MERCED, Calif. - Learning happens well beyond classrooms and textbooks at the University of California, Merced. The university's primary function is that of a research university and to help community members understand and celebrate that mission, UC Merced will host its annual Research Week April 7 through 9.
Campus administrators designate Research Week as a time when the campus community and the general public can examine what campus researchers are studying and imagine the impact those discoveries could have.
"Research Week gives us the opportunity to show the community what drives much of the learning at UC Merced," said Vice Chancellor for Research Samuel J. Traina. "It is our way of sharing and showcasing the work of our outstanding professors, students and scientists. Research fuels classroom teaching, gives students invaluable hands-on experiences and contributes to society through advances in fields such as biomedical research and environmental engineering."
The week kicks off Tuesday, April 7, with the student poster competition. Participating students, from freshmen to Ph.D. candidates, will share their work with peers, professors and the general public. Prizes will be awarded to the top undergraduate and graduate poster winners. The undergraduate poster session begins at 10 a.m. and the graduate session at 11 a.m. in the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center Gymnasium. The public is welcome to attend free of charge.
On Thursday, April 9, the Vital and Alice Pellissier Family Distinguished Speaker Series will bring its third guest to campus - UC Berkeley biologist and herpetologist Tyrone B. Hayes. A professor at UC Berkeley's integrative biology department, his main research interest focuses on how environmental changes, such as exposure to herbicides and pesticides, impacts amphibian development, growth and reproduction. His lecture, "From Silent Spring to Silent Night: What Have We Learned?" begins at 6 p.m., in the Dr. Lakireddy Auditorium on campus. A reception will follow. Guests must RSVP at (209) 228-RSVP or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits cost $2 for two hours with a maximum $6 per day. For more information, visit http://taps.ucmerced.edu .
For more information about Research Week, call the Office of Research at (209) 228-4429 or visit the Research Week Web site at http://www.ucmerced.edu/research/researchweek .
Donna Birch Trahan , UC Merced Office of Communications