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March 20, 2014


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Gym floor design
The votes are in and more than 50 percent of the Class of 2014 voted to enhance the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center gymnasium floor by adding the Bobcat mascot and “Supported by the Class of 2014” as their legacy.

We encourage alumni and friends to make a gift of $20.14 in honor of this year’s class. Support the 2014 Class Gift today!

Alumni Events

San Francisco UnCubed – March 27

The Regency, 1290 Sutter St., San Francisco

Bay-Area Admitted Students Reception – April 4

Hilton Newark/Fremont, 39900 Balentine Drive, Newark

Seventh Annual Cat Trails 5K Run/Walk – April 5

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Southern California Admitted Students Reception – April 6

Sheraton Fairplex Hotel and Conference, 601 West McKinley Ave., Pomona

Arizona Alumni Reception with President Napolitano – April 10

Hotel Valley Ho, Scottsdale, Ariz.

Bobcat Day – April 12

Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Quad, UC Merced

Founding Classes Reunion – April 12

Wallace-Dutra Amphitheater, UC Merced

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

Alumni Spotlight

Campus Spirit Encouraged Alumna to Pursue Fungi Research

Jackie Shay, ’09

Jackie ShayGraduate school is a constant state of discovery, something UC Merced alumna Jackie Shay credits for her current passion: fungus.

Shay just returned home from a month in the humid climes of Madagascar in search of species in the Marasmius genus — a tiny, relatively inconspicuous-looking mushroom that acts as a natural recycler of fallen leaves and branches.

“I went to several forests, got on my hands and knees and collected these little guys,” said Shay, who’s working on her master’s in mycology — the study of fungi — at San Francisco State University.
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For athletic events listings, visit athletics.ucmerced.edu/.


Valley Feber Seminar Series

MTS Lecture Series

Psychological Colloquium

Understanding Politics Speaker Series

University Friends Circle – April 1

University Friends Circle (UFC) meets for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1 at the Branding Iron Restaurant, 640 W. 16th St., Merced. Professor of anthropology Holley Moyes will present "Journey to the Underworld: The Ritual Use of Caves among the Ancient Maya."

UC Merced Library Hosts "Our Custodians" Exhibit 

The UC Merced Library proudly announces its latest exhibit, “Our Custodians.”


Impact Video: Research Week 2014
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UC Merced provides unparalleled academic and staff opportunities, as well as opportunities for vendors and contractors who are helping to build the university. Check our online listings often.



McCloskey’s Research Earns Grant from California’s Stem Cell Push

Kara McCloskey with studentUC Merced Professor Kara McCloskey was recently awarded a highly competitive $500,000 grant to continue tackling significant, unresolved issues in human stem cell biology, as part of an effort to enhance stem-cell research in California.

This past month, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), and its governing board, approved more than $27 million for Basic Biology V Awards, of which McCloskey’s grant is included. The leads for this center include Stanford University and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

In her UC Merced laboratory, McCloskey and her students are using stem cells to engineer cardiovascular tissues that could someday be used to repair damaged blood vessels or heart tissue.
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Social Feedback Loop Aids Language Development

Anne S. WarlaumontVerbal interactions between parents and children create a social feedback loop important for language development, according to research by a professor at the University of California, Merced. That loop appears to be experienced less frequently and is diminished in strength in interactions with autistic children.

“This loop likely has cascading impacts over the course of a child’s development,” cognitive science Professor Anne S. Warlaumont said. “Understanding how it works and being able to monitor its components while the children go about their daily lives may eventually lead to better strategies for helping parents and other adults interact most effectively with autistic children.”
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Campus Surpasses UC President’s Water Conservation Request

Water info graphicConserving resources is just a part of the fabric of UC Merced. So it should come as no surprise that university leaders say the campus can not only meet President Janet Napolitano’s call to cut water consumption by 20 percent by 2020, it has already  exceeded that expectation – this year.

“The University of California system is already a leader in water conservation and UC Merced uses less water than the average UC campus,” Assistant Vice Chancellor for Facilities Management Graeme Mitchell said. “We’re good environmental stewards, but we can be even better.”
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Research Universities Create Economic Spillover, Study Shows

Alex WhalleyA $1 increase in university spending generates an 89 cent increase in local noneducation labor income — evidence of a measurable spillover effect created by public research institutions, according to recently published research out of the University of California, Merced.

While past studies have looked at how research universities spur innovation and patents, little has been known about how the institutions contribute to regional economic development more broadly. UC Merced Professor Alexander Whalley and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Shawn Kantor sought to answer that lingering question by studying massive datasets that tracked university spending and county economic changes from 1981 to 1996.
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Study Shows Connection Between Attitudes, Language

David Vinson and Rick DalePh.D. student David Vinson and Professor Rick Dale discovered people use richer language in Yelp reviews when they are giving businesses extreme ratings — either one or five stars. Patrons giving businesses three-star ratings tend to use plainer language that doesn’t convey as much information, Vinson said.

“It makes sense,” said Vinson, who is interested in information and information theory. “If I’m trying to communicate rich information, I’m going to use uncommon language.”
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Center Makes Maps Come to Life

Erin MutchLike many children on long car trips, Erin Mutch often asked "Where are we?"

But instead of telling her, Mutch’s parents gave her a map to figure it out.

Mutch's knack for using maps to tell bigger stories is a skill that's taken her to the Silicon Valley to work at a startup, to the frontlines of the BP Deepwater oil spill and now has brought her to UC Merced to head up its new Spatial Analysis and Research Center (SpARC).
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