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Life in College at the University of Michigan : Liz Fu Draws on Dublin High School Experience to Pursue Passion for Art and Design 

March 22, 2017

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN—Dublin High School Class of 2016 graduate Elizabeth “Liz” Fu is a freshman at the University of Michigan currently studying branding and identity through the UMich Stamps School of Art and Design, and user experience design through the university’s School of Information.

“Basically, branding and identity is the design of the corporate image used by companies for advertising purposes—through logos, typefaces, and other visual aspects,” Liz says.

She adds: “User experience (UX) design works to augment user satisfaction by improving the usability and accessibility of a product, typically in web and app design.”

I recently caught up with this multitalented former Gael, who shared more about her exciting experiences at the University of Michigan and reflected on her passion for art and design.

Neha Harpanhalli: You’re currently planning on majoring in Human Computer Interaction, and minoring in the Art & Design program with a focus on graphic design/branding and identity. How did you become interested in this field?
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Bridges to Prosperity CEO and Civil Engineer Avery Bang Connects Communities, Changes Lives

March 20, 2017

Our popular Women in STEM Series of interviews continues with Bridges to Prosperity President and CEO Avery Bang, who is featured in the IMAX film, Dream Big (now playing in theaters across the country). Bridges to Prosperity is a non-profit organization now working in 14 countries to aid local engineers and communities build safe, efficient bridges across sometimes treacherous rivers. Avery founded Bridges to Prosperity’s university program while still an undergraduate student at the University of Iowa. While writing her master’s thesis on building sustainable bridges at the University of Colorado, Avery quickly rose to a prominent role in the organization and was soon named President and CEO.


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Editorial: Dublin High School’s Proposed Engineering and Science Building

March 15, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School student contributor Alexandra Stassinopoulos weighs in on the proposed Dublin High School Engineering and Science Building.

What’s the issue?

As Dublin’s population continues to expand, one of the most controversial topics has been how DUSD should accommodate the influx of new students. For several years, the focus of the controversy has centered on Dublin High School and the proposed second high school.

The concept of a second Dublin High school was approved last February by the Dublin School Board. At that meeting, the school board decided that the new high school will be built in phases until it can service 2500 students. The first phase of the new high school, which will be open to only 1000 students, is scheduled to be built no earlier than 2021 (to read more about the second high school click here).

However, until the second high school is built, DHS is the only comprehensive high school in Dublin. And, because the district has not yet even chosen land for the second high school, DHS will remain the only high school in Dublin for at least five years (although some staff and Dublin residents predict that it will take up to ten years). Until the second high school opens sometime in the next decade, all Dublin students will go to DHS.

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Dublin High School Adding Exciting New Electives for 2017-18

March 14, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin High School is planning to expand its elective program by introducing several exciting new courses for the 2017-2018 school year. The introduction of these electives will provide students with an opportunity to explore a wide variety of fields, ranging from journalism and philosophy, to film and IT essentials. These electives were advertised to DHS students during the course selection period in February; however, the availability of these courses are subject to student interest and enrollment, which will be determined soon.

I recently reached out to the coordinators/instructors of these electives, to find out more about the topics covered, as well as the prerequisites and eligibility requirements for these courses.

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Valley High School Students Accept the Challenge at Challenge Day 2017

March 1, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Last Thursday, a majority of the student body at Valley High School participated in the annual “Challenge Day” assembly in Stager Gym. As in years past, this event is led by two facilitators from the Be The Challenge Movement. Typically, this is an all day event that involves high school students, site staff, facilitators and local volunteers.


The emphasis of the event is to challenge all involved to break down barriers and to promote communication and understanding for all that choose to participate. In general, it ultimately ends up as a fulfilling and emotionally draining experience.

When we returned to Steger in the afternoon, all of the participants were taking part in the “Crossing the Line” experience. At this moment – the epiphany of the day, every person is invited to expose themselves emotionally – to offer an apology to anyone in the room or to offer a hug or thank you.

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“Dream Big” Inspires Future Engineers at IMAX Scale

February 27, 2017

SAN JOSE, CA–IMAX‘s unique format has brought many stories to life – or larger than life – from space, to United States National Parks and to the stage of a Rolling Stones concert. With Dream Big – Engineering Our World IMAX brings the world of engineering to life, featuring a diverse cast of real, problem-solving engineers. Dream Big is a perfect complement to our popular Women in STEM Series of profiles.

Bay Area STEM enthusiasts, present and future, can experience this amazing film (which we enjoyed this weekend) at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.


It’s easy to overlook but the word engineering, which can sound so hard and no-nonsense, actually has its roots in the magical, mystical Latin word ingenium, which refers to the natural, never-ending human thirst for invention…and is also the root of the celebratory word ingenious.

Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges, Dream Big marks the first film for IMAX and giant-screen theatres to answer the call of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) initiative – which offers a fresh perspective on engineering and aims to inspire kids of diverse backgrounds to become the innovators, educators and leaders who will improve the lives of people across our entire planet throughout the 21st Century.

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Dublin, California is Becoming a Norcal Chess Powerhouse

February 23, 2017

DUBLIN, CA–Youth chess is thriving in Dublin, with a plethora of clubs for elementary school-aged beginners, highly-competitive school-based teams, and two nationally-ranked individual players.

Long dominated by Fremont, Saratoga, Cupertino, and other affluent, high-performing school districts, Dublin chess teams are starting to make their mark in the Bay Area, racking up team and individual trophies.

At the Scholastic section of the recent U.S. Amateur Team West tournament, Fallon Middle School sent five teams, with two taking home hardware: a mixed team of 7th and 8th-graders tied for first overall with an unblemished 5-0 record, while another team took first in its lower division category. Fallon players Abhinav Koka, Anish Kasam and Anish Kataria won 1st or 2nd-place for their undefeated individual records.


Fallon’s chess club has already won 9 regional and national team trophies this fall, adding to the nine it won last year. The club has almost 90 players, of whom almost two-thirds are competing – and winning – in U.S. Chess-rated tournaments, including 6th grader Evan Ai, who has been ranked in the top 30 in the country for his age for the past 5 years, and 8th-grader Koka, who recently took second among all 14-year-olds at a national tournament. Read more…