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January 8, 2020

Public Health Ph.D. student Chia Thao's research interests center on improving minority health disparities and promoting well being.
Chia Thao was a teenager when she arrived in Fresno with her family to begin a new life. She was born in a refugee camp in Thailand, where her Laotian parents had fled after the Vietnam War. “Our parents brought a skillset to the U.S., found a home in the Central Valley and began farming,...
Family and friends of the newest UC Merced graduates gathered at Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center last weekend for Fall Commencement.
Nearly 200 students took part in the campus’s Fall Commencement exercise Sunday at the Joseph Edward Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center as friends and family cheered them on. Jessica Anderson ’10 served as the commencement speaker,...
Rufus the Bobcat and the UC Merced campus community rung in the holiday season at the Beginnings lighting and food drive last week.
UC Merced’s iconic Beginnings sculpture represents arms reaching out to embrace students as they embark on a higher education journey filled with wonder, excitement and joy. Those same feelings embody the holiday season, and students, faculty...
The spirit of giving is taking root across UC Merced as the campus collects gifts for Merced County families through the annual “A Home for the Holidays” campaign. Members of the campus community are invited to adopt a “home”...
Team Project Protect is developing a mobile app that translates and correctly pronounces medical words to assist younger people in helping their elders communicate better with health-care providers.
It’s a situation familiar to many UC Merced students: Having to translate for parents and other, older relatives who speak little or no English. It can be especially challenging when what you have to translate is almost a language in itself...
Goal achieved! UC Merced supporters turned out in force on Giving Tuesday with a record number of donors contributing to campus scholarships and fellowships. More than 1,300 individuals donated during the 24-hour Give Tue UC Merced campaign on Dec. 3...
UC Merced Emergency Manager Laura Rodriguez-Mascorro
Emergencies can come in many forms, from a burst pipe that causes a flood, to a major earthquake, to a threat of violence. No matter its character, Laura Rodriguez-Mascorro will make sure the campus is ready. Rodriguez-Mascorro joined UC Merced in...
Students walk across campus at UC Merced
Jose Nava-Mejia hopes to work in renewable energy after he graduates from UC Merced. That means every moment spent on his environmental energy courses is a moment invested in the planet’s future. Kelsey Duggin hopes to use her microbiology and...
Dr. Thelma Hurd joins UC Merced as the Director of Medical Education after years working as a clinician, public health researcher and translational scientist.
Dr. Thelma Hurd’s journey in medicine has taken her from New Jersey to Nigeria, with stops in Texas and Buffalo. Along the way, she gathered experience as a clinician, public health researcher and translational scientist. Her proficiency in...
Nicole Pollack joined UC Merced in August, marking a return to the Valley for the longtime Turlock resident.
Nicole Pollack is happy to be home. After a few years in the Bay Area, the longtime Turlock resident is back in the San Joaquin Valley and diving into her new role as UC Merced’s chief human resources officer and assistant vice chancellor of...

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