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A recent demonstration of how biochar is created
Adding even a small amount of biochar — a charcoal-like material produced by burning organic matter — to a dairy’s manure-composting process reduces methane emissions by 84%, a recent study by UC Merced researchers shows. The dairy...


Grants, Accolades and Awards

Mechanical Engineering Ph.D. candidate Saima Aktar Sumaiya was awarded a Graduate Research Award from the American Vacuum Society (AVS).

Sumaiya is studying the atomic-scale structure and electronic properties of 2D materials by real-space surface imaging under ambient conditions in Professor Mehmet Baykara’s lab.

The Graduate Research Awards were...

EECS Professor Shijia Pan was awarded the best demo award at the Conference on Embedded Networked Sensor Systems (SenSys 2022) held in November. The demo abstract titled, "MOOCA: Miura-Ori Origami-Based Configurable Shelf-Liner for Autonomous Retail," is a project supported by AiFi Inc. to build a low-cost elastic sensor inspired by origami – the Japanese paper folding structure. Authors include Pan, Shubham Rohal and Yue Zhang from UC Merced and Carlos Ruiz from AiFi Inc.

Ph.D. student Kris Gulati was awarded a $50,000 Wikimedia Research and Technology Fund grant by the Wikimedia Foundation to look at its role in shaping and directing science.

Gulati, who works with Chair of Department of Economics...

Research Publications

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Professor Xiaoyi Lu and co-authors Professor Dhabaleswar K. Panda from the Ohio State University and Dipti Shankar, a former UC Merced Ph.D. student working at SAP in Germany, have published a book titled "High-Performance Big Data Computing.” The book, published by MIT Press, offers an in-depth overview of high-performance big data computing and the associated technical issues, approaches and solutions.

The atmosphere across much of the U.S. is demanding a greater share of water than it used to, according to a new study by a team including Professor John Abatzoglou from UC Merced, the Desert Research Institute and Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. The study, published in the Journal of Hydrometeorology, looked at data from the past 40 years related to evaporative demand, a measure of the potential loss of water from the Earth’s surface to the atmosphere.

Cognitive and Information Sciences Professor Paul SmaldinoMuch of online conversation today consists of signaling one’s political identity. When communicating in mixed groups, do people use "covert" signals that are recognizable by their own political in-group but easy for outsiders to miss?

Cognitive and Information Sciences Professor Paul Smaldino answered this question in a paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Smaldino developed a mathematical theory of covert signaling and, working with a team of collaborators, confirmed the model's predictions using a large sample of tweets. Read more