A biweekly publication for faculty and staff
October 23, 2015


Two School of Engineering faculty members will work on hydropower and thermoelectric cooling research as part of a research grant that will form a consortium.
Image of rippling water at the UC Merced campus.

Message from Leadership

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources Brian Powell discusses how Strategic Workforce Planning and Halogen, the campus's new performance appraisal system, will help UC Merced meet the goals of the 2020 Project while providing staff members a path to professional development.


Angi Baxter describes herself as "an orange that fell far from the apple tree." She joined the campus in 2015 as its first coordinator of Women's Programs and LGBTQ+ Initiatives, developing programs that create a welcoming, safe and affirming learning and working environment.


Open Enrollment is employees' annual opportunity to review their UC benefits to ensure they have the best coverage for their needs. UC Merced will host its Open Enrollment Benefits Fair for faculty and staff members Nov. 13.
UC Merced invested nearly $170 million in the San Joaquin Valley economy over the past 12 months according to the university’s annual Economic Impact Report, bringing its cumulative total to more than $2.4 billion.
Professor Noemi Petra's algorithm shows others how to solve inverse problems, or problems where not all the parameters are known, and in her newest paper, she also shows people how to know if their calculations are correct.
In a five-year project funded by the National Cancer Institute, Susana Ramirez aims to create messages to help bicultural Latinas improve their eating habits and thereby reduce their risk of breast cancer.
UC Merced sociologist Irenee Beattie finds that young women with expectations that don’t match their levels of academic achievement are at a greater risk of having unprotected sex.

Human Resources

Human Resources is hosting feedback sessions on the campus's use of the Halogen e-Appraisal for performance evaluations. The next sessions are happening today (Oct. 23) and Nov. 5.


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