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March 11, 2019
The majority of people who die by suicide do so with firearms, and there were more firearm suicides in America in 2017 than there were homicides committed by any method. Combined. Those shocking numbers from the FBI and American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are the impetus for two UC Merced...
March 6, 2019
The explorer mentality, public health Professor Stephen Wooding said, is what sets the students of UC Merced apart from anywhere else. A willingness to try something new, to go somewhere they’d never thought possible, is a part of the Bobcat DNA. For three students, the time they spent traveling up...
March 5, 2019
Certain aspects of children's social cognition ripple throughout their lives, including whether small children can understand that other people’s minds are different than their own. That understanding plays a critical role in relationships, cooperation with other people and even in...
February 25, 2019
It sounds like an easy-to-follow recipe from the world of molecular gastronomy: Dissolve nanoparticles in liquid crystals and cool to form frothy nanofoams, tiny tubes and hollow microspheres. But what fifth-year doctoral student Sheida Riahinasab and physics Professor Linda Hirst actually...
February 7, 2019
A $4.6 million grant to UCs Merced and Irvine will help researchers develop new tools and methods for better managing the state’s forests, shrub lands and grasslands. The Innovation Center for Advancing Ecosystem Climate Solutions, a three-year program co-led by UC Merced Professor Roger Bales...
January 8, 2019
With the start of the new year, a transition of leadership has taken place in the Health Science Research Institute (HSRI). Paul Brown, Professor of Public Health, completed his term as Faculty Director of HSRI at the end of December. Deborah Wiebe, Professor of Psychological Sciences, has...
December 21, 2018
Professor Mariaelena Gonzalez has been appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to the California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (TEROC). Gonzalez, with the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts and an affiliate of the Heath Sciences Research Institute, focuses on social...
November 28, 2018
Clinicians searching for a new way to identify Valley fever patients who will develop the disease’s worst symptoms will find hope in a new paper by UC Merced Professor Katrina Hoyer . A research project led by Hoyer and former UC Merced researcher Dan Davini, in collaboration with Madera...
October 17, 2018
If you’re an American with Internet access, you’ve probably done it. You get a headache, a sniffle or a mystery bruise, and instead of seeing your doctor, you consult “Dr. Google.” According to some studies, more than 80 percent of Americans have used the Internet to “self-diagnose” health issues....
September 24, 2018
UC Merced psychology Professor Anna Song and biology Professor Jennifer Manilay had a special dinner with UC President Janet Napolitano at her Oakland home recently to honor the faculty members for their work on first-generation student initiatives. All faculty in attendance, including Song and...

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