Energy and Environment

UC Merced Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Tom Peterson and founding faculty member Professor Roger Bales have been named members of UC President Janet Napolitano’s new Global Climate Leadership Council. The...
UC Merced is one of the greenest campuses in the nation, with 100 percent of its new construction having earned LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Those certifications have been earned on the...
Two UC Cooperative Extension specialists are being deployed to UC Merced to take advantage of its location at the center of California agriculture and build on ongoing research into agriculturally significant matters...
Climate change is creating two problems. One is understanding and addressing its impact on the world. The other is convincing large swaths of the public that it is, in fact, a reality. In an effort to spur people to...
At two weekend ceremonies, UC Merced conferred degrees on more than 1,000 commencement candidates who said goodbye to the campus they called home for the past four or more years of their lives.
Student teams are developing working— and sometimes patentable — solutions to the engineering challenges faced by partnering agencies and businesses from the region.  MERCED, Calif. — From disposable drones mapping...
The National Science Foundation is honoring UC Merced Professor Asmeret Asefaw Berhe with a Faculty Early Career Development Award to support her examination of how soil helps regulate the climate. The awards are given...
The environment affects the way genetic populations move, and similar environments likely play a bigger role in how a species develops than does geographic distance. Those are just two of the discoveries Professor...
The summit takes place April 25 at the state Capitol and features some of the University of California’s most accomplished researchers on water and drought .  Two researchers from the University of California,...
In a megadrought like the one California is experiencing, people tend to look at how much rainfall has come along. But it also matters when the snowmelt releases its cache, because the snowpack is the state’s natural...
Large, naturally occurring low-oxygen zones in the Pacific appear to be expanding, and there is a sharp change in the number of bacteria that produce and consume different forms of toxic sulfur, according to a UC...
Discussions include the impact of the illness on farmworkers, children and the economy, its biological basis and misconceptions, and challenges detecting and treating valley fever .  Valley fever, described as a “...
Conserving resources is just a part of the fabric of UC Merced. So it should come as no surprise that university leaders say the campus can not only meet President Janet Napolitano’s call to cut water consumption by 20...
California’s drought is a major topic, including on the UC Merced campus.   It will be among the subjects explored during this year’s Research Week, from March 10 through 14. The annual event includes a brunch...
SpARC manager Erin Mutch recently talked about the importance of GIS to a group of high school students. Like many children on long car trips, Erin Mutch often asked "Where are we?" But instead of telling her, Mutch’s...
Along with 11 other elite campuses, UC Merced’s engineering program will participate in a two-year program to benefit undergraduate students and the San Joaquin Valley..  University of California, Merced, was...
The heat generated by smartphones and other electronic devices could be harnessed to also power them, according to compelling research out of the University of California, Merced. Physics Professor Michael Scheibner’s...
Solar panels will be added later this year to the Half Dome residence hall, part of The Summits.The California Architectural Foundation gave UC Merced the Owings Award for Environmental Excellence, adding to the slew...
One of the world’s oldest civilizations – with the worst air pollution and the coldest capital city – will employ cutting-edge technology from the newest UC campus starting in February. Professor Roland Winston, who...
The protected land adjoining the northeast corner of campus is officially part of the UC Natural Reserve System now that the UC Board of Regents gave the proposed reserve final approval today at its January meeting....