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When Being Bilingual Hurts: Reminding Latino Students that Spanish is the Primary Language at Home May Hurt Subsequent Performance on a Verbal Test

Joel Portillo, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Psychology

Latinos and Blacks score the lowest on the SAT verbal section. Considering the weight that universities give to SATs when considering admissions, the implications of these statistics are great. Research documents the negative effects of stereotype threat, a fear of confirming negative stereotypes about a group with which one identifies, on performance in standardized... Read More

Interferon-Dependent Innate Mechanisms in Mice with Dengue Infection

Daniil Prigozhin, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Mathematics

Dengue virus (DEN) causes the most widespread life-threatening arboviral disease in humans, with an estimated 2.5 billion people at risk worldwide. Despite the global morbidity and mortality, DEN specific vaccines and therapies currently do not exist, and both protective and pathogenic roles of the immune system in DEN infection need further investigation. The Harris... Read More

Linguistic Atlas of River Yurok

Alysoun Quinby, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Linguistics

Alysoun will identify previously undescribed linguistic variation in Yurok, an endangered native language of northwestern California. There are two major Yurok dialect areas, and her aim is to map local variation within one of those: the area along the Klamath River from the coast upriver to Weitchpec, California. Alysoun will use archival and field research to... Read More

An Anthropological Study of the Aftermath of the Chevron Explosion

Casey Racicot, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Anthropology

On August 6, 2012, the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California exploded, hospitalizing 15,000 people and causing severe environmental impacts. In the weeks that followed the explosion, the infrastructure surrounding the refinery became stressed as businesses shut down, hospitals became overwhelmed, gardens and vegetation died, and peoples’ sense of stability... Read More

Sex Worker Identity, Citizenship, and Health in Brazil

Tara Rado, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Anthropology

Tara will undertake ethnographic research in downtown Rio de Janeiro, where sex workers earn their livelihoods in extreme economic and social marginalization. They face health problems such as HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Although their work is decriminalized, they struggle with police brutality and have little legal redress against human rights... Read More

The Gender Wage Gap: A Moral or Economic Concern?

Nicole Rankin, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Sociology

With the rise of political controversy, it is vital to explore what shapes our strong convictions. Moral ideologies are often the foundation of political arguments, and gender differences within morality have been widely disputed. To grasp the complex intersection of gender, morality, and politics, Nicole seeks to examine how gender and political affiliation... Read More

Development of a Point of Care Tuberculosis Diagnostic Device

Navpreet Ranu, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Chemical Engineering

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that often attacks the lungs and can be spread through the air by coughing, sneezing, and other airborne means. Approximately 2 billion people are infected with TB and around 1.6 million people die of this disease every year. Navpreet will develop a point of care (POC) diagnostic device that will be able to quantify specific... Read More

The Untold Narrative of Political Graffiti and Street Art in the ongoing Egyptian Revolution

Barira Rashid, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Social Welfare

Since the fall of ex-president Hosni Mubarak, street art has become the most widespread form of political expression in Egypt since the Egyptian Revolution began on January 25th, 2011. As a means to proclaim the goals of the revolution and mock the military regime in power, Barira will further explore how political graffiti and street art have come to signify a... Read More

Nanowire Solar Cells

Ali Rathore, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The resurgent interest in renewable energy within recent years has confirmed that solar energy conversion will be key to the global energy economy. However, the vast majority of modern commercial photovoltaic technology is based on expensive single crystalline silicon and does not provide a practical solution for a sustainable energy infrastructure. Modern... Read More

8-Bit Teardrops: A History of Melodrama in Video Games

Kyle Rentschler, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Film Studies

Often understood as a film genre, melodrama is more accurately understood as a particular mode of expression which is actually highly prevalent in most forms of Western mass media. In his paper, Kyle will be addressing melodrama’s existence in video games. Focusing on narrative, design, and gameplay, Kyle will be taking an historical approach at analyzing how melodrama... Read More

The Development and Significance of Frege's Theory of Concepts

Nicholas Riggle, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Philosophy

What is a concept? What philosophical and explanatory power should we expect from a theory of concepts? Logician, mathematician and philosopher Gottlob Frege tried to demonstrate the logicist thesis that all arithmetical theorems are purely logical consequences of the basic laws of logic and the logically defined axioms of arithmetic. During the evolution of his... Read More

Among Dreams: Transcending the Physical and Subjective Constraints of Incarceration

Danica Rodarmel, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : English

Among Dreams illuminates the collective, un-fixed identities of incarcerated individuals in the Bay Area by interweaving dream narratives and personal histories. The project will culminate in two publications: one book devoted to the inmates’ work and another devoted to Danica’s experiences with familial incarceration and prison work. The books will explore reoccurring... Read More

Dislocation: A Transgenerational analysis of political gang violence in El Salvador and Los Angeles

Nalya Arabelle Fenella Rodriguez, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Ethnic Studies & Sociology

Looking at the factors that led to the Salvadoran civil war, such as the social inequalities of the time, Nalya has found it important to further understand the implications of this political violence in the creation of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS) street gang. Using Durkheim’s theory of religion, she has developed a theory on the religion of violence. This "... Read More

Maya Perceptions of Archeological Practice

Timoteo Rodríguez, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Anthropology

Throughout Mesoamerica the effects of archaeological practice and the prospect of tourism on communal farmlands have caused native communities and foreign scholars to interact in roles ranging from adversarial to collaborative. A major in social/cultural anthropology, Timoteo’s project is to examine the relationships of North American archaeologists to the Maya... Read More

Characterization of Fine Genetic Regulatory Mechanisms of a Bacterial sRNA in the Virulence of a Foodborne Pathogen ̶ Salmonella Typhimurium

Laura Carolina Rodriguez-Adjunta, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Salmonella is the leading source of food-borne diseases in the United States. Infection by Salmonella Typhimurium causesdiseases ranging from self-limiting gastroenteritis to life-threatening systemic infection, provoking around 1.3 billion cases every year worldwide. Moreover, no vaccine to prevent salmonellosis exists. Recently, 19 small noncoding... Read More

A Novel Mechanism of Silencing Transposable Elements

Denisse Rojas, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Integrative Biology, Sociology

Transposable elements (TEs) are movable pieces of DNA that can have detrimental effects in the plant genome. When TEs are expressed, they can disrupt normal gene function. Small RNAs (siRNAs) direct DNA methylation, which signals other proteins to prevent TE expression. Previous studies show that methylation patterns in the endosperm affect silencing of TEs in the... Read More

When Hot Money Turns Cold: An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Bond Spreads in the Euro-Area

Joseph Root, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Economics, Applied Mathematics

Since the onset of the financial crisis, many European countries have seen the financial base of their economies dissipate. Fueled largely by high levels of debt and market malaise, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and others have been forced to implement excruciating austerity measures to prevent financial collapse. Despite the ubiquity of bond markets, academic economists... Read More

Specific Heat Measurements of Silicon Nanowires for Improved Thermoelectrics

Jason Ross, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Physics

Jason's research group has recently developed the nanocalorimeter, a membrane-based calorimeter which has ten times less addenda heat capacity than any known calorimeter, allowing for the first accurate measurements of nanogram sized samples. With this, Jason proposes to measure the specific heat of silicon nanowires in response to recent thermal transport studies... Read More

Orbital Revolution: An Exploration in Visual Conceptual and Physical Communication

Tamarind A. Rossetti-Johnson, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Tamarind will create an experiential multimedia performance piece that involves viewers in exploring processes and representations of communication. Live performers will interact with video documentation, photographs and drawings of visual symbols of technological communication, such as satellite dishes, telephone wires and television antennae. In order to add a global... Read More

Expression, Performance, and Ritual: An Artistic Exploration of Dance in Tajikistan

Natalie Rutiezer, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Near Eastern Studies | Dance

The sweeping gestures of the body, the symbolism, the hand movements and fast ecstatic spins of Tajik dance express a history and present reality that cannot be described in words – only felt. In Tajikistan, dance is an integral part of ritual, tradition, and expression of quotidian life. Natalie will travel to Tajikistan to immerse herself in the study and... Read More

Cloning of Extended Auricle 1 (eta1): A Maize Leaf Developmental Mutant

Nasim Sadeghian, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Two fundamental questions in both plant and animal development are how patterns are formed and how cell fates are determined. The maize leaf provides an elegant model for examining these questions because its development is well characterized and its use as a genetic system is well established. Nasim will investigate the role of the gene eta1 (extended auricle1)... Read More

Role of Neutrophils and Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes in Cell-mediated Immunity to Listeria monocytogenes

Aida Sadikovic, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Aida's Senior Honors Thesis in Molecular & Cell Biology will focus on investigating the mechanisms behind the murine immune response to Listeria monocytogenes. L. monocytogenes is a ubiquitous intracellular human and animal pathogen that can spread from cell to cell via actin-based motility. Previous studies have shown that VASP-binding deficient strains of L... Read More

Vectors of Cultural Development in Trinidad and Tobago: Commodification and Self-Identification in the Rapso Movement

Stephanie Neda Sadre-Orafai, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Stephanie's project will explore the connection between consumption and self-identification within the rapso community of Trinidad and Tobago. Since the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Trinidadian musical form of rapso has been a vehicle for social change and cultural activism; however, to date, it has received almost no scholarly attention. In order to test her... Read More

Heroes or Traitors: The Twisted History of a French Newspaper in the German Occupation and After

Paul Sager, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

La Petite Gironde, based in Bordeaux, France, was one of that country's top regional newspapers from the 1860s to World War II. When the Germans occupied the country in 1940, all of France's media fell under their control. Newspapers were the most visible expression of French collaboration with Nazi power.  La Petite Gironde was no exception. At the moment of... Read More

Contemporary Lebanese Women's Novels

Lena A. Salaymeh, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :


Illuminating Social Landscapes: unearthing life of the Mayan non-elite through household excavation and catchment analysis

Kimberly Salyers, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Anthropology

Extensive work has been done on the civic centers of Classic Maya culture. However, archaeological study of Maya commoners has been scarce until recent years. Kimberly’s research will focus on the artifacts uncovered in an excavated household at Chinikihá, Mexico. Through a catchment analysis using GIS mapping, she will assess the economic resource basis for settlement... Read More

Rejection Sensitivity and Gratitude

A. Nicholas Santascoy, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Psychology

Research on rejection sensitivity, the anxious expectation of and hostility to perceived rejection, has focused on mapping its possible causes and negative consequences. Positive emotion research, though, has revealed gratitude's tendency to foster positive affect and pro-social behavior. Nicholas plans to examine the efficacy of gratitude in reducing negative... Read More

Modes of Production and Tactics of Resistance: a Study of the Philippine Left in the 1990s

Joseph Paul Scalice, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Joseph’s interest in the Philippines is the product of over 16 years of residency in Manila. Joseph will investigate the origin and ramifications of recent debates within the Philippine left over ‘modes of production’. Over the past 15 years, the left in the Philippines has fragmented into two broad camps: those that claim that the Philippine mode of production... Read More

Migrating Minors – Uncovering the Myths, the Facts, and the Figures: What Is Driving Central American Children to Travel Alone to the U.S.?

Judy Schafer, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major

My research will investigate the reported phenomenon of increasing numbers of unaccompanied Central American youth migrating to the United States from May 2011 to July 2013. I will examine these questions: Why are these children migrating alone? Will this overall trend continue? Or is there a push/pull factor that is influencing this recent surge? What can be... Read More

The Scarves of Choice: Headscarf Discrimination and Economic Development in Turkey

Mehmet Seflek, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Economics and Arabic

Legislation banning the Islamic headscarf in Turkish universities has caused a political and social uproar over the last two decades, but the effect of the spillover of politics into women's private lives has often been overlooked. Mehmet will research the extent of the discrimination against women who wear the Islamic headscarf in the Turkish labor-market and, if... Read More

Matriculating Down: Habitus and Transition for the Private School Elite

Miriam Sergent-Leventhal, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Sociology | Linguistics

Studies of educational outcomes have focused on what prevents disadvantaged students from succeeding, leaving reproduction of educational elites in a black box. Miriam’s research will focus on how students from elite private schools fare in a large public university, particularly the University of Michigan and Cal Berkeley. Relying on Bourdieu’s concept of... Read More

Fictional Nonfiction: Examining Postmodernist Parody and Subjectivity in Mass Culture

Tyler Shores, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Rhetoric/English

Tyler’s project will examine postmodern parody as a model of discourse, and will seek to account for parody’s ubiquity in a specifically mass cultural context. Although parody is of course nothing new, there is something particularly of philosophical interest about postmodernist parody. By introducing the notion of subjectivity into the discussion, the focus will... Read More

Researching the Recycling Industry in Israel

Ori Adam Skloot, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Ori's project unites his interest in business with his strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Specifically, he will be focusing on the emerging recycling industry in Israel. Israel presents a particularly interesting case study, because it is a country in which industrialization and expansion continue to progress with only minimal consideration given... Read More

Molecular Characterization of a piRNA Biogenesis Protein

Alison Smith, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Chemical Biology, Dance & Performance Studies (minor)

RNA interference (RNAi) is a rapidly expanding field of research that promises to yield a better understanding of how cells regulate their environments through RNAi mediated gene silencing pathways. Harnessing RNAi’s transformative properties may prove to be a powerful methodology for developing effective, cell-specific drugs, thus reducing harm and unwanted side... Read More

Searching for Cultural Identity in the Worlds of Sounds and Signs: AStory of One Deaf Artist

Amber Rose Smock, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Amber will create a multimedia narrative—layering videos, performance, sound, and slides—and a written journal based on her experiences of culture shock as she explores her deaf identity as a young adult. Growing up, Amber was mainstreamed and considered herself hard-of-hearing, but had never met anyone from the Deaf community. This summer, Amber consciously... Read More