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Campus Drives Local Economic Growth

December 14, 2016

It's no secret that the construction, growth and maturation of UC Merced has created a major impact on the local and regional economy.

Governing Magazine found proof of that in a recent report on the metropolitan areas that have experienced the greatest increase in personal income since 2012. Merced came out on top, with an estimated 13.7 percent increase in personal income, and the magazine was quick to credit UC Merced for much of that growth.

The campus's successful Giving Tuesday effort — which raised more than $700,000 for scholarships in a single day, thanks largely to matching gifts from Wells Fargo and Foster Poultry Farms — earned a story in the Merced Sun-Star and a thumbs-up from the Fresno Bee editorial board

UC Merced faculty members — including two lecturers — have been in the news, as well. Dawn Trook was interviewed by Esquire about her experiences living with HIV, and she wrote an op-ed for the Merced Sun-Star for World AIDS Day. Chris Fradkin had his research on using superheroes as a tool for empowering vulnerable children cited in a column in Josephine magazine, and he published a short story in the Saturday Evening Post. And Professor Christopher Viney talked about his research into banana slug slime and giraffe saliva for a Scientific American blog post.

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