A biweekly publication for faculty and staff
May 8, 2015


UC Merced's 2015 Staff Appreciation Week is May 18-22, and the theme is Dr. Seuss. Also returning to this year's festivities: kayak races featuring campus leadership.
Staff members cheer at the kayak race during the 2014 Staff Appreciation Week.


Fanatical bicyclist, writer, lecturer and academic coordinator Tom Hothem is probably a familiar face around campus. After all, he has been here since UC Merced opened.


Graduate student Mehdi Bahrami, who works with Chancellor’s Professor Mukesh Singhal, devised a new lightweight data privacy method for mobile clients to store data in the cloud without using a lot of their device’s resources.
Professor Carolin Frank and her research colleagues in Finland said their discoveries could have practical applications in agriculture and forestry by stimulating plant growth.
UC Merced, in collaboration with the Merced County Food Bank and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is addressing the issue of hunger on campus and in the community.
Soil health is about human security, Professor Asmeret Berhe and her colleagues point out in “Soil and Human Security in the 21st Century.”
Graduate student Jason Davis creates mathematical models of prion diseases and uses a computer to simulate infections — a much faster, less expensive method than traditional lab work.
More than 30 entries were submitted for the Chancellor's Innovation Awards. The field has been narrowed to 10 finalists, and the campus community will soon be able to view the proposed ideas and vote on them in June.
UC Walks and a Wellness and Safety Fair are happening at UC Merced on May 20. Several campus leaders will participate in the walking event, and UC vendors will be on campus for the wellness fair.
UC Merced biologist Miriam Barlow and American University mathematician Kristina Crona tested and found a way to return bacteria to a pre-resistant state.

Human Resources

CAMP registration continues through May 29, Fidelity Investments is coming to UC Merced in late May, and training opportunities are coming up.

Library Notes

Collabra, an open-access mega journal, and Luminos, an open-access monograph publication platform, will expand options for researchers who want to make their scholarship open to the public.

Business and Financial Services

Risk Services will provide an update on the new version of the UC Ready continuity planning system at the next MSO/AO meeting.


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