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Cathodal Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation of Prefrontal Cortex: Examining Effects on Causal Learning

Bridget MacDonald, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Cognitive Science

Children acquire complex knowledge about the world despite severely limited evidence available to them. While both children and adults use learned biases as a useful learning mechanism, children’s relatively small amount of prior knowledge results in fewer constraints on their hypothesis space as well as more open-minded approaches when considering possible... Read More

#BlackGirlsMatterToo: Understanding and Disrupting the School to Prison Pipeline Among Black Girls

Shelby Mack, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Legal Studies, Education minor

Black girls are disproportionately impacted by school discipline policies and practices that render them vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and dehumanization. It has been shown in multiple studies that Black girls who are suspended or expelled are more likely to become incarcerated later. Shelby Mack’s research seeks to identify factors such as school... Read More

Bifurcated Hope: Stoic Suicide and Christian Martyrdom in First Century Rome

Karen MacLaughlin, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Classical Languages

In first century Rome, increasing numbers of the elite class chose to commit suicide rather than forfeit their honor in the courtroom or on the battlefield. Although Stoicism had its detractors in Late Antiquity, suicide was considered by many Romans to be a rational choice. Roman Christians, however, drawn from all social classes, chose to submit to various... Read More

A Social History of Jordanian Communities During World War I

Mathew Madain, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : History, Global Studies, and Near Eastern Studies majors

The centennial anniversary of World War I has generated much scholarship on large-scale atrocities against religious minority communities of the Ottoman Empire. However, historiography on the period has neglected to discuss smaller-scale religious violence that also occurred in Ottoman provinces, most notably against the Christian communities of Transjordan (1914... Read More

Hidden in Plain View: Cannabis Clubs, Visibility, and Power in the Urban Landscapes of the Bay Area and Amsterdam

Joen Madonna, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Geography

Understanding landscapes as a representation of our culture is a part of the human experience. Although often unaware consciously of the way our buildings and streets shape our attitudes and opinions, the things seen and “unseen” have a profound effect on our perspective of the world around us. We think of public space as normalized and “legal”, yet the... Read More

Tracing the Influence of Giulio Caccini's 'Le nuove musiche' on Seventeenth-Century English Composers

Alana Mailes, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Music

Alana’s project focuses on the 1664 English translation of Giulio Caccini’s preface to Le nuove musiche (1601), one of the best-known texts about ornamentation of vocal music during the Baroque period. She will investigate the unknown identity of the translator, assess whether the translation of Caccini’s words may have affected the translation of musical... Read More

Poisoned Clouds: Dealing with Pesticide Drift in California’s Agricultural Communities

Jason Malinsky, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Individual Major: Environmental Policy and Investigative Journalism

An Individual Major in “Environmental Policy and Investigative Reporting”, Jason intends to conduct research on a July 8, 2002, pesticide-poisoning incident in Arvin, California. In the incident, over 250 people were allegedly poisoned by a known carcinogenic pesticide. Focusing on issues of accountability and government response, Jason will use Arvin as a case... Read More

Dying to Survive: Negotiating with Early Death and the Social Reproduction of Gang Violence

Jorge David Mancillas, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Sociology

Jorge-David Mancillas will be traveling to Los Angeles to conduct research on the effectiveness of gang intervention. In Los Angeles, the so-called “gang capital of the world”, more than half of the yearly homicides are gang-related. Homeboy Industries, a gang intervention program located in East Los Angeles, is the most successful gang intervention program... Read More

Managing Type I Diabetes During Adolescence: Social Relationships and Identity

Willie Joe Marquez, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Sociology, Education (minor)

Adolescence is a pivotal period for developing friendships and identity. For chronically ill adolescents, however, this developmental period may be disrupted due to the lifestyle limitations associated with carefully managing their illness. To examine the extent to which a chronic illness alters an adolescent’s social relationships and identity, Willie will conduct in-... Read More

Perceptions of Historical Black College and University Prestige: Implications for Racial Stereotypes

Kimberly Martin, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Psychology major, Dance & Performance Studies minor

Many people assume that racism is a binary dimension whereby people are either racist or not. However, over forty years of research indicates that not only are there several distinctive forms of racism, but that they exist on a continuum. Recent trends have shown that while blatant forms of racism seem to be decreasing, there are indirect forms of racism now... Read More

Using Markov Chain Monte Carlo with People to Classify Facial Affect

Jay Martin, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Cognitive Science/Statistics

Cognitive science aims to understand how people represent the structure of the world around them. Faces are thought to be windows to some of these representations, namely emotions, which are related to facial expressions biologically and culturally. Labeling expressions is a seemingly effortless task for people, but explaining the subtleties is much more... Read More

Peer to Peer Piracy: Sustained Cooperation in a Public Good Game

Seung-Keun Martinez, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Economics

Modern day pirates are among the most seemingly altruistic collaborators in the world. At least they are in reference to sustaining a public good. In fact, these internet based pirates provide a stunning real world example of a self-sustaining public good despite strong incentives to free ride. We observe this phenomenon in peer to peer (P2P) file sharing. The crux of... Read More

The Presence of Arthuriana in the Philippines: An Analysis of A Filipino Arthurian text

Stefanie Matabang, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : English/Celtic Studies

This project sets out to examine the acquisition of the Arthurian literary cycle by the canon of Filipino literature. Focusing on the only two Filipino translated Arthurian texts, Tablante de Ricamonte and Percibal, Stefanie will be doing analytical and comparative work on the texts and the Spanish counterparts from which they are derived. Traveling to Chicago and the... Read More

Rastafari in Jamaica: Resistance to State Economic Policies

Shannon Mathes, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Shannon will examine the effects that Rastafarianism has had on the political economy of Jamaica since the implementation of structural adjustment programs by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 1977. Specifically, she will describe and analyze the ways in which Rastafarian organizations have challenged the policies of the Jamaican state regarding land use,... Read More

Out of Denmark: Isak Dinesen in a Colonial Context

Marie Mathiesen, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : English/Scandinavian

Marie will examine the works of the Danish writer Karen Blixen (1885-1962), known in America as Isak Dinesen. Dinesen lived in Kenya for 16 years, and although she was a colonialist, she respected the Africans as aristocratic and noble human beings. Her position and relations to the Africans grant her a unique dual perspective on the colonial situation in Kenya... Read More

Berta Vive: A Look at the Engagement of California Hondureñas in the Politics of Slain Environmental Activist Berta Caceres

Lulu Matute, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : American Studies major

Hundreds of environmental activists have been killed for defending land and natural resources in Honduras. Although Berta Cáceres was one of many slain activists, she is the most renowned globally. This is largely due to her transnational coalition-building efforts and Goldman Environmental Prize recognition. Berta was an outspoken Indigenous Lenca leader and a... Read More

Carburetors for the 21st Century: Flow and Temperature Sensor Integration with Enhanced Mixing

Christopher David McCoy, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Mechanical Engineering

Small-scale power generation (10-100W) for electronic devices is currently supplied by batteries. Unfortunately, specific energy [Whr/kg] and power [W/kg] are limited by battery technology. The U.C. Berkeley liquid hydrocarbon fueled, rotary engine power system provides a “greener” more efficient and higher powered solution. In this work, MEMS-based (... Read More

Electrochemical Characterization of First-Row Transition Metal Corrole Complexes for Use as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts

Brendon McNicholas, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Chemistry

Research in alternative energy has become increasingly urgent in recent years due to constantly increasing pollution and depletion of traditional energy sources. One of the most compelling devices in the field is the fuel cell, a means for converting hydrogen and oxygen into useful energy. To contribute to the advancement of the field of alternative energy, this... Read More

Ancient Egyptian Mummy Portraits: Looking into the Faces of the Past and Present

Haley Mellin, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Art Practice

An Art Practice major, Haley will paint a series of portraits using the techniques and materials found in the Fayum mummy portraits of Ancient Egypt. These portraits, created during the first and second centuries CE for burial ritual purposes, are heralded for their technical and emotive mastery. Haley will conduct fieldwork in New York, London and Cambridge,... Read More

Hidden but Not Forgotten: The Potential of Raising the Life-Chances of Environmental Refugee Women through Grassroots Non-Governmental Organizations

Nathan Menard, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Sociology

Lying hidden between the better discussed consequences of environmental degradation and destruction of the 21st century is an equal pressing issue that is receiving little attention: environmental refugee women. Grassroots Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have recently begun making concerted efforts to address issues of environmental refugee women, yet little... Read More

Projecting the Self: An Exploration of the Stakes of Metafiction in Ben Lerner’s 10:04 Within Realist Contemporary Literature

Sergio Mendez, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : English, Creative Writing minor

Metafiction, or fiction that is aware of its own artificiality, is often dismissed as gimmicky postmodern narrative pyrotechnics—a narratological gamble for any writer wishing to be taken seriously. Ben Lerner’s latest acclaimed novel, 10:04, asks its readers to reconsider the value of metafiction as it follows a protagonist named Ben who tries to... Read More

Families and Frontier Boys: An Archaeology of Consumerism and Identity Construction in a mid-20th Century California Community

Jessica Merizan, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Anthropology

Through archaeological analysis of a dump in Northern California used by the wealthy, Anglo-American ranch family of Joe Coney and related households in the 1940s-60s, Jessica will investigate how patterns of consumerism, as shown by artifacts, negotiate with class, gender, and race, along with regional consumer styles. She plans to spend her summer researching... Read More

Beloved: Toni Morrison's Rhetoric of Libation

Carlos Miranda, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Rhetoric

Carlos's interdisciplinary project, "Beloved: Toni Morrison's Rhetoric of Libation," has two aims. First, it will explore how Toni Morrison uses allegory and the West African concept of nommo to reconstruct historical representations of trauma, as well as practices of communal, cultural and self possession, in her acclaimed 1987 novel Beloved. Secondly, it will... Read More

Protein Crystallography and Bacterial Resistance

Shahram Misaghi, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

The goal of Shahram's Senior Honors Thesis in Molecular and Cell Biology is to obtain a detailed picture of the structure of a novel protein, called Acr A, that has recently been discovered to play an essential role in bacterial resistance to certain antibiotics. Using the technique of protein crystallography, Shahram plans to purify large amounts of Acr A protein from... Read More

Reward Motivation and Working Memory

Rahul Modi, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Psychology

For his senior honors thesis in Psychology, Rahul will use functional MRI to study how the human frontal lobes integrate information in order to guide motivated behavior. It is well established that the frontal lobes play a critical role in short term (working) memory, a function that enables the online maintenance and mental manipulation of information. This study... Read More

The 'Russian Geisha': Commodity of a Commodity

Ekaterina Moiseeva, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Political Science

Conventionally, the word “sex-worker” creates an image of an economically deprived, uneducated and socially isolated female who enters the sex market as a last resort to survive. The word “sex-work” is almost synonymous to “dirty” work. In her project, Ekaterina will examine Russian females who travel to Japan as hostesses and engage in the sex trade, to present a new... Read More

Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic: Development of Inclusive Activism in the Immigrant Youth Movement

Gabriela Monico, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Ethnic Studies

An estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants live in the U.S. 2.1 million youth may attempt to legalize through the DREAM Act, if enacted. An activist movement led by eligible youth has mobilized around this legislation, which has given rise to a narrative that casts eligible youth as deserving, “othering” the 67% that would not qualify. Through interviews and... Read More

Richmond's "State of Emergency"

Dashal Moore, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Ethnic Studies

Dashal’s project will use a recent debate in the Richmond City Council over the proposal to declare a “State of Emergency” as a focus for questions dealing with violence and politics in the deindustrialized and racialized American... Read More

Latina Caregivers' Perceptions of the Impact They Have on Their Employers' Families, and Changes in Their Perspectives on the 'American Family'

Susana Evelyn Moreno, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Chicano Studies/Ethnic Studies, Education (minor)

Latina domestic workers have come to form a pivotal role in the United States service sector, yet very little is known about their social, political and economic impact on society. Susana’s research seeks to find out how some Bay Area Latina domestic workers perceive their employment and their relations with their employers. Differences between these women’s... Read More

First in Flight: A Comprehensive Study of Etruscan Winged Demons

Marvin Morris, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Classical Civilizations

The so-called “winged-demons” of Etruria appear most prominently in funerary art on painted tomb walls, as well as on clay and stone relief, vase painting and sculpture. Yet, there has been little attempt to comprehensively study and interpret their various forms and features, their religious function and funerary contexts. The Soprintendenza of Southern Etruria... Read More

HIV, Gender, Belonging, and the State: Reflections from Post-Conflict Northern Uganda

Minda Murphy, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Anthropology

Northern Uganda is in the early years of recovery following a twenty year civil war which devastated the region. For an entire decade of that war, nearly two million people from Acholiland were forcibly displaced from their homes and detained in internment camps, living as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees in their own country. With the vast majority... Read More

The Ottoman Empire's Religious and Political Relationship with Afghanistan during the Early 20th Century

Hakeem Naim, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Middle Eastern Studies

It is well known that the Ottoman Empire had deep influence in the Middle East and South East Europe for many centuries. However, the Ottoman impact on Afghanistan, especially in the late 19th and early 20th century, is less commonly acknowledged despite its relevance to our understanding of contemporary problems in the region. To fill this void, Hakeem will study the... Read More

Digital Government: The Next American Revolution?

Daniell Newman, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science

Daniell's research in the burgeoning field of eGovernment will examine the structure, implementation, and deployment issues of the use of the Internet as a tool for governance in the United States. For his Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science, he will travel to Washington D.C. and Sacramento to conduct case studies of the eGovernment plans of the State of... Read More

A Glimpse of the Protein Motions in a Model Hydrogen Tunneling Enzyme

Andy Nguy, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Molecular and Cell Biology & English

Enzymes are highly efficient biological catalysts. Understanding how enzymes catalyze chemical reactions into physiological relevant rates is of great interest. Moreover, electron and proton transfers are ubiquitous in biological processes, yet it has now become clear that such electron and proton transfers may have quantum mechanical effects. Andy will be... Read More

Courting Rhetoric: The Poetics of Erotic Logos at the Platonic Origins of Philosophy

Valerie Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Philosophy / Rhetoric

Through an attempt to gain a sense of the significance of Plato's extensive discussions concerning the nature of language, this study undertakes to understand how the dialectical representation of rhetoric and the regulation of sophistic epistemologies specifically play into securing the institutionalization of philosophy. Foregrounding the particular role of the... Read More

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