“It always feels like Berkeley, UCLA and some of the other institutions have a big handle on the research dollars,” said Florez. He asked whether “the only big brains in the world are at our UC system” and encouraged staff to reach out to colleges in Fresno and Bakersfield, though he did not mention UC Merced.
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Two board members are affiliated with UC Davis and had to abstain from voting on the grants.