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Research Continues to Make Headlines

April 27, 2017

Week in and week out, UC Merced researchers continue to be recognized for their work in major media outlets.

Two professors recently made public radio appearances: Sidra Goldman-Mellor was interviewed by Capital Public Radio regarding her research into teens who survive suicide attempts, and Elliott Campbell appeared on Valley Public Radio to talk about his research on the effect of photosynthesis on climate change.

Management Professor Alexander Petersen recently published two papers showing that the European Union’s expansion in the 2000s led to a decrease in scientific collaborations across borders, and that publication led to substantial coverage in both Science and Nature.

Engineering Professor Jian-Qiao Sun received state approval for funding for a new project to harness road vibrations to create renewable energy, which was front-page news in the San Francisco Chronicle and was covered by the online news site Mental Floss.

And two engineering professors and water experts — neither a stranger to the media — were sought out by major outlets: Joshua Viers by Water Deeply, and Roger Bales by KTVU Fox 2 in the Bay Area.

In Other News: Police Chief, Inspirational Speaker

UC Merced’s new police chief, Chou Her, was in the news both when his appointment was announced and when he was sworn in a few days later. The news was covered throughout the region, by outlets like the Merced Sun-Star (reprinted in The Fresno Bee), KFSN ABC 30, KMPH Fox 26 and KGPE CBS 47.

Former San Francisco Giants pitcher Dave Dravecky, who lost his left arm to cancer and is now a motivational speaker, gave the keynote address at UC Merced’s Ma Kelley dinner and auction. His appearance at the athletics fundraising event was covered by the Merced Sun-Star and Turlock Journal.

The university also continues to make news with the innovative Merced 2020 Project. The Rochester Post-Bulletin in Minnesota cited UC Merced as a model for modern university expansion plans, and the project was the subject of an extensive write-up in Civil Engineering magazine.

For more on these and other stories, contact University Communications at communications@ucmerced.edu