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Announcing the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society’s Newest Members

This year, ten U-M researchers, scholars, and students will be among the newest inductees into the Edward Alexander Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. Named for Edward Alexander Bouchet, the first African-American to earn a doctorate in an American university (Physics), the society recognizes those who exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and advocacy for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in the academy.

Student Spotlight: Elaina Breznau

While most of her peers were undergraduate students, Elaina was climbing 20,000 foot peaks in South America, scuba diving in the Bahamas, backpacking the Australian outback, and traversing the globe in search of adventure. In the process, she gained a different education that provided life experience and exposure beyond comparison which instilled in her a strong sense of confidence and adaptability. Years later, when the time came to pursue an undergraduate degree, Elaina chose to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology due to her love of nature and her natural inquisitiveness. After undergrad, she says, “The only choice was Michigan.”

Day in the Life of a Neuroscience Graduate Student (and New Dad)

Hello my name is Chris Valdez. I am a 4th year Neuroscience Ph.D. candidate here at the University of Michigan. My hometown is San Antonio, Texas and I am very happy to have moved up here to be part of this excellent university. At first the move was difficult for my wife and I but as you read my blog, you will see we made a happy little family here in Ann Arbor. First-things-first, the research! Currently my thesis work focuses on adult neurogenesis and synaptic plasticity. Essentially, I am interested how newborn cells are regulated in the adult brain. This is an interesting field of neuroscience because the role of these newborn cells in the adult brain has not fully been characterized.