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V-Src Regulation of Protein Kinase C-Zeta

David H. Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Activation of the proto-oncogene c-Src, a tyrosine kinase, is evident in major cancers such as breast and colon. C-Src activates substrates that serve important roles in controlling growth, survival and motility of cells. Activation of c-Src is known to cause transformation, the process by which normal cells become cancerous. David seeks to elucidate how v-Src, a... Read More

Media Coverage of Media Concentration

Chau Nguyen Doan, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Media Communications

Chau’s research seeks an answer to this question: Do the business interests of an increasingly corporate media undermine the reporting of news on which the public depends? Media scholars have debated this key question for years (mostly answering affirmatively), but Chau hopes to introduce a novel approach to the analysis: using news coverage of media concentration as a... Read More

Microcredit and the Discourse of Empowerment: A Case Study in Jinotega, Nicaragua

Kristen Norman, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

In an effort to narrow the gap in gender equality and improve public health, microfinance institutions are increasingly creating products for women in developing countries. Experts caution against assuming that women’s empowerment is an automatic outcome of microfinance, and call for accompanying “soft services” such as health education, literacy training, and... Read More

Redefining Gender Roles After the Internal Conflict: Women in Ayacucho, Peru

Sandra Núñez Portocarrero, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Sociology

Vast academic attention characterized by a search for causality and consequences has been given to the internal conflict in Peru in the 1980s and 1990s. However, little attention has been given to women, the main victims of the conflict. Seeking to understand the redefinition of gender roles after the internal conflict, Sandra will travel to Ayacucho, a province in the... Read More

Uncovering the Genesis of Omagua: A Contact Language of Peruvian Amazonia

Zachary O'Hagan, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Linguistics

Most languages spoken today are of roughly direct descent from other, perhaps extinct, languages. Latin is the famous progenitor of the Romance languages. However, the pre-history of some languages is not one of direct descent, but rather of contact, or mixture. Omagua is a highly endangered, pre-Columbian contact language of Peruvian Amazonia, with only two remaining... Read More

The Illusion of Inclusion: A Proposal to Investigate How Citizenships and Legal Status Shape Community Perspectives on Prison Complexes within a Small California Town

Martín Olea, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

This project, which will be Martin’s senior honors thesis for Interdisciplinary Studies, will explore the process through which a small town, populated mostly by farmworkers, approved the construction of carceral facilities that are detrimental to a significant portion of its population. Prisons today are of significant importance to the communities of the... Read More

The Semiotics of Digital Storytelling

Marisa S. Olson, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Combining research with creative expression, Marisa will be exploring digital storytelling, a new multimedia narrative form that uses images, film, text and sounds that are electronically stored and retrieved via computers. She will be investigating the structural/narratological characteristics of this new medium in order to theorize the points of divergence between... Read More

Sculpting Memory: Reading Berlin's Book Burning Memorial

Isabella Oppen, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Comparative Literature/German Studies

What can a close reading of Berlin’s Book Burning Memorial offer to elucidate conflicts of remembering a turbulent past? Using libraries and archives in Berkeley and Berlin, Isabella will research the history and development of the current memorial; its public reception; and different uses of its location (Bebelplatz) over time. This research will also entail an in-... Read More

Bodies, Burials, and Black Cultural Politics: African American Funerals in the Civil Rights Movement

Keith Orejel, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : History

Keith will be traveling to Washington D.C. to do archival research at the Library of Congress and National Archives. He will be studying funerals in the Civil Rights-Black Power Era. Scholars of the Civil Rights and Black Power Eras often focus on the institutions and individuals who fueled the creation of these social movements, while ignoring the role of culture and... Read More

Abrasive Reconciliation: Negotiating El Salvador’s Transition to Democracy

Spencer Orey, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Anthropology

Spencer will travel to El Salvador this summer and conduct anthropological fieldwork focusing on the not-for-profit organization Pro-Búsqueda. Focusing primarily on reuniting children “disappeared” in the Salvadoran civil war with their biological families, workers at Pro-Búsqueda have not only helped to advocate processes of justice and repatriation but have also... Read More

“I’m Expected to get Married for Papers”: Latino/a Undocumented Young Adults and their Navigations of Intimate Relationships

Humberto Ortiz, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Sociology

Humberto’s project will examine how Latino/a undocumented migrant youth negotiate migrant ‚Äúillegality‚Äù in their everyday lives through relationships of love, kinship, and companionship. While a growing literature has examined how this population navigates “public” contexts of higher education and civic engagement, no scholarship has analyzed how these youth... Read More

In Fear of Difference: Dissent and Anti-Individualism in the former Yugoslavia

Tiasha Palikovic, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science/Psychology

A double major in Political Science and Psychology, Tiasha will be studying how Yugoslavia's political transition out of communism has affected the region's stance toward individualism, seeking to determine whether the move toward liberal democracy has produced a genuine effort towards increasing freedom of expression. She will be testing her hypothesis that anti... Read More

Conceptual Metaphors in Describing Transgender Identities

Ayden Parish, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Linguistics (minor: LGBTQ Studies)

Ayden is exploring the metaphors used to describe transgender identities and experiences. Cognitive linguistics understands metaphor as central to language and human cognition, allowing us to grasp abstract concepts via physical sensations and everyday experiences. There has, however, been very little put forward for a cognitive linguistics of gender: How are the... Read More

Memory--True or False? Processing and Structure in False Memory

Lillian Park, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Lillian will be researching the phenomenon of false recall, in which a person confidently remembers something that did not occur. False memory has been a vexing problem in psychological theory and its clinical and forensic applications. A new paradigm suggests that people spontaneously generate associatively or thematically related material while they encode memories,... Read More

A Fundamental Study of Selective Catalysis in Heterogeneous Materials

Nicholas Parra-Vazquez, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Chemical Engineering

A Chemical Engineering & Material Science double major, Nicholas plans to investigate the significance of catalyst structure on a system exhibiting shape-selectivity. In the past, it has proven difficult to synthetically manipulate one catalyst feature without simultaneously altering other features. As a result, the relative importance of various structural... Read More

Genetic Diversity Among Populations of Phellinus Swieteniae in Mangroves

Jeri Lynn Parrent, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Through a combination of field-work and laboratory research, Jeri's project promises to make an important contribution to our understanding of-and our efforts to preserve-the planet's extraordinarily rich biological diversity. This summer, Jeri will travel to Panama to collect samples of Phellinus swieteniae, a fungal pathogen of black mangroves from six... Read More

A Study of Selective Catalysis in Water

Andrew Pascall, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Chemical Engineering

With costly Superfund cleanups making headlines recently, companies have realized that the most financially prudent solution to dispose of hazardous waste is not to produce it at all. In order to reach this goal, new heterogeneous catalysts will need to be developed that have high selectivity and activity in non-hazardous solvents. Andrew’s project will focus on... Read More

Functional Characterization of Met12-MTHFR in Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Jessica Nichole Pasqua, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Chemical Biology

Methylenetetrahydrofolate-reductase (MTHFR) is an enzyme involved in the synthesis of methionine, an essential amino acid. Due to MTHFR importance for cellular health, Jessica studies MTHFRs in yeast species Saccharomyces cerevisiae through analysis of paralogous genes MET12 and MET13. The Met12 and Met13 proteins are both MTHFR enzymes, however based upon biochemical... Read More


Darci Pauser, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Anthropology

Darci will be traveling to New York City to conduct anthropological fieldwork on homelessness. Specifically, this work will be an exploration of the way in which the discourse of choice, freedom, and resistance is utilized in the lives of those who view their homeless condition as a choice-- those Darci terms "houseless." The data collected through interviews and... Read More

Wearable Virtual Keyboard: Acceleration Sensing Glove

John Perng, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

An Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major, John's research interests are in the rapidly exploding area of wearable computing, a rubric that includes palm pilots, pagers and cell phones. His goal is to design and improve a virtual keyboard for a personal electronic device called the Acceleration Sensing Glove. John has already designed a crude prototype... Read More

Ad Infinitum: Co-branded advertising for children's films, from Star Wars to The Incredibles

Andrew Peterson, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Film

Co-branded advertising is a movie marketing strategy allying films such as Star Wars and E.T., with brands like Burger Chef and Atari. Though film and advertising have always engaged in a mutually shameless relationship, there are many important distinctions between co-branded and conventional film advertising. In contrast to the prologue-like tone of movie... Read More

‘Their War’: The Perspectives of the South Vietnamese Military in American Literature and in Their Own Words

Hoai Nguyen (Julie) Pham, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

For her Senior Honors Thesis in History, Julie proposes to investigate an under-researched aspect of the Vietnam War: the perspective of former members of the lower and middle echelons of the South Vietnamese military. She proposes first to examine the written record of the war, including print media, scholarly works, fiction and memoirs, to examine how American... Read More

Differential Gene Expression in Old and Young Mice: Bridging Immune System and Muscle Regeneration

Novalia Pishesha, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Bioengineering

The slower muscle regeneration observed in older people is due to the less supportive extrinsic biochemical make-up, which constitutes the microenvironment of damaged muscle, in older people as compared to younger people. Muscle regeneration involves an inflammation phase during which the immune cells partly architect the microenvironment surrounding muscle injury.... Read More

Keys to the House

Samuel Pittman, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Program, Creative Writing and Disability Studies (minor)

In recent decades, artists and writers have created self-narrations that deliberately thwart the conventions of autobiography and question even the most contemporary conceptions of the self and self-representation. Inspired by these works, as his ISF honors thesis Sam will create an autobiographical installation entitled “Parthenogenesis,” a term meaning ‘asexual... Read More

Inventing a Language of Wilderness: A Cultural Study of Yosemite and Surrounding Areas

Jessica Pizzagoni, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Geography

John Muir once stated, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul.” California's National Parks, renowned for their beauty and history, draw visitors from around the world and reflect John Muir’s sentiment. Yet, each person has their own ideas and perceptions about the parks... Read More

The World in the Globe of the Eye: Reading Housekeeping Through a Thoreauvian Lens

Zoë Pollak, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : English (minor: Creative Writing)

More than once, Marilynne Robinson has invoked Henry Thoreau’s Walden (1854) as an influence on her novel Housekeeping (1980). Zoë’s project investigates the philosophical resonances between these two texts written in the tradition of American Romanticism. Rather than wed Walden to history and read... Read More

Consumption and Perception of Sugar Sweetened Beverages and Tap Water Among Latinos/as in Kings County

Julian Ponce, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Public Health major, Public Policy minor

Drinking potable tap water has been associated with decreased consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs). However, more than one million Californians primarily from low-income communities of color, lack access to potable water that meets all applicable health-based drinking water standards. Kings County, in the Central Valley, is an extreme case in... Read More

Effects of Unconditional Self-Construal on Vigilance and Performance: the Role of 'Positive Glow'

Timothy Poore, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Psychology

Tim’s study, which will become his senior honors thesis in Psychology, will test the hypothesis that being in a state of “positive glow”—as a result of unconditional self-construal—will lead to a decrease in vigilance, hindering performance, and in turn, causing a person to be more susceptible to negative feelings following a subsequent failure. Much research has... Read More

When Being Bilingual Hurts: Reminding Latino Students that Spanish is the Primary Language at Home May Hurt Subsequent Performance on a Verbal Test

Joel Portillo, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Psychology

Latinos and Blacks score the lowest on the SAT verbal section. Considering the weight that universities give to SATs when considering admissions, the implications of these statistics are great. Research documents the negative effects of stereotype threat, a fear of confirming negative stereotypes about a group with which one identifies, on performance in standardized... Read More

Interferon-Dependent Innate Mechanisms in Mice with Dengue Infection

Daniil Prigozhin, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Mathematics

Dengue virus (DEN) causes the most widespread life-threatening arboviral disease in humans, with an estimated 2.5 billion people at risk worldwide. Despite the global morbidity and mortality, DEN specific vaccines and therapies currently do not exist, and both protective and pathogenic roles of the immune system in DEN infection need further investigation. The Harris... Read More

Linguistic Atlas of River Yurok

Alysoun Quinby, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Linguistics

Alysoun will identify previously undescribed linguistic variation in Yurok, an endangered native language of northwestern California. There are two major Yurok dialect areas, and her aim is to map local variation within one of those: the area along the Klamath River from the coast upriver to Weitchpec, California. Alysoun will use archival and field research to... Read More

An Anthropological Study of the Aftermath of the Chevron Explosion

Casey Racicot, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Anthropology

On August 6, 2012, the Chevron Refinery in Richmond, California exploded, hospitalizing 15,000 people and causing severe environmental impacts. In the weeks that followed the explosion, the infrastructure surrounding the refinery became stressed as businesses shut down, hospitals became overwhelmed, gardens and vegetation died, and peoples’ sense of stability... Read More

Sex Worker Identity, Citizenship, and Health in Brazil

Tara Rado, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Anthropology

Tara will undertake ethnographic research in downtown Rio de Janeiro, where sex workers earn their livelihoods in extreme economic and social marginalization. They face health problems such as HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. Although their work is decriminalized, they struggle with police brutality and have little legal redress against human rights... Read More

Blossoming in Knowledge Through Understanding Suppressed Roots

Andrea Ramirez, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Sociology major, Chicana/o Studies minor

Previous scholarship on the topic of ethnic studies programs implementation in K-12 institutions has shown that there’s been educational benefits for students who participate in the courses.In San Francisco, the implementation of ethnic studies courses in the high schools resulted in documented grade improvement, and higher education retention rates. For my... Read More

The Gender Wage Gap: A Moral or Economic Concern?

Nicole Rankin, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Sociology

With the rise of political controversy, it is vital to explore what shapes our strong convictions. Moral ideologies are often the foundation of political arguments, and gender differences within morality have been widely disputed. To grasp the complex intersection of gender, morality, and politics, Nicole seeks to examine how gender and political affiliation... Read More