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Research Publications

UC Merced professor Ignacio Lopez-Calvo, Presidential Chair in the Humanities and Professor of Latin American Literature, has published a new book titled "Japanese-Brazilian Saudades Diasporic Identities and Cultural Production." The book explores the complex creation of Japanese-Brazilian identities and the history of immigration, showing how the community has used writing as a form of reconciliation and affirmation of their competing identities.

Professor Ignacio Lopez-Calvo and Christina Lux, the associate director for UC Merced Center for the Humanities, co-edited a book titled "The Humanities in the Age of Information and Post-Truth," available in paperback now. The essays collected in the book represent a defense of the social function of the humanities in today's society.

Professor Nancy Burke co-edited a new book entitled "Negotiating Structural Vulnerability in Cancer Control," which explores the importance of case studies about lived experiences of cancer in the concept of structural vulnerability and whether a consideration of structural vulnerability can enhance applied anthropological work in cancer prevention and control. The book is published by the University of New Mexico Press. 

School of Natural Sciences Professor Jennifer Manilay and three graduate students wrote an invited review published in the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed addressing current ideas about how changes in bone health could also affect immune system cells’ health. For example, therapies to osteoporosis might also have unintended consequences for antibody-producing B cells and natural killer cells.

School of Natural Sciences Professor Hrant Hratchian and colleagues published a paper in the Journal of Physical Chemistry exploring the structures of the CeB6 molecule.

School of Natural Sciences Professor Jennifer Manilay and the students in her lab published a paper in the Journal of Immuonology revealing that the gene Sostdc1 is responsible for the growth and effectiveness of natural killer (NK) cells, which target cancerous tumors and virally infected cells.

School of Engineering Professor Changqing Li and graduate student Michael C. Lun published a paper in the journal of Multimodal Biomedical Imaging detailing their development of a new X-ray luminescence computed tomography system that can obtain better images of what’s happening inside deep tissues.

Professor Nancy Burke has a recent paper discussing the whys behind the efficacy of using lay health workers to help manage patients' chronic health conditions, published in PubMed, a journal by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.