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October 25, 2021
Physics Professor Linda Hirst has been elected a fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) by the APS Council of Representatives at its most recent meeting. This is the second consecutive year the Department of Physics has had a faculty member elevated to an APS fellowship. The number of APS...
Professor Ahmed Sabbir Arif’s lab is contributing to a new form of communication that could people who are not able to audibly express themselves.
October 19, 2021
Not being able to communicate with loved ones is an unfortunate reality for some, such as recent stroke patients or mute individuals. Vocal imaging research performed by Professor Ahmed Sabbir Arif’s lab is contributing to a new form of communication that could help these afflicted populations...
Professor Stephen Hart, left, Professor Martha Conklin, right, and researcher Jian Lin, seated.
October 18, 2021
A group of UC Merced researchers are working with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to find out how much greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced just through land-management strategies. Professors Stephen Hart and Martha Conklin and postdoctoral researcher Jian Lin are analyzing 1,445...
Human rights activist Nadia Murad is seen in a photo.
October 14, 2021
Human rights activist Nadia Murad has been selected as the 14th recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance. The 2018 Nobel Peace Prize recipient will be honored during a virtual ceremony on Nov. 3. Murad is an advocate for survivors of genocide...
Professor Colleen Naughton is taking students to Morocco to study argan oil production.
October 13, 2021
Students will soon be able to apply for a unique opportunity to go to Morocco — when travel is safe again — to study the environmental and socioeconomic aspects of the production of argan oil. The oil is commonly seen in cosmetics in the United States, but it is also edible and in high demand...
Professors Sarah Loebman, left, and Anna Nierenberg, right
October 12, 2021
Dark matter and the life cycles of star clusters will come into focus as UC Merced’s astrophysicists get resources from the two space telescopes soon to be exploring the universe. NASA has granted Professor Anna Nierenberg observational time with the new James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) when it’...
Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz outlined the progress UC Merced has achieved across many fields.
October 8, 2021
Delivering his first in-person State of the University campus address, Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz outlined the progress UC Merced has achieved across many fields and laid out initial plans for investing a historic $20 million gift to the university. “The state of UC Merced is indeed exceptional...
Professor Joshua Viers stands near a canal on the UC Merced campus.
October 6, 2021
UC Merced’s largest research grant in its 16-year history aims to improve agricultural and environmental water resilience. The new $10 million collaborative focuses on water banking, trading and improvements in data-driven management practices to arrive at a climate-resilient future in water-scarce...
From left, professors Linda Hirst, Chris Amemiya and Valerie Leppert.
September 28, 2021
Cartilaginous fishes such as sharks and skates have a sixth sense, but it’s not ESP — it’s electrosense. Such fishes use hundreds or thousands of specialized organs to sense prey and mates and to navigate the oceans. A cross-disciplinary group of researchers at UC Merced is making new discoveries...

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