A biweekly publication for faculty and staff
October 12, 2012


Between research, jobs, and the thousands and thousands of purchases of goods and services, UC Merced is helping move the Valley’s economy forward to the tune of $815 million since July 2000.


UC Merced has its first entrepreneur-in-residence, Jerome "Jerry" Mattingly, who works with the Office of Technology Transfer to help anyone — faculty, staff or students — who has an idea for a business. Mattingly answers five questions about his role here and the economic environment in this region.


The ability to manipulate bacterial growth could eventually have huge implications for preventing and treating a multitude of medical conditions such as staph, e-coli, meningitis, MRSA and botulism – just a few of the thousands of bacterial infections that plague people all over the world.
Central Valley Sports Academy, a grassroots effort with local support from the United Way, Building Healthy Communities and the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program, is combining athletics with education and life-skill development to help guide young students.
The Dr. and Mrs. Vikram Lakireddy Innovation and Design Clinic Endowed Fund will help transform engineering studies by giving students experience in applying engineering principles and methods to pressing engineering issues for real businesses and nonprofit groups.
Sometimes, all you need is a little push, even if it comes from a mechanical arm. That was the case with the UC Merced Robotics Society, which began in 2008 but languished after its founders graduated. This past year, though, the club’s newer members got a jump start from dedicated leadership and the programming and creativity of one of their colleagues.
Big changes are coming regarding the way in which campus community members use email, calendar, instant messaging and other collaboration tools at UC Merced.

Human Resources

Human Resources sets the date for its annual Open Enrollment Fair, announces a campus visit from a Fidelity Investments planning consultant, an upcoming workshop for new and expecting parents and more.

Tech Corner

Information Technology (IT) is excited to promote cyber security awareness across campus through posters, email, articles on the IT website, portal messages (IT News and Tips), and a new Information Security Awareness online training activity available through the UC Learning Center.

Business and Financial Services

Business and Financial Services announces a new resource for purchase order change requests, the second annual Scientific Supplier Trade Show and other upcoming events.

Survey Says

Three weeks into each semester, UC Merced takes a snapshot of enrolled students for reporting and analysis purposes. Institutional Planning & Analysis recently added race and ethnicity data that's accessible online.


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