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First Year of Medical Education Celebrated as Campus Grows Health Research Programs

<img alt=”” class=”image-right” src=”http://www.ucmerced.edu/sites/www/files/news/images/sjv_prime_inaugural_…” style=”width: 200px; height: 250px; ” title=”The students in the inaugural class in the UC Merced San Joaquin Valley Program in Medical Education are spending the summer furthering their training by participating in internships and other opportunities. From left, Christina Thabit, Agustin Morales, Kelly Fujikawa, Randell Rueda and Sidra Ayub.

Harvard Program Grooms Future Latino Leaders

Five University of California, Merced, undergraduate students have been selected to attend the Latino Leadership Initiative (LLI) Program at Harvard University Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, now in its third year.

The program, which was developed to address the rapid growth of the Latino population and the lack of Latino leadership representation across all sectors of society, starts June 23 in Cambridge, Mass., and lasts one week.

Cognitive Science Student Studies Conflict

http://youtu.be/AVZS22SFLVgGraduate student Alexandra Paxton finds opinionated students, puts them in a room together and tells them to argue about a hot-button issue.

Then she records what happens.

Paxton, who is earning her doctoral degree in cognitive science, studies interpersonal synchrony — the phenomenon of how people in a conversation subconsciously synchronize their movements, such as nodding or gesturing. Specifically, she is seeking to understand what happens to that synchrony when people are at odds.

Students Flex Entrepreneurial Muscle in Mobile App Challenge

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More than two dozen students are stretching their imagination and building entrepreneurial skills in the first-ever Mobile App Challenge at UC Merced.

Representing each of the university’s three schools, 28 students in seven teams are developing innovative and custom “apps,” or applications, for wireless devices. Most teams are tackling students’ real-life problems, such as tracking bus schedules or getting an early crack at classes during registration.

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