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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.

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.

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Thirty Years of Mass Incarceration
Wednesday, April 16 | TBA Classroom Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Attend the conference "Thirty Years of Mass Incarceration: Where Do We Go From Here?"

Valley Fever Basics Plus an Update from the 2014 Cocci Study Group Meeting
Wednesday, April 16 | 1-3 p.m. | 322 (Willow Conference Room) Classroom Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Dr. Herbert Boro will provide a clinician's overview of valley fever, including the history, endemic area, life cycle, pathogenesis, patterns, diagnostic testing and treatment at the next session of the Valley Fever Seminar Series.

Boro will also provide a summary of the most significant abstracts presented at the Cocci Study Group meeting held on April 5.

Boro was raised in Fresno and educated at UC Davis and Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received his medical training at the Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield and UC Irvine. He retired from infectious disease practice in Fresno in 2011 after 33 years, and now works as a medical consultant with the Medical Board in Fresno.

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Inflammasome Activation by the Fungal Pathogen Aspergillus Fumigatus
Friday, April 18 | 1-3 p.m. | 317 (Half Dome Conference Room) Social Sciences and Management Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Join Professor David Ojcius in a discussion entitled "Inflamasome Activation by the Fungal Pathogen Aspergillus Fumigatus" as part of the Valley Fever Seminar Series.

Ojcius will discuss inflammation in Coccidioidomycosis, or valley fever.

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.

We will discuss the role PAMPs and DAMPs play in stimulation of inflammation during infection by intracellular bacteria and the fungal pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus.

We plan to apply techniques developed for characterization of these infections to a study of inflammation during valley fever.

Ojcius obtained his bachelor's and Ph.D. 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.

Art and Visual Culture in History, Literature and Society
April 18 – 19, 2014 every day | TBA Kolligian Library,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Graduate students are welcome at this conference entitled "Art and Visual Culture in History, Literature and Society."

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 for more updates. Email us any time with questions or comments at

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Re-Interpreting (Virtual) Things
Wednesday, April 23 | 3 p.m. | 117 Social Sciences and Management Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Attend this humanities seminar entitled "Re-Interpreting (Virtual) Things: When Research and Museums Turn Upside Down."

Public and Medical Misinformation on Valley Fever
Wednesday, April 23 | 1-3 p.m. | 366 (Yosemite Falls Conference Room) Social Sciences and Management Building,  5200 North Lake Rd, Merced

Valley Fever Seminar Series: David Filip

David Filip, co-founder of, presents the next lecture in the Valley Fever Seminar Series, entitled "Public and Medical Misinformation on Valley Fever."

Anyone who treats patients with valley fever or shares public health information should have a singular goal: To provide accurate information the listener will benefit from and act on.

But, Filip says, some of the "conventional wisdom" frequently reported in the study of coccidioidomycosis is based on flimsy evidence, or sometimes no evidence at all. He says authoritative, peer-reviewed studies have corrected some misleading and erroneous statements, but many government agencies, medical professionals and reporters unknowingly perpetuate falsehoods that hurt the people we want to protect.

A discussion of research from medical journals and shocking statements made by professionals to the media will enlighten and inform valley fever researchers and advocates. Studying mistakes can help health professionals avoid them and lead to a better understanding of the facts.

This discussion will uncover a side to the valley fever problem that many professionals intimately familiar with the topic have never seen before.

Filip's opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of researchers at UC Merced.

Filip is the author of "Valley Fever Epidemic," a book endorsed by leading valley fever doctors and vaccine research professionals. He has been interviewed by the Voice of America, BBC, the New York Times, PBS, Animal Planet and other television and radio broadcasts. As a co-founder of, he has organized petitions, fundraising programs, awareness campaigns and support groups.

His extensive research makes his website one of the most comprehensive available for the general public. Filip has a bachelor's in communications from the University of Washington and is the author of several non-fiction books.

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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.

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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."

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

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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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