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March 20, 2013


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Career Assessment Online Chat – March 21

Join Career Services Career Counselor Lezly Juergenson for an online chat to help you determine your career goals and what your next steps may be. You’ll also have the opportunity to ask her questions, too.

Google Hangout will facilitate the discussion. Connection information will be shared with all registered attendees. There is no cost to attend. All you need is a camera, microphone and headphones attached to your computer/device to participate in this program.

Register online.

For more information, contact Heather Buckner at 209-228-2586.

Bobcat Day – April 13

Chock full of activities and excitement, Bobcat Day has been a tradition each year to welcome newly admitted students and their families, and let them see everything UC Merced has to offer. It also provides alumni an opportunity to reconnect with the campus. Consider being part of the tradition and register online before April 8.

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

Pioneering Economics Graduate Student at Tech Think Tank

Justin HicksFor alumnus Justin Hicks, graduate school at UC Merced was a trailblazing experience.

Like many UC Merced students, Hicks was pioneering a path as he worked toward his Ph.D. in economics from 2007 to 2012.

“At the time, Justin was our only graduate student in economics, so he had four faculty members who helped develop his research,” Professor Alex Whalley said. “That attention helped him complete a very high quality dissertation.”

As a senior economic policy analyst for The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, Hicks supports investment in American education and research and development. He analyzes current federal programs and proposed policy dealing with technology and research and development.

"As a deep believer in strong investment in education and R&D, my beliefs and research agenda mesh well with the organization," Hicks said.
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Chancellor Leland Shares 2020 Project with UC Regents

Dorothy LelandUC Merced Chancellor Dorothy Leland informed the UC Board of Regents of the campus’s intention to seek the board's approval of an amendment to its long-range development plan (LRDP) at the board’s next regularly scheduled meeting in May.

The amendment, developed in close consultation with the UC Office of the President, would expedite the next phase of campus expansion (“the 2020 Project”), providing enough space to accommodate up to 10,000 students within the next eight to 10 years.

In her presentation to the board March 13, Leland said the campus simply does not have enough physical space to support projected growth and will need to amend its LRDP in order to increase capacity as rapidly and cost-effectively as possible. (Listen to a recording of the presentation.)

UC Merced Named 2013 Computerworld Honors Laureate

International Data Group’s (IDG) Computerworld Honors Program has named UC Merced as a 2013 Laureate. The annual award program honors visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change.

UC Merced received the award for its Mobile App Challenge, which launched in 2011 to create an exceptional learning and professional growth experience for students.

Natural Sciences Dean, Professor Link UC Merced to Knowledge Hub

Juan Meza

Juan Meza

Mike Colvin

Mike Colvin


A collaboration between a dean and a professor and a grant from the National Science Foundation have made UC Merced part of a national nanotechnology-biology hub that will expand both knowledge and opportunities for students in Merced.

School of Natural Sciences Dean Juan Meza and Professor Mike Colvin received a grant of $175,000 a year for five years to join the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and other schools like Purdue University in forming a nanoBIO “node” that will provide all the partnering schools with access to a collective of research and data at the intersection of biology, nanotechnology and computational science.

The partnership also means six UC Merced students will spend time this summer at UIUC for specialized study.
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Acclaimed Authors to Speak at Symposium, Conference

John RechyA pioneering American novelist and a former California Poet Laureate will be the keynote speaker at two April events being organized by graduate students and world cultures faculty.

John Rechy has written 15 books, including 1963's "City of Night," which explored the gay hustling subculture in Los Angeles. Rechy, whose work has played an important role in gay and Chicano literature, is the keynote speaker at "50 Years of City of Night: New Perspectives on the Work of John Rechy," on April 5.

Al Young has authored 22 books and twice received the American Book Award. He was appointed California's Poet Laureate in 2005 and served until 2008. Young is the keynote speaker at "From Monadism to Nomadism: A Hybrid Approach to Cultural Productions," a conference that goes from April 12-13.

Both events are funded by UC Merced's Center for Research in the Humanities and Arts, and open to the public.
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Professor Secures Funding from Major Biotech Company to Advance Diabetes Research

Professor Rudy Ortiz with a student in labBiology Professor Rudy Ortiz is furthering his innovative research into diabetes with support from a major pharmaceutical company.

Ortiz' work, developing new applications for medicines used to treat the effects of insulin resistance, has been funded by Amylin Pharmaceuticals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, to the tune of $192,000 over two years.

Such funding agreements are common on other UC campuses and in comparable research institutions, and this agreement at UC Merced constitutes an important show of faith from the pharmaceutical industry in the young campus’s research capabilities.
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Go to events.ucmerced.edu to find out what’s happening on campus now.

University Friends Circle — April 2

The University Friends Circle meets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 2 at the Branding Iron Restaurant, 640 W. 16th St., Merced. Faculty and students from the School of Natural Sciences will speak about their solar-collection research.

The cost is $20 for members and $25 for guests. For information on joining the UFC or to RSVP, call 209-384-8811 or email ufc@ucmerced.edu The reservation deadline is noon March 28.

The UFC's mission is to inspire and maintain strong relationships between the UC Merced community and the communities of the San Joaquin Valley through activities that promote social and intellectual interaction, programs of service and fundraising initiatives that support UC Merced scholarships.

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