Food and farmers markets were the focus of UC Merced’s annual celebration of the planet on Thursday. The university makes an effort every year to generate interest in Earth Day, a day set aside to be mindful about the environment.
UC Merced has been selected to help determine how drones should be used and regulated across the University of California system. Brandon Stark, a doctoral student in the School of Engineering, will serve as director of the newly formed Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Safety.
Prospective students touring UC Merced on Saturday said they were impressed with the more than 10-year-old campus and positive it has much to offer. It’s unclear how many people showed up for the 11th annual Bobcat Day, when the campus opens up to visitors, but campus officials said about 3,000 registered before the weekend.
Bobcat Day at UC Merced is Saturday, when university officials invite prospective students, their families and anyone else interested in the campus to stop by for a visit. Registration for Bobcat Day will open at 9 a.m. Saturday, and events will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students are encouraged to register online in advance.
Just 3 percent of the students who didn’t get accepted to the University of California campus of their choice take the consolation prize of an education at UC Merced, according to an audit this month from the state.
The University of California offered admissions to markedly more state residents and minority students, leaders announced Monday. The 15 percent increase of offers to California’s high school seniors is a significant change for many of the system’s campuses but will likely not change much at UC Merced. Numbers for individual campuses were not available Monday, but UC Merced typically draws more students of color and fewer students from out of state than its counterparts.
The Valley Crisis Center is planning events in April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Advocates for survivors of sexual and domestic violence are asking community members to support the awareness effort by donating $5 before April 27, which is internationally recognized as Denim Day.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy hosted a water summit Tuesday featuring 200 organizations that are committed to conservation and adaptation, including the UC Water Security and Sustainability Research Initiative, headquartered at UC Merced.
Law enforcement officials believe the stabbing attack at UC Merced and the December massacre in San Bernardino were done by lone wolves inspired by the Islamic State group, and counterterrorism experts say both show how the organization is expanding its reach through social media.
UC Merced students this month have been challenged by their peers to connect with the greater community through volunteer work, actions that organizers hope will better connect the campus to the local region.
The UC Merced freshman who stabbed four people before he was shot to death by campus police in November was “self-radicalized” and inspired by the Islamic State but not connected to organized terror groups, the FBI said Thursday.
One man rose from being a dining hall dishwasher to the founder of an innovative food management company; the other rose from an immigrant cheese-factory worker to an internationally renowned mathematician. On Thursday, the men will be featured speakers at UC Merced for two events that are free and open to the public.
In the third month, on the 14th day, students at UC Merced celebrated the mighty number pi, which begins 3.14, with members of a newly chartered fraternity whose name includes the mathematical symbol, putting themselves at risk of receiving whipped cream pies in their faces.
Four men whose actions helped foil a UC Merced student’s stabbing attack in November were honored Monday at the state Capitol by Assembly member Adam Gray, with lawmakers standing to applaud their courage and willingness to put themselves at risk in order to save others. Certificates were awarded to student Tyler Patton, construction worker Byron Price, campus worker Brady Amaral and UC Merced police officer Olaf Lopez, the UC Merced police officer who confronted the student attacker, Faisal Mohammad, and opened fire when the young man lunged at him. (The California Channel)
Four honored in Sacramento for foiling UC Merced attack