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May 11, 2023

Two undergraduate student speakers will share their journeys and insights with UC Merced’s graduating class and their families and friends at two commencement ceremonies to be held this weekend....

May 1, 2023

Congratulations to Professor Andrew Shaver and Alexander K.Bollfrass, Senior Researcher at the Center for Security Studies (CSS) at ETH Zurich, on the recent publication of their article, “...

March 15, 2023

Do politics promote depression? Hear more about this topic from UC Merced political science professor Christopher Ojeda, author of the forthcoming book The Sad Citizen: How Politics Makes Us...

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