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Characterization of DNA Damage Repair in Myogenic Precursors

Say Tar Goh, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Muscle stem cells, or satellite cells, are located in muscle fibers and are responsible for muscle repair in mammals throughout adult life. As individuals age, the capability of satellite cells to repair muscle dramatically declines. The loss of such capabilities can be related to the host environment, in that extracellular niches provided by old hosts hamper their... Read More

Building an Urban Wilderness

Benjamin Golder, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Architecture

The fact that wilderness can be literally built is a profound one, especially in this era of ecological crisis. Wild plants and animal species are rapidly being lost due to climate change and loss of habitat. What if wildlife were built into the fabric of the city? What if the city, often regarded as the antithesis of wilderness, nurtured a variety of plant and animal... Read More

Targeted Genome Modification Using Zinc Finger Nucleases

Michael Goldrich, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Public Health

Genetic work with model organisms, such as fruit flies, mice, and zebrafish, has provided invaluable insights into the mechanisms behind human disease and development. One tool for creating these models is direct modification of the genome. Michael is optimizing the use of reagents, called zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs), in order to create specific and targeted... Read More

International Standards for Grassroots Democracy? A Case Study of a Guatemalan Fair Trade Coffee Cooperative.

Benjamin Goldstein, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

The recent growth of the Fair Trade coffee niche market in the United States suggests that consumers are beginning to concern themselves with the social conditions under which their coffee was produced. Fair Trade coffee consumers accept that the Generic Fairtrade Standards established by the International Fairtrade Labeling Organization (FLO) provide certain de... Read More

The Loneliest Brides in America: Japanese War Brides and African American Servicemen After WWII

Sonia Gomez, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : History

Immediately following the end of World War II, the United States stationed nearly 450,000 troops in Japan. The U.S. occupation of Japan led to intimate relationships between American Servicemen and Japanese women, resulting in a large number of marriages. Between 1947 and 1975, an estimated 45,000 Japanese women immigrated to the United States as wives of U.S.... Read More

Undocumented Latina/o Students' Struggle and Academic Resiliency in Higher Education

Geraldine Gomez, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Social Welfare, Education (minor)

An estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from the nation’s high schools each year, and only 5-10% of those continue on to a two/four-year college or university (Passel, 2003 & Passel and Cohn, 2009). Their obstacles, beyond lack of federal financial aid, contribute to psychological stress and limited opportunities in higher education. Geraldine will... Read More

"Framing" China: Congressional Commissions' Impact on U.S. Foreign Policy

Ana Cristina Gomez-Vidal, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field & Public Policy

The rise of China is arguably the single most important event to shape international politics in the 21st century. The United States’ understanding and response to China’s ascent will shape global political stability. The U.S. Government, through legislative mandate, created two commissions, the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and the U.S... Read More

The World Seen Without a Self: The Epistemology of Unoccupied Perspectives in To the Lighthouse

Zachary David Gordon, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : English/Philosophy

Located at the nexus of linguistics, philosophy and literary studies, Zach's Senior Honors Thesis in English will examine Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse, specifically to illuminate the relationship between the theory of knowledge inherent in the novel's syntax and the epistemological issues the novel thematizes. In order to understand... Read More

The Architecture of the Invisible: Women, Workers, and Water in the New Argentine Cinema

Nicole Gordon, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Rhetoric/Film

The placement of a woman’s body attests to the gender dynamics of a film, so how do recurring spatial settings figure female characters into the collective national imagination? To address this question Nicole will conduct a survey of contemporary women’s roles in American and Argentine national cinemas. She will approach this project through a phenomenological lens... Read More

Geographies of Justice: Reconciliation, and the Role of Transitional Justice in Brazil

Rachel Gottfried-Clancy, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Geography

On November 18, 2011 federal law #12,528 created the National Truth Commission (Commisão Nacional da Verdade, CNV) in Brazil. The truth commission was created to examine the events carried out by the government, Forças Armadas, during the country’s military dictatorship and produce an official, truthful account of the period. The hope was that by embarking on a... Read More

From Steel Mills to Steel Bars: Historicizing the Carceral State in Deindustrialized Rust Belt America

Chance Grable, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : History

Since the 1970’s, two simultaneous processes of mass incarceration and deindustrialization have transformed the US into a postindustrial society with the largest incarceration system globally. Chance’s research will explore the intertwined history of these two processes through a close study of the prison siting in Youngstown, Ohio, an extreme example of... Read More

Palatial Architecture and the Mitanni Mode of Governance: a Cross-Comparative Analysis of Administrative Centers from Tell Brak, Alalakh, and Nuzi

Matthew Gracia, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Near Eastern Studies

Matthew hopes to contribute to discussion within scholarship of the Ancient Near East on the study of the Mitanni state, a polity in Upper Mesopotamia that attained international power during the second millennium BCE. He proposes to elucidate one, fairly restricted aspect of the larger question regarding the Mitannian system of governance by comparing recently... Read More

Making Synthetic Chemistry Greener: More Sustainable Processes via Catalysis with New Transition Metal Compounds

Lauren Grant, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Chemistry

Catalysis, a critical field in synthetic chemistry, reduces the release of hazardous chemicals into the environment by decreasing the amount of reagents needed for chemical synthesis on industrial scales. Lauren’s research will investigate more sustainable methods of conducting chemical synthesis via the study of a new class of transition metal complexes... Read More

An Archaeology of Food, Race, and Gender at Fort Davis, Texas

Leah Grant, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Anthropology; History

My project will investigate the foodways of three distinct populations who occupied Fort Davis, Texas, during the second phase of the fort’s active period from 1867-1891. While permitting issues will not allow for excavation this summer, there are alternatives to excavation. One collection of artifacts was previously excavated from the enlisted men’s barracks; I will... Read More

Decoding the “Fah Flor”: Archeological Discovery and the De-Mystification of a Lost Metaphor in Beowufl

Olivia Graves, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : English | Classical Civilizations

The dating and provenance of the Old English epic Beowulf have been topics of wide scholarly debate for the past two hundred years. Combining literary and archaeological research techniques constitutes one way of approaching this inquiry. Based on close readings, there is some evidence to suggest that the poet refers to a tessellated (mosaic) floor left over... Read More

The Effect of Awe on Collective Creativity

Kristophe Green, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Psychology

Researchers have found that, in general, positive emotions lead to greater creativity (operationalized as increased cognitive fluency, flexibility, and divergent thinking) than do negative emotions. Increasingly, innovations and game­changing insights are the product of not one creative person, but teams of people working together to produce results. It is... Read More

New Monopolist For the New Economy: The Case of Microsoft

Morgan Greene, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Political Economy of Industrial Societies

Morgan's project will seek to address the timely question of whether the current body of antitrust law is adequate to ensure consumer welfare in the new technology-driven economy. Through extensive historical research, he will study how courts have interpreted the original antitrust statute through the decades focusing on representative cases. He will explore... Read More

Disability Studies, Disabled Student Services: Making the Link in Physical Education at UC Berkeley

Matthew Grigorieff, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Women's Studies/American Studies, Disability Studies (minor)

In the spring of 2009, UC Berkeley (UCB) offered 98 courses in their Physical Education Department-- none designed for disabled students. Forty years after UCB helped forge a civil rights movement for people with disabilities, neither Berkeley nor any UC has a plan or program for addressing the fitness needs of the disabled. Matthew hopes to address that deficiency. He... Read More

Emotion Narratives in Schizophrenia

June L. Gruber, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Psychology

The primary objective of this project will be to examine the way in which patients diagnosed with schizophrenia use language to describe their subjective emotional experiences. Using a clinical interview, the Schedule for Deficit Syndrome, patients with schizophrenia will be asked to provide a brief narrative of salient emotional experiences in their lives (e.g.... Read More

Lyric in Public: Exploring Lyric Subjectivity and the Outdoor Advertisement Through Ekphrastic Poetry

Shawna Gubera, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : English

Shawna will travel to New York and Los Angeles to collect her primary text, which will be an extensive photographic record of static advertisements displayed in public space. Using this index of images, along with personal interviews gathering individuals' responses to advertising, she will produce a collection of lyric poetry that investigates the boundary... Read More

L'Enfer en Soie

Sylvan Guerveno, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Music

Sylvan will compose a symphonic poem in two movements, titled "L'Enfer en Soie" (Hell in Silk), based on "L'Héautontimorouménos" (The Self-Tormenter)--a poem from the 1857 collection Les Fleurs du Mal, by Charles Baudelaire. The dualism that is present in the poem becomes, in this piece, an exploration of the pain of psychological torment, and the relief that may... Read More

Appraising the Role of the Hippocampus in Mediating Prosocial Behaviors

Jay Kumar Gupta, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Molecular and Cellular Biology & Psychology

Humans display an intrinsic capability for prosocial behaviors: behaviors undertaken to benefit others. Stress disrupts this capability but also induces neurogenesis in the hippocampus, a brain region that functions in social memory. Understanding the relationship between stress and prosociality allows better treatment of diseases such as Autism Spectrum Disorder... Read More

Surveillance of Permanent Workers in a Temporary Economy

Hector Gutiérrez, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Ethnic Studies

Current research on Latino masculinity is just beginning to address the rich diversity of gendered experiences found among Latino men, suggesting that Latino men, like all men, are gendered in and through various ways. Still unaddressed, however, are the various different ways in which jornaleros (day laborers) are gendered, disrupting the assertion of a monolithic “... Read More

Erasing Arizona: The Purging of Mexican-American Educational Rights

Salvador Gutierrez Peraza, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : History

In 2010, the Arizona legislature banned the teaching of Ethnic Studies in public schools (K-12) via House Bill 2281.  The bill specifically targeted Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American Studies program.  According to the proponents of this bill, the MAS program was “dangerous” because it promoted ethnic, racial, and class divisions among students. ... Read More

The Material Language of Elizabethan Artificers

Trevor Hadden, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : History of Art (minor: Rhetoric)

Although historians have studied Elizabethan England’s social and aesthetic transformations of the built environment, little attention has been paid to the labor of its craftspeople. Scholarship on Elizabethan architecture and decorative arts has privileged the study of stylistic trends, written records of patronage, and named surveyor-architects. This approach... Read More

An Analysis of Candidate Genes Involved in Neural Tube Closure during Xenopus Development

Saori Haigo, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Integrative Biology

The coordination of cell movement is an integral process in development, affecting morphological shape as well as cell fate specification. While the importance of this process has been long realized, the molecular regulation of cell movement remains poorly understood. Saori plans to investigate the roles of two genes, fuzzy (fy) and inturned (in), in establishing... Read More

Egyptian - American Novel in Progress

Zeina Halim, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : English

Zeina, an English major, will write a novel of literary fiction that narrates the lives of three generations of Egyptian-Americans. It explores social issues such as cultural and gender conflict between old world Egyptian-Muslim values and more modern Western values. Intergenerational conflict is examined within the three generations of this family with the first... Read More

Automation of Carbon Flux Explorers for the Study of the Ocean Biological Carbon Pump

Christina at Sea!

Christina Marie Hamilton, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Earth and Planetary Science; Marine Science

Marine-atmosphere gas exchange plays a major role in the global carbon cycle. A key parameter of oceanic CO2 uptake and sequestration is the biological carbon pump (BCP). The BCP is composed of planktonic organisms that fix CO2 in photosynthesis, converting it to food and tissue. The biomass of these organisms turns over about once every week, exporting the... Read More

Influences of Early Acoustic Experience on Sensory Perception

Yoon Han, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Computer Science

As part of Professor Shaowen Bao’s lab, Yoon will expand our understanding of the influence of sensory input on information processing during an epoch of early development known as the “critical period”. At the behavioral level, he will investigate how early experience of single-frequency tone pips influences frequency discrimination ability in rats. At the... Read More

Asian American Prisoners Oral History Project

Sora Yoon Han, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Sora's project promises to provide an important corrective to the stereotype of the "model minority" by giving voice to a generally silenced segment of the Asian American community. Through oral histories of incarcerated Asian Americans, Sora seeks to create a more complete and heterogeneous picture of the economic, social, political and cultural issues facing... Read More

The Irish-Mexican Connection: A Model for Coalition Building

Alison Joy Harrington, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Alison's Peace and Conflict Studies Senior Honors Thesis will examine the specific coalition-building efforts that have taken place historically and in the present between Irish and Mexican peoples. Alison will travel this summer both to Mexico and to Northern Ireland in order to meet with Irish nationals who are involved in the struggle for indigenous people's... Read More

The Association Between Combat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Self-Perception, and Worldview -- and its Social Ramifications

Malcolm Harvey, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Sociology

The vast majority of research associated with combat-related trauma and PTSD is conducted employing psychoanalytical and psychosocial models utilizing quantitative methodology that focuses primarily on the individual. Comparatively, little is known about the social impact of an illness that afflicts a great number of combat veterans and affects the lives of many... Read More

Glocal' Biomedicine: Reformulating Expertise and Epistemology in a Yemen Hospital

Ashwak Hauter, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Anthropology/Development Studies

In the last 20 years, Yemen experienced a civil war, discontinued aid from the gulf countries, and reforms that cut spending towards health care. Ashwak's project explores how Yemeni doctors and lay persons view foreign western medicine in comparison to Yemen's western medicine and how they use communicative practices (Hanks 1996) to explicitly and implicitly... Read More

Ethnographic Investigation into the Factors Contributing to Variation of Academic Achievement Among Hmong Students in a Central Valley High School

Leena Her, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Anthropology/Psychology

The purpose of Leena's study is to identify factors which contribute to variation in the academic achievement of the Hmong, a relatively recent community of Asian American immigrants to California who first arrived in the mid-1970s as refugees from the Vietnam War. She will undertake a comparative ethnographic study of academically successful, college-bound Hmong... Read More

The Role of Cellular MicroRNAs in CMV Infection: Identification of MicroRNA Targets and Downstream Effects Using SILAC and Mass Spectrometry

Marissa Herrman, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Since their discovery in 1993, microRNAs (miRNAs) have become an area of active research and are currently believed to rival transcriptional regulation as a means of controlling messenger RNA levels and ultimately protein production within a cell. In response to viral infection, the cellular miRNA profile shifts to regulate specific protein levels and combat... Read More

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