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Perceiving is Believing: Impact of Partner Perceptions of Emotion Regulation in Romantic Relationships

Grace Allison, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Psychology major, Public Policy minor

Emotion regulation is the process by which individuals manage their emotions. A robust set of findings suggests that certain emotion regulation strategies promote well-being whereas others undermine well-being. This project will utilize romantic relationships as the social context in which to examine the effects of various emotion regulation strategies. Work... Read More

Gendering Migration: Haitian Experiences from Brazil to Mexico

Celene Bolaños, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Development Studies and Latin American Literatures majors, Food Systems minor

The recent economic recession and political turmoil in Brazil has driven over half of Brazil’s Haitian migrant population northbound towards the United States. This wave of over 50,000 Haitians has been met by tightening immigration policies from both the United States and Mexico, making the journey more difficult and dangerous and transforming Mexico into a... Read More

The Effect of CD44 and Src Kinases on the Aggressive Motility Present in Glioblastoma

Caleb Choy, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Molecular & Cell Biology - Neurobiology major

Glioblastoma is the most common, malignant primary brain tumor with a median survival time of fifteen months. Single tumor cells escape surgical resection and become resistant to radiation and chemotherapy by spreading into microenvironments that support viability. Caleb is focusing on two specific proteins: CD44 (a cell-surface glycoprotein that directly links... Read More

Labor Organization within the Stripping Industry

Raven Deverux, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Sociology major, Public Policy minor

Research suggests collective bargaining improves the unionized worker's wages and working conditions, in addition to those of non-union status in the same field. Despite the organizing successes of San Francisco's Lusty Lady, neither working conditions nor take home earnings for Bay Area strippers improved overall. How do these particular workers secure a better... Read More

Phase Coexistence in Multiferroic BiFeO3

Dan Ferenc Segedin, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Physics major

In many materials, the application of an electric field leads to a separation of positive and negative charges, inducing a “polarization” in the material. In ferroelectrics, such a polarization exists in the material without the application of an external field. Analogously, the alignment of electron spins in ferromagnetic materials results in a magnetic... Read More

Exploring Opiate Abuse in Rural Communities

Rebecca Forbes, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : American Studies major

Rebecca grew up in a small town and watched the rural drug scourge destroy the young lives in her community. Now, she is using her Berkeley education to understand this phenomenon. This summer she will be traveling to rural Tuolumne County, California to do ethnographic fieldwork exploring how community attachment impacts rural youth opioid abuse. To explore this... Read More

The Experiences of Transfronterizo Students in the Tijuana/San Diego Region

Lissa Garcia, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Ethnic Studies major, Education minor

Lissa grew up in Chula Vista, California, where many are transfronterizos, students and workers who live in Mexico but commute to the U.S almost daily. Nancy Wonders advances the theory of border performativity where she argues borders are not only geographically constituted, but also socially constructed via the “performance of various state actors in an... Read More

West Berkeley Shellmound, A New Perspective

Ariadna González Aguilera , Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Anthropology major

Ariadna’s research project will focus on the West Berkeley Shellmound, an ancient village site that was once situated on the San Francisco Bay shoreline in Berkeley, California. Her thesis is directed toward understanding how Native American societies interacted with their environment during the last 5000 years. Research will be conducted on animal remains from... Read More

Cultural Memory through Cold War Relics in the Bay Area

Sebastian Herics, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : American Studies major

Elven anti-air Nike Missile Sites ringed San Francisco in a line of atomic protection, poised for launch at Soviet bombers that never came from 1950 to 1974. Only Nike Missile site SF-88 has been preserved in a coat of fresh paint that crowds of the curious have toured since 1974 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Sebastian Herics will be tracing the... Read More

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

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

A High-Throughput Microfluidic Device for Single Cell Isolation and Analysis

Andre Lai, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Bioengineering major, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences minor

Characterizing the relationship between every cell type is necessary for understanding the human body and advancing human medicine. One major technological hurdle involves the ability to isolate, manipulate, and analyze individual cells in a high-throughput fashion. Existing methods are plagued by low cell capture efficiency and limited user control. For his... 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

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

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

A Search for Cosmological Signatures of the Axion

Nicholas Rapidis Scholar in Action photo

Nicholas Rapidis, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Physics major

While the Standard Model of Particle Physics has been a nearly perfect model for explaining particle interactions, it has two major flaws: its inability to fix the Strong CP Problem and its failure to explain the existence of Dark Matter. To address these issues simultaneously, a new particle, the axion, has been theorized. Experimental efforts to detect this particle... Read More

Latinas in Watsonville, Mass Incarceration, and the Effectiveness of Prison Writing Projects

Nancy Guadalupe Rubio, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Chicana/o Studies major

Nancy’s project will address the silences of rural Latina narratives about intrapersonal and structural violence. She will explore what happens when writing coalitions are built between incarcerated women and rural Latinas who are system impacted and at risk of incarceration. Over the summer, Nancy will interview prison writing project activists and formerly... Read More

Identification of Neural Circuits Coordinating Sleep and Cardiovascular Regulation

Mohammad Saffari Doost Scholar in Action photo

Mohammad Saffari Doost, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Integrative Biology major

Sleep is essential for human health. In particular, insufficient or low-quality sleep causes higher risks for cardiovascular diseases. Mammals exhibit distinct rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and non-REM sleep, and non-REM sleep is associated with lower heart rate and blood pressure. However, how neural circuits coordinate sleep and heart functions remains unclear... Read More

Silent No More: Giving Voice to the Women of Etruria

Micaela Shonafelt Scholar in Action photo

Micaela Shonafelt, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Classical Civilizations major

The unique visibility of Etruscan women has garnered great interest among scholars of Etruscology. That said, the status of these women in the 4th -1st century BCE, a period that witnessed the waning of Etruscan identity in the shadow of the emerging Roman Empire, has not yet been a major focus of study. Working to enhance our conception of the changing roles of... Read More

Fighting to Not Be Forgotten: 25 Years of Femicides in Ciudad Juárez

Raúl Varela, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Anthropology major

In 1993 a wave of disappearances and murders of women living in the border city of Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México made news around the world. Twenty-five years later, thousands of these cases of innocent victims have not been resolved. Raúl proposes to create an ethnographic documentary film as part of his Anthropology honors thesis and explore why it’s... Read More