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September 23, 2013


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Alumni Events

Merced Chapter Dinner – Sept. 25

Join fellow UC Merced alumni at the Merced chapter dinner at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 hosted by UC Merced Alumni Association Board President Uday Bali at the Bali Learning Center, 2808 Park Ave., Suite C, Merced. Alumni Relations Director Heather Wilensky and UCMAA board member Josh Franco will share updates on the Alumni Association’s goals for the year and ways Merced-area alumni can get involved with the new Merced chapter. Register online. Contact Heather Buckner at 209-228-2586 for more information.

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

Alumni Advisors Program

We're piloting an Alumni Advisors program through which alumni can offer advice to students in a structured one-on-one, semester-long program. If you would like to participate or know an alumnus who would, please let us know.

Alumni Highlight: Paul Doherty, Ph.D. ’13

Alumnus’s Rim Fire Map Generates Lots of Attention

Paul DohertyPaul Doherty, the first Yosemite park ranger to complete a doctoral degree at UC Merced, graduated in the spring and now works as a public safety technology specialist for Esri, a company that provides GIS mapping for a variety of applications.

Last month, Doherty and his team created a layered map that shows up-to-the-minute details of the Rim Fire in and around Yosemite National Park, including its size and range, hot spots, the fire’s progression, a history of fire in the national park and more.

They pulled together data from a wide range of agencies, including Cal Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, FEMA, the Red Cross and many others to make the map that went viral at the fire’s peak as people watched one of California’s largest wildfires rage on. The map was also featured online at The Atlantic, Time and CNET.
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MTS Series

Psychological Sciences Colloquium

Frontiers in Science Lecture Series

University Friends Circle Lunch – Oct. 1

University Friends Circle (UFC) kicks off its fifth year with a lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 1 at UC Merced's California Room. [more]

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – Oct. 4

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy brings its swinging sound to downtown Merced this fall, an event organized by Arts UC Merced Presents.

The high-energy, nine-piece ensemble, which helped jumpstart the swing revival in the mid-90s, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and promoting its latest album, "Rattle Them Bones."

Light Up the Lantern “Knowledge and Dream Affair” – Oct. 26

The UC Merced Police Mentor Program’s third annual Light Up the Lantern event will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Library Lantern. [more]


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.



Roderic Park, Former Acting Chancellor, Dies at 81

Roderic ParkRoderic Park, former acting chancellor of UC Merced and a major campus planner and benefactor, passed away Sept. 6. He was 81.

A distinguished professor, researcher and administrator who spent most of his career at UC Berkeley, Park was named acting chancellor of UC Merced in September 2006 as the university conducted a nationwide search for a successor to its founding chancellor, Carol Tomlinson-Keasey. He served until March 2007, when Sung-Mo “Steve” Kang began his tenure as chancellor.
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Campus Sees 26 Percent Increase in Private Funding

Fundraising at a glanceUC Merced recorded $5.04 million in private gift and grant support from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013 — an increase of 26 percent over the last fiscal year’s total of $3.98 million.

The percentage increase in private funding was far higher than the national average and exceeded the division's goal of $5 million. [more]

UC Goes Social to Raise Scholarship Funds

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The University of California began Promise for Education, a six-week crowd-funding campaign to engage students, faculty, alumni, celebrities, businesses, politicians and supporters in a novel drive to raise money for UC student scholarships.

The Promise for Education model is simple. People make a personal promise — run a marathon, adopt a pet, volunteer, tap dance at the next office party — and set a fundraising goal ($50, $100, $1,000 or more). Then they share their promise through Facebook, email and other social media channels. Their friends and followers are directed to PromiseforEducation.org, where donations can be made to see the promise fulfilled. All funds go directly to scholarships and grants for UC undergraduates with financial need.

View Chancellor Leland and her Dream Dean Team’s promises.
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UC Solar Extends UC Merced’s Reach across the Pacific

Solar diagram

A diagram of how the material works shows a.) the light-concentrating layer; b.) the light-conduit layer; and c.) the light-scattering layer.


Professor Roland Winston’s work has helped take UC Merced and UC Solar global – this time it’s to Singapore.

The small city-nation is experiencing a building boom, and developers have plans to use Winston’s designs for a solar collector to make concrete walls the source of building light.

Sounds impossible, right?

Collectors embedded in the concrete at the ends of open channels in the walls would make the concrete light-permeable, cutting down on the need for electric lights and taking advantage of one natural resource the equatorial country has an abundance of – sun.
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Exhibit Showcases Central Valley Life

Central Valley ExhibitAn exhibit coordinated by a UC Merced professor weaves together music, literature, photography, video and oral history to tell stories of the workers who keep the region’s economy moving.

"Central Valley Threads: Picking Out Strands of Life and Art in the Central Valley" opened on Sept. 21 and runs through Oct. 4 at the Merced Multicultural Arts Center, 645 W. Main St., Merced. Admission is free.

The exhibit runs through Oct. 4 at the center, 645 W. Main St., Merced. Admission is free.
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New Board of Trustee Members

UC Merced welcomes four new members to the UC Merced Foundation Board of Trustees.

Representing an expansive and influential network, the newest members are: Gary Kremen, Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of Match.com; Christine Long, Merced almond processor and agricultural industry leader; Kevin Sweeney, senior vice president and director of sales for Wells Fargo; and Eric Wright, former San Francisco 49er and head of the San Francisco 49er alumni association. They are elected to three-year terms.

“Chancellor Leland and I are looking forward with great anticipation to working with our newest board members. They each bring unique perspectives and will be great assets,” said Vice Chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations Kyle Hoffman, who also serves as vice president of the board.
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