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Fall 2017 Newsletter

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Director's Welcome
Welcome to our newsletter! Leading the Blum Center is an exciting opportunity for us to combine our academic backgrounds to address food security on campus and in our wider community. We're leading a campus collaborative to connect food security stakeholders from a variety of departments, as well as offering the Global Food Initiative, Sprouts and CropMobster Merced additional resources to accomplish their missions. Our seed grants are currently supporting seven research projects ranging from detecting agricultural water leakage to food access in refugee communities.  We're planning on several upcoming events in this academic year, including a food security symposium on December 1st. We hope to see you there! 
---Professors Kurt Schnier and Karina Diaz Rios 
Meet Adriana Nuñez 
As the graduate student researcher for the Global Food Initiative, Adriana is working with the Blum Center on evaluating activities related to food security on campus. “My interest in being part of the food security initiative is to collaborate with the great efforts that are being done to support our campus community, that seek to help our students to achieve their highest potential. Working with a great team of professionals, I look to help develop tools that improve our ability to reach all those students who might be struggling to meet their basic needs and to show the tremendous impact that these interventions have in the lives of our students”. Adriana obtained a Masters in Health Economics and a Medical Degree from University of Baja California, Mexico. She is currently a Phd Student in Public Health at UC Merced. 
Upcoming Events 
  • Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, happening now! November 13th-17th: The Blum Center will join the Global Food Initiative, Dining and other campus partners for a week-long series of activities about hunger and homeless on our campus and in our community.  Check the Blum Center website for more details. 
  • Big Ideas: Pre-proposals are now being accepted for the 2018 Big Ideas Contest in UC student driven innovation projects. Read more about Big Ideas here, the deadline to apply is today November 15th
  • SAVE THE DATE, Friday December 1st, 9am-11am for The Blum Center's Inaugural Food Security Symposium. Featuring updates on the 2017 Blum Center seed grantees projects and a keynote talk from UC Davis Professor Lisa Soederberg Miller on nutrition literacy. COB 2, 130. Event details here.  
Blum Center Partner: UC Merced Food Pantry  
Since 2012, the UC Merced Food Pantry has been serving hundreds of students and community members each month with a free food distribution at Merced College. Both pantry staples and fresh produce are available through support from the USDA,  United Way and Merced County Food Bank. Volunteer staffing is provided by a variety of cross-campus student organizations and staff. Every third Friday of the month at Merced College, Tri-College Center. Sign up at  by the Tuesday before the event. 
Our mailing address is:
5200 N. Lake Road, Merced CA 95343 

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