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Professor Chuang and his students
Green energy solutions are critical to meet current and future power demands, and while solar and wind power are great, they are also site-specific and intermittent. That’s why researchers such as mechanical engineering Professor Po-Ya Abel...


Grants, Accolades and Awards

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science undergraduate Shreya Shriram, in Professor Shijia Pan's lab, won the Best Poster Award at IPSN 2022 conference for their paper, “Sedentary Posture Muscle Monitoring via Active Vibratory Sensing,” co-authored by Pan, graduate students Shubham Rohal, Zhizhang Hu and Yue Zhang, and VP Nguyen from University of Texas, Arlington.

Interdisciplinary Humanities Ph.D. student Amanda LeonInterdisciplinary Humanities Ph.D. student Amanda Leong received the Medieval Academy of America’s...

Ph.D. candidate Amanda Caterina Leong was awarded the Middle Eastern Studies Association's 2021 Best Graduate Student Paper Award. Leong, who is in the Interdisciplinary Humanities (IH) Graduate Group, works with professors Sholeh Quinn, Aditi Chandra and Humberto Garcia  to provide new understandings about intersections of race, class and gender from a...

Research Publications

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

Professor AbatzoglouSchool of Engineering Professor John Abatzoglou and colleagues recently published a paper in Nature Climate Change describing their study of changes in extreme fire weather across global lands over the past four decades. "Observed Increases in Extreme Fire Weather Driven by Atmospheric Humidity and Temperature" details the researchers’ findings that fire weather extremes have significantly intensified over a quarter to half of global lands, primarily driven by a warming climate and decreases in relative humidity. The results show that increased fire weather extremes in the western U.S. are not isolated, but part of a global phenomenon.