A biweekly publication for faculty and staff
November 2, 2016


Giving Tuesday, a 24-hour fundraising drive tied to the international day of giving, is Nov. 29. The campaign allows participants to earmark their donations to one or more funds and have those gifts quadrupled.
A female student wearing a Bobcat Strong T-shirt holds a sign that reads, "Will You Give Tue?" in reference to Giving Tuesday.


The themes of well-being, friendship and strong sense of community guide the focus of campus activities this week.
Design Thinking is a new mechanical engineering class aimed at helping students who have never learned to think like engineers succeed in engineering courses.
By using novel technology developed at UC Merced, this adjunct professor, who works mainly at Lawrence Livermore lab is working to see whether she can distinguish aggressive cancers before they spread to bone.
Students can now get advanced degrees specifically in mechanical engineering, which many feel will help recruit more graduate students.
Open Enrollment started last week and continues until 5 p.m. Nov. 22. During this time, faculty and staff members can make changes to their benefits.

In the News

The media's interest in Hill's visit to Merced included an op-ed by Mark T. Harris, a feature on Denard Davis and Charles Ogletree, and coverage of Friday's Spendlove Prize ceremony.

Build UC Merced

This edition of Build UC Merced provides an update about the Downtown Campus Center from the project's transition team.

Campus and Public Safety

Upcoming training instructs faculty and staff members how to best respond when emergency situations happen, whether on campus or at the grocery store, a shopping mall or public events.

Library Notes

Works by poet and playwright Ana Rossetti are now part of the library's collection, and UC Merced was selected to lead an archiving project that documents the history of UC Cooperative Extension.

Tech Corner

All University of California entities have adopted the new conferencing tool called Zoom.


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