University of California, Merced
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Friday, March 7 | 5-8 p.m. | California Room, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Everyone is invited to come join the fun! The free chess tournament, hosted by the Chess Club at UC Merced, is open to all who want to play.
Join us at 5 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the California Room for a chance to win a one-year membership with the U.S. Chess Federation and a certificate of recognition from us. That means you can play in officially rated tournaments and receive a rating. Second place will receive a certificate of recognition from us, too.
We are fun and welcoming to everyone! Hope you can come. Comments/questions can be sent to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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 email@example.com.
Saturday, March 8 | 11 a.m. | Little Lake, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Faculty, staff and students are invited to an information meeting with Engineers for a Sustainable World regarding the campus's community garden.
The meeting is at 11 a.m. March 8 at the garden, behind Little Lake on Muir Pass at Evolution Valley Road. We'll discuss best crops, gardening responsibilities and eligibility for a garden plot.
Harriet Tubman and the Blues
Monday, March 10 | 7 p.m. | Classroom Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Join us for this musical performance of "Harriet Tubman and the Blues."
Community Research Reception
Monday, March 10 | 3-5 p.m. | Sam Pipes Room Merced Civic Center, 678 W. 18th St., Merced
Please join the Resource Center for Community Engaged Scholarship for a reception kicking off Research Week 2014.
The reception will held at the Merced Civic Center and highlight recent and ongoing research that involves the community! You'll see a gallery of research posters along with presentations from faculty members, students and community members on their ongoing research collaborations. All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.
Monday, March 10 | 10-11 a.m. | Bobcat Lair Kolligian Library, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
The Research Week 2014 Kickoff Brunch is not to be missed! Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development Samuel Traina will speak on the importance of research on our campus and how it affects our community. There will also be a light breakfast served. Afterward, join our campus community at the Research Week Fair.
Student Research Poster Competition
Tuesday, March 11 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
All UC Merced students, undergraduate and graduate, are encouraged to participate in the university's seventh annual research forum.
The forum allows UC Merced students to present their research to the broader university community. Students are strongly encouraged to talk with their faculty advisors for further guidance. Students wishing to participate should review abstract and poster guidelines for entry.
All abstracts should be submitted electronically via the poster competition form no later than Wednesday, March 5. Only the first (senior) author should submit his or her information through the online form.
Black Power, Flower Power
Tuesday, March 11 | 3-5 p.m. | TBA Classroom Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
This event is in conjunction with the "Black Power * Flower Power" photography exhibit.
Convention and Natural Law
Wednesday, March 12 | 3 p.m. | 117 Social Sciences and Management Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Join us for "Convention and Natural Law."
Responsible Conduct of Research Workshop
Wednesday, March 12 | 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | KL 232 Kolligian Library, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
The Office of Research and Economic Development presents the Spring 2014 Responsible Conduct of Research workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
The workshop is planned for 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, during Research Week 2014, in the Chancellor's Conference Room (KL 232).
This half-day workshop covers various topics such as authorship and publication, mentor/mentee relationships, research ethics, human and animal subjects and conflicts of interest in academic research. This workshop partially fulfills the NIH and NSF requirements for RCR training and education to all trainees working on or being paid through NIH and/or NSF grants.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the end of business Monday, March 10, to ensure your participation. Morning refreshments and lunch will be served.
Wednesday, March 12 | 1-2 p.m. | 105 Classroom Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society (CITRIS) at UC Merced proudly sponsors guest speaker Ted Selker and his presentation “Excubate: How Crowd Collaboration Can Professionalize New Business Technology Development.”
To help increase the chances for successful innovation in the marketplace, this talk will expand beyond the problems typically discussed with open innovation and offer a new entrepreneurial investment model.
The discussion reviews and critiques 10 existing models of creating and turning innovations into new companies. In consideration of the problems of current innovation models, the presentation will offer a model called a “generator fund:" a new entrepreneurial investment model that can increase innovation's chances for success.
Selker is a computer scientist who currently manages Research on Accessible Voting at UC Berkeley. He spent five years as director of Considerate Systems research at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley, and is well known as a creator and tester of new scenarios for working with computing systems.
His design practice includes speaking engagements, innovation workshops and engagements in large companies and startups. Selker’s work has resulted in numerous awards, patents and papers, and has often been featured in the press.
He was the co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50 in 2004, the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology in 2006 and the Telluride Tech fest award in 2008.
Selker graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor’s of Science in applied mathematics, and from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a Master’s of Science in computer and information sciences in 1981. He worked in the robotics lab at Stanford, on a collaborative display system for the WAITS system of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (SAIL). He worked for Atari and at IBM and earned his Ph.D. from City University of New York.
Selker holds more than 50 U.S. patents, including for TrackPoint technology featured in the ThinkPad line of laptop computers. He taught at Stanford, MIT, Brown and Amherst, was director of research at Scanadu, a company working to turn smart phones into medical monitoring devices, and is regarded as a pioneer in the field of context awareness.
The presentation takes place from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in COB 105. Food will be provided, but you must RSVP online.
Predicting Pragmatic Reasoning
Wednesday, March 12 | 12-1:15 p.m. | 104 Social Sciences and Management Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Join Michael Frank from Stanford University for a presentation on "Predicting Pragmatic Reasoning."
A short, ambiguous message can convey a lot of information to a listener who is wiling to make inferences based on assumptions about the speaker and the context of the message.
Pragmatic inferences are critical in facilitating efficient human communication, and have been characterized informally using tools like Grice’s conversational maxims. They might also be extremely useful for language learning.
In this talk, Frank proposes a probabilistic framework for referential communication in context. This framework shows good fit to adult and children’s judgments. In addition, it makes interesting novel predictions about both language acquisition and processing, some of which he has already begun to test.
How do we learn to communicate using language? Frank studies children’s language learning and how it interacts with their developing understanding of the social world. He uses behavioral experiments, computational tools and novel measurement methods like large-scale Web-based studies, eye-tracking and head-mounted cameras. He completed his Ph.D. at MIT, graduating in 2010, and is an assistant professor in the Psychology Department at Stanford University.
Inflammasome Activation by the Fungal Pathogen Aspergillus Fumigatus
Wednesday, March 12 | 1-3 p.m. | 217 (El Capitan) Social Sciences and Management Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Learn more about valley fever when the Valley Fever Seminar Series presents Professor David Ojcius and his talk "Inflammasome Activation by the Fungal Pathogen Aspergillus Fumigatus."
An effective immune response against pathogens such as viruses, intracellular bacteria or protozoan parasites relies on the recognition of microbial products called pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) by pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) such as Toll-like receptors (TLRs).
Ligation of the PRRs leads to synthesis and secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines. Infected cells and other stressed cells also release host-cell derived molecules, called damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs, danger signals, or alarmins), which are generic markers for damage. Ojcius will discuss the roles PAMPs and DAMPs play in stimulation of inflammation during infection by intracellular bacteria and the fungal pathogen, Aspergillus fumigatus. He plans to apply techniques developed for characterization of these infections to a study of inflammation during valley fever.
Ojcius obtained his bachelor's and doctorate degrees from UC Berkeley, and was a researcher at the Pasteur Institute and professor at the University of Paris before moving to UC Merced in 2004. He conducts research on interactions between pathogens and host cells, focusing on the role played by receptors of the innate immune system.
Words, Places, People, Things
Thursday, March 13 | 3 p.m. | 117 Social Sciences and Management Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Join us for "Words, Places, People, Things: Writing Historical Fiction."
A Burnable Book
Thursday, March 13 | 6 p.m. | 355 Kolligian Library, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Join us for a reading of "A Burnable Book: A Novel."
Clinical Considerations in Coccidioidomycosis
Friday, March 14 | 1-3 p.m. | SSM 317 (Half Dome) Social Sciences and Management Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
The Valley Fever Seminar Series presents Dr. Nathan Stockamp speaking on the "Clinical Considerations in Coccidioidomycosis."
Stockamp received his medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at St. Vincent Hospital. He completed his fellowship in infectious disease at University of California San Francisco at Fresno. Stockamp is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America; the American College of Physicians; and the Christian Medical and Dental Association.
Stockamp will present an introduction to C. immitis with emphasis on the various presentations of disease in humans, as well as challenges in medical and surgical management of coccidioidomycosis.
Integrate your Community, World, Life
Friday, March 14 | 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. | California Room, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Join the California Geographic Information Association for its fourth annual GeoSpatial Summit Conference entitled "GIS: Integrating your Community, World, Life" at UC Merced.
This event brings together state and regional geographic information systems experts and educators, graduate students and faculty members using GIS in their research, in addition to community members with an interest in GIS. Information on GIS education and professional development, latest technologies and research will be shared. Many of the presenters are people from prestigious institutions.
Space is limited, and the deadline for registration is March 7, 2014. Register online.
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Register by March 7 online.
Almost Digital Wizards, Nearly Analog Muggles
Tuesday, March 18 | 12 p.m. | 117 Social Sciences and Management Building, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Join this brown-bag talk entitled "Almost Digital Wizards, Nearly Analog Muggles: Harry Potter and the Birth of the Digital Age."
Tax Services Now on Campus
August 20, 2013 – June 17, 2014 the third Tuesday of the month every month | 8:30-10:30 a.m. | K201 Kolligian Library, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
UC Merced Tax Services staff members are available by appointment only on campus from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. the third Tuesday of each month in KL 201.
Contact Tax Services if you need assistance with campus-related tax questions and matters. Staff members cannot offer specific tax advice, but can direct people to the appropriate resources. We look forward to serving you.
Career and Internship Fair
Thursday, March 20 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Gallo Recreation and Wellness Center, 5200 North Lake Rd, Merced
Premier companies from across the United States are coming to meet with UC Merced students and alumni for their talent acquisition needs. Dress for success and come prepared with copies of your resume.
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