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May 21, 2010


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Congratulations Class of 2010 – Welcome to the UC Merced Alumni Association!

Class of 2010 Gift: Be a part of the tradition

UC Merced’s Class of 2010 has selected to raise funds to give a banner to each of the current schools – Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, Natural Sciences, Engineering and Graduate Division. In addition, a fund will be set up so future schools will receive a banner courtesy of the class. 

Consider making your gift online today. Every dollar counts!

For information, contact alumni@ucmerced.edu.

Alumni Highlights

Mike Oliveira, Class of 2009

Major: Bioengineering

Hometown: Hilmar

Mike still remembers his first day of work in August 2005 in the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library. He had to wear a hard hat because part of the building was still being built. In four years, he saw the library transform from a construction zone to a thriving place where students did research and studied. While at UC Merced, Mike helped establish and manage the club baseball team. [Read more]


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

Carol-Tomlinson-Keasey Quad Dedication – May 27

Join the campus community in honoring Chancellor Emerita Carol Tomlinson-Keasey during the dedication of the Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Quad at 10 a.m. May 27. Reception to follow. RSVP to (209) 228-6305 or kpreciado@ucmerced.edu.

University Friends Circle
– June 1

The University Friends Circle (UFC) will hold its annual business meeting 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 in the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library, Room 232. New officers will be elected at this event.

The UFC provides a forum for UC Merced staff, faculty and their families to engage in open discussion and interact with members of the surrounding communities.

In May, UFC members visited Yosemite National Park for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Ahwahnee Hotel and kitchen, Yosemite Falls and the Ranger Mounted Patrol. At its first annual awards luncheon, the UFC awarded $1,000 to UC Merced’s Rotaract Club for its civic engagement.

For information on joining the UFC or to RSVP, email ufc@ucmerced.edu, or call (209) 228-4136.



President Jimmy Carter was awarded the 2010 Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance. Earlier in the day, President Carter delivered the keynote address at a National Parks Institute seminar on the management of parks and protected lands.

Watch the on-demand Webcast at www.ucmerced.edu/spendloveprize.


Engineering Professor Makes Science Entertaining at Spring Reception

Christopher Viney involved Catering staffUC Merced Professor Christopher Viney had Chancellor's Associates and their guests laughing at the Chancellor's Associates Spring Reception on April 29. Viney discussed his research and involved catering staff in a fun science experiment.

For information on joining the Chancellor’s Associates, contact Terisa Rose at (209) 228-4109.


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Class of 2010 Celebrated at Commencement


UC Merced celebrated its fifth graduating class Saturday evening, as award-winning broadcast journalist Lester Holt urged some 321 graduates to become free thinkers and critical consumers of news during his keynote address. The weekend anchor of “NBC Nightly News” and co-anchor of the weekend edition of “TODAY,” made his first address at a university commencement.

“You leave here with open minds filled with fresh knowledge,” Holt said. “My challenge to you is for you to challenge us and help raise the level of our public discourse. Make us smarter. Force us to open our minds and work through our issues. Teach us to be free thinkers. And even hold those of us in the news media accountable. I know you can make us better.”

The ceremony marked a milestone: the end of UC Merced’s fifth academic year. Participants included six students scheduled to receive a master’s degree and 12 earning a doctoral degree.

UC Merced Designated as Hispanic-Serving Institution

UC Merced has been designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education, certifying an enrollment of at least 25 percent Hispanic students. The designation is critical for obtaining grants and other funding for a variety of purposes including: acquiring scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching, expanding academic tutoring or counseling programs, and adding student support services. That funding would support research efforts as well as provide increases in financial aid available to students.

UC Merced joins UC Riverside as the only two University of California campuses to receive the HSI designation.
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Symposium Highlights Health Research

Dr. Frederick J. MeyersThe Health Sciences Research Institute held its inaugural symposium May 12, featuring keynote speaker Dr. Frederick J. Meyers, executive associate dean of UC Davis' School of Medicine and executive director of medical education and academic planning at UC Merced.

Meyers' speech, "UC Merced is Ideally Positioned to be a Leader in Health Sciences Research," focused on how the trajectories of young scholars and discovery can intersect and create innovation networks that can put forth bold new ideas.

Those networks, Meyers explained, will be important for taking health research and applying it in the medical field. It's the new scholars who will be the most enduring form of transferring knowledge and technology, he explained.

UC Merced Students to Harvard for Latino Leadership Initiative

Six UC Merced juniors will get a jumpstart on becoming the next generation of leaders when they begin courses in the Latino Leadership Initiative next month at Harvard University.

The initiative is collaboration between UC Merced and Harvard. It’s run through the Center for Public Leadership in Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Dario E. Collado, the initiative's program manager, said Harvard was so impressed by UC Merced's applicants that they expanded the number of students accepted from five to six.


Professor Honored with Young Investigator Award

Miriam BarlowSiemens Healthcare Diagnostics Young Investigator Award will be presented to Professor Miriam Barlow for her work on antimicrobial resistance.

Barlow's research spans the fields of microbiology, molecular biology, evolution, population biology, biochemistry, chemistry and clinical microbiology. Her thesis focused on developing and applying an entirely novel experimental method for predicting the natural evolution of antibiotic-resistance genes.

Currently, Barlow is using micro-calorimetry to rapidly assess antibiotic resistance in infection and has been able to distinguish antibiotic resistant from antibiotic sensitive pathogens. Her research also showed that different pathogens have unique signals that make it possible to identify the organisms.

Professor Chosen for Solar Board of Advisors

Roland WinstonRoland Winston, UC Merced professor of engineering and natural sciences and director of the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute, has been named to the board of advisors of the California Solar Energy Collaborative (CSEC). The board — which also includes members from UC Davis, UC San Diego and UC Santa Cruz, the California Energy Commission and several utilities — will meet twice a year to prioritize and define research and development projects for the CSEC.

The board held its first meeting, along with a daylong solar workshop, last week at UC Davis. UC Merced’s participation in such an endeavor is yet another example of the university’s commitment to taking on society’s most challenging problems through unique and fruitful collaborations.


Graduates Reflect, Look to Next Chapter in Their Lives

UC Merced had more than 300 students graduate May 15, a ceremony that marked the end of the campus' fifth year serving the San Joaquin Valley.

Maggie StockelSome students, such as history major Maggie Stockel, are headed to graduate school to continue their education. She’ll attend San Francisco State to pursue a master’s degree in museum studies.

Stockel, of Tracy, interned in the archives of the Freer and Sackler Galleries, part of the Smithsonian Institution, during her time at UC Merced. She worked with the head archivist and the paper conservator on organizing and preserving the papers of archaeologist Ernst Herzfield.

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