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Faculty Expertise on Display

October 5, 2016

UC Merced faculty members are often in demand by reporters who need expertise in a particular field to provide perspective and context for their writing. Increasingly, those faculty members are writing about their own work in opinion and analysis pieces that are finding placement in some major media outlets.

Professor Paul Smaldino, a new addition to Cognitive and Information Sciences at UC Merced, published an article in The Conversation about how the process of publishing scientific research and the incentives placed on such publications has a detrimental effect on science itself. Smaldino’s article was republished in several other outlets, and he was quoted in others, including The Atlantic, The Economist, The Guardian, Science Alert and more.

Another Conversation piece, from sociology Professor Whitney Laster Pirtle, looks at how confusion about a person’s race can lead to mental health issues. The article was republished by the San Francisco Chronicle, Medical Xpress and many others.

Elsewhere, a major project led by engineering Professor Elliott Campbell to study the effects of climate change on coastal forests was covered by the Monterey Herald, and the story later appeared in the San Jose Mercury News

And locally, the Merced Sun-Star and KFSN ABC 30 covered plans to renovate two historic buildings in downtown Merced, calling out UC Merced as a catalyst for economic growth in the region.

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