in myriad ways, and UC...
Professor Denise Payán
February 24, 2021
Two faculty members and three graduate students who are working on food systems, food security and food sustainability research have received small grants through the UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) to bolster their projects. “COVID-19 has really dampened research, so we wanted to find...
February 22, 2021
Professor Andy LiWang is now the first from UC Merced to be elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. Colleagues at Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Texas A&M University and University of Texas Southwestern nominated LiWang and he is one of 65 Fellows chosen from more...
UC Merced Research Week
February 22, 2021
The question: What happens when UC Merced holds Research Week in the middle of a pandemic? The hypothesis: An annual, weeklong presentation of ground-breaking work reaches a big, new virtual audience. With the Research Week’s usual in-person seminars, tours and showcases untenable because of COVID-...
February 19, 2021
Name: Gehad Elhanafy Year: Second Major: Bioengineering Hometown: Merced What is a memorable project that you worked on during your time at UC Merced? In the summer of 2018, as an upcoming high school senior, I had the amazing opportunity to conduct research at UC Merced as part of the Center for...
February 19, 2021
Name: Anthony Rodriguez Year: Fourth year Major: Materials Science and Engineering Hometown: Bell, near Los Angeles What is a memorable project that you worked on during your time at UC Merced? There are two projects that are very memorable to me during my time at UC Merced. One is a project I...

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