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More Faculty Experts Join the 'Conversation'

April 13, 2017

UC Merced researchers are appearing with increasing frequency in The Conversation, an online news outlet that publishes research-based opinion and analysis articles written by academics, and makes those articles available for free republishing by other news outlets.

Last month, sociology Professor Tanya Golash-Boza published an article based on her research into the human impacts of deportation. Then Fabian V. Filipp, professor of systems biology and cancer metabolism, wrote an explainer about how epigenomics could eventually lead to personalized cancer treatments based on each patient's DNA. And economist Greg Wright published his second Conversation piece, focusing on President Donald Trump's visit with Chinese President Xi Jinping and the effect it could have on the global economy.

Researchers interested in writing for The Conversation are encouraged to contact James Leonard in University Communications.

Professor Elliott Campbell received some major media coverage for his recent paper on the effects of climate change on global plant photosynthesis — most notably from the New York Times. A new paper in Nature by Professor Stephen Hart and his colleagues, showing that dust from as far away as Asia is providing nutrients to plants in the Sierra Nevada, was covered by outlets like Popular ScienceSeeker and others. And Roger Bales was quoted as an expert on water resources in articles about the drought by the San Jose Mercury News and KQED Science.

There has also been much local media coverage of UC Merced and its activities of late. The Merced Sun-Star published articles, photos and video from UC President Janet Napolitano's visit to downtown Merced, along with campus celebrations of Pride Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. KSEE NBC 24 in Fresno covered UC Merced's Undocuweek, a five-day series of seminars to help undocumented students and their families, and ABC 30 published a story and video about the campus's new Wide Area Visualization Environment lab, or WAVE.

For more on these and other stories, contact University Communications.