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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

Projecting the Self: An Exploration of the Stakes of Metafiction in Ben Lerner’s 10:04 Within Realist Contemporary Literature

Sergio Mendez, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : English, Creative Writing minor

Metafiction, or fiction that is aware of its own artificiality, is often dismissed as gimmicky postmodern narrative pyrotechnics—a narratological gamble for any writer wishing to be taken seriously. Ben Lerner’s latest acclaimed novel, 10:04, asks its readers to reconsider the value of metafiction as it follows a protagonist named Ben who tries to... 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

Latina Caregivers' Perceptions of the Impact They Have on Their Employers' Families, and Changes in Their Perspectives on the 'American Family'

Susana Evelyn Moreno, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Chicano Studies/Ethnic Studies, Education (minor)

Latina domestic workers have come to form a pivotal role in the United States service sector, yet very little is known about their social, political and economic impact on society. Susana’s research seeks to find out how some Bay Area Latina domestic workers perceive their employment and their relations with their employers. Differences between these women’s... Read More

First in Flight: A Comprehensive Study of Etruscan Winged Demons

Marvin Morris, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Classical Civilizations

The so-called “winged-demons” of Etruria appear most prominently in funerary art on painted tomb walls, as well as on clay and stone relief, vase painting and sculpture. Yet, there has been little attempt to comprehensively study and interpret their various forms and features, their religious function and funerary contexts. The Soprintendenza of Southern Etruria... Read More

HIV, Gender, Belonging, and the State: Reflections from Post-Conflict Northern Uganda

Minda Murphy, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Anthropology

Northern Uganda is in the early years of recovery following a twenty year civil war which devastated the region. For an entire decade of that war, nearly two million people from Acholiland were forcibly displaced from their homes and detained in internment camps, living as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees in their own country. With the vast majority... Read More

The Ottoman Empire's Religious and Political Relationship with Afghanistan during the Early 20th Century

Hakeem Naim, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Middle Eastern Studies

It is well known that the Ottoman Empire had deep influence in the Middle East and South East Europe for many centuries. However, the Ottoman impact on Afghanistan, especially in the late 19th and early 20th century, is less commonly acknowledged despite its relevance to our understanding of contemporary problems in the region. To fill this void, Hakeem will study the... Read More

Digital Government: The Next American Revolution?

Daniell Newman, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science

Daniell's research in the burgeoning field of eGovernment will examine the structure, implementation, and deployment issues of the use of the Internet as a tool for governance in the United States. For his Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science, he will travel to Washington D.C. and Sacramento to conduct case studies of the eGovernment plans of the State of... Read More

A Glimpse of the Protein Motions in a Model Hydrogen Tunneling Enzyme

Andy Nguy, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Molecular and Cell Biology & English

Enzymes are highly efficient biological catalysts. Understanding how enzymes catalyze chemical reactions into physiological relevant rates is of great interest. Moreover, electron and proton transfers are ubiquitous in biological processes, yet it has now become clear that such electron and proton transfers may have quantum mechanical effects. Andy will be... Read More

Courting Rhetoric: The Poetics of Erotic Logos at the Platonic Origins of Philosophy

Valerie Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Philosophy / Rhetoric

Through an attempt to gain a sense of the significance of Plato's extensive discussions concerning the nature of language, this study undertakes to understand how the dialectical representation of rhetoric and the regulation of sophistic epistemologies specifically play into securing the institutionalization of philosophy. Foregrounding the particular role of the... Read More

V-Src Regulation of Protein Kinase C-Zeta

David H. Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Activation of the proto-oncogene c-Src, a tyrosine kinase, is evident in major cancers such as breast and colon. C-Src activates substrates that serve important roles in controlling growth, survival and motility of cells. Activation of c-Src is known to cause transformation, the process by which normal cells become cancerous. David seeks to elucidate how v-Src, a... Read More

Media Coverage of Media Concentration

Chau Nguyen Doan, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Media Communications

Chau’s research seeks an answer to this question: Do the business interests of an increasingly corporate media undermine the reporting of news on which the public depends? Media scholars have debated this key question for years (mostly answering affirmatively), but Chau hopes to introduce a novel approach to the analysis: using news coverage of media concentration as a... Read More

Microcredit and the Discourse of Empowerment: A Case Study in Jinotega, Nicaragua

Kristen Norman, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

In an effort to narrow the gap in gender equality and improve public health, microfinance institutions are increasingly creating products for women in developing countries. Experts caution against assuming that women’s empowerment is an automatic outcome of microfinance, and call for accompanying “soft services” such as health education, literacy training, and... Read More

Redefining Gender Roles After the Internal Conflict: Women in Ayacucho, Peru

Sandra Núñez Portocarrero, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Sociology

Vast academic attention characterized by a search for causality and consequences has been given to the internal conflict in Peru in the 1980s and 1990s. However, little attention has been given to women, the main victims of the conflict. Seeking to understand the redefinition of gender roles after the internal conflict, Sandra will travel to Ayacucho, a province in the... Read More

Uncovering the Genesis of Omagua: A Contact Language of Peruvian Amazonia

Zachary O'Hagan, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Linguistics

Most languages spoken today are of roughly direct descent from other, perhaps extinct, languages. Latin is the famous progenitor of the Romance languages. However, the pre-history of some languages is not one of direct descent, but rather of contact, or mixture. Omagua is a highly endangered, pre-Columbian contact language of Peruvian Amazonia, with only two remaining... Read More

The Illusion of Inclusion: A Proposal to Investigate How Citizenships and Legal Status Shape Community Perspectives on Prison Complexes within a Small California Town

Martín Olea, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

This project, which will be Martin’s senior honors thesis for Interdisciplinary Studies, will explore the process through which a small town, populated mostly by farmworkers, approved the construction of carceral facilities that are detrimental to a significant portion of its population. Prisons today are of significant importance to the communities of the... Read More

The Semiotics of Digital Storytelling

Marisa S. Olson, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Combining research with creative expression, Marisa will be exploring digital storytelling, a new multimedia narrative form that uses images, film, text and sounds that are electronically stored and retrieved via computers. She will be investigating the structural/narratological characteristics of this new medium in order to theorize the points of divergence between... Read More

Sculpting Memory: Reading Berlin's Book Burning Memorial

Isabella Oppen, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Comparative Literature/German Studies

What can a close reading of Berlin’s Book Burning Memorial offer to elucidate conflicts of remembering a turbulent past? Using libraries and archives in Berkeley and Berlin, Isabella will research the history and development of the current memorial; its public reception; and different uses of its location (Bebelplatz) over time. This research will also entail an in-... Read More

Bodies, Burials, and Black Cultural Politics: African American Funerals in the Civil Rights Movement

Keith Orejel, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : History

Keith will be traveling to Washington D.C. to do archival research at the Library of Congress and National Archives. He will be studying funerals in the Civil Rights-Black Power Era. Scholars of the Civil Rights and Black Power Eras often focus on the institutions and individuals who fueled the creation of these social movements, while ignoring the role of culture and... Read More

Abrasive Reconciliation: Negotiating El Salvador’s Transition to Democracy

Spencer Orey, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Anthropology

Spencer will travel to El Salvador this summer and conduct anthropological fieldwork focusing on the not-for-profit organization Pro-Búsqueda. Focusing primarily on reuniting children “disappeared” in the Salvadoran civil war with their biological families, workers at Pro-Búsqueda have not only helped to advocate processes of justice and repatriation but have also... Read More

“I’m Expected to get Married for Papers”: Latino/a Undocumented Young Adults and their Navigations of Intimate Relationships

Humberto Ortiz, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Sociology

Humberto’s project will examine how Latino/a undocumented migrant youth negotiate migrant ‚Äúillegality‚Äù in their everyday lives through relationships of love, kinship, and companionship. While a growing literature has examined how this population navigates “public” contexts of higher education and civic engagement, no scholarship has analyzed how these youth... Read More

In Fear of Difference: Dissent and Anti-Individualism in the former Yugoslavia

Tiasha Palikovic, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science/Psychology

A double major in Political Science and Psychology, Tiasha will be studying how Yugoslavia's political transition out of communism has affected the region's stance toward individualism, seeking to determine whether the move toward liberal democracy has produced a genuine effort towards increasing freedom of expression. She will be testing her hypothesis that anti... Read More

Conceptual Metaphors in Describing Transgender Identities

Ayden Parish, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Linguistics (minor: LGBTQ Studies)

Ayden is exploring the metaphors used to describe transgender identities and experiences. Cognitive linguistics understands metaphor as central to language and human cognition, allowing us to grasp abstract concepts via physical sensations and everyday experiences. There has, however, been very little put forward for a cognitive linguistics of gender: How are the... Read More

Memory--True or False? Processing and Structure in False Memory

Lillian Park, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Lillian will be researching the phenomenon of false recall, in which a person confidently remembers something that did not occur. False memory has been a vexing problem in psychological theory and its clinical and forensic applications. A new paradigm suggests that people spontaneously generate associatively or thematically related material while they encode memories,... Read More

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