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December 17, 2020
Please join us in congratulating UC Merced 2020-2021 Black Research Fellowship recipients for their award winning projects! Professor Irenee Beattie, along with Ph.D. student Melissa Quesada and Professor Whitney Pirtle have been recognized for their submission, “Unpacking ‘Black...
December 11, 2020
For colleges and universities this year, back to school has been tumultuous. For universities, this crisis has been long in the making, its vectors not just the spray of coronavirus-laden droplets unleashed over the past months but also jagged budget lines plunging across decades. During the past...
December 7, 2020
Congratulations to graduate students Jay Colond, Luis Ruben Gonzalez, and Waleed Rajabally, along with Professor Charlie Eaton, for their winning entry in the Dignity and Debt Student Loan Data Visualization Competition! Visualizations can render data to make it meaningful for people around the...
November 24, 2020
ASA is pleased to announce the 2020 Community Action Research Initiative (CARI) awards. One of three recipients, UCM Sociology professor Stephanie Canizales brings social science knowledge, methods, and expertise to address community-identified issues and concerns and has proposed pro-bono work...
November 17, 2020
Several UC Merced undergraduate sociology majors presented their research at the annual meetings of the California Sociological Association (CSA) on November 6 and 7. The theme for this year's virtual conference (because of COVID-19) was "Transcending Borders: Disrupting Racial, National,...
November 9, 2020
Two female faculty members of UC Merced’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) have been named the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation chairs, making four prestigious chairs in the campus’ 15-year history. Professors Nancy Burke and Whitney Pirtle have been recognized as...
November 6, 2020
A year ago, facial recognition was rare in schools. In October 2019, WIRED identified eight public districts that were part of an early vanguard using the technology, on the premise that the technology could help combat gun violence and keep out unwanted intruders. The purchases were...
November 2, 2020
Heroism comes in many forms and is especially needed in uncertain and challenging times like these. The contribution of this individual during the COVID-19 pandemic has made a positive impact on others – an outcome that is heroic by many measures. We are proud to name Hala...
October 27, 2020
We are thrilled to announce that sociology professor Whitney Pirtle has been named MacArthur Foundation Chair in International Justice and Human Rights. Whitney’s critical understanding of race and racism, her research on health disparities, and her engagement with racially marginalized...
October 23, 2020
The UC Merced Community and Labor Center recently released, "Fresno Speaks 2020: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Registered Voters and their Positions on Major Issues." Fresno Speaks 2020 was based on a random sample of 2,397 registered voters with phones in the City of Fresno...

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