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February 15, 2013


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Alumni Events

Alumni have many opportunities to reconnect with UC Merced each year through on-campus and regional events. View the events calendar.

Alumni Highlight

Alumnus Puts Education and Experience to use at Honeywell

Evelyn HoyoFor Evelyn Hoyo, who earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering in 2012, joining the UC Merced Alumni Association Board was a natural step.

As a student, she was very involved on campus with activities including Greek life, studying abroad and the School of Engineering, including founding the Theta Tau Professional Engineering Fraternity.

Hoyo hopes to help create more programs that connect the board to current students.

“It’s important that we have a connection before students graduate,” she said.
Her vision is to provide opportunities for students to be mentored by alumni so they serve as a resource and connect students with their networks.


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Human Rights Film Series: “It's a Girl” – Feb. 15

The seventh annual UC Merced Human Rights Film Series continues Feb. 15 with "It's a Girl."

Sponsored by the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, the Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts, and the Office of Student Life, the films look at human rights issues around the world. Each film begins at 7 p.m in Classroom and Office Building Room 116. The screenings are free and open to the public.

Arts UC Merced Presents “Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men” — Feb. 23

"Black n Blue Boys/Broken MenA powerful one-woman play that explores the troubling world of physical and sexual abuse debuts Feb. 23 as part of Arts UC Merced Presents.

“Black n Blue Boys/Broken Men,” written and performed by actress/poet/playwright Dael Orlandersmith, tells the often difficult and uncomfortable stories of six boys and men who have seen, suffered or committed abuse.

University Friends Circle — March 5

The University Friends Circle meets from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 5 at the Vista Ranch and Cellars at 7326 E. Highway 140, Merced. Professor Eric Rolland from UC Merced’s Ernest and Julio Gallo Management Program and School of Engineering will speak about entrepreneurial management.


UC Merced Men's Basketball Team: Where Greatness Begins
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Professor’s Paper Shows Dramatic Effects of Mountaintop Mining on Climate

Elliott CampbellSchool of Engineering Professor Elliott Campbell has co-authored a paper showing that mountaintop removal mining will dramatically accelerate the regional effects of global warming by turning natural carbon sinks into sources of carbon emissions, some within the next 15 years.

On top of the toxic side-effects of coal mining, the associated hazards and the biggest problem with coal – the greenhouse gas emissions that come from burning it – the switch from sink to source is an issue that could prompt policymakers to reconsider where they stand on mining.

This finding comes at a time when the federal government is at least partially focused on various energy sources and President Barack Obama takes an “all of the above” approach to supplying the country’s power needs. Campbell’s work provides another entry point into the conversation about what some call “clean coal technology.”

Campbell’s research, and the paper that has been named one of 2012’s best in the journal Environmental Research Letters, is just one more way UC Merced is contributing to the rapid growth in knowledge about climate change and the increasing ability to accurately predict its consequences. Campbell spent five years studying the effects of mountaintop mining in Kentucky.
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Campus Receives Its First Platinum LEED Status

Yablokoff-Wallace Dining CenterThanks to the campus’s design and construction teams, the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center expansion recently earned a LEED Platinum certification.

The U.S. Green Building Council awards LEED status according to the number of points a building scores by meeting multiple sustainability criteria. This makes UC Merced’s 10th LEED certified building project, and the first to achieve platinum status. Other buildings on campus are awaiting certification and campus leaders fully expect platinum designation on such projects as the new housing units, the recreation center expansion and the Social Science and Management Building.

Thomas Lollini, associate vice chancellor for physical planning, design and construction, and the campus architect, thanked the teams for their “fine work on the quality and performance of this building addition. Great job!”

The expansion planning and construction took about 18 months to complete.

Professor’s Design Could Win $50,000 Grant

Michael BemanA UC Merced professor is one of five finalists in an international challenge that could win him a $50,000 research grant and free access to a record-setting, ocean-going robot.

Professor Michael Beman, with the School of Natural Sciences, entered the PacX Challenge, a competition designed to encourage scientists and students to make use of data gathered by autonomous wave glider that just completed a 9,000-nautical-mile journey across the Pacific Ocean.

The contestants will use data gathered by the glider, called the “Papa Mau,” which traveled autonomously from San Francisco to Australia over the past year. Papa Mau finished its year-long journey on Dec. 6 in Australia, setting a world record for the longest distance traveled by an autonomous vehicle.

Beman and his four competitors will complete their proposed research projects over the next six months. If Beman wins, he gets to use a wave glider at no cost for another six months to conduct his own research, and he gets a $50,000 research grant.
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Graduate Student Bringing UC Merced to Western Pacific

Sharon PatrisGraduate student Sharon Patris likes spending time at a lake in the middle of the forest on an uninhabited island in the western Pacific.

The marine lake named Ongiem’l Tketau and informally known as Jellyfish Lake, is home to the golden jellyfish, a species Patris studies as part of her work with UC Merced Professor Michael Dawson in Palau.

Patris, who is working on her master’s degree, is just one example of the diverse and wide-ranging reach of UC Merced’s graduate programs. As a Palauan, she said she’s happy to have the chance to work in her homeland while earning her advanced degree from a UC campus.

Dawson and colleagues have been studying biodiversity in the western Pacific since 1995. A grant from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation in 2005 enabled the Coral Reef Research Foundation (CRRF) in Palau, where Dawson was working at the time, to hire and train a Palauan in the conservation biology of marine lakes.

Patris was finishing her bachelor’s degree in Boston when she met Dawson and got the position.

“I had been working with Professor Dawson on the marine lakes project for three years after finishing my undergrad studies, and I wanted to continue in graduate school,” Patris said.
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