Researchers at UC Merced have won a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study how biological matter such as proteins or cells come together to perform specific tasks, effectively behaving as machines.
UC Merced’s two days of ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday in the university’s South Bowl. Merced College will host its 53rd commencement at 7:30 p.m. May 27 in Stadium ’76/Don Odishoo Field.
UC Merced will honor Anita Hill with its Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance, noting that her testimony during the 1991 Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas led to changes in workplace sexual-harassment laws.
Considering the close ties between UC Merced and Yosemite National Park, it should be no surprise that several members of the campus community, including Chancellor Dorothy Leland, have been named Yosemite Centennial Ambassadors.
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.
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)
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