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Upcoming seminar on IPUMS-MICS hosted by Dr. Julie Ma

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Coming March 12, 2024, Julie Ma, associate professor and director of social work here at the University of Michigan-Flint, will be hosting a seminar with guest speaker Elizabeth Heger Boyle from the University of Minnesota. The seminar will focus on the IPUMS-MICS survey data system which Boyle and Ma use to research the impact of

Decoding Emotion: Enhancing Human-Computer Interaction through Emotional Understanding

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Daba Coura Mbow As a senior pursuing a degree in computer science, Allison Gaspard has been deeply engaged in the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at the University of Michigan Flint.  She has been involved in a project led by Dr. Mark Allison for the past two years. The work focuses on computationally analyzing the intricate

Persistence and Mattering in Undergraduate Education

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Daba Coura Mbow A group of educators from different departments at U-M Flint has joined forces to enrich undergraduate education. As part of a joint research effort known as the PMUE (Persistence and Mattering in Undergraduate Education), Kazuko Hiramatsu, Stephanie Roach, Jennifer Alvey and others have been working on teaching methods that help students think

Mapping the Health of Flint River: Bridging Data and Ecology for Ecosystem Preservation

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Daba Coura Mbow A key project for IDEAS (the Institute for Data Engineering, Analytics, and Science) this fall, explains its Director Cam Mcleman, associate professor of mathematics, connects UM-Flint’s wildlife biology faculty with scientists at the Flint River Watershed Coalition (FRWC). Joining ongoing efforts to monitor the river’s health, looking at organisms inhabiting the watershed,

Exploring Flint River’s Aquatic Ecosystem: Nicklas Smith’s Journey in Wildlife Biology

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Nicklas Smith, a third-year student majoring in wildlife biology, is from the Genesee County area, with a strong connection to Flint. Last summer, he was inspired by Larissa, a graduate student working as a lab assistant from a previous biology class. When Nicklas expressed his interest in field research, Larissa told him to reach out

UROP Student Uses Algorithms to Improve Benchmark Query Runtimes

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Dylan Binu is an international student from India and has been in the United States since January of 2020, pursuing his bachelor’s degree in computer science. He graduates this December, after completing his studies during the Fall 2023 semester. He works as a research assistant with one of his professors, Murali Mani, and the assistantship

Telehealth’s Impact on Adolescent Healthcare

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Daba Coura Mbow Amid a technological revolution, Taylor Culinski is immersed in research examining the impact of telehealth on adolescent populations. In a recent conversation, Culinski shared her vision of the potential impact of this ongoing work. With training in psychology and childhood education, Culinski’s passion for developmental psychology and social work is evident in

Professor Receives Grant To Bring Anthropology Student to Indonesia

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A UM-Flint student will be getting some hands-on anthropological experience this summer. Keaton Reese, a sophomore at UM-Flint, will be traveling with UM-Flint professor Daniel Birchok on an upcoming research trip to Indonesia. Birchok is an associate professor of anthropology at UM-Flint and has a background in historical anthropology. He studies religion, specifically Islam, in

UROP PROJECT: Self-driving cars for people with Parkinson’s disease

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Daba Coura Mbow Majoring in computer science, Leen Yasin is an undergraduate student in her junior year at the University of Michigan Flint.  Leen is also taking chemistry and biology classes and is interested in biomedical innovation and patient care.  As a participant in UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program), she works alongside professors Nathan Miller

Khalil Khanafer poses in the MSB for a headshot. He is smiling and wearing a blue shirt with a blue, creme, and argyle vest on.

Khalil Khanafer is in the 2%

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The phrase ‘Publish or Perish’ is  commonly used by researchers, and their work greatly impacts their evaluations. Stanford University professor John Ionnaidis has worked diligently for years to improve the system used to standardize the evaluation process by looking at how often researchers’ work is used as a reference, cited by other researchers. He has

Advancing Pediatric Telehealth: Equity, Engagement, and Enhancing Care

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Daba Coura Mbow Dr. Gergana Kodjebacheva’s research revolves around parental and child health, with a particular focus on understanding the effects of socioeconomic circumstances. Her journey into this field began during her time as a master’s student at UCLA, where she collaborated with mentors Leo Estrada and Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris on a project aimed at improving

The Convergence of Capital, and AI Coded into Law

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Daba Coura Mbow Currently a junior at the University of Michigan-Flint,  Sami Kotob is a political science and economics dual major. With a particular interest in political economy, Sami is part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program research project. In the project, Sami and a fellow student, Julia Ellis, conducted a literature review, beginning with