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December 18, 2015

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The agreements, approved this week by the Merced County Board of Supervisors, include a conservation easement and future plans for a public recreation area.
A map displays a planned recreation area north of the UC Merced campus and adjacent to Lake Yosemite.

Spotlight

As the Graduate Division's communications manager, Christy Snyder promotes the achievements and discoveries of UC Merced graduate students and is on a constant hunt for good stories that deserve to be told.

News

In a nail-biter of a finish, UC Merced rallied from the bottom of the rankings to place second in the Cool Campus Challenge, a systemwide contest to initiate a cultural change on campuses regarding sustainability and carbon neutrality.
Five UC Merced professors will collaborate with other UC campuses on three projects named as recipients of the President's Research Catalyst Awards. The winning projects were chosen from a pool of more than 180 proposals.
Miriam Barlow was honored last month at the World Technology Network awards in New York for her research on reversing antibiotic resistance, which could help doctors deal with resistant bacteria.
Alumna Beth Hernandez-Jason and Professor Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez collaborated on a compilation of essays devoted to the works of author John Rechy, a pioneer in giving literary voice to Chicono/a and LGBT communities.
The final results are in: UC Merced's second Giving Tuesday drive raised more than $310,000 for undergraduate scholarships. Of the 400 individual donors who participated in the Dec. 1 event, 150 were either faculty or staff members.
It's the end of 2015, a memorable year at UC Merced for many reasons, including the campus's 10-year anniversary, approval of the 2020 Project, our vibrant student life, research and teaching, and much more. Look back on the year with us in this video produced by University Communications.

Human Resources

Use it or lose it: Employees have until Dec. 31 to use any funds in excess of $500 in their 2015 flexible spending accounts for health care. Also coming up: HR AVC Brian Powell hosts his next brown-bag lunch Jan. 16 at the Mondo Building.

Tech Corner

UC Merced employees are required to complete mandatory cyber security awareness training by Jan. 31, 2016. Faculty and staff members can do the training online through the UC Learning Center.

Survey Says

Here's a snapshot of what first-year students and transfer students think about their educational plans, transition to college and utilization of campus services.

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