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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

The Efficacy of International Law in Regulating Trade between LDCs and DCs

Olga V. Kotlyarevskaya, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Political Science/Economics

Olga will examine to what extent less developed countries (LDCs) and developed countries (DCs) benefited from the informal World Trade Organization (WTO) compromise in which LDCs allowed uniform regulation of intellectual property and DCs allowed uniform regulation of textiles. To do so she will compare the disputes from 1995 to 2001 between India and the United States... Read More

Fiat Lux

Debra Jeanne Kraus, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Art Practice

Debra’s life experience as a caregiver to her husband throughout his terminal illness has inspired her to create an art exhibit that narrates his lifetime as a man and soldier groomed by the social effects and fears of the Cold War. Her work will investigate agent orange exposure of American soldiers who fought in Vietnam. “Fiat Lux,” will be grounded in the... Read More

An Ethnography of Urban Paramedics

Kevi Krause, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Philosophy

Kevi is studying the work-lives of Alameda County paramedics. His objective is to describe a dynamic process by whereby social relations and culture shape the practices of the paramedic community. His work should improve our anthropological and sociological understanding of factors that influence the behavior of groups of people. Results of Kevi's research may also be... Read More

Steric Constraints on Anthrax Toxin Translocation

Allen Kwong, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Although protein translocations across cellular membranes are vitally significant, the biophysical mechanisms underlying such processes remain obscure. Nevertheless, methods exist for studying translocation processes. In particular, anthrax toxin’s movement across cellular membranes provides a model for studying general translocation mechanisms. Allen’s specific... Read More

Positional Cloning of the Grinch Mutation in Xenopus Tropicalis

Dang Lam, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Under the guidance of Dr. Richard Harland and two postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Timothy Grammer and Dr. Mustafa Khokha, Dang will study the novel grinch mutation that affects the lymphatic system of the frog Xenopus tropicalis. Like humans, frogs have a lymphatic system which drains fluids from tissues back to the bloodstream. The lymphatic system influences the course of... Read More

Early ART or PrEP? A Comparative Analysis of Effectiveness and Cost of HIV Prevention through Antiretroviral Drugs

Keng Lam, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Public Health

Worldwide, we have more than 33 million people living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). It remains a challenge to find the best prevention methods. Keng’s research compares two new biomedical prevention methods that have used ART (antiretroviral therapy) to prevent HIV transmission in discordant couples (one member is infected but the other is not). One method... Read More

A 'Supreme Goddess' in the Making: The Evolution of Tara in Indian Buddhist Sculpture, ca. 5-8th centuries CE

Hillary Langberg, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : History of Art / South and Southeast Asian Studies

Hillary's research will take her to the states of Maharashtra and Orissa in central India, to the ancient Buddhist sites of Kanheri, Ellora, Aurangabad, and Ratnagiri, among others, where the earliest relief sculptures of Tara remain in situ. In tracking the early evolution Tara's form, Hillary's project will examine how the goddess is increasingly incorporated... Read More

Mic Check! (Mic Check): Tracking the Circulation and Recirculation of Protest Folklore on the U.C. Berkeley Campus (Tracking the Circulation and Recirculation of…)

Kristine Lawson, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Anthropology

Drawing on over five decades of folklore from U.C. Berkeley’s Folklore Archives, as well as interviews and ethnographic participant observation to be conducted at Occupy events this summer, Kristine’s project draws comparisons between the folklore of the Free Speech Movement of 1964 and of the Occupy Movement of 2011-2012. With an understanding of folklore as promoting... Read More

Transitional Justice, Cultural Memory, and Post Colonial Consciousness in Post Khmer Rouge Cambodia

Sun Lee, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Sun's project examines how cultural memory and postcolonial consciousness have shaped the notion of justice and reconciliation in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia. While the newly-established Special Court aims to establish international criminal justice 31 years after the tragic events, whether such justice can redress historical wrongs and bring about reconciliation... Read More

Elucidating the Major Environmental Factors for the Enhancement of Selenium Volatilization from the Soil-Salicornia System

Anita Lee, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Through a series of experiments conducted at a UC Berkeley laboratory greenhouse and at the Agroforestry site in Five Points, California, Anita will investigate the physical, chemical and biological factors that produce high rates of selenium volatilization from the soil-Salicornia system. An essential trace element that becomes toxic at high concentrations,... Read More

Enzyme Activation in Organic Solvents: Surfactant - Assisted Solubilization

Michael Yuehhsun Lee, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Chemical Engineering

Michael will investigate the catalytic activity of enzymes solubilized in organic solvents using a technique called surfactant-assisted hydrophobic ion pairing. By furthering our understanding of the factors that effect enzyme function in non-aqueous media, Michael's research will enable him to design a system whereby enzyme activity in such media is optimized.... Read More