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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

Reactive Expressions: Deviance, Control & Erotic Desire in New York City, 1825-1875

Katherine Hijar, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

Katherine will travel to New York this summer to conduct archival research on visual and textual representations of women in the mid-nineteenth century. By examining images of sexual women and women in New York City's public spaces, she intends to extend our understanding of nineteenth century anxieties about urban crime, urban sexuality and ideals of moral... Read More

Re-Identifying Big Butts and Hypersexuality: An Analysis of Choreographer Jawoloe Willa Jo Zollar's Batty Moves

Cherie Hill, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Dance and Performance Studies; African American Studies (minor)

Currently in modern dance there are few successful black female choreographers and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder of the dance company Urban Bush Women, is one of them. In Zollar’s piece, Batty Moves, she combines theater and concert dance styles to create a work that invokes socio-political commentary on the stereotype that black women should have big butts,... Read More

Youth Reintegration in Post-Conflict Sierra Leone

Evarosa Holt-Rusmore, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Interdisciplinary Field Studies, Global Poverty and Practice (minor)

Throughout the Sierra Leone conflict, many girls and young women are abducted and sexually abused. The result of the abuse and suffering is often pregnancy. Especially after the end of civil war in 2002, young mothers who return to their communities confront social stigmatization. This has had marginalizing effects for both mothers and their children. Eva Holt-Rusmore'... Read More

Effects of Environmental Atrazine Contamination on Rana Pipiens Gonadal Development

Patricia Hom, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Integrative Biology

Atrazine is the most widely used herbicide in the U.S., with over 76 million pounds of the active ingredient applied annually. Recently, atrazine has been shown to cause endocrine disrupting effects in many vertebrates. When treated with atrazine in the lab, male Rana pipiens develop pseudohermaphrotidic testes which produce oocytes instead of sperm. This phenomenon... Read More

Ketwea Bea Nswa: Susu and Institutional Microfinance Models in Ghana

Ernest Honya, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Development Studies

Susu is a traditional microfinance scheme in Ghana that has been ignored by commercial banks and microfinance institutions in the country. Ernest’s research asks why Ghana does not have an institutionally acceptable microfinance model that is specifically designed to fit the socio-economic and cultural needs of Ghanaians. His project will first investigate the susu... Read More

Workin' Man Blues: Negotiating Class and Gender in a Downwardly Mobile Timber Community

Katherine Hood, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Sociology

While the recent economic downturn has brought national attention to the plight of the newly unemployed, downward mobility has been a steady feature of American society for generations. For Americans, however, downward mobility means facing not only declining economic prospects, but also the stigma of violating a cherished cultural norm: the pursuit of the American... Read More

Philosophy, Creativity, and Spirituality: a Study of Puran Singh

Randeep Hothi, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Philosophy

Morality, as a realm approached by philosophers to be captured by theory and grounded upon metaphysics, as the realm in which “the good” is discriminated from “the evil” or “the bad” by faculties of reason, is subverted by sublime gestures of the poet. These sublime gestures in the prose of Puran Singh have specifically subverted the ethical foundations of Brahmanism... Read More

Constructing Nature: Cultural Constructions of Nature and the Creation of the San Francisco Bay Area Landscape, c. 1940-1980

Cynthia Houng, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : History

This study seeks to understand how residents of the San Francisco Bay Area constructed definitions of Nature in the late 20th century, and how that construct in turn affected the development of the Bay Area landscape between 1940 and 1980, focusing specifically upon the construction and utilization of Bay Area parks. The dynamic interplay between designer and... Read More

Ethical Museum Storage Practices: Native Californian Cultural Possessions in Museum Repositories

Charles W. Houston, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

To better understand the relationship between Native Californians and museology, Charles will visit five nationally known museums that house Native Californian cultural possessions, in order to research the techniques and methods employed in cataloging, storing and caring for Native Californian possessions. He will then critically analyze the data he collects, in... Read More

History and Representations in Early Chinese Literature

Kevin Kuanyun Huang, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Kevin intends to uncover theories of history prevalent in ancient China through an examination of the representation of known historical figures in the literature from the Eastern Zhou through the Han dynasties (circa 771 - 86 BCE). Focusing particularly on Zhuangzi, a compilation of philosophical treatises whose historicity has been conventionally discredited,... Read More

Exploring Rural Gay Identities and Communities

Gregory Hughes, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Sociology

The aim of Greg’s project, which will constitute his senior honors thesis in sociology, is to create a greater understanding of how gay identities and communities are formed in rural areas. Urban areas have formed not only the backing but also the major theoretical causal concept in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) theory. Rural gay culture and... Read More

Hannah’s Vineyard: A Seventeenth-Century Island Community

Charlotte Hull, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : History & English

Martha’s Vineyard conjures up various cultural and historical myths. But what did community life really look like for British colonial settlers in the seventeenth century? Who were these people and what did they value? This summer Charlotte will examine the abundant town records that remain in local, Vineyard archives. Yet how do you unpack a community, or even a... Read More

What's Glass Got to Do With it: Glass Bracelet Fragments from Tall Dhiban

Leilani Hunter, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Anthropology

Leilani’s interest in glass bracelet fragements was sparked during the summer of 2013, when she participated in the Dhiban Archeological field school overseen by Professor Benjamin Porter. While discussing the potential for different artifacts to tell us about everyday life in the region, Leilani was intrigued by the sets of glass bracelet fragments that... Read More

From Tribe to Empire: An Examination of Political and Cultural Processes in the Nascent Persian State

Kate Hunter-McPeake, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Kate's project will explore the origins of the ancient Persian civilization with a focus on its dramatic transition from tribal society to dominant empire during the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. In order to better understand the influence of the declining Mesopotamian and Elamite civilizations on the emerging Persian empire, she will travel to the Iran... Read More

The Crane and Dragon: The Fusion of Vietnamese Mythologies and Culture in Art Forms

Chau Thuy Huynh, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Art Practice/Social Welfare

Chau will be creating an art project that will encompass traditional Vietnamese culture through the mediums of drawing, sculpture, embroidery, and traditional American quilt-making. She will investigate the differences between Vietnamese and Chinese art and culture, while further examining Vietnamese mythologies to determine their true histories. Chau’s art project... Read More

An American Funeral: Christianity, Capitalism and 'Passing Away'

Kirstin Anne Jackson, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Anthropology

Kirstin proposes to ethnographically record and explore the significance, negotiation, evolution, and intertwining of folklore, ethics and business practices in North American funeral homes, aiming in particular to understand the evolution of “grief counseling”, business interactions, etiquette, and “rites of passage” or rituals, such as embalming. While scholars... Read More

'Apparently, they cannot bear the light': Privacy, Performance, and Propriety in Dutch Neighborhoods

Sirianand Jacobs, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Anthropology

According to Franklin Becker, "the most functional buildings and environments can be highly symbolic, often in undesired and unexpected ways." Using the window as a symbol imbued with strong cross-cultural meanings, Sirianand intends to explore current tensions between native Dutch and Dutch-Moroccan immigrants through their use of visible domestic space. She... Read More

Reveries in Lots: An Interpretive History of Social and Topographical Change in San Francisco's China Basin/Mission Rock District

Marisa M. Jahn, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Marisa's project combines historical research and creative expression to explore the gentrification of one of San Francisco's historically working class neighborhoods. Formerly a shipyard and port-based community, the China Basin/Mission Rock district has undergone recent rapid development, leading to the demolition of historic buildings and the displacement of... Read More

The Framing of Free Trade: Interest Groups, Political Punditry, and Public Opinion

Eden James, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Political Science

Eden will examine newspaper editorials and public opinion data to determine how interest groups advance and amplify specific frameworks to influence domestic discourse on the issue of free trade. This research will combine a quantitative content analysis of editorial opinion on free trade and the recent protests against it in Seattle and Quebec City along with in... Read More

Queering Our Performance: Examining Homosociality Among 19th Century Buffalo Soldiers

Naphtalie Jeanty, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Anthropology

The goal of Napthalie’s project is to see if male-identified homosociality or male-to-male sexual relations within black communities is something that can be traced among men in their gendered spheres of work during the 19th century through archaeology. She will participate in an excavation in Fort Davis, Texas, where Buffalo Soldiers were stationed from... Read More

Framing Proposition 71: Understanding The Debate Over Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

David Jiménez, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Sociology

This past November, California passed Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, which allocates 3 billion dollars over the next ten years to human embryonic stem (hES) cell research. How did the majority of Californians decide to vote for this initiative? Before the election, groups for and against the measure tried to sway Californians’... Read More

Decolonizing the Bancroft Library

Mark Johnson, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Anthropology

Throughout the 1900s Berkeley Anthropologists documented the ethnographic information of many Native Californian tribes for fear that their lifeways and languages were soon to become extinct in the wake of the burgeoning United States. The Bancroft Library is now steward of these ethnographic collections. While the public institution is responsible to make... Read More

Evading Dam-Nation: Land Use History of the Lower Cosumnes River Watershed, ca. 1820-2016

Michelaina Johnson, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : History major, Conservation & Resource Studies and Spanish minor

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta today has a highly modified ecosystem due to historical human modification of the landscape for agriculture and development of the state’s water systems. Because Cosumnes River Preserve (CRP), established in 1985, has successfully conserved and restored thousands of acres of the Delta’s native habitats in a way that... Read More

Speaking the Self: Testimony and Self-Development in Jane Eyre and Villette

Brittany Johnson Chalfin, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : English

Brittany’s project will first explore the possibilities and limitations of fictional testimony to enact a process of trauma recovery. She will plumb the formal and imagerial depths of Charlotte Brontë’s novels Jane Eyre and Villette against a background of theoretical work engaged with trauma. She will narrow her critical eye upon the ways in which these two novels... Read More

Away From Home: The Impact of Colonial History on Filipino Labor Trafficking in the US

Wayne Jopanda, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Political Science

In “Migrants for Export”, Dr. Robyn Rodriguez describes the Philippines’ transformation into a “Labor Brokerage State” in which Filipinos are actively recruited to become Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Wayne’s research examines how this system of “labor brokerage” has impacted the increasing undocumented Filipino population in the U.S. First, he will... Read More

Acre/Akka/Akko: A Chronicle of Israel's External and Internal Occupation

Reem Jubran, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Film & Media

The establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 enforced dislocation and fragmentation upon the Palestinian people. Nevertheless, while the “old” may have died, dense history and culture has been passed on to the youth by way of oral history. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has dramatically transformed in the past 60 years, leaving the physically divided... Read More

Redefining the Battle of Chavez Ravine: The Quest for Public Housing in 1950's Los Angeles

Sabina Juneja Garcia, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : American Studies/History

Sabina will travel to Los Angeles to examine historical evidence of the communication between the citizen and the politician to control the shape of the physical landscape of Chavez Ravine. Chavez Ravine was once a thriving Mexican-American community removed for construction of a massive public-housing site yet today Chavez Ravine is home to Dodger Stadium. Using the... Read More

Is There an Education Bubble: Theory and Evidence from South Korea

Yosub Jung, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Economics

Korean policy makers fear an impending education bubble caused by an over-supply of college graduates. Analysts point to the presence of three million unemployed college graduates as evidence that there are already too many young people with advanced education in Korea. The recent national “Half-Tuition” protests that paralyzed colleges and shut down roads suggests... Read More

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