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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

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

Development of a Point of Care Tuberculosis Diagnostic Device

Navpreet Ranu, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Chemical Engineering

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease that often attacks the lungs and can be spread through the air by coughing, sneezing, and other airborne means. Approximately 2 billion people are infected with TB and around 1.6 million people die of this disease every year. Navpreet will develop a point of care (POC) diagnostic device that will be able to quantify specific... Read More

The Untold Narrative of Political Graffiti and Street Art in the ongoing Egyptian Revolution

Barira Rashid, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Social Welfare

Since the fall of ex-president Hosni Mubarak, street art has become the most widespread form of political expression in Egypt since the Egyptian Revolution began on January 25th, 2011. As a means to proclaim the goals of the revolution and mock the military regime in power, Barira will further explore how political graffiti and street art have come to signify a... Read More

Nanowire Solar Cells

Ali Rathore, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

The resurgent interest in renewable energy within recent years has confirmed that solar energy conversion will be key to the global energy economy. However, the vast majority of modern commercial photovoltaic technology is based on expensive single crystalline silicon and does not provide a practical solution for a sustainable energy infrastructure. Modern... Read More

8-Bit Teardrops: A History of Melodrama in Video Games

Kyle Rentschler, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Film Studies

Often understood as a film genre, melodrama is more accurately understood as a particular mode of expression which is actually highly prevalent in most forms of Western mass media. In his paper, Kyle will be addressing melodrama’s existence in video games. Focusing on narrative, design, and gameplay, Kyle will be taking an historical approach at analyzing how melodrama... Read More

The Development and Significance of Frege's Theory of Concepts

Nicholas Riggle, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Philosophy

What is a concept? What philosophical and explanatory power should we expect from a theory of concepts? Logician, mathematician and philosopher Gottlob Frege tried to demonstrate the logicist thesis that all arithmetical theorems are purely logical consequences of the basic laws of logic and the logically defined axioms of arithmetic. During the evolution of his... Read More

Among Dreams: Transcending the Physical and Subjective Constraints of Incarceration

Danica Rodarmel, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : English

Among Dreams illuminates the collective, un-fixed identities of incarcerated individuals in the Bay Area by interweaving dream narratives and personal histories. The project will culminate in two publications: one book devoted to the inmates’ work and another devoted to Danica’s experiences with familial incarceration and prison work. The books will explore reoccurring... Read More

Maya Perceptions of Archeological Practice

Timoteo Rodríguez, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Anthropology

Throughout Mesoamerica the effects of archaeological practice and the prospect of tourism on communal farmlands have caused native communities and foreign scholars to interact in roles ranging from adversarial to collaborative. A major in social/cultural anthropology, Timoteo’s project is to examine the relationships of North American archaeologists to the Maya... Read More

Dislocation: A Transgenerational analysis of political gang violence in El Salvador and Los Angeles

Nalya Arabelle Fenella Rodriguez, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Ethnic Studies & Sociology

Looking at the factors that led to the Salvadoran civil war, such as the social inequalities of the time, Nalya has found it important to further understand the implications of this political violence in the creation of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS) street gang. Using Durkheim’s theory of religion, she has developed a theory on the religion of violence. This "... Read More

Characterization of Fine Genetic Regulatory Mechanisms of a Bacterial sRNA in the Virulence of a Foodborne Pathogen ̶ Salmonella Typhimurium

Laura Carolina Rodriguez-Adjunta, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Salmonella is the leading source of food-borne diseases in the United States. Infection by Salmonella Typhimurium causesdiseases ranging from self-limiting gastroenteritis to life-threatening systemic infection, provoking around 1.3 billion cases every year worldwide. Moreover, no vaccine to prevent salmonellosis exists. Recently, 19 small noncoding... Read More

A Novel Mechanism of Silencing Transposable Elements

Denisse Rojas, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Integrative Biology, Sociology

Transposable elements (TEs) are movable pieces of DNA that can have detrimental effects in the plant genome. When TEs are expressed, they can disrupt normal gene function. Small RNAs (siRNAs) direct DNA methylation, which signals other proteins to prevent TE expression. Previous studies show that methylation patterns in the endosperm affect silencing of TEs in the... Read More

When Hot Money Turns Cold: An Empirical Analysis of the Determinants of Bond Spreads in the Euro-Area

Joseph Root, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Economics, Applied Mathematics

Since the onset of the financial crisis, many European countries have seen the financial base of their economies dissipate. Fueled largely by high levels of debt and market malaise, Greece, Ireland, Portugal and others have been forced to implement excruciating austerity measures to prevent financial collapse. Despite the ubiquity of bond markets, academic economists... Read More

Specific Heat Measurements of Silicon Nanowires for Improved Thermoelectrics

Jason Ross, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Physics

Jason's research group has recently developed the nanocalorimeter, a membrane-based calorimeter which has ten times less addenda heat capacity than any known calorimeter, allowing for the first accurate measurements of nanogram sized samples. With this, Jason proposes to measure the specific heat of silicon nanowires in response to recent thermal transport studies... Read More

Orbital Revolution: An Exploration in Visual Conceptual and Physical Communication

Tamarind A. Rossetti-Johnson, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Tamarind will create an experiential multimedia performance piece that involves viewers in exploring processes and representations of communication. Live performers will interact with video documentation, photographs and drawings of visual symbols of technological communication, such as satellite dishes, telephone wires and television antennae. In order to add a global... Read More

Expression, Performance, and Ritual: An Artistic Exploration of Dance in Tajikistan

Natalie Rutiezer, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Near Eastern Studies | Dance

The sweeping gestures of the body, the symbolism, the hand movements and fast ecstatic spins of Tajik dance express a history and present reality that cannot be described in words – only felt. In Tajikistan, dance is an integral part of ritual, tradition, and expression of quotidian life. Natalie will travel to Tajikistan to immerse herself in the study and... Read More

Cloning of Extended Auricle 1 (eta1): A Maize Leaf Developmental Mutant

Nasim Sadeghian, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Two fundamental questions in both plant and animal development are how patterns are formed and how cell fates are determined. The maize leaf provides an elegant model for examining these questions because its development is well characterized and its use as a genetic system is well established. Nasim will investigate the role of the gene eta1 (extended auricle1)... Read More