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Bobcat Art Show
April 7 – May 7, 2014 every day | UC Merced Art Gallery and Kolligian Library Social Sciences and Management Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Arts UC Merced Presents, the UC Merced Art Gallery and the UC Merced Library are proud to present the ninth annual Bobcat Art Show, from April 7 to May 7.

Professor ShiPu Wang's curatorial studies class is assisting with the show's installation, judging and marketing. Join us for an artists' reception from 4-5:30 p.m. April 24 at the UC Merced Art Gallery.

See website for more details.


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Flash Talks
Friday, April 25 | 1-4 p.m. | SSB 170 (Student Services Building) Various,  5200 North Lake Rd., Merced

Support your fellow Bobcats as they present their success stories. Contribute by voting for the best presentation! Top company executives will be in attendance.



Chess Club open meetings
January 24 – May 9, 2014 every Friday | 3-6 p.m. | In front of The Lantern Cafe Kolligian Library,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Photo by Chess Club at UCM

Beginner? Intermediate? Advanced? Come play chess with the Chess Club at UC Merced! We meet in front of The Lantern Cafe at Kolligian Library from 3 to 6 p.m. every Friday. Please find us on Facebook and CatLife.edu for more updates. Email us any time with questions or comments at chessclub@ucmerced.edu.


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The Future of Bees
Tuesday, April 29 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Merced Theater, 301 W. Main St., Merced

Join researcher Robbin Thorp, beekeeper John Miller and others for a special Sigma Xi/Sierra Nevada Research Institute event, "What is to be the Future of Bees?"

Pollinators are an integral part of our environment and our agricultural systems; they are important in 35 percent of global crop production. Native bees, of which there are approximately 4,000 species in temperate North America, are the most important. Thorp has spent his life trying to understand their roles in wilderness and agricultural settings.

The honey bee is a willing conscript, a working wonder, an unseen and crucial link in America's agricultural industry. But never before has its survival been so unclear — and the future of our food supply so acutely challenged. Beekeeper Miller is helping stem the collapse.



Information Session: Environmental Planning with CalTrans
Tuesday, April 29 | 3-4 p.m. | SSB 250 (Student Services Building) Various,  5200 North Lake Rd., Merced

Learn more about a career as an environmental planner for the California Department of Transportation. Seniors majoring in anthropology, biological sciences (with concentrations in animal biology, plant biology, ecology, fisheries management or wildlife management; Earth systems science; or environmental engineering encouraged to attend.


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The Ebb and Flow of Coccidioidomycosis in Kern County
Wednesday, April 30 | 1-3 p.m. | 322 (Willow Conference Room) Classroom Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Kirt Emery, MPH

Join Kirt Emery, manager of Health Assessment and Programs at the Kern County Public Health Services Department, for a discussion of the epidemiology of Valley Fever in Kern County.

Since its first Coccidioidomycosis case in 1901, Kern County has reported more than 37,000 cases with 558 estimated deaths. The county has often been thought of as the epicenter for this disease in California and has made major contributions to the understanding and treatment of this disease for more than 90 years. This presentation spans the history of Coccidioidomycosis in Kern County from its beginnings through the current epidemic.

Emery received his Master's of Public Health in epidemiology from Loma Linda University. He has worked as an epidemiologist in Kern and San Bernardino counties for more than 20 years and has published extensively on Coccidioidomycosis in the Central Valley.



A Great Divide
Wednesday, April 30 | 2 p.m. | California Room,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Author Andrew Hoffman, whose work has been widely cited and has been mentioned in the N.Y. Times, Scientific American, Wall Street Journal and on NPR, to name a few, is the inaugural speaker for the Center for Climate Communication talk series.

His lecture, entitled “A Great Divide: The Cultural Schism Over Climate Change,” takes place at 2 p.m. April 30 in the California Room on the UC Merced campus.

The social debate around climate change is no longer about carbon dioxide and climate models. It is about values, culture, worldviews and ideology. As physical scientists explore the mechanics and implications of anthropogenic climate change, social scientists explore the cultural reasons why people support or reject their scientific conclusions. What we find is that scientists do not hold the definitive final word in the public debate on this issue.  Instead, the public develops positions that are consistent with the values held by others within the referent groups of which they are part. In this context, efforts to present ever increasing amounts of data, without attending to the deeper values that are threatened by the conclusions they lead to, will only yield greater resistance and make a social consensus even more elusive.

Hoffman has written many books on environmental policy and corporate environmental strategies and climate change. He does some research on network analyses of environmental issues. Hoffman is the Holcim professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan, a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Within this role, he also serves as director of the Frederick A. and Barbara M. Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Hoffman's research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations.

For more information about Hoffman, see his website.

For more information about the event, email Professor Teenie Matlock at tmatlock@ucmerced.edu.



Natural Reserve Dedication
Wednesday, April 30 | 9 a.m.-12 p.m. | Various,  5200 North Lake Rd., Merced

Join us to dedicate the new Merced Vernal Pools and Grassland Reserve! Tour the property adjacent to campus and see some of the wildlife and flora that makes this property unique.

There's birding tour at 9 a.m. April 30, followed by the dedication ceremony at 11 a.m.

Because the ceremony will be held on the reserve, please dress for weather and comfort.

For more details, contact Shannon Metcalf at 209-228-4416 or smetcalf2@ucmerced.edu.



Engineering the Sounds of Sisterhood
Wednesday, April 30 | 3 p.m. | 117 Social Sciences and Management Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Attend this humanities seminar entitled "Engineering the Sounds of Sisterhood: Sandy Stone, Race, Gender and Olivia Records."


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Regulation of Cell Shape and Virulence in Thermally Dimorphic Fungi
Thursday, May 1 | 1-3 p.m. | 317 (Half Dome Conference Room) Social Sciences and Management Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Anita Sil, MD, PhD

Join Dr. Anita Sil, a medical doctor and professor with the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UCSF for a discussion of thermally dimorphic fungi and its applications in understanding the Valley Fever epidemic.

Thermally dimorphic fungi that are endemic in the U.S. include Coccidioides, Blastomyces and Histoplasma species. Sil's lab studies the basic biology and virulence of the thermally dimorphic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum and intends to extend genetic and genomic analyses to Coccidioides.

Sil will present work on environmental signals and fungal genes that promote the transition between the soil and host forms of Histoplasma. Sil is an Early Career Scientist of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, as well as working at UCSF. She has been studying thermally dimorphic fungi for 15 years. Sil's efforts are internationally recognized, resulting in her role as co-chair or chair of six international conferences on fungal pathogenesis.

She continues to study the unique biology of thermally dimorphic fungi in an effort to challenge existing paradigms, and shed light on how a eukaryotic intracellular pathogen has evolved to sense temperature and cause disease in healthy individuals.



Valley Fever Seminar Series: Molecular Natural History of the San Joaquin Valley Fever Fungus
Thursday, May 1 | 1-3 p.m. | 317 (Half Dome Conference Room) Social Sciences and Management Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

John Taylor, PhD

Studies of nucleic acid variation among strains of the human pathogenic fungus, Coccidioides, revealed that these fungi can be sorted into two species and several populations. This DNA variation has also been used to show that Coccidioides species are recombining in nature, despite the inability of mycologists to induce them to mate in cultivation. Phylogenomic comparison of Coccidioides species and related Ascomycota fungi showed that Coccidioides species have lost genes that other Ascomycota need to digest plant cell wall, and duplicated genes used to digest animal protein.  Population genomic studies show that there is hybridization between the species and introgression of selected genes. These results, combined with historical studies of Coccidioides species in nature, support a life cycle closely tied to populations of small, native mammals and provide a tool to identify pathogenicity genes in the fungi.

 

John W. Taylor is a Professor of Plant and Microbial Biology and a Curator of the University Herbarium at the University of California, Berkeley. Research in his laboratory focuses on the evolution of fungi, including fungal phylogenetic relationships, the timing of deep fungal divergences, species recognition, and the origin and maintenance of species.


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The Tale of Three Cuckolds
Tuesday, May 6 | 12 p.m. | 117 Social Sciences and Management Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Attend this brown-bag talk entitled "The Tale of Three Cuckolds: Masculinity in Early Modern English Society."


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Racial Disparities and an Environmental Health Crisis
Wednesday, May 7 | 1-3 p.m. | 322 (Willow Conference Room) Classroom Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Sarah Rios

Join Sarah Rios, doctoral candidate at UC Santa Barbara, for a discussion of racial disparities in the valley fever epidemic.

While research shows valley fever is an illness caused by climate warming, we know little about why African American and Latino men are more likely to acquire and die from the disease. We also know less about why incarcerated men of color in Central Valley prison facilities and Mexican farm workers are especially vulnerable.

Given the generally accepted premise of valley fever being a race-neutral, environmental disease, this sociological study explores how race, gender and powerful industries come together in the Central Valley to shape the disproportionate environmental health risks for non-white groups.

Furthermore, this study analyzes the collateral consequences of valley fever that vulnerable groups, like farm workers and incarcerated men, experience.

Rios is a doctoral candidate in the sociology department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research project examines how race and gender, geography and powerful industries shape the environmental health risk of valley fever for certain non-white groups in the Central Valley.

Originally from the Salinas-Watsonville area, she developed a passion for healthy and sustainable environments after witnessing the effects of mono-agriculture farming on farm workers' health. Researchers including Rios have been examining how collective action in farming communities begets social and environmental change.

After graduating from California State University, Fresno, in 2008, she joined the United Farm Workers Union where she laid the foundation for her future work. Her broader areas of investigation include studies of race and gender, environmental justice and rural Latino sociology.



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