A biweekly publication for faculty and staff
September 28, 2012


UC Merced professors are researching why some species of plants and animals evolve and thrive while others go extinct in marine lakes in Palau.
National Science Foundation Grant Supports Biodiversity Research

Message from Leadership

Vice Chancellor Jane Lawrence highlights fall enrollment numbers and what's new and upcoming on the student front.


Spotlight is a new feature that we hope you will all contribute toward. It is meant to be an interactive Q&A with a UC Merced staff or faculty member. This issue highlights Rachael Martin, who recently became president of the UC Merced Staff Assembly.


From burps to babbling, cognitive science Professor Anne S. Warlaumont studies how children develop their ability to verbally communicate in the first year of their lives.
Some of the people who work and study here have a lot of musical talent to reveal. Check out a couple of the bands that include faculty, staff and students.
Professor Teamrat Ghezzehei and others are looking into why certain shrubs in northern central Africa seem to help other plants -- including food crops — thrive.

Human Resources

Read about upcoming training workshops, a free webinar in observance of Depression Awareness Day, new employee orientation and more from the Office of Human Resources.

Tech Corner

Information Technology provides an update on new desktop computers in the Leo and Dottie Kolligian Library, email, calendaring and instant messaging projects, and other tech news.

Business and Financial Services

Read about the new UCPath website, Risk Services' Special Events Checklist, training and other news from Business and Financial Services.

Survey Says

Graduate students were invited to participate in a survey soliciting their opinions on their experiences at UC Merced.


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