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L'Enfer en Soie

Sylvan Guerveno, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Music

Sylvan will compose a symphonic poem in two movements, titled "L'Enfer en Soie" (Hell in Silk), based on "L'Héautontimorouménos" (The Self-Tormenter)--a poem from the 1857 collection Les Fleurs du Mal, by Charles Baudelaire. The dualism that is present in the poem becomes, in this piece, an exploration of the pain of psychological torment, and the relief that may... Read More

Appraising the Role of the Hippocampus in Mediating Prosocial Behaviors

Jay Kumar Gupta, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Molecular and Cellular Biology & Psychology

Humans display an intrinsic capability for prosocial behaviors: behaviors undertaken to benefit others. Stress disrupts this capability but also induces neurogenesis in the hippocampus, a brain region that functions in social memory. Understanding the relationship between stress and prosociality allows better treatment of diseases such as Autism Spectrum Disorder... Read More

Surveillance of Permanent Workers in a Temporary Economy

Hector Gutiérrez, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Ethnic Studies

Current research on Latino masculinity is just beginning to address the rich diversity of gendered experiences found among Latino men, suggesting that Latino men, like all men, are gendered in and through various ways. Still unaddressed, however, are the various different ways in which jornaleros (day laborers) are gendered, disrupting the assertion of a monolithic “... Read More

Erasing Arizona: The Purging of Mexican-American Educational Rights

Salvador Gutierrez Peraza, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : History

In 2010, the Arizona legislature banned the teaching of Ethnic Studies in public schools (K-12) via House Bill 2281.  The bill specifically targeted Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican-American Studies program.  According to the proponents of this bill, the MAS program was “dangerous” because it promoted ethnic, racial, and class divisions among students. ... Read More

The Material Language of Elizabethan Artificers

Trevor Hadden, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : History of Art (minor: Rhetoric)

Although historians have studied Elizabethan England’s social and aesthetic transformations of the built environment, little attention has been paid to the labor of its craftspeople. Scholarship on Elizabethan architecture and decorative arts has privileged the study of stylistic trends, written records of patronage, and named surveyor-architects. This approach... Read More

An Analysis of Candidate Genes Involved in Neural Tube Closure during Xenopus Development

Saori Haigo, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Integrative Biology

The coordination of cell movement is an integral process in development, affecting morphological shape as well as cell fate specification. While the importance of this process has been long realized, the molecular regulation of cell movement remains poorly understood. Saori plans to investigate the roles of two genes, fuzzy (fy) and inturned (in), in establishing... Read More

Egyptian - American Novel in Progress

Zeina Halim, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : English

Zeina, an English major, will write a novel of literary fiction that narrates the lives of three generations of Egyptian-Americans. It explores social issues such as cultural and gender conflict between old world Egyptian-Muslim values and more modern Western values. Intergenerational conflict is examined within the three generations of this family with the first... Read More

Automation of Carbon Flux Explorers for the Study of the Ocean Biological Carbon Pump

Christina at Sea!

Christina Marie Hamilton, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Earth and Planetary Science; Marine Science

Marine-atmosphere gas exchange plays a major role in the global carbon cycle. A key parameter of oceanic CO2 uptake and sequestration is the biological carbon pump (BCP). The BCP is composed of planktonic organisms that fix CO2 in photosynthesis, converting it to food and tissue. The biomass of these organisms turns over about once every week, exporting 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

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

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

Cultural Memory through Cold War Relics in the Bay Area

Sebastian Herics Scholar in Action photo

Sebastian Herics, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : American Studies major

Elven anti-air Nike Missile Sites ringed San Francisco in a line of atomic protection, poised for launch at Soviet bombers that never came from 1950 to 1974. Only Nike Missile site SF-88 has been preserved in a coat of fresh paint that crowds of the curious have toured since 1974 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Sebastian Herics will be tracing the... 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

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