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Construction has begun on a pilot project to install solar panels above two sections of Central Valley canals. This innovative initiative, which studies significant power and water issues, has already garnered recognition. Project Nexus, a partnership...


Grants, Accolades and Awards

UC Merced's campus Grad Slam champion Aneelman Brar took home the People's Choice award at UC Grad Slam finals held on May 5 at LinkedIn in San Francisco. View her talk online.

Cognitive and Information Sciences Professor Lace Padilla


Cognitive and Information Sciences (CIS) Professor Lace Padilla has been named a...

Cognitive and Information Sciences Professor Lace Padilla

Physics Ph.D. student Md Mehdi Masud has been named an American Physical Society (APS) Student Ambassador.

Masud is one of 68 students from around the world who received this recognition and...

Research Publications

Public Health fifth-year Ph.D. candidate Kesia Garibay has a new first-authored article titled, “Examining the Role and Strategies of Advocacy Coalitions in California’s Statewide Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Tax Debate (2001-2018).” Her research interests include the impact of health policy on underserved communities and understanding how policy addresses health disparities. She is currently working with Professor Nancy Burke in the Health Equity Research (HER) Lab in understanding the perspective of parents from the Central Valley in vaccinating their children.

Political Science lecturer Cameron Dehart's research on the political representation of Native Americans was published in the journal State Politics & Policy Quarterly. Dehart and co-author Elliot Mamet (of Duke) studied the representation of Native American tribes in the Maine state legislature and the findings have important implications for the representation of minority groups across the United States, in both national and state government.

The article was published online and is available here:

English Literature Professor Katherine Steele Brokaw published a book titled, "Shakespeare and Community Performance." 

This book explores how productions of Shakespearean plays create meaning in specific communities, with special attention to issues of access, adaptation, and activism. Instead of focusing on large professional companies, it analyzes performances put on by community theatres and grassroots companies, and in applied drama projects. It looks at Shakespearean productions created by marginalized populations in Greater London, Harlem, and Los Angeles, a "Hamlet" staged in the remote Faroe Islands, and eco-theatre made in California’s Yosemite National Park. The book investigates why different communities perform Shakespeare, and what challenges, opportunities, and triumphs accompany the processes of theatrical production for both the artists and the communities in which they are embedded.