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Role of the DSB System in the Antimicrobial Resistance of Salmonella

Jihoon Lim, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Salmonella typhimurium (S. typhimurium) is one of the leading causes of foodborne illnesses and mortalities. A major factor behind its virulence is its ability to survive well in the presence of hydrogen peroxide generated by macrophages through respiratory burst. Previous research has shown dsbD mutants of S. typhimurium to be more susceptible to hydrogen... Read More

Object Recognition by Contour Extraction

Joseph J. Lim, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Computer Science/Applied Mathematics

Object recognition is a major unsolved problem in Computer Vision. The main goal is for computers to detect and to recognize objects in the given images and videos. In this project, contours will be used as a new descriptor. "Contours" are defined as sets of segments that can provide more information than just a single segment or a random set of segments. In the... Read More

Re-telling Retail: The Intersection of High-Tech Products and Low-Wage Service Work

Annie Lin, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Sociology / Public Policy

Past research on the service sector indicates that workers often suffer from negative psychological consequences when forced by their managers to be friendly. Workers, workers' rights advocates, businesspeople, and scholars alike have therefore searched for ways to set up the work environment such that workers will be friendly even without management coercion.... Read More

Collapsing the Frame: The Moving Body as a Site for Social (De)construction

Sara Sol Linck-Frenz, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Comparative Literature (minor: Dance and Performance Studies)

Collapsing the Frame delves into the space between two categories – “contemporary” and “commercial” dance  – to ask how the moving body functions as a site both for composing and deconstructing normative conceptions of embodiment, physicality, identity, and sociality. By researching the particular case of commercially produced choreographies, the... Read More

Establishment of a Kinetic Analysis Framework for the Activity of an RNase P Ribozyme

Kwa Yu Liou, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Kwa's Senior Honors Thesis in Molecular and Cell Biology will investigate the RNase P ribozyme, which is one of many RNA enzymes being developed as promising gene-targeting reagents to cleave specific RNA sequences. Kwa's research will establish a kinetic framework to analyze the catalytic mechanism of RNase P ribozyme to cleave a viral mRNA. By determining the... Read More

How (And Should) Government Regulate Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis?

Crystal Liu, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Political Science/Molecular Cell Biology

The aim of Crystal's project - the culmination of which will constitute her senior honors thesis in political science - is to discuss whether (and more importantly how) preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) should be regulated. Crystal will be traveling to Washington, DC to address whether the objections behind PGD can be practically dealt with through various types... Read More

Chemical Design, Synthesis, and Clinical Exploitation of Promising Ligands Having High Affinity for the TRP-M8 Receptor of Prostate Cancer Cells

Amanda Liu, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Public Health

Amanda will investigate a novel method of diagnosing, staging, monitoring, and treating prostate cancer. The specific phases of her investigation include optimizing the design and synthesis of N-radiofluoro or N-radioiodo-aryl-cycloalkylcarboxamides, which have high affinity for the TRP (transient receptor potential)-M8 receptor found in prostate cancer cells;... Read More

Development of New Genetic Techniques for Studying Photosynthesis in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii

Mingen (Jason) Liu, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Plant and Microbial Biology

In his project, Jason intends to examine the possibility of site-targeting or HR in the PSY gene of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii – a unicellular alga and a model organism for studying photosynthesis. He will generate mutant populations through transformations with a plasmid containing a defective copy of the PSY gene and will then screen for successful gene-... Read More

Intracellular Studies of the Thalamo Cortical Circuit

John Davis Long, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Philosophy

Philosophers and scientists alike have puzzled over the question of how we experience the visual world. A double major in Molecular & Cell Biology and Philosophy, John will take up this question from a scientific perspective for his Senior Honors Thesis in MCB. Focusing on the transmission of information between the thalamus and the cortex, he will use the... Read More

Closed Mouths Don't Get Fed:" (Re) becoming a rehabilitated parent in Court Mandated Parenting Classes

Jessica Lopez, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Anthropology

In an anthropolitical and linguistic analysis that values human agency, individual thought, and community discourse, Jessica’s work explores the embodied experience of Latino parents who attend court-mandated parenting classes in East Los Angeles. Current research on minority populations shows that Latino parents continue to view state intervention as judgmental,... Read More

Unpacking the Paradox of In-group Derogation Via Dialecticism, Power, and Affect

Christine Ma, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Psychology/Spanish major

How do you reconcile the phenomenon of self-directed racism by certain minority/oppressed groups towards their own members with the “universal” trend of ethnocentrism? Given past documentation of such “ingroup derogation,” questions remain: if ingroup derogation indeed exists among minorities and leads to negative affect towards other group members, then it will... Read More

Cathodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation of Prefrontal Cortex: Examining Effects on Causal Learning

Bridget MacDonald, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Cognitive Science

Children acquire complex knowledge about the world despite severely limited evidence available to them. While both children and adults use learned biases as a useful learning mechanism, children’s relatively small amount of prior knowledge results in fewer constraints on their hypothesis space as well as more open-minded approaches when considering possible... Read More

Bifurcated Hope: Stoic Suicide and Christian Martyrdom in First Century Rome

Karen MacLaughlin, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Classical Languages

In first century Rome, increasing numbers of the elite class chose to commit suicide rather than forfeit their honor in the courtroom or on the battlefield. Although Stoicism had its detractors in Late Antiquity, suicide was considered by many Romans to be a rational choice. Roman Christians, however, drawn from all social classes, chose to submit to various... Read More

Hidden in Plain View: Cannabis Clubs, Visibility, and Power in the Urban Landscapes of the Bay Area and Amsterdam

Joen Madonna, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Geography

Understanding landscapes as a representation of our culture is a part of the human experience. Although often unaware consciously of the way our buildings and streets shape our attitudes and opinions, the things seen and “unseen” have a profound effect on our perspective of the world around us. We think of public space as normalized and “legal”, yet the... Read More

Tracing the Influence of Giulio Caccini's 'Le nuove musiche' on Seventeenth-Century English Composers

Alana Mailes, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Music

Alana’s project focuses on the 1664 English translation of Giulio Caccini’s preface to Le nuove musiche (1601), one of the best-known texts about ornamentation of vocal music during the Baroque period. She will investigate the unknown identity of the translator, assess whether the translation of Caccini’s words may have affected the translation of musical... Read More

Poisoned Clouds: Dealing with Pesticide Drift in California’s Agricultural Communities

Jason Malinsky, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Individual Major: Environmental Policy and Investigative Journalism

An Individual Major in “Environmental Policy and Investigative Reporting”, Jason intends to conduct research on a July 8, 2002, pesticide-poisoning incident in Arvin, California. In the incident, over 250 people were allegedly poisoned by a known carcinogenic pesticide. Focusing on issues of accountability and government response, Jason will use Arvin as a case... Read More

Dying to Survive: Negotiating with Early Death and the Social Reproduction of Gang Violence

Jorge David Mancillas, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Sociology

Jorge-David Mancillas will be traveling to Los Angeles to conduct research on the effectiveness of gang intervention. In Los Angeles, the so-called “gang capital of the world”, more than half of the yearly homicides are gang-related. Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention program located in East Los Angeles, is the most successful gang intervention program... Read More

Managing Type I Diabetes During Adolescence: Social Relationships and Identity

Willie Joe Marquez, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Sociology, Education (minor)

Adolescence is a pivotal period for developing friendships and identity. For chronically ill adolescents, however, this developmental period may be disrupted due to the lifestyle limitations associated with carefully managing their illness. To examine the extent to which a chronic illness alters an adolescent’s social relationships and identity, Willie will conduct in-... Read More

Perceptions of Historical Black College and University Prestige: Implications for Racial Stereotypes

Kimberly Martin, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Psychology major, Dance & Performance Studies minor

Many people assume that racism is a binary dimension whereby people are either racist or not. However, over forty years of research indicates that not only are there several distinctive forms of racism, but that they exist on a continuum. Recent trends have shown that while blatant forms of racism seem to be decreasing, there are indirect forms of racism now... Read More

Using Markov Chain Monte Carlo with People to Classify Facial Affect

Jay Martin, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Cognitive Science/Statistics

Cognitive science aims to understand how people represent the structure of the world around them. Faces are thought to be windows to some of these representations, namely emotions, which are related to facial expressions biologically and culturally. Labeling expressions is a seemingly effortless task for people, but explaining the subtleties is much more... Read More

Peer to Peer Piracy: Sustained Cooperation in a Public Good Game

Seung-Keun Martinez, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Economics

Modern day pirates are among the most seemingly altruistic collaborators in the world. At least they are in reference to sustaining a public good. In fact, these internet based pirates provide a stunning real world example of a self-sustaining public good despite strong incentives to free ride. We observe this phenomenon in peer to peer (P2P) file sharing. The crux of... Read More

The Presence of Arthuriana in the Philippines: An Analysis of A Filipino Arthurian text

Stefanie Matabang, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : English/Celtic Studies

This project sets out to examine the acquisition of the Arthurian literary cycle by the canon of Filipino literature. Focusing on the only two Filipino translated Arthurian texts, Tablante de Ricamonte and Percibal, Stefanie will be doing analytical and comparative work on the texts and the Spanish counterparts from which they are derived. Traveling to Chicago and the... Read More

Rastafari in Jamaica: Resistance to State Economic Policies

Shannon Mathes, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Shannon will examine the effects that Rastafarianism has had on the political economy of Jamaica since the implementation of structural adjustment programs by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1977. Specifically, she will describe and analyze the ways in which Rastafarian organizations have challenged the policies of the Jamaican state regarding land use,... Read More

Out of Denmark: Isak Dinesen in a Colonial Context

Marie Mathiesen, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : English/Scandinavian

Marie will examine the works of the Danish writer Karen Blixen (1885-1962), known in America as Isak Dinesen. Dinesen lived in Kenya for 16 years, and although she was a colonialist, she respected the Africans as aristocratic and noble human beings. Her position and relations to the Africans grant her a unique dual perspective on the colonial situation in Kenya... Read More

Carburetors for the 21st Century: Flow and Temperature Sensor Integration with Enhanced Mixing

Christopher David McCoy, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Mechanical Engineering

Small-scale power generation (10-100W) for electronic devices is currently supplied by batteries. Unfortunately, specific energy [Whr/kg] and power [W/kg] are limited by battery technology. The U.C. Berkeley liquid hydrocarbon fueled, rotary engine power system provides a “greener” more efficient and higher powered solution. In this work, MEMS-based (... Read More

Electrochemical Characterization of First-Row Transition Metal Corrole Complexes for Use as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts

Brendon McNicholas, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Chemistry

Research in alternative energy has become increasingly urgent in recent years due to constantly increasing pollution and depletion of traditional energy sources. One of the most compelling devices in the field is the fuel cell, a means for converting hydrogen and oxygen into useful energy. To contribute to the advancement of the field of alternative energy, this... Read More

Ancient Egyptian Mummy Portraits: Looking into the Faces of the Past and Present

Haley Mellin, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Art Practice

An Art Practice major, Haley will paint a series of portraits using the techniques and materials found in the Fayum mummy portraits of Ancient Egypt. These portraits, created during the first and second centuries CE for burial ritual purposes, are heralded for their technical and emotive mastery. Haley will conduct fieldwork in New York, London and Cambridge,... Read More

Hidden but Not Forgotten: The Potential of Raising the Life-Chances of Environmental Refugee Women through Grassroots Non-Governmental Organizations

Nathan Menard, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Sociology

Lying hidden between the better discussed consequences of environmental degradation and destruction of the 21st century is an equal pressing issue that is receiving little attention: environmental refugee women. Grassroots Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have recently begun making concerted efforts to address issues of environmental refugee women, yet little... Read More

Families and Frontier Boys: An Archaeology of Consumerism and Identity Construction in a mid-20th Century California Community

Jessica Merizan, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Anthropology

Through archaeological analysis of a dump in Northern California used by the wealthy, Anglo-American ranch family of Joe Coney and related households in the 1940s-60s, Jessica will investigate how patterns of consumerism, as shown by artifacts, negotiate with class, gender, and race, along with regional consumer styles. She plans to spend her summer researching... Read More

Beloved: Toni Morrison's Rhetoric of Libation

Carlos Miranda, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Rhetoric

Carlos's interdisciplinary project, "Beloved: Toni Morrison's Rhetoric of Libation," has two aims. First, it will explore how Toni Morrison uses allegory and the West African concept of nommo to reconstruct historical representations of trauma, as well as practices of communal, cultural and self possession, in her acclaimed 1987 novel Beloved. Secondly, it will... Read More

Protein Crystallography and Bacterial Resistance

Shahram Misaghi, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

The goal of Shahram's Senior Honors Thesis in Molecular and Cell Biology is to obtain a detailed picture of the structure of a novel protein, called Acr A, that has recently been discovered to play an essential role in bacterial resistance to certain antibiotics. Using the technique of protein crystallography, Shahram plans to purify large amounts of Acr A protein from... Read More

Reward Motivation and Working Memory

Rahul Modi, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Psychology

For his senior honors thesis in Psychology, Rahul will use functional MRI to study how the human frontal lobes integrate information in order to guide motivated behavior. It is well established that the frontal lobes play a critical role in short term (working) memory, a function that enables the online maintenance and mental manipulation of information. This study... Read More

The 'Russian Geisha': Commodity of a Commodity

Ekaterina Moiseeva, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Political Science

Conventionally, the word “sex-worker” creates an image of an economically deprived, uneducated and socially isolated female who enters the sex market as a last resort to survive. The word “sex-work” is almost synonymous to “dirty” work. In her project, Ekaterina will examine Russian females who travel to Japan as hostesses and engage in the sex trade, to present a new... Read More

Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic: Development of Inclusive Activism in the Immigrant Youth Movement

Gabriela Monico, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Ethnic Studies

An estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants live in the U.S. 2.1 million youth may attempt to legalize through the DREAM Act, if enacted. An activist movement led by eligible youth has mobilized around this legislation, which has given rise to a narrative that casts eligible youth as deserving, “othering” the 67% that would not qualify. Through interviews and... Read More

Richmond's "State of Emergency"

Dashal Moore, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Ethnic Studies

Dashal’s project will use a recent debate in the Richmond City Council over the proposal to declare a “State of Emergency” as a focus for questions dealing with violence and politics in the deindustrialized and racialized American... Read More

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