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September 22, 2008

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Central Valley Art on Display in Kolligian Library

Bless the Bracero by Gail BenedictWorks on the theme of the Central Valley by 10 local artists will be on display from Sept. 5 through the end of the fall semester in the Leo & Dottie Kolligian Library. Visitors may view the works on the second, third and fourth floors any time the library is open. The artists have used repetition, color and abstraction on a large format to explore their theme.

Lecture on Politics and the Mind Sept. 23

UC Berkeley professor George P. Lakoff will discuss his newest book, "The Political Mind," at 6 p.m. Sept. 23. Lakoff, a renowned expert in the field of cognitive linguistics, is the first recipient of UC Merced's Distinguished Cognitive Scientist Award. For information on Lakoff's talk or the foundation gift, contact Teenie Matlock, tmatlock@ucmerced.edu. For information on future lectures, click here.

Frontiers Lecture Highlights Future Energy Technologies Oct. 18

Professor Gerardo Diaz of the School of Engineering will present the October lecture in the Frontiers of Science and Engineering Lecture Series at the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. His presentation, “Energy of the Future,” begins at 10 a.m. October 18.

The Challenger Center is at 3460 Challenger Way, Atwater. For more information, including the lecture series schedule for the rest of 2008, see http://www.challengersjv.org.


Alumni Association Barbecue Welcomes UC Students

UC alumni gathered at Lake Yosemite in August at the San Joaquin Valley UC Alumni Association’s annual Send-off Barbecue to celebrate their UC pride and welcome incoming students and their relatives to the university family. New students from UC Merced and its sister campuses had the opportunity to meet other students, parents, alumni and staff.

For more information: Alumni Affairs Coordinator Stefani Martinez or (209) 228-ALUM.


Yosemite summer programsView photos from Yosemite summer programs


Professor Roland Winston, jointly appointed in the schools of Natural Sciences and Engineering, was honored in June by his alma mater, the University of Chicago. He received the Professional Achievement Citation at the annual Alumni Awards, recognizing his work in physics and nonimaging optics.

Professor Shawn Kantor has been appointed to the County Bank Chair in Economics. Kantor said the endowment will allow him to augment the economics program's research efforts, and to bring in visiting scholars. He is an architect of UC Merced’s economics program and the author of numerous articles and books, including "Prelude to a Welfare State: The Origins of Workers' Compensation."


Total amount of proposals this month:

Total amount of awards this month:
$1,727, 002

Total amount of awards from July 1, 2008 to August 30, 2008:



UC Merced Chancellor Steve Kang appointed Maria Pallavicini as vice provost for health sciences. Pallavicini, who is dean of the School of Natural Sciences and has led the campus’ medical school planning process, will now function in a dual capacity for UC Merced. She will divide her time serving as vice provost to continue plans to establish a new School of Medicine and, as dean, she will continue to oversee the School of Natural Sciences.

According to Kang and Pallavicini, there is much work to be accomplished in the coming months, particularly if the campus is to submit its full proposal to the Regents in July 2009 as planned. Read more

Additional On-Campus Housing Approved

Student Housing Phase 3The design of the Student Housing Phase 3 project at UC Merced was approved by the UC Regents’ Committee on Grounds and Buildings last week. With the number of incoming freshmen increasing each year, the new on-campus housing facility of 315 beds will help meet the demand that could reach 1,900 by 2010-11 when student population is anticipated to reach 4,000.

As with all other permanent buildings on the UC Merced campus, this next phase of housing will seek a LEED “Silver” rating through the U.S. Green Building Council and may be able to achieve a “Gold” rating.

Major New Sculpture to Reflect UC Merced’s Mission in Central Valley

"Beginnings" sculptureThe hopes and aspirations of the rapidly growing UC Merced campus will be captured metaphorically in a major new piece of sculpture – a gift to the university – to be erected in the central courtyard this academic year.

“Beginnings,” inspired by former Acting Chancellor Rod Park in 2006 and conceived by noted American sculptor Aris Demetrios, will consist of two gently curving, vertical arms, each about 40 feet high, rising from a large circular base. The enfolding arms are a metaphor for the embrace of a caring university that values its students and its community and the germination of a seed representing the growth and ever-increasing potential of UC Merced. This work is unique among university sculptures in that it says, “this is what we are and what we do.” Read more


New Professor Thinking Big on Sustainable Biofuels, Index Crop Insurance

J. Elliott CampbellProfessor J. Elliott Campbell and his new employer – UC Merced – have one big thing in common: They may be the rookies on the block, but they don’t let that keep them from making a global impact.

Campbell, a new assistant professor in the School of Engineering, has already received nationwide attention for a recent study completed during his postdoctoral appointment at Stanford, concluding that the United States could meet up to 6 percent of its energy needs with biofuels produced on “marginal” ag land. Read more


Political Science Student Relishes Summer in Yosemite

Yosemite Leadership ProgramMarie Armstrong, a UC Merced senior from Elk Grove, spent her teenage summers working in the Sacramento Zoo’s summer camp programs, helping kids experience the zoo. So when she learned about the chance to help visitors experience Yosemite National Park in UC Merced’s Yosemite Leadership Program, she leaped at the chance to participate. Read more


Gift Helps Support New Dining Terrace and Herb Garden

Over the summer, those remaining on campus watched as the expansion to the Yablokoff-Wallace Dining Center rose and shone, its glass walls letting in the light and beckoning hungry faculty, staff, students and visitors. Thanks to a second gift from donors Joel and Elizabeth Wallace, the expansion is open for the fall semester with new seating, a landscaped terrace and an herb garden whose products will be used in campus cuisine.

Naming of the Elizabeth and Joel Wallace Terrace and Elizabeth's Garden reflects the couple's deep commitment to education and a positive student experience. Read more
View photo collage of the event



Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Clark Kerr Campus, Berkeley

More information will follow in your mailing packet and will be posted at trustees.ucmerced.edu. Contact Shannon Blackwood at (209) 228-4401 for login information.



December 4, 2008, 6:00 p.m.


UC Merced Campus


Lee and Sandee Boese and Chancellor Steve KangOur appreciation is extended to our renewing Chancellor’s Associates donors Gerald and Geraldine Tahajian and Sheila Wishek and first time donors Jane Binger Bernstein and Chancellor’s Pioneer Natalie Granado.

Chancellor's Associates is a premier group of leadership donors who are recognized for their annual gifts of $1,000 or more to be used to fund the university’s greatest needs. Donations to the Chancellor’s Associates provide the Chancellor with the opportunity to enhance UC Merced’s mission of teaching, research and public service. For more information on becoming a Chancellor's Associates member, contact Terisa Rose at (209) 228-4109.


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