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The Office of External Relations is the UC Merced's lead advocate with public officials, community and business leaders to advance strategic university goals. 

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Merced 2020: Building the Future




UC Merced is in the midst of an ambitious campus expansion that will position the university for academic distinction, research excellence and continued student success. The international award-winning, $1.3 billion project will add new classrooms and laboratories and increase access to higher education for thousands of students, while doubling the available space on campus by 2020.

Implementing this vision for growth is among the most important initiatives in UC Merced’s young history, and the External Relations team is a key part of this effort.

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June 20, 2018

Though illustrations have been used to convey ideas and information since before language existed, after Benjamin Franklin published the world’s first editorial cartoon in 1754, comics emerged a...

June 19, 2018

In 2012, Environmental Systems graduate student Lauren Schiebelhut was collecting DNA from ochre sea stars living along the Northern California coast — part of an effort to study genetic diversity in...

June 18, 2018

A new Pew Research survey shows that one-third of Americans have trust in a higher power or spiritual force, whether they call it “god” or not, and two new studies show that people who think they...