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Members of the Fresno-Merced Future of Food Innovation (F3) Coalition pose for a photo on Sept. 2, 2022.
September 2, 2022
The White House announced today (Sept. 2) a $65.1 million award — the largest federal grant ever awarded to the Central Valley — to the Fresno-Merced Future of Food Innovation (F3) Coalition as part of its "Build Back Better" initiative to boost economic recovery after the pandemic. The funding...
August 29, 2022
We are very proud to have two of our women faculty appointed to endowed chairs in our School of Engineering this year. Professor Sarah Kurtz was awarded the Reno Ferrero Family Chair in Electrical Engineering | Read more Professor Ashlie Martini, who was also elected a Fellow of ASME,...
Hrant P. Hratchian now leads UC Merced's Graduate Division.
August 17, 2022
July was a transition month for UC Merced’s Graduate Division as interim Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Chris Kello passed the baton to Professor Hrant P. Hratchian — an Armenian name pronounced Her-ahnt Heratch-yahn — who now leads the division. “Dr. Hratchian’s appointment is another signifier of...
August 17, 2022
Doctoral student Ali Heydari recently received the Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award, also known as the National Institute of Health F31 fellowship. Heydari, who is from Minneapolis, is an Applied Mathematics Ph.D. student in Professor Suzanne Sindi’s lab....
August 4, 2022
After a nationwide search, Rakesh Goel was selected as UC Merced’s next dean of the School of Engineering. Goel is a seasoned academic leader who currently serves as executive associate dean in the College of Engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly). Before...
A photo shows the Tahoe National Forest.
August 2, 2022
Mechanical thinning of overstocked forests, prescribed burning and managed wildfire now being carried out to enhance fire protection of California's forests provide many benefits, or ecosystem services, that people depend on. In a paper published in Restoration Ecology, researchers at UC Merced,...
Professor Ashlie Martini has been awarded the Monya Lane and Robert Bryant Presidential Chair in Excellence in Engineering.
August 1, 2022
Mechanical engineering Professor Ashlie Martini has been awarded the Monya Lane and Robert Bryant Presidential Chair in Excellence in Engineering. She is one of two women to be appointed to endowed chairs in the School of Engineering this year. Lane and Bryant, retired engineers from the Lawrence...
UC Merced Professor Sarah Kurtz is seen in a photo.
July 25, 2022
Engineering Professor Sarah Kurtz has been awarded the Reno Ferrero Family Chair in Electrical Engineering, making her the second woman to hold an endowed chair in the School of Engineering. "I am truly honored to have been chosen for this chair, not only because of the donor and his achievements,...
Beginnings Sculpture
July 7, 2022
For the first time, UC Merced has been awarded a Platinum rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements under the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS.) Platinum is the highest rating...

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