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Student Spotlight: Mia Stevens

For many people, drones are the things of sci-fi movies and top-secret operations. For Mia Stevens, they are part of her daily routine.

Student Spotlight: Melissa Coppola

Melissa Coppola is bringing classical music to life, not only for those who already love it, but for those who have yet to experience it. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, classical music attendance has decreased rapidly over the last ten years, and Melissa thinks making it more interactive could help. “By presenting music in thought-provoking ways like adding visuals and other interesting elements and media, we can bridge that gap,” she explains. She is no stranger to this concept, as her master’s thesis was a piano piece accompanied by a video shot from inside the piano as she played. “Live performances like piano recitals can be intimidating. Interactive material or sharing on social media so people know what to expect can make audience members more comfortable.”

Student Spotlight: I-Uen (Yvonne) Hsu

From Zebrafish to Fruit Flies; From Skeletal Muscles to the Central Nervous System

In 1996, scientists mapped out the STAC (SH3 and cysteine rich domain) family of genes. Since then, their function has been somewhat of a mystery. That is, until around twenty years later when in Dr. John Kuwada’s lab at University of Michigan, a group of researchers including Ph.D. candidate I-Uen (Yvonne) Hsu discovered the STAC3 gene’s purpose and the mechanism underlying it.