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September 16, 2015
Four weeks after her move to UC Merced in January 2014, psychology major Valara Villanueva wasn’t sure if she fit in. She felt academically prepared, but the transition from community college to a university environment was more challenging than she expected. Transfer students have fewer years to...
September 10, 2015
Chinese people who have overly rosy views of socioeconomic conditions in the western world tend to have more negative views of their own government — but when their misconceptions of foreign countries are corrected, their opinions about the Chinese government improve. Such is one takeaway from a...
September 8, 2015
Banning smoking in the workplace and increasing taxes on cigarettes have discouraged teens and young adults from taking up smoking, according to a study by researchers at UC San Francisco and UC Merced.  The study, published today (Sept. 8) in JAMA Pediatrics, used data from the Bureau of Labor...
September 2, 2015
A new supercomputer assembled on campus this summer is the first step toward making UC Merced a computational training ground for researchers throughout the Central Valley. “We can do extraordinarily diverse research with this computer, from quantum mechanics to the topology of ancient China,”...
August 25, 2015
There are more than a few new faces on campus this year. In addition to new first-year, transfer and graduate students, 12 tenure-track professors have chosen the University of California’s newest campus as their professional home. This year’s crop of new faculty members will play a key role in the...
August 19, 2015
With the 2016 presidential race already in full swing, political science graduate student Kayla Canelo’s research is particularly timely.  This spring and summer, Canelo designed and carried out a study that examines the effects of scandal on the public perception of political figures. Specifically...
August 12, 2015
David Do sits in his office in Washington, D.C. — nearly 3,000 miles from UC Merced — reflecting on the path he’s cut for himself. Do, who now serves as director of the city’s Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs under Mayor Muriel Bowser, has come a long way since being part of UC Merced’s...
May 28, 2015
Michael Eissinger has an old black-and-white photograph of a farmer named Knox and his three teenage sons standing in a cotton field with a long, 100-pound bag of cotton. He holds up the photo at conferences and public talks and asks where it was taken — inevitably, someone guesses “...
February 9, 2015
The University of California, Merced, will soon benefit from increased leadership in the humanities, thanks to an anonymous $500,000 donation and a $500,000 match from the UC Office of the President.   The gift and match will establish a $1 million endowment to fund the UC Merced...
November 3, 2014
In an effort to combat the increasing rates of obesity among Latino residents, the University of California, Merced and the Merced County Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program will join forces. Funded by a three-year, $90,000 grant from National Institutes of Health’s Eunice...

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