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November 24, 2008


Trip to China Offers Context to Senior's Studies

Matt Siordia

Matt Siordia began his summer much the same way he has for the past three years, bumping up his hours at the UC Merced Police Department in his role as a community service officer.

Although the break between semesters started in a familiar framework of responsibilities, the way he rounded out his summer has changed the way he looks at his future.

Gathering data is something Siordia does very well, and happens to be the jumping off point for what he wants to do with his life. He will graduate from UC Merced in May, and has been looking closely at economic research assistant opportunities with the Federal Reserve. But gathering data can be a static experience, unless you understand the role it plays in a larger context.

An anthropology course in China this summer gave Siordia the chance to see how data influences policy, which influences entire societies.
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Mind, Technology and Society Talk – Nov. 24

This semester’s Mind, Technology and Society cognitive science talk series is all about language. Seana Coulson from UC San Diego will present on processes underlying the comprehension of iconic co-speech gestures in discourse speak at 3 p.m. Monday in the Bobcat Lair (KL 169). She is the author of “Semantic Leaps,” which describes the ability to creatively combine concepts.

Next month’s speakers are:
Dec. 1 – Ray Gibbs, UC Santa Cruz
Dec. 5 – Heidi Kloos, University of Cincinnati
Dec. 8 – Guy Van Orden, University of Cincinnati

The series is funded by a gift from the Glushko-Samulelson Foundation and features talks from accomplished scientists in the field of language and thought. For information, contact Teenie Matlock.

University Friends Circle Luncheon – Dec. 2

Friends of the campus are invited to the University Friends Circle (UFC) luncheon featuring special guest speaker Senator Jeff Denham. The mission of UFC is to inspire and maintain strong relationships between the UC Merced community and the communities of the San Joaquin Valley through activities that promote social and intellectual interaction, service programs and fundraising support for scholarships.

Dec. 2 at 11:30 a.m.
Merced Golf & Country Club
$15 per person
RSVP to (209) 228-RSVP or specialevents@ucmerced.edu

Library Holocaust Exhibit Opens Dec. 10

"The Holocaust: Genocide in History" will be on display on the third floor of the Kolligian Library from Dec. 10 through February. The exhibit, which launches on Human Rights Day with a reception in the third-floor lantern, is curated by a group of history undergraduates under the direction of professor Gregg Herken.

The exhibit will include artifacts from a local World War II collector and some on loan from the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles.

The Dec. 10 event will be from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. For information, e-mail gherken@ucmerced.edu.

Upcoming Holidays

Nov. 28-29 – Thanksgiving Holiday (campus closed)
Dec. 24-Jan. 1 – Winter Holiday (campus closed)


Fall Graduate Social – Dec. 1

The Alumni Association will host a Graduate Coffee Social on Monday, Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. in the Bobcat Lair to welcome fall graduates into the Alumni Association.

Finals Week Study
Break – Dec. 11

The Alumni Association, in conjunction with the SJV UC Alumni Network and Office of Student Life, will provide snacks and stress relievers for students preparing for finals at the 4th Annual Fall Finals Study Break, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

For more information, please contact Alumni Affairs Coordinator Stefani Martinez Madril or (209) 228-ALUM.


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Campus Releases Updated Long Range
Development Plans

LRDP - campus planningUC Merced has released two major planning documents that provide the most detailed preview to date of the proposed layout, character and sustainability objectives for the campus, as well as environmental impacts of its fully developed campus and associated university community.

The 2009 Draft Long Range Development Plan (LRDP) and a corresponding Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) is the latest step in the process of developing a model 21st century campus.

The 2009 plan reflects changes in the overall campus footprint announced last year but retains and expands upon the vision and principles outlined in the original LRDP, approved by the UC Board of Regents in 2002.
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Roger Bales Named Director of UC Merced's Sierra Nevada Research Institute

Roger BalesProfessor Roger Bales has been named director of the university's signature research institute, the Sierra Nevada Research Institute (SNRI). Bales is a member of the founding faculty in the School of Engineering and has been serving as SNRI's acting director since 2007. He succeeds Sam Traina, founding director, who was named vice chancellor for research and dean of graduate studies in 2007.

Professor Henry Forman Appointed to San Joaquin Valley Air District

Henry FormanProfessor Henry Forman has been appointed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District, the board that oversees air quality in the eight-county region.

Forman, a founding faculty member and professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the School of Natural Sciences, fills a vital new position on the board mandated by state legislation last year. Senate Bill 719 added four new positions to the 11-member board, including a scientist and doctor. Forman becomes the first scientist to be appointed to the board, which was previously comprised entirely of elected officials.


Senior Writing Project Focuses on Campus History

The Fair Shrimp ChroniclesStarting a university from scratch is no easy task – not even for an institution as venerable as the University of California. That’s what a group of UC Merced students have realized while undertaking one of the most exciting projects of their academic career: writing a book on the history of the UC system’s 10th campus.

“The Fairy Shrimp Chronicles” will be published next semester and given as a gift to all graduating members of the Class of 2009.

When complete, “The Fairy Shrimp Chronicles” will address three facets of building UC Merced: The UC system and its decision to create a 10th campus, the community of Merced and the people who lobbied for that campus to be placed here, and the group of people – faculty, students and staff – who took on the challenge of building a research university from the ground up.
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Paramount Farms Gift Provides Much Needed Scholarships

Chancellor Kang, Joel Epstein, Jesus Medina, Vanessa DeCarbo and Jorge AguilarStudents from Kern, King, Fresno and Tulare counties are taking advantage of the opportunity to achieve their education goals at UC Merced in part to a $250,000 donation from Paramount Farms.

Paramount Farms representatives visited the campus on Nov. 17 to formally announce the endowment, meet scholarship recipients and witness first-hand some of the programs and research taking place on campus.

Paramount Farms and its owners Lynda and Stewart Resnick have been longtime supporters of UC Merced.
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Annual Holiday Reception - Dec. 4

Chancellor’s Associates members are invited to the annual Chancellor’s Associates Holiday Reception Thursday, Dec. 4 featuring a presentation by renowned photographer David Liittschwager.

Now a contributing photographer to National Geographic and other magazines, Liittschwager started his photography career in 1983 as an assistant to fashion photographer Richard Avedon in New York City. After working in advertising for a few years, he turned his skills to portraiture with an emphasis on natural history subjects.

Liittschwager lectures and shows his work around the world in both fine art and natural history contexts. His photographs have been exhibited at major museums, including the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. and the Honolulu Academy of Art in Hawai’i and currently at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. He is also a successful book author.

Recently, Liittschwager was honored by a 2008 World Press Photo Award for his article on Marine Microfauna in National Geographic Magazine.


It’s with deep appreciation and gratitude that we extend the membership of renewing Chancellor’s Associates donors Norma and Wiltod Willer, Betty and Michael Hoyt, Steven Margaretic, Karen and Russell Merritt, Sandee and Lee Boese, Sr. and Nancy Brawley, and new member Marnee Chua.

There is still time to join the Chancellor’s Associates and attend this year’s holiday reception. Chancellor's Associates are a diverse group sharing a common dedication to UC Merced.

For information, contact Terisa Rose at (209) 228-4109.


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