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Toward Autonomy: Investigating Grassroots Latino Projects Pursuing Community-Centered Economic Development

Jesús Vásquez-Cipriano, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Interdisciplinary Studies

Impoverished communities of color (ICC) continue to lack economic self-sufficiency. This diminishes their self-governance and self-determination. However, Latino communities and other racially marginalized peoples continue to develop grassroots, community-led projects that address their need for communal self-sufficiency and political empowerment. Jesús... Read More

Strategies of Literary Defiance in Tobias Smollett's "The Expedition of Humphry Clinker", William Apess' "A Son of the Forest and Other Writings”, and José Antonio Villarreal’s “Pocho”

Dennis Velasquez, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : English

Dennis’ research seeks to expand the exploration of transculturation through an in-depth analysis of three vastly unrelated literary works that nonetheless contend with English Linguistic Imperialism, and reveal strikingly comparable strategies that defy it. Focusing on canonical texts by eighteenth century Scottish, nineteenth century Pequot Native American... Read More

Seeds of Reconciliation: Seed Sovereignty as a Form of Reparation for Victims of War in Colombia

Juan Manuel Vélez, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Society & Environment major, Global Poverty & Practice and Food Systems minor

Juan Manuel’s research seeks to understand how Colombian farmers have politicized their relationship with seeds. Some farmers consider recent state policies restricting seed-saving and seed-trading as a form of dispossession. Such policies have politicized their relationship with seeds regarding their control and preservation to protect their livelihoods,... Read More

The SNTE and the Democratic Transition in Mexico

Hector Vivero, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Development Studies

The 2000 presidential election ended seventy one years of Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Instituiconal, PRI) government in Mexico. Faced with new political circumstances, the institutions created by the “perfect dictatorship” were forced to adapt to the Mexican Transition to Democracy. The purpose of this project is to investigate the... Read More

Blankwall: A Poetic Interpretation of Interracial Modernity and the Harlem Renaissance

Chad Vogler, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : English, Creative Writing (minor)

Chad will travel to New York and New Haven to perform research on the unusual interracial collaborations and intercultural exchanges which occurred during the Harlem Renaissance, and this material will be used to compose a series of 25-30 poems. Inspired by recent critical discourses that redescribe modernism as a set of interracial dynamics, these poems will be... Read More

Does Social Status Impact Mental Health?

Vanessa Voss, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Integrative Biology

The goal of this project is to expand our understanding of the role social status plays in the etiology of depression. In humans, there is a strong inverse relationship between social status and depression. Those at the top of their social hierarchy experience less depression compared to those at the bottom. Our laboratory has developed a basic animal model which... Read More

South African Foreign Direct Investment in Mozambique

Saul Wainwright, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Political Economy of Industrial Societies

Since 1994 there has been an explosion of South African corporate investment into the rest of Africa. It is a unique brand of investment because it does not fit the “traditional” extractive type of investment seen in Africa. Instead, much of this investment is in the form of grocery stores, shopping malls, cell phones and banking. Saul will be exploring the... Read More

Translation of a Poetry Book by the French Poet James Sacré

Christophe Marc Wall-Romana, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Christophe will translate for publication a volume of poetry, titledViens dit quelqu'un, by the French poet James Sacré. Sacré is one of the most accomplished French poets writing today, the winner of France's most prestigious poetry prize (Prix Apollinaire, 1988) and highest cultural distinction (Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 1987).... Read More

Subcellular Targeting of the p21-activated Protein Kinase, Cla4

Lorraine M. Wang, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology

The ability of cells to respond to extracellular signals is mediated by signal transduction networks that almost invariably include a cascade of protein kinases. One family of protein kinases that is universally conserved in eukaryotes is called the p21-activated protein kinases (PAKs). The genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae has revealed a closely related PAK-... Read More

Mapping the Non-Spectacle: A Counter-narrative to the 2010 South Africa World Cup

Jonathan Wang, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Art Practice/Anthropology

At the edge of the city, beyond the stadiums newly built to house South Africa’s 2010 World Cup, are clusters of temporary relocation areas that have come to house tens of thousands of South Africa’s internally displaced urban peoples. Jonathan will travel to South Africa to visually document and map the dialectic relationships between these distinct spaces of... Read More

Income Tax Reform, the Evolution of Inequality, and the Boost of Domestic Demand -- In Search of a Sustainable Economic Growth Model

Yanyue (Adelina) Wang, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Economics; Applied Mathematics

As Chinese economic reform deepens and widens its scope, finding a model for sustainable growth is of paramount importance. In this research, I will investigate how changes in the personal income tax structure would boost domestic demand as a stable driving force for economic development, focusing mainly on a flat tax structure. I will analyze past income tax... Read More

The Mulatto and the State: An Analytic History, 1890-1936

Scott Leon Washington, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Scott's project examines the crystallization of the "one-drop rule" in the United States between 1890 and 1936: a relatively unique principle of racial classification which defines as "black" anyone with even the slightest trace of black or African ancestry. Over the summer Scott will be visiting the Schomburg Center for Research in Harlem, and, in order to... Read More

The Cognitive Transformation of The Striving Black Brothers Coalition

Tyri Watson, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Interdisciplinary Studies | Spanish

The Striving Black Brothers Coalition (SBBC) is a mentoring program at Chabot College in Hayward, California that offers space, peer mentoring, and staff ally support to African American males in order to transform their academic performance. In this study, Tyri Kayshawn will examine how the SBBC facilitates higher graduation rates of African Americans males at... Read More

Exploring the Role of Polysialic Acid in Tumor Metastasis

John Weedin, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Molecular and Cell Biology/History

A double major in Molecular & Cell Biology and History, John intends to investigate the function of polysialic acid (PSA) on the cellular membranes of cancer cells. Polysialic acid is a relatively long, negatively charged sugar polymer composed only of sialic acid monomers. While the role of polysialic acid in neural and fetal cells has been well studied,... Read More

Ancient Graffiti and Emulation of Moche Religious Wall Paintings

Gabriella Wellons, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : History of Art

In the Moche culture of ancient Peru (ca. 250–850 CE), graffiti markings have been discovered on the mural walls of the Huaca de la Luna archaeological site, a former Moche religious center in the Moche Valley of Peru. On spontaneous occasions of ancient graffiti, incised figural forms often emulate pre-existing imageries on painted murals and sculpted... Read More

Heavy Fermion Refrigerator

Elizabeth Nicole Wilcut, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Elizabeth plans to design, construct and test a prototype of a low temperature refrigerator, in order to demonstrate an efficient and simple method for cooling to temperatures below 1 Kelvin. Currently, dilution refrigerators are used to achieve such low temperatures, a technology that is complicated, expensive and experimentally demanding. By pioneering the use... Read More

Beyond the Weird: A Cultural Analysis of the album Sailing the Seas of Cheese by Primus

Matthew Willett, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : American studies

American popular music went through a bohemian renaissance in the early 1990s. Major record labels were signing musicians who played unconventional music, and there was an American audience hungry for these new sounds. Matt will be analyzing the 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese by the Bay Area band Primus in order to understand how the Bay Area art and... Read More

Divergent Policies, Divergent Trajectories? The Impact of Established Political Systems on Oil and Gas Institutions in Ghana and Uganda

Itago Winnie, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Environmental Economics & Policy major, Global Poverty & Practice minor

Historically, oil exploration in Africa has brought the “resource curse”: countries with more abundant natural resources have poorer development outcomes, due to corruption and environmental degradation. Itago will compare new oil producers Ghana and Uganda—which share many similarities despite Uganda’s semi-authoritiarianism and Ghana’s greater democracy... Read More

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Creating an Image of Israel for Tourists and Pilgrims

Marc Wolf, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

Marc's interdisciplinary interest in the phenomenon of Israeli tourism in the millennial year is informed by religious studies, marketing, and the anthropology of tourism, as well as his history major. He will undertake a comparative analysis of how Israel uses its Ministry of Tourism to create a range of images in order to market itself to Jewish, Christian, and... Read More

A Novel Approach to Synthetic Vaccine for HIV-1 Involving a Beta-Hairpin Peptide Having Fluoroaromatic Amino Acids

Irene Wong, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Japanese

Irene’s senior thesis in Molecular and Cell Biology may contribute to the development of a vaccine for HIV-1. A potential target for vaccination against AIDS is the V3 loop region of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein, gp120, which plays an important role in viral infection. V3 adopts a ß-hairpin structure; the successful synthetic ß-hairpin peptide may thus mimic... Read More

Urban Mediation Committees in a Modernizing China

Kangying Connie Wu, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Political Economy of Industrial Societies

Twenty-five years of reform in China have impacted virtually all corners of social life. During the Mao era, urban neighborhood mediation committees helped to resolve disputes and conserve social harmony and stability in the cities. Today, the physical and social structures of China's cities have changed dramatically, raising questions about whether these remnants of... Read More

Facilitative and Competitive Nutrient Interactions With Changing Crop Spacing and Density in a Broccoli and Fava Intercropping System

Juliana Wu, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Molecular Environmental Biology

Intercropping with legumes is an agricultural practice where crops are cultivated with a legume, commonly fava, that is capable of fixing nitrogen and increasing soil fertility. Juliana’s study aims to measure the effect of crop spacing and density on facilitative and competitive interactions for nitrogen and phosphorus in an intercropping system of fava bean (... Read More

Beyond Holding Up the Sky: Beijing Women in the Era of the Olympic Games

Lijia Xie, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Based on Lijia's travels in China in summer 2008, she composed a collection of three chapters of prose poems intercut with verse as cultural narratives of gender, reanimated as myths of Chinese history and femininity situated onto an invented milieu, the neither/nor setting of contemporary China hosting a global event. The first chapter, (public airing), seeks... Read More

Tangible Instant Messaging - Accessible Technology for the Elderly

Margaret Yau, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Technology for the elderly should satisfy not only their functional requirements, but also their social and emotional needs. To develop accessible technology for the elderly and enhance their social connections with their remote family members, Margaret, an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major, will design, implement, and evaluate a tangible instant... Read More

The Politics of Repression and the Arts of Subversion: Contemporary Theater in Iran

Leila Yavari, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Political Science

Leila will travel to Iran this summer to research Iranian theater, in order to assess the extent to which live theatrical performances offer a location for the subversion of censorship laws--and with what repercussions. She will be investigating censorship guidelines, analyzing scripts, observing performances, attending theater classes at the University of Azad,... Read More

Negotiating Female Film Fandom, 1910-1940

Shirley Ye, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

Shirley will investigate how early female movie fans interacted with film celebrities between the years 1910 and 1940, the formative years of film practice in Hollywood. Traveling to New York and Los Angeles this summer, Shirley will examine early fan letters, publications and other artifacts housed at archives, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Academy... Read More

Re-Living Latin: Understanding the Interaction between Method, Material, and Meaning

Alice Yeh, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Anthropology

Foreign language education in a study-abroad setting is taken for granted as a means of acquiring fluency and cultural competency. But for a language without a “living” space, as Latin arguably is, what is it like to be physically situated in a concrete, historical locale without a native community of speakers? Based in an immersion program in Rome, Alice’s research... Read More

Earth-based Detection of CMBR Polarization: Data Analysis and Control Software Development

Ki Won Yoon, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Ki Won's project involves an investigation of cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR). CMBR travels to us over cosmic distances, beginning its journey a short time after the Big Bang, the birth of the Universe. In essence, it is a snapshot of the aftermath of creation. Specifically, Ki Won will study the polarization characteristics of CMBR, using a... Read More

A Half-Century of Food Rationing in Cuba: A Historical Analysis of the Libreta

Kaylee Yoshii, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : History | Spanish & Education

Among the Cuban Revolution’s socialist reforms, none has influenced daily life more than the food rationing system. Since 1962, Cubans have used the libreta de abastecimiento (supplies booklet) to obtain monthly rations from state-run stores. The system enjoyed initial success, but the libreta’s efficacy diminished over time and today covers only ten days of food... Read More

Direct Measurement of Time Reversal Symmetry Violation in a P-wave Superconductor

Thomas Yuzvinsky, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Physics/Math

Which way does time flow? Could time really be flowing backwards, and our perception of time passing forward be purely a matter of perspective? Physical phenomena that are asymmetric under time reversal have shown that time must flow forwards, and the discovery of such phenomena in different environments opens the door for new experiments and a better... Read More

Moral Responsibility and Determinism

Pei (Tony) Zhao, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Philosophy

On one hand, determinism claims the necessity of physical laws, together with the state of the universe at any moment, entails that what happens next must happen. On the other hand, when a person acts wrongly and gets blamed for his action, we seem to presuppose that he could have acted differently. Does determinism, or the objective view of science in general,... Read More

The Diabetes Micro-Clinic Project: Community Awareness and Ownership in the Developing World

Daniel Elias Zoughbie, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Urban Studies, Middle Easter Studies (minor)

During a recent stay in the West Bank, Daniel identified a staggering diabetes problem with serious gaps in treatment delivery and diabetes education. Consequently, he intends to establish and document approximately twenty “micro-clinics” composed of small groups of Palestinian diabetics meeting in designated houses or businesses for the purpose of diabetes... Read More

An Exploration of Emotional Contagion in Infants

Margaret Zvanut, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Psychology

Emotional contagion is defined as “the tendency to automatically mimic and synchronize facial expressions, vocalizations, postures and movement with those of another person.” It is a major means by which one human being comes to feel and behave in the same fashion as another, and may be fundamental to empathy and prosocial behavior. For Maggie’s Senior Honor’s... Read More