UC Merced Update

Natural Sciences Dean Earns Two Prestigious Appointments


Juan C. MezaDean of Natural Sciences Juan C. Meza received two prestigious appointments late last year. Meza was appointed by Under Secretary for Science Steven E. Koonin to serve as a member on the Advanced Scientific Computing Advisory Committee. Meza will provide expertise in the field of computational mathematics and applications.

He has also been elected to serve as a board member for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). The Board of Directors provides governance and leadership to the organization and contributes to their fundraising efforts.

SACNAS Executive Director Judit Camacho said the society had the largest number of nominated candidates in its nearly forty-year history.

"We were thrilled with the caliber of the individuals willing to serve the board in a leadership capacity," she said in a press release. "We are looking forward to working with the newly elected members and the willingness of the other candidates to serve on SACNAS committees, thereby still lending their talents, connections, and experience to the organization.”

SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists to attain advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership.