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July 23, 2018
UC Merced has been awarded a $3.8 million grant to establish the UC Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC), positioning UC Merced and the San Joaquin Valley region as a leading center for the study of public health and policy matters related to tobacco and marijuana. “Awarding of this...
June 20, 2018
Though illustrations have been used to convey ideas and information since before language existed, after Benjamin Franklin published the world’s first editorial cartoon in 1754, comics emerged a distinct avenue for visual storytelling. Now, comic art has come into classrooms at UC Merced...
April 13, 2018
The Society of Pediatric Psychology has recognized Professor Deborah Wiebe for her body of research on the psychology of adolescent health. Wiebe, the head of UC Merced’s Health Psychology program within the Psychological Sciences graduate group, won the Dennis Drotar Distinguished Research...
April 12, 2018
Distinguished Professor Jan Wallander heads to New Orleans today (April 12) to attend a conference and receive the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Pediatric Medicine and Behavioral Health from the Society of Behavioral Medicine Child and Family Health...
April 3, 2018
Last month, Psychological Sciences graduate student Arturo Durazo met with California lawmakers to tell them about the exciting research he and others are conducting at UC Merced. You can read more about this visit, and the tremendous impact of UC graduate students on California, in this article on...
February 16, 2018
Health psychology professor Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook was one of four speakers who participated in UC Merced's fifth annual symposium on the Child and Family on February 10th, where she presented the latest findings on post-partum depression and its relationship with breastfeeding. A discussion of...
January 29, 2018
Health psychology Professor Deborah Wiebe is the 2018 recipient of the Dennis Drotar Distinguished Research Award in Pediatric Psychology. This yearly award from the Society of Pediatric Psychology (a division of the American Psychological Association) recognizes "excellence and...
November 15, 2017
Professor Heather Bortfeld recently attended MexNIRS, the first neuroimaging conference on near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in Mexico. The focus of the conference was "Global NIRS", the potential for NIRS to address issues in underserved and hard to reach places due to its...
October 3, 2017
Like anyone starting a Ph.D. program, Anna Ankirskaia had her doubts. But, like anyone who ultimately completes their Ph.D., Ankirskaia had to conduct her own research and get it published. With support from Professor Patricia LiWang in the Quantitative and Systems Biology (QSB) program, she’s made...
October 3, 2017
It’s not easy to be a college student these days. Rising tuition has made obtaining a degree feel like more of a dream than reality for many students. Yet, now more than ever, a college degree is a prerequisite for even entry-level jobs — the bachelor’s is the new baseline. Here in California, many...

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