On a dance floor filled with shuffling clumps of self-conscious teenagers, they were easy to spot. They were the ones having fun. The small crowd of merrymakers arrived in one van with Beyer High PALS volunteer Katarina Argandar, joining other Beyer Patriots at the school’s Winter Formal on Saturday night.
Professors and lab technicians are moving into a new building this week that will open next week to classes at UC Merced. The $88 million Science and Engineering 2 building could earn a platinum LEED green-building certification, the highest rating certified on the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ratings system.
Lawrence Livermore National Lab is holding a computer modeling workshop that offers professional development for local science teachers and introduces the application of computer modeling in accordance with Next Generation Science Standards curriculum.
A two-day visit to Yosemite gave University of California President Janet Napolitano an up-close look at UC Merced’s partnership with the neighboring national park, including some of the students whose lives have been transformed by their experiences there.
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.
Professor Clarissa J. Nobile, who studies microbial communities, has discovered mechanisms that allow a potentially fatal biofilm to spread and resist drugs. Her research was published last month in mBio, an open-access online journal by the American Society for Microbiology. Nobile said the findings could help in developing treatments for fungal biofilm infections, specifically those formed by Candida albicans.
Merced College has again been deemed a Hispanic-serving institution, one of the 97 nationwide. It’s an important designation because it brings a lot of money in through grants. UC Merced is also one of those institutions.
The annual Cap and Town celebration took place in downtown Merced on Friday night, with all kinds of food vendors, music, performers and other activities. The event marks the beginning of UC Merced gradations, which take place on Saturday and Sunday at the campus.
The annual Innovate to Grow expo included a series of events around the UC Merced campus Friday, such as demonstrations of inventions, blue-ribbon panels and cash prizes. Science, technology, engineering and math are the focus of the expo. During the competitions, student teams present the results of their projects and demonstrate their innovations to a jury of industry and community representatives. The students use posters, videos and presentations to try to convince officials that their idea is the next big thing.