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August 29, 2016
Looking back on his years as one of the first students at UC Merced, Vinh Vo remembers how the brand-new university served him not only as a student, but also by preparing him for graduate school and his current career as a dentist. Vo, who graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, said the faculty and staff members he interacted with during his four years were supportive...
July 25, 2016
A science literacy nonprofit created by UC Merced students is gaining an international foothold with planned expansion into classrooms in Ecuador. Growth is nothing new for BEAT — short for Biology, Engineering, Agriculture and Technology — but jumping the border is a significant step for the organization. BEAT co-founder and UC Merced alumnus Steven Duval Ruilova recently met with business...
June 21, 2016
One of the campus’s newest professors is teaching one of its newest classes on one of the world’s oldest subjects: dinosaurs. But there’s much more to Professor Justin Yeakel’s Natural History of Dinosaurs class than just talking about T-rex and the velociraptors. Yeakel, with the School of Natural Sciences, is an ecologist who’s interested in how animals find and acquire food, and how that...
June 1, 2016
Imagine trying to reverse engineer a car when all you have is a finished product or a box full of parts — no instructions. That’s what scientists have been trying to do with proteins, the mysterious and powerful molecules in every living organism that are responsible for thousands of tasks every day, such as catalyzing metabolic reactions, responding to stimuli and transporting molecules from one...
May 23, 2016
Everyone knows UC Merced is growing, but pretty soon, the campus will be growing lots of plant specimens for research, too. The School of Natural Sciences is buying a pair of greenhouses that will be installed at the eastern end of campus near the North Bowl parking lot. The greenhouses will allow plant biology professors Emily Moran and Jason Sexton and their students to grow seedlings for study...
May 17, 2016
Cancer cells divide with more frequency and are more resilient when they are closer to the brain, indicating a potential link between cell growth and the nervous system, according to new research from Professor Néstor J. Oviedo of the University of California, Merced. The study, published today (May 17) in the prestigious journal Development, could have significant implications for our...
May 11, 2016
A doctoral degree is the culmination of years of study and hard work — a mark of determination, willpower and excellence in research and scholarship. For Quantitative and Systems Biology graduate student Yuriana Aguilar and the growing population of undocumented students like her, it is also a beacon of change and promise. Aguilar, who first enrolled as an undergraduate at UC Merced in 2007, will...
May 2, 2016
A proposal to conduct high-performance computing across science and engineering disciplines has won UC Merced and Professor Christine Isborn a research computing cluster that will be used for a variety of projects across campus. Each year, Silicon Mechanics, a Washington-based provider of servers, storage and high-performance computing technologies, gives two such grants to campuses, nonprofits...
April 28, 2016
A new study from UC Merced Professor Jennifer O. Manilay promises to shed new light on how bone diseases can affect the maintenance of healthy blood and immune cell development throughout life. Funded by a $434,000 grant over three years from the National Institutes of Health — specifically the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute — Manilay’s study will examine how blood and bone stem cells...
April 26, 2016
Researchers at the University of California, Merced, won a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how biological matter like proteins or cells come together to perform specific tasks, effectively behaving as machines. The research — funded over five years through the NSF’s Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program — could help...

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