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Solution Processable Point-of-care Optoelectronic Device for Procalcitonin Sensing

Jasmine Jan, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Bioengineering major, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences minor

One focus of point-of-care devices is to improve accessibility of essential diagnostic tools by utilizing miniaturized, accurate and low-cost optical systems. Printed organic optoelectronics are one such technology that have the potential to improve the optical sensing schemes of these systems. Because organic optoelectronics are processed in solution, they can... Read More

Queering Our Performance: Examining Homosociality Among 19th Century Buffalo Soldiers

Naphtalie Jeanty, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Anthropology

The goal of Napthalie’s project is to see if male-identified homosociality or male-to-male sexual relations within black communities is something that can be traced among men in their gendered spheres of work during the 19th century through archaeology. She will participate in an excavation in Fort Davis, Texas, where Buffalo Soldiers were stationed from... Read More

Framing Proposition 71: Understanding The Debate Over Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

David Jiménez, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Sociology

This past November, California passed Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, which allocates 3 billion dollars over the next ten years to human embryonic stem (hES) cell research. How did the majority of Californians decide to vote for this initiative? Before the election, groups for and against the measure tried to sway Californians’... Read More

Investigating Magnetic Order in Metal Selenophosphates FePSe3 and NiPSe3

Caolan John Scholar in Action photo

Caolan John, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Physics major

Since last decade’s discovery of graphene, scientists have searched for its magnetic cousin: a magnetic material that can be cleaved down to a single monolayer thickness. One relatively little-studied family of suitable materials is the transition metal selenophosphates, a class of layered, van der Waals-bonded semiconductor materials. Caolan aims to synthesize... Read More

Evading Dam-Nation: Land Use History of the Lower Cosumnes River Watershed, ca. 1820-2016

Michelaina Johnson, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : History major, Conservation & Resource Studies and Spanish minor

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta today has a highly modified ecosystem due to historical human modification of the landscape for agriculture and development of the state’s water systems. Because Cosumnes River Preserve (CRP), established in 1985, has successfully conserved and restored thousands of acres of the Delta’s native habitats in a way that... Read More

Decolonizing the Bancroft Library

Mark Johnson, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Anthropology

Throughout the 1900s Berkeley Anthropologists documented the ethnographic information of many Native Californian tribes for fear that their lifeways and languages were soon to become extinct in the wake of the burgeoning United States. The Bancroft Library is now steward of these ethnographic collections. While the public institution is responsible to make... Read More

Speaking the Self: Testimony and Self-Development in Jane Eyre and Villette

Brittany Johnson Chalfin, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : English

Brittany’s project will first explore the possibilities and limitations of fictional testimony to enact a process of trauma recovery. She will plumb the formal and imagerial depths of Charlotte Brontë’s novels Jane Eyre and Villette against a background of theoretical work engaged with trauma. She will narrow her critical eye upon the ways in which these two novels... Read More

Away From Home: The Impact of Colonial History on Filipino Labor Trafficking in the US

Wayne Jopanda, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Political Science

In “Migrants for Export”, Dr. Robyn Rodriguez describes the Philippines’ transformation into a “Labor Brokerage State” in which Filipinos are actively recruited to become Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Wayne’s research examines how this system of “labor brokerage” has impacted the increasing undocumented Filipino population in the U.S. First, he will... Read More

Acre/Akka/Akko: A Chronicle of Israel's External and Internal Occupation

Reem Jubran, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Film & Media

The establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 enforced dislocation and fragmentation upon the Palestinian people. Nevertheless, while the “old” may have died, dense history and culture has been passed on to the youth by way of oral history. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has dramatically transformed in the past 60 years, leaving the physically divided... Read More

Redefining the Battle of Chavez Ravine: The Quest for Public Housing in 1950's Los Angeles

Sabina Juneja Garcia, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : American Studies/History

Sabina will travel to Los Angeles to examine historical evidence of the communication between the citizen and the politician to control the shape of the physical landscape of Chavez Ravine. Chavez Ravine was once a thriving Mexican-American community removed for construction of a massive public-housing site yet today Chavez Ravine is home to Dodger Stadium. Using the... Read More

Is There an Education Bubble: Theory and Evidence from South Korea

Yosub Jung, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Economics

Korean policy makers fear an impending education bubble caused by an over-supply of college graduates. Analysts point to the presence of three million unemployed college graduates as evidence that there are already too many young people with advanced education in Korea. The recent national “Half-Tuition” protests that paralyzed colleges and shut down roads suggests... Read More

Asian Improv: Defining Identity and Social Reality Through Music

Loren Yukio Kajikawa, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Loren will undertake a case study of a group of musicians who have recorded for the AsianImprov Record (AIR) label. These musicians have pioneered a musical sensibility commonly known as "Asian American Jazz," which combines traditionally African American musical styles with Asian instruments and approaches to composition. Through a combination of oral histories... Read More

Transition Metal Dichalcogenides: The Next Generation Transistor Materials

Louis Kang, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Transistors are the most fundamental building blocks of modern electronic devices. They perform various functions that range from logic operations to voltage regulations. Since their creation, researchers in the field have devoted significant effort to shrinking down the size of transistors, as transistor scaling provides many desirable benefits, including... Read More

In the Path of the Three Sisters: A Future Plant-Based Food System for Ireland and Israel

Michal Karmi, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Conservation and Resource Studies

The rising economic and environmental cost of fossil fuels will greatly affect our reliance on them for global food transportation in the near future. Michal will design crop plans for plant-based food systems in Israel and Ireland -- regions with radically different climates -- to determine the feasibility of maintaining a locally grown, healthy plant-based diet. This... Read More

Taiwanese Aborigines and the Education Dilemma

Kabrina Kau, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Kabrina will undertake a field-study of the indigenous people of Taiwan, who were colonized by Han immigrants from mainland China in the late-seventeenth century, focusing specifically on their attitudes toward education. Using surveys and interviews with several targeted youth and adult populations in the city of Taitung, she will attempt to ascertain the... Read More

The Revolution Will Not be in the Movies: Hip-Hop Film and Politics

Amarina Kealoha, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Interdisciplinary Field Studies

Amarina will travel this summer to New York City, the cultural birthplace of hip-hop, to investigate this contemporary musical and cultural phenomenon, focusing on the films and videos made about the genre. Her stay will involve an intensive schedule of research, interviews and live events, as well as video documentation, which will form the preliminary visual... Read More

The Holy Gita: The Role of the West in India's Adoption of the Bhagavad Gita as a Holy Text

Erika Kemp, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Religious Studies and South/Southeast Asian Studies

A double major in Religious Studies and South Asian Studies, Erika will be researching the influence of British colonial discourse and Oriental scholarship on the adoption of the Bhagavad Gita, a Sanskrit Hindu text of the third and fourth centuries CE, as the "Hindu Bible" during the early twentieth century. She will spend the summer in India attending an... Read More

Effects of C5 Protein on Interactions between RNase P Ribozyme and a Model mRNA Substrate

Umair Khan, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Molecular and Cell Biology

For his Senior Honors Thesis in Molecular & Cell Biology, Umair will investigate the effects of a protein co-factor on the interactions between RNase P ribozyme and a model mRNA substrate. His research will deepen our understanding of how the protein co-factor affects the sequence-specific ribozyme's structure and activity as it cleaves an mRNA encoding... Read More

The Armenians of Lebanon: Political Presence and Participation Since 1975

Khatchadour Khatchadourian, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Middle Eastern Studies/Anthropology

Khatchadour will travel to Beirut, Lebanon this summer to study Armenian and Lebanese community formation. By conducting interviews and implementing professionally administered surveys, he hopes to gain a more insightful understanding of how each community views itself in relation to the other. Khatchadour will also meet with community leaders and politicians to assess... Read More

Self-Elimination' in Higher Education: An Analysis of Latino High School Seniors' Decision-Making in Applying to Four-Year Colleges

Malihe S. Kigasari, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Mali will investigate how Latino seniors at an inner city high school in Oakland make decisions about applying to prestigious institutions of higher education such as the University of California at Berkeley. Mali's project has evolved out of previous fieldwork, in which she uncovered unexpected data suggesting a pattern she terms "self-elimination": Latino... Read More

Role of Sgk in Apoptotic Signaling

Brian Sun Kim, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Brian will investigate apoptosis, an active choice made by an individual cell to embark on a pathway that ultimately results in its demise. It is generally accepted that apoptosis plays an important role in eliminating damaged cells and maintaining a stable cellular environment; however, relatively little is known about the regulator and effector molecules that... Read More

Altering the Specificity of IDH by Directed Evolution

John Jin Kim, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Molecular and Cell Biology

John plans to alter the specificity of a well-characterized enzyme (IDH) from its natural substrate to a close relative (IPM) by using a process called directed evolution via random mutagenesis. Challenging a holy grail in biochemistry, John will attempt to change the specificity of the enzyme without losing its catalytic power. Although past attempts at rational... Read More

Care Not Cages: Reformist Mental Health Jail Expansion in California

Susan Kim, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Geography, Global Poverty and Practice minor

As the historic prison boom of the past thirty years comes to a halt in California, a nascent jailr boom has snuck onto the scene. Forty out of fifty-eight counties in California are in various stages of building or renovating jails, the most pronounced characteristic among these new jail projects being their emphasis on mental health treatment.  Susan will... Read More

Investigating Autism Spectrum Disorder Etiology Using CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing in Xenopus Tropicalis

Albert Kim, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Microbial Biology

It is not yet known what causes autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on a molecular level, but recently, 65 ASD risk genes have been identified by a lab at UCSF. Albert is focusing on one of these genes, called Neurexin 1. He will be using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to knock out Nrxn1 in Xenopus tropicalis frogs and observing the phenotypic effects, such... Read More

Do Impersonal Voting Formats Change the 'Character' of American Elections?

Joseph H. Kim, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science

Joseph will investigate the hypothesis, asserted by Richard M. Valelly in The American Prospect, that remote voting formats contribute to civic disengagement. For his Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science, he will interview thirty middle class Americans on their experiences with traditional and remote voting formats. The proliferation of... Read More

Stories from the Heart: Biosocial Narratives of Adults with Complex Congenital Heart Disease

Kaitlin Kimmel, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Interdisciplinary Studies; Concentration: Medical Anthropology and Disability Studies

In the 1980s, newborns with complex congenital heart disease (CCHD) began to survive into adulthood in larger numbers than ever before due to advances in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiovascular medicine. Growing up, many were told they would either be “fixed,” once they reached adulthood, they would die in childhood, or that their prognoses were unknown. Now... Read More

The Road Home: How News Shapes the Reintegration of Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans to Civilian Life

Robert R. King, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Media Studies

Many breakthroughs have been made regarding the mental and physical challenges war veterans face. However, veterans face many other challenges when it comes to reintegrating back into civilian society. Robert will explore one aspect that helps create the social context that veterans must navigate upon their return. There is considerable evidence that news coverage can... Read More

Prurient Pleasures and the Pornographic Effect of H.I.V.

Matthew Phillip Kirschenbaum, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Rhetoric

Some are daily watchers, some click on a faulty URL, some start browsing during their pre-teens: most adults have seen pornography, and it is here to stay. After “Porno Chic” during the 1970s-1980s in which pornography was viewed in theaters, VHS pushed porn into the bedroom in the 1990s, provoking gay men to find private sexual outlets. Internet access has... Read More

Modeling the Impact of Variations in Land Use on Carbon Sequestration Service of Atlantic Forest in São Paulo State, Brazil

Mio Kitayama, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Economics/Molecular Environmental Biology

Rapid land use transformation worldwide in recent years raises a demand for models that simulate the impacts of different land use policies on the local ecosystems and its services for human well-being. Mio will join a team in Brazil and devise a mathematical model that estimates the impacts of local land use choices on the carbon sequestration abilities of Atlantic... Read More

Reading Sites, Dropping Lines: An Investigation into Unreliable Language on the Border

Nathaniel Klein, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Practice of Art, Gender and Women Studies (minor)

Nathaniel’s project will produce an experimental video and art show exploring the U.S./Mexico border as it is situated temporally, spatially and psychically. By living in Tijuana and crossing the border daily for six weeks; interviewing activists, architects and academics; and providing volunteer humanitarian aid to migrants, Nathaniel will investigate how the... Read More

Biochemical Control of Fruit Ripening and Senescence

Sae Hee Ko, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Chemistry

Ethylene acts as a unique gaseous plant hormone that is essential for fruit ripening; it is also associated with a variety of aging processes in plants, known as senescence. Sae Hee intends to investigate how the key enzyme (ACC synthase) in the biosynthesis of ethylene functions in order to find an effective inhibitor of this enzyme, thereby providing a means... Read More

The Secrets of the Heart: Love Directionality and Construct Integration

Alex Kogan, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Psychology

In the last thirty years, psychology has seen an explosion in research on love and interpersonal relationships. Much of the work, however, has focused on either mapping styles of love or the functionality of romantic love within the evolutionary and attachment traditions, leaving much of the terrain unexplored. Alex's research aims to go beyond the current models... Read More

High Inequality, Low Creativity? Examining the Effects of Income Inequality on Regulatory Focus

Heather Kornblum, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Psychology

Income inequality is associated with deleterious economic, social, and health outcomes. These negative effects disproportionately affect the poor, but surface across all strata of society. Regulatory focus – being promotion or prevention focused – is the psychological mechanism that may account for these effects. Promotion focus involves living life through... Read More

Buddhas and Buffer Zones: The Impact of International Preservation and Tourism Development on Bodhgaya, India

Defna Kory, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Dafna, an Interdisciplinary: Globalization and Development major, will create a body of 50 documentary photographs depicting the impact of tourism and preservation efforts on the town of Bodhgaya, India. Bodhgaya, located in India’s most impoverished state of Bihar, is home to the Mahabodhi Temple, the most recent addition to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The... Read More

The Biology of Compassion: Locating Goodness in the Heart

Ilmo Konstantin Kotaja, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Psychology/Interdisciplinary Field Studies

Compassion, i.e. empathetic concern for another with the desire to further their wellbeing, is one of the noblest concepts known to man, but our scientific knowledge on the topic is surprisingly limited. Approaching compassion from an evolutionary viewpoint, Ilmo’s project will examine the biological underpinnings of compassion and centers upon a physiological... Read More