UC Connect: Yosemite research open house on Friday

July 3, 2012 

People around the Central Valley have the opportunity to visit the Sierra Nevada Research Institute's Yosemite Field Station and learn more about the work being conducted there when the institute at Wawona in Yosemite National Park holds an open house Friday.

From 1 to 5 p.m., the public can stop in and hear from researchers and students who are getting invaluable hands-on experience studying water, soil and the ecosystem. They will offer tours and present information about the multifaceted research being conducted at the park -- research that has regional, statewide and global implications.

Visitors will learn about partnerships such as the Yosemite Leadership Program that helps develop young leaders and environmental stewards, and the National Parks Institute, an annual seminar that helps parks leaders around the world learn from each other and better manage their own facilities.

Using Yosemite as their outdoor laboratory, the research institute's faculty, staff and students conduct basic and applied research on how issues such as rapid population growth, competition for natural resources, air, water and soil pollution, climate change and competing land uses affect the region's sustainability.

Here's a rough agenda for the afternoon event:

1:30 p.m.: Research and education program presentations in the Wawona Hotel Sunroom, above the golf shop, including welcomes by Becca Fenwick, Yosemite Field Station director, and Roger Bales, director of the Sierra Nevada Research Institute, and others. They will offer overviews of the partnerships at work in Yosemite and research in Yosemite.

2:45 p.m.: Presentations on the Adventure Risk Challenge and the Yosemite Leadership Program

3:45 p.m.: Closing remarks by Fenwick

4 p.m.: Reception and opportunity to view students' research posters

If you would like to attend and need more information, contact Fenwick at bfenwick@ucmerced.edu or (209) 375-9917.

Researchers visualize nanomaterials

The final episode of "Our Digital Life" is now available on UCTV Prime, a YouTube original channel.

The three-part series reveals how UC Merced researchers are using cutting-edge digital tools to help us visualize, research and learn about things we could previously only imagine.

Using 3-D imaging usually reserved for Hollywood films, students and researchers in engineering professor Lilian P. Davila's laboratory are breaking new ground in the study of nanomaterials and how professors use technology in the classroom and the lab to teach and train the researchers of the future.

The first episode explored how digital tools are impacting archeology and history.

The second episode looked at how human interaction can be studied using an immersive 3-D environment.

The series can be seen at www.uctv.tv/digital-life.

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