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Nandar Yukyi has embroidered a red ribbon on her white University of Nevada, Reno lab coat below her name. She calls it her “silent scream.” Yukyi, a Burmese-American earning her Ph.D. in biological anthropology, wears the ribbon to protest the February 1, 2021, military coup in Myanmar. Red is the color of the National League for Democracy of deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Red ribbons have been displayed by protestors at their homes, shops and on their clothes.