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Women Sem Terra: Participation and Socio-Spatial Transformations

Miriam Solis, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Geography

The expansion of Brazil’s 1.5 million member Movimiento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST) has provoked many changes. Two changes in particular occurred in the 1990s: the MST began to deviate from its traditional strategy of rural squatting by organizing urban land occupations; and the MST's leadership structures changed to include committees charged with... Read More

Asian-Latin Writers in Modern Day Argentina

Anny Song, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Anny will investigate Asian-Latin literary production in Argentina, focusing particularly on a vibrant literary community of Chinese and Japanese immigrants and descendants in contemporary Buenos Aires. In order to understand how these Asian-Latin writers represent their multiple identities in a homogeneous culture lacking a multicultural vocabulary, she will... Read More

Indigenous Knowledge and Bio-efficacy of Medicinal Plant Use: An Ethnobotancial Study of Sindhupalchok, Nepal

Sikai Song, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Integrative Biology; Public Health

Ethnobotany is defined as “the scientific study of the traditional knowledge and customs of a people concerning plants and their medical, religious, and other uses.” Given that many active compounds used in pharmaceutical drugs today are extracted from plants, understanding indigenous knowledge regarding medicinal plant use is invaluable to deepen existing knowledge... Read More

Fostering Pro-social Behavior: Emotional, Non-verbal, Vocal Cues and the Vagus Nerve

Gregg Sparkman, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Psychology/Anthropology

While navigating the world, we must discover if either we need to prioritize ourselves first, as others will, so that we may succeed, or if people will be there for us so that we may likewise be able to support others. Gregg's project will explore this decisive process by focusing on whether pro-social vocal bursts, like a compassionate 'aww,' will lead... Read More

Independent Cultual Production vs. the Culture Industry: Performance of Self and Creation of Value in an Eddy of the Mainstream

Matthew Wheelock Stahl, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Using a combination of participant-observation and interview methods, Matt will study a local subculture of "indie" rock musicians, in order to theorize this marginal subculture's relationship to the mainstream music industry. A community "insider" as both a performer and producer, Matt will be in an excellent position to analyze the community's unique features and to... Read More

The Social Stratification of Language: A Comparative Analysis of American Indian English Among the Wintun and Kumeyaay

Ariana-Bree Stamper-Gimbar , Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Linguistics/Native American Studies Major

A double major in Linguistics and Native American Studies, Bree will study the social stratification of American Indian English, a single dialect of English that is shared by Native Americans of very different backgrounds across the United States and Canada. Indian English shows parallels to Ebonics, but has been poorly researched by comparison. Bree proposes to... Read More

Portable Culture: Representations of Gypsy Identity and 19th Century Narratives of Nationalism

Miruna Andrea Stanica, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Miruna will research the representations of Gypsy identity in writings at two historical moments: first, the works produced by European non-Gypsy writers in the period from roughly 1770-1870, and second, the emerging work of Gypsy artists in Europe after 1989. Her study will examine how the nineteenth century development and current modifications of the concepts... Read More

'You Aren't the First and You Won't be the Last': Unmarried Motherhood in Contemporary Rural Ireland

China Star, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Anthropology

My research examines the changes in the prevalence of unmarried mothers in Ireland nearly a 20% between 1988 and 1999, the church and community response towards these women, and alternative interpretations of the lifestyles and demographics of single mothers. In recent years the response towards single parents has moved from one of social exclusion, condemnation... Read More

Shimmy, Shake, and Undulate: A History of Belly Dance in the United States and the Development of Its Many Fusion Forms

Abby Stein, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Dance and Performance Studies/Near Eastern Studies

Shrouded in mystique and controversy, the U.S. development of belly dance remains tied to appropriation, orientalism and popular entertainment. Abby Stein’s written thesis will examine the dance phenomenon within the context of 20th and 21st century American culture and values. Through a survey of existing scholarship, interviews with influential belly dance... Read More

Orientalist Exposures: Image, Authority, and Empire in Gertrude Bell’s Photographic Archive

Jessica Stevenson-Stewart, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : History of Art

Jessica will examine the travel writings and photographic works of Gertrude Bell, an Orientalist scholar who served British intelligence in the Middle East before and after World War I. Bell’s extensive imperialist project resulted in volumes of writings and photographs that document these archeological and diplomatic expeditions. Addressing how Bell used such... Read More

Evolution of the Rostrum in Stomatopod Crustaceans

Irene Steves, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Integrative Biology

Stomatopods, also known as “mantis shrimp,” are some of the coolest marine crustaceans. They are powerful predators (for their size, at least) and are concentrated in tropical waters all over the world. The stomatopod rostrum, a segment of exoskeleton near the eyes, ranges from a simple triangular shape to something that looks more like a crown or the curved top of a... Read More

Inspiring Experiment: The Poetics of Gender in Elizabeth Bishop's Work

Sarah Stone, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Rhetoric

My honors thesis in Rhetoric will explore the poetics of gender in the work of poet Elizabeth Bishop. While a number of critics began to address the effects of her gender on her poetry in the 1993 anthology Elizabeth Bishop: The Geography of Gender, scholarship on the subject has since waned. I will offer a reading of the techniques Bishop employs to communicate her... Read More

Motor Control in a Changing Environment

Alissa Stover, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Psychology

Elucidating how organisms are able to flexibly move about in dynamically changing environments is a fundamental problem in psychology and neuroscience. Imagine a ballerina practicing in front of warped mirrors: her brain must continually recalibrate the motor commands sent to move the body based on sensory feedback. In this context, there is a mismatch... Read More

Dispersal Behavior of the Bed Bug Cimex lectularus to Control-Related Exposures

James Suchy, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Public Health

Within the past decade, bed bugs have made a startling reemergence in major cities throughout the developed world. Some attribute this epidemic to increasing international travel and trade, evolved pesticide resistance among bed bugs, and the banning of highly lethal chemicals, such as DDT. Nevertheless, these current conditions necessitate the creation of new,... Read More

Construction of a Novel, Cryogen-free, Self-contained Dilution Refrigerator

Yu-Dong Sun, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Materials Science and Engineering

Technologies based on superconducting quantum systems have contributed significantly to the development of high precision magnetic sensors and quantum bits. These experiments require ultra-low temperatures which are achieved by dilution refrigerators. In contrast to conventional dilution refrigerators, which generally require a continuous supply of liquid helium and... Read More

Consensual Executions: Death Row Inmates Who ‘Volunteer’ to Die

Monica Swanson, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Social Welfare/Political Science

Monica will study the little understood phenomenon of "death row volunteers," inmates who give up the appeal process and "volunteer" to be executed. Seventy such "volunteers" have been executed since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976. In order to test existing theories about this group and to propose her own, Monica will use a mixed research design,... Read More

The Interface of Epistemologies: Repatriation and Collaboration in Anthropological Inquiry

Niku T'arhechu T'arhesi, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Anthropology

The vintage anthropological enterprise typically derived from the researcher’s gaze on a non-Western society, in turn, producing the simultaneous exoticism and denigration of the so-called “primitive”. An anthropological production of knowledge relied on the holistic gathering of data—a process many times resulting in the researcher's, the museum's, or the university’s... Read More

Jane Austen Meets Hollywood: Narrative Authority in the Adaptation of Novel to Film

Sharon Tang-Quan, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : English

In 1995, 11 million British stayed home on six Sunday evenings to watch the BBC mini-series of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In the last decade, over a dozen adaptations of Austen’s novels have become films, and four more... Read More

Role of Motor Inhibition in Forced Reaction Time Tasks

Jeremy Teman, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Applied Mathematics

Activities like driving demand the ability to respond quickly and accurately to changes in one’s environment. A fundamental scientific question concerns what neural processes determine response time (RT). A widely held assumption is that RT represents the aggregate time required to generate an accurate movement. However, recent research suggests that humans... Read More

Worst of the Worst: Changing the Prison Narrative

Clint Terrell, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : English

There has been a great deal of research on autobiographical literature that feature Native American “captivity narratives,” and African American “slave narratives,” but there is a lack of scholarly work that discusses contemporary “prison narratives.” Clint will analyze autobiographies, specifically prison, slave, and captivity narratives for their themes of... Read More

The MeKong River (Song Me Kong)

Seryna Thai, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Film Studies

The most valuable possession is a person's life.” This is a statement in Dang Thùy Trâm’s memoir, Last Night I Dreamed of Peace. Seryna Hanh Thai will be creating a documentary on the Vietnam War and her direct relation to it. Having two brothers who fought on different sides of the conflict gives Seryna a unique and untold perspective of a national conflict that... Read More

Social Perceptions and Attitudes about the Revitalization of Cauchois, a Dialect Spoken in Seine-Maritime (Haute-Normandie, France)

Marie Thuillier, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Linguistics

In July 2008, the French government finally listed Cauchois, the Norman dialect spoken in Seine Maritime, as an official language of France. Until then, the very existence of a Norman language, and hence of Cauchois had been denied. Similarly, many speakers of the dialect have often and inaccurately defined the language as either "dead" or as a non-standard... Read More

The Biomechanics of Walking Backwards

Neil Arun Tolani, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Neil's project will contribute to our understanding of the biomechanics of human locomotion. By studying backwards walking using human subjects on a treadmill, he hopes to discover how the inverted pendulum mechanism involved in walking is affected by reversing the direction in which human beings normally move. Through further quantitative analysis, Neil intends... Read More

Three Selves: Sexuality, Self-Censorship, and Self-Publication in the works of Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein

Jennifer Toole, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : English

Jennifer plans to write an English honors thesis that will comparatively analyze Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein. She is interested in how these two writers censored sexuality in their writing even though their substantial income gave them the option of self-publication. Jennifer will explore what combination of social pressures and inward conflicts led to this. By... Read More

Using Ethnobotanical Materials to Explore Native Californian Land Practices along the Santa Cruz Coast

Rosario Torres, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Anthropology

Rosario’s research will be speaking to the debate that abounds in California among archaeologists, ecologists, Native American scholars, and state and Federal agencies regarding the role that Native peoples played in shaping their environments. While some posit Native Californians were the ultimate eco-engineers, actively managing animal and plant communities, other... Read More

Hands-on Utopia: the Architectural Appropriations of Rirkrit Tiravanija

Jordan Troeller, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : History of Art/Interdisciplinary Studies Field Program

This History of Art thesis project will examine how the contemporary participatory art of Rirkrit Tiravanija overlaps with and departs from the work of Hélio Oiticica in 1960s Brazil. Rather than creating discrete objects, these artists engender interactive situations. Recently dubbed relational art, such installations involve the viewer in various social activities,... Read More

The Cerebellum's Contribution to Cognition and Learning

Tawny Tsang, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Psychology, Music (minor)

Contrary to previously held beliefs, the cerebellum is not restricted to activities involving motor control. It participates in a variety of cognitive functions from attention to verbal working memory. This can be attributed to its connectivity with regions of the cortex that are involved in learning and memory. Previous research suggests that the cerebellum may be... Read More

The Effect of the Turnover on the Catholic Church in Hong Kong

Patrick Chi-Wai Tsui, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Patrick's research will focus on the status of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong in the wake of the former colony's 1997 return to the People's Republic of China (PRC). Since 1949, the Vatican has refused to recognize the PRC'S Catholic Church, maintaining its only ties to China through the two European colonies on its southeastern coast: Hong Kong and Macao.... Read More

Identifying Hormonal Factors and Response Elements Regulating GPR82 mRNA Expression

Calvin Tyi Hang, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology

The objective of Calvin’s study is to identify the hormonal factors and their regulatory mechanisms on GPR82 expression in the intestine. GPR82 is a recently identified orphan receptor whose ligand has not been found. Although little is now definitively known about this receptor, GPR82 may play important roles in the regulation of the GI tract. Its expression in... Read More

An Island in Transition: Examining the Relationship Between Trade Policy and Public Health Outcomes in American Samoa

Fele Uperesa, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field & Public Health

Samoans have often been associated with the bulk and athleticism of professional football players, but that reputation has undergone a drastic change paralleling the transition in traditional diets. The term “nutritional transition” denotes a shift in dietary consumption and energy expenditure linked to a growing epidemic of obesity-related non-communicable... Read More

Gardening for Native Bees in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond

Mona Urbina, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Conservation and Resource Studies

Mona's proficiency as an environmental horticulturist and her interest in urban ecosystems led her to the Frankie lab, where she has been preparing pilot bee-gardens. Over time, urban sprawl has fragmented habitats necessary for the survival of California native bees and their natural host plants. Mona aims to document the most bee-attracting native plants to... Read More

The Baroque Viola and Improvisational Style

Michael Uy, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Music

The harmonic and practical foundations for the performance of Western Classical music were laid during the Baroque period (c.1600–c.1750). However, little is known about how viola players improvised their parts when playing music written only for a trio, such as two violins and a cello. The main hypothesis is that these musicians were improvising harmonies derived from... Read More

Mapping the World's Genome: Global Protein Demographics

Christopher Jay van Belle, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Molecular and Cell Biology

As a part of Steven Brenner's lab, Chris will be analyzing a large set of novel sequences extracted from oceanic and other environmental microbes. Using computational methods such as Hidden Markov Model searches, he will compare novel environmental peptides to currently known peptides that are available in public databases like Ensembl, TIGR, and nr. Chris will... Read More

Fighting to Not Be Forgotten: 25 Years of Femicides in Ciudad Juárez

Raúl Varela Scholar in Action photo

Raúl Varela, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Anthropology major

In 1993 a wave of disappearances and murders of women living in the border city of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México made news around the world. Twenty-five years later, thousands of these cases of innocent victims have not been resolved. Raúl proposes to create an ethnographic documentary film as part of his Anthropology honors thesis and explore why it’s... Read More

Finding the Lost Generation: Material Culture, Women, and UC Berkeley in the 1920s

Anthony Vasquez, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Anthropology

During the summer Anthony will be excavating an archaeological site near the UC Berkeley campus that was designated as female student housing from the 1920s to mid 1940s. Using both material culture collected during excavation and archival documents, Anthony will do a comparative study between the lives of male and female UC Berkeley students of the time period.... Read More