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Giant Sequoias in the snow
November 9, 2017
A new study published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences finds that the giant sequoia, a fixture of California’s Sierra Nevada forests for the past 2.6 million years, might be in jeopardy from the effects of drought and climate change. The iconic trees, which...
Two students in an engineering lab
November 7, 2017
Early-stage startups often find themselves in a difficult bind. They need legal counsel to help them form business entities, understand tax liabilities, license inventions and draft terms of service. But many startups can’t afford lawyers. That’s where UC Merced’s Venture Lab can help. “Many...
Student behind a produce stand
November 7, 2017
Hunger is a critical issue facing most of the nation and the world, but it’s even closer to home than some might think. At UC Merced, it's an issue that many students face, and one that researchers are seeking to understand. Helping Students in Need A systemwide survey last year found that four in...
Professor Florin Rusu and graduate student Weijie Zhao pose in front of patterned panes of glass.
November 1, 2017
In a major advance in astronomy, scientists announced last month that they had observed two neutron stars colliding, a never-before-seen cosmic event that made headlines the world over — and two UC Merced computer scientists were instrumental in making it happen. Computer science Professor Florin...
A student stands in front of a sign that reads
October 30, 2017
Zach Petrek, a second-year doctoral student in chemistry and chemical biology, can usually be found running experiments in the laboratory of his advisor, Professor Tao Ye. But this summer, he did something different — he went to NASA. Petrek was one of seven UC Merced students to intern at NASA...
Mesoamerican Studies Center UC Merced
October 23, 2017
Topics ranging from ethnobotany, public health and feminism to agriculture, urban growth and social movements are among the highlights of the Mesoamerican Studies Center’s upcoming conference at UC Merced. “Mesoamericans in California: Immigrants’ Resistance, Social Movements,...
October 19, 2017
The Associated Students of UC Merced (ASUCM) Sustainability Council will host UC Merced Sustainability Week Oct. 23-27, during national Campus Sustainability Month. An entire week of events will celebrate the campus’s sustainability efforts and help raise awareness. Eco Movie Night — 8-10 p.m....
Participant in political views
October 18, 2017
If you’ve ever wondered why people stand where they do on the political spectrum, science might have at least part of the answer: People can be biologically predisposed to certain feelings toward politics and society. A new paper lead-authored by UC Merced graduate student Chelsea Coe...
October 16, 2017
Political science students are invited to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of the unit’s founding with a special student-oriented event from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Classroom and Office Building 2, Room 390. The event gives students the opportunity to meet with their faculty members — who...
Electron micrograph of crumpled sheets of molybdenum disulfide.
October 16, 2017
A new paper from School of Engineering Professor Vincent Tung has made the cover of Advanced Materials, one of the top journals in materials science and engineering, and the research could one day lead to new sources of clean energy. Hydrogen has long been the holy grail of clean fuel. Unlike...

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