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Members of the UC Merced team at the Design/Build/Fly drone competition in Tucson, Arizona.
July 17, 2023
After seven months of working for hours each weekend to design, build and fly a drone, it all came down to a nervous moment for UC Merced students taking part in a worldwide competition. Their drone had to be suspended between two poles and held together while weight was placed inside it. "We were...
Students walk across campus at UC Merced.
July 14, 2023
On the heels of Money magazine's impressive rating, UC Merced has risen to the top of another list. The university has claimed the No.1 spot in the nation on Times Higher Education's (THE) "Young University Rankings 2023." To qualify as a "Young University," a school must be 50 years old or...
Mechanical engineering Professor Ashlie Martini
July 14, 2023
Most organic reactions involve use of a solvent and heat, resulting in chemical manufacturing waste that can be toxic. Mechanochemistry, applying mechanical force to influence chemical reactions, doesn't result in that kind of waste. But this process is not widely used because there is a gap in...
Incoming student Benji Thier
July 12, 2023
Incoming Bobcat Benji Thier already knows what he wants to do with his college degree: Save the planet. “I am planning to study Environmental Systems Science because I did some environmental work in high school and I think it is a very important and relevant field,” he said. “I believe we need more...
Professor Findlater visited the Royal Society of Chemistry headquarters in London.
July 12, 2023
Professor Michael Findlater has been named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), a U.K.-based learning society that began in 1841 with the formation of the Chemical Society of London. In 1980, the four major British chemistry societies — the RSC, the Society for Analytical Chemistry,...
Luis Rubén González Marquez is conducting research this summer in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala thanks to funding from a ASA Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant
July 10, 2023
UC Merced doctoral student Luis Rubén González Marquez was awarded the American Sociological Association Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant (ASA DDRIG), funded by the National Science Foundation, for his research on renewable energy conflicts in Central America. The grant started May...
Colleen Naughton, third from left, and team with freshly harvested argan nuts in Morocco. Photo courtesy of Colleen Naughton
July 6, 2023
A new feature by the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS) highlights the impressive contributions made by UC Merced civil and environmental engineering Professor Colleen Naughton. Naughton, a CITRIS principal investigator and...
Josh Viers, Rakesh Goel, Yosuke Yamashiki, Hrant Hratchian, Sarah Naumes and Chase Yamauchi at the MOU signing. Photo by Leigh Bernacchi
July 5, 2023
Merced, California, and Kyoto, Japan, are nearly 5,500 miles apart, but their research universities' shared goals to improve society is bringing them together. A new agreement between institutions of higher education in both cities will foster collaboration among researchers and an exchange of...
An artist's rendering of megalodon. Image by Elena Regina, The Australian Museum.
June 26, 2023
Megalodon was the biggest shark in the world — 50 feet long or more — and one of the largest fish ever to exist. It roamed most of the world’s oceans from 23 million to 3.6 million years ago. A new study by paleoecology Professor Sora Kim and colleagues shows the shark’s body temperature was...