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Grants, Accolades and Awards

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences has awarded molecular cell biology Professor Nestor J. Oviedo and his lab $307,432 for one year to study the effects of direct-current stimulation in adult tissues.

The National Institute of Mental Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, has granted psychology Professor Sidra Goldman-Mellor $448,563 for three years to use California emergency department patient data to examine how suicidal behavior in adolescence affect teens' long-term risks for health problems and healthcare utilization.

UC Merced professor Ming-Hsuan Yang, in the School of Engineering’s Electrical Engineering and Computer Science program has received the AMiner Most Influential Scholar Annual Award in recognition of his “outstanding and vibrant contributions to the field of Computer Vision.” The award names the world's top-cited research scholars from the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and recognizes outstanding technical achievements with lasting contribution and impact to the research community.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science graduate student Thomas Thayer presented won the best paper award at the IEEE International Conference on Automation Science and Engineering (CASE) for his paper “Multi-Robot Routing Algorithms for Robots Operating in Vineyards,” that focuses on RAPID (Robot Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery), a scalable irrigation management solution that aims to help vine growers with water conservation efforts while improving yield and quality. 

Political science Professor Alexander Theodoridis has been awarded the Society for Political Methodology’s 2019 Miller Prize for the best paper in the influential journal Political Analysis with his paper "Worth Weighting? How to Think About and Use Weights in Survey Experiments."