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Michelle Morgante

Chancellor Muñoz Honored for Leadership on Workers’ Rights and Humanitarian Issues

UC Merced Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz was a first-generation college student who became a lifelong advocate for education and the social mobility it provides to students from underrepresented backgrounds. Next month, he will be honored for his leadership in support of workers’ rights and humanitarian issues.

UC Merced Professor Arias Wins Guggenheim Fellowship

Arturo Arias, a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation professor in the Humanities at UC Merced, has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his ground-breaking study of contemporary indigenous novels from Guatemala and Mexico.

Arias was one of 173 American and Canadian fellows announced Wednesday by the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

COVID-19 More Likely to Impact Smokers and People Exposed to Secondhand Smoke, Report Finds

Smokers and former smokers are not only more susceptible to COVID-19, they are far more likely to see their conditions worsen over time and to require intensive respiratory assistance, according to a review released Thursday by the UC Merced Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC).

Furthermore, the health risks may be heightened for people exposed to secondhand smoke and secondhand vaping, it says.

UC Merced Vote Center Offers Early Voting, Registration

UC Merced will make it convenient for Merced County residents to register to vote and cast ballots in the March 3 election by offering both a polling location and an official Vote Center.

The polling location, which will be in the Alpine Room on the first floor of the Tenaya residence building, can be used on Election Day by voters who are registered for the site. It will be open Tuesday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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