Research Week: A Growing Tradition of Discovery March 4 through 6

MERCED, CA— To help the community understand and engage in the research mission of the University of California, UC Merced will host its annual celebration of discovery and knowledge, Research Week, from March 4 through 6.

Research Week, expanded from last year's Research Day celebration, has been designated by the campus administration as a time when students and the general public can explore what researchers on campus are studying and begin to imagine the effects their discoveries might have.

"We host an annual research celebration to share the work of our outstanding professors, students and other researchers with the community," said Vice Chancellor for Research Samuel J. Traina. "This research fuels classroom teaching, provides hands-on experiences for students, and contributes to society through advances in fields like biomedical research, political science and environmental engineering."

The week kicks off Tuesday, March 4, with the annual student poster competition, encouraging students from freshmen to Ph.D. candidates to share their work with peers, professors and the community. Two first-place prizes will be awarded " one for an undergraduate and one for a graduate student. The poster forum begins at 10 a.m. in the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center gymnasium. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.

The same day, the Graduate Student Association presents a UC Merced Faculty Research Symposium from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the Bobcat Lair, Room 169 of the Kolligian Library. Members of the faculty will use this time to share their research interests and accomplishments with their faculty peers, students and the community. This event is also free and open to the public.

The Vital and Alice Pellissier Family Distinguished Speaker Series will bring its second guest to campus " Stanford University immunologist and geneticist Leonard A. Herzenberg, who invented the fluorescence-activated cell sorter (FACS) that revolutionized the study of cancer cells and is the basis for purification of adult stem cells. His lecture is titled, "FACS and Flow Cytometry from 1960 to the Kyoto Prize 2006."

Leonore A. Herzenberg, also a professor at Stanford, will present with her husband in the public lecture. Her topic will be "Making Computers Serve Biology: An Immunology Perspective."

The joint lecture begins at 7 p.m., after a 6 p.m. reception, and will be free and open to the public in the Dr. Lakireddy Auditorium on the UC Merced campus.

The distinguished speaker series is another important tradition associated with Research Day. The Pellissier family, longtime residents of Merced County, has funded the series with a donation to UC Merced. When the family sold its ranch on the west side of Merced, where grandparents Vital and Alice established themselves, they decided to use part of the proceeds to create a legacy at UC Merced.

UC Merced plans for the Pellissier speaker series to continue annually, in association with Research Week.

Visitors to UC Merced for Research Week events should park in the Lake Lot near the campus entrance. A parking permit is required from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits cost $1 for two hours with a maximum of $4 per day. For more information, visit

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