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Our faculty are teachers, but they are also researchers who are dedicated to the advancement and sharing of knowledge within their fields and around the world. Research takes place on and around campus, in the nearby Sierra Nevada, including Yosemite National Park, throughout the San Joaquin Valley, around the state and across the globe in such places as Belize, Turkey, Tibet and Cuba.

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July 27, 2021
More than 100 sociology undergraduate students got the opportunity to conduct research about social movements and civic engagement in Central America. A UC Merced professor, along with colleagues from universities in Honduras, Costa Rica and El Salvador, recently co-authored an article in the journal Social Problems to share the research findings.
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Assistant Professor in UC Merced's Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies

Stephen Wooding is an Assistant Professor in UC Merced's Department of Anthropology and Heritage Studies. He is a biological anthropologist. His research explores the evolution of bitter taste perception in humans and other primates, with a focus on patterns of mutation in taste... Click Here to Read More

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UpstART (formerly ARTS UC Merced Presents) is a faculty-directed arts organization at UC Merced. UpstART's mission is to bring diverse and exciting arts programming to our campus and local community.