UC Merced Update




Marine Research Exhibit – April 15

UC Merced marine biologist Michael Dawson is bringing exotic research to campus in a new multimedia exhibit opening at the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library on April 15. Dawson’s “Exploring Marine Biodiversity and Environments,” which will be on display through July 30 on the third floor of the library, is presented as a travelogue of sorts, in the spirit of John Steinbeck’s “The Log from the Sea of Cortez” and Edward Ricketts’ “Between Pacific Tides.” The exhibit will include biological specimens, including several jellyfish, along with field equipment and research tools. It will also feature photographs and film footage taken underwater and of the surrounding environment in locations such as the Pacific island nation of Palau and the coasts of California and Mexico.

Frontiers Lecture Series – April 16

The Frontiers of Science and Engineering lecture series continues April 16 with a talk by UC Merced Professor Erik Menke on “Addressing the Problems with Solar Power.” The lectures are held at 10 a.m. in the Challenger Learning Center, 3460 Challenger Way, Atwater. They are free and open to the public.

MTS Lecture Series – April 18

The Mind, Technology, and Society (MTS) Lecture Series presents Rick Dale with the University of Memphis on April 18.

Lectures take place at 3 p.m. each Monday (except where otherwise noted) this spring in KL 232 and are free and open to students, staff, faculty and the general public.

April 18 – Rick Dale, University of Memphis

April 25 – Corinne Townsend, UC Merced

May 2 – Toby Mintz, University of Southern California

MTS is presented by the Cognitive Sciences program, and is sponsored by a gift from the Glushko-Samuelson Foundation. For more information, email Michael Spivey.

Psychological Sciences Talk Series – April 20

An eclectic talk series designed to bring in a variety of approaches and research topics of interest to psychological sciences. Talks begin at noon in the Willow Room (COB 322)

April 20 – First-year UC Merced graduate student presentations

April 27 – First year UC Merced graduate student presentations

For information, contact Professor Michael Hoyt.

Third Orientalism Conference to Feature Peruvian Chronicler – April 22

The third conference on Orientalism will be held Friday, April 22, and Saturday, April 23, at UC Merced.

Orientalisms and the Asian and Arab Diasporas: Imaging the "Oriental" in the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula was organized by professors Ignacio López-Calvo, Cristián Ricci and Kevin Fellezs.

World-renowned Peruvian chronicler Julio Villanueva Chang will deliver the conference's keynote. Chang founded Etiqueta Negra, a leading Spanish-language magazine.

The conference goes from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The panel discussions will be in Kolligian Library, rooms 232, 296 and 217.

Energy Speaker Series

The i4energy Spring Speaker Series, held at noon every Friday through April 22 at UC Berkeley, will be shown simultaneously by video broadcast in room 100 of UC Merced’s Science and Engineering Building. The series includes researchers from the Center for Information Technology in the Interest of Technology (CITRIS), which includes UC Merced, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, the California Institute for Energy and the Environment (CIEE) and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The April 15 lecture, by Ed Arens of UC Berkeley, will be on “Entirely New and Better Approaches to Conditioning Buildings.” The April 22 lecture, by UC Merced’s Gerardo Diaz, will be on “Exploring the Potential and Contribution of Waste for Reaching Zero Net Energy and Zero Landfill-waste at UC Merced.”