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Just because it’s summertime doesn’t mean research at UC Merced comes to a halt.
Just the opposite.
This summer, professors and students at all levels are conducting a variety of research projects on campus, off campus, in the oceans and forests and around the world.
Up in Yosemite National Park, for example, nine undergraduate students are getting a summer experience to last them a lifetime, conducting research with faculty researchers from UC Merced, scientists from the U.S. Geologic Survey and from the park.
In a move that will save the campus money, improve campus safety and help save the environment, Professor Jason Hein set up a new solvent purification system.
This project is similar to his previous efforts to reduce hazardous waste generated by his lab by capturing and recycling acetone.
Like many faculty members, Professor Katrina Hoyer is busy running a lab, teaching and researching. This year, she adds another item to her to-do list – learning how public policy is implemented and how she can advocate for policy that affects her research.
Two UC Merced undergraduates will spend the summer immersed in research after winning prestigious fellowships from the American Physiological Society.
Using some of the tiniest fossils in the world to help clarify how climate change is modeled has earned Professor Jessica Blois a big honor – publication in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
Armanti Hardesty is ready to join the next generation of teachers.
“We’re all going into a more technological age,” said Hardesty, an alumnus from Long Beach. “It’s great to have new teachers learning the best ways to help students.”
This year isn’t the first time Maxine Umeh-Garcia has walked across the commencement stage at the University of California, Merced. She was part of the campus’s graduating class in 2010.
But this time will be markedly different. Umeh-Garcia is receiving a master’s degree in quantitative and systems biology, and she will represent the Class of 2013 at one of two commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 18 and 19.
Born in central Mexico, the sea has long fascinated graduate student Jose Pablo Vazquez-Medina.
Now, he’s hoping to figure out some of its secrets.