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April 22, 2014


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Reunion Hosts More Than 100 Alumni

the Founding Classes Reunion

The first event hosted in the new Wallace-Dutra Amphitheater, the Founding Classes Reunion, boasted more than 150 guests in celebration of UC Merced’s first students. With representatives from the classes of 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, the reunion was a special celebration of those students who took a chance and embarked on their academic journey at UC Merced. Reunion attendees heard a performance by singer/songwriter Socorra Camposanto, ’09, and a dance presentation by DanceCo led by Sanjeev Chahal, ’09.

At the close of the program, the Reunion Planning Committee presented a check totaling more than $2,000, which represented the money donated by reunion alumni to UC Merced this fiscal year. Following the reunion, attendees continued the celebration downtown at several local businesses that offered discounts for the evening.

Alumni Events

UC Merced Relay for Life Team — April 26


San Francisco Happy Hour and Chapter Planning Meeting — April 30

The Barrel Room, 620 Post St., San Francisco

SAA End of Year Party — May 8

Kolligian Library, UC Merced

Grad Reception — May 9

Vista Winery, Merced

Science Cafe featuring Jessica Blois — May 12

Coffee Bandits Cafe, 309 W. Main Street, Merced

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


Go to events.ucmerced.edu to find out what’s happening on campus now.

For athletic events listings, visit athletics.ucmerced.edu/.


Valley Fever Seminar Series

MTS Lecture Series

Understanding Politics Speaker Series

Special Olympics Fundraiser: Bagging for Bucks – April 23

Come out and support Special Olympics with the UC Merced Department of Public Safety and Save Mart. [more]

Bobcat Art Show Reception – April 24

Arts UC Merced Presents, the UC Merced Art Gallery and the UC Merced Library are proud to present the ninth annual Bobcat Art Show, which runs until May 7. [more]

University Friends Circle Reception – May 5

University Friends Circle (UFC) will meet for a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. May 5 at the University House. Join us for one of the highlights of the year, which includes awards, hearty appetizers and refreshments in the garden. [more]


Impact Video: Looking to Jellyfish for Environmental Answers
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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.



Campus Tapped for Policy Discussions at Drought Summit

Roger BalesTwo researchers from University of California, Merced, are slated to take part in the UC Drought Science, Policy and Management Summit at the state Capitol this week.

Professors Roger Bales and Joshua Viers, the director of the campus’s Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS), will take part in panel discussions during the daylong summit organized by UC Davis at the request of UC President Janet Napolitano.

The April 25 summit at the state Capitol is free and open to the public, though registration is required.

It’s another example of the contribution UC Merced makes to the state, nation and world, and the role it can and does play in informing policy makers and the public on timely and important issues.
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Researchers Melt Snow to See Climate Change Impacts

snow mobilingIn a megadrought like the one California is experiencing, people tend to look at how much rainfall has come along.

But it also matters when the snowmelt releases its cache, because the snowpack is the state’s natural reservoir.

“If you just change when the snow melts, it has huge consequences for the year,” said researcher Joseph Blankinship, a former UC Merced postdoctoral researcher who just published a paper in the journal Water Resources Research with UC Merced Professor Stephen Hart based on their Sierra snow research. “There are definite climate-change implications.”

The hydrology journal is one of the most influential in the field, a further testament to the far-reaching research being conducted at UC Merced.
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Walking, Talking in Infants Connected

Eric Walle with a childInfants show a sharp increase in understanding and using language shortly after they begin walking, according to research by a UC Merced developmental psychology professor.

"What is it about walking?" Professor Eric A. Walle said. "Does walking lead to more exploratory behavior by infants, then more labeling by parents and more words?"

Walle and his Interpersonal Development Lab are now trying to figure out what factors might be leading to the language growth.

Like many discoveries, this was serendipitous. Walle and his then-Ph.D. advisor at UC Berkeley, Professor Joseph J. Campos, were studying a different aspect of child development.
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Professor’s Paper in Nature Communications Indicates Deep Sea Changes

Michael BemanLarge, naturally occurring low-oxygen zones in the Pacific appear to be expanding, and there is a sharp change in the number of bacteria that produce and consume different forms of toxic sulfur, according to a UC Merced researcher’s latest paper in Nature Communications.

These expanding deoxygenated zones could also contribute to climate change, which, in turn, appears to contribute to their growth.

Professor Michael Beman, a marine microbial biologist with the School of Natural Sciences, spent a month on a research ship sampling water off the coast of Mexico, in the large Eastern Tropical Northern Pacific (ETNP), a deoxygenated zone that extends about halfway to Hawaii.
[Read more]

Gym Floor to Get Facelift

Proposed gym floor designMembers of the Class of 2014 have voted to give the Greg and Cathie Hostetler Court floor in the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center a fresh new look as their legacy to the campus.

While the floor is only eight years old, Athletics Director David Dunham said normal wear and tear has led to the need for refinishing. The floor will be sanded down, resurfaced and remarked with the bobcat mascot and the words “Supported by the Class of 2014.”

“We are excited to receive the class gift two years in a row,” Dunham said. “I think students will be impressed when it all comes together.”

Campus friends are encouraged to consider making a gift in honor of this year’s class.

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