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Strain Engineering of Two Dimensional Transition Metal Dichacogenides

Geun Ho Ahn, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Bioengineering minor

Strain engineering is a ubiquitous technique utilized in the semiconductor industry to modulate and engineer the properties of semiconducting electronic materials. Various processes such as advanced high performance transistors, solid-state lasers, and integrated circuits adopt strain engineering to further optimize their performance. Simultaneously, two... Read More

Testing the Past, or an Acquired Taste of Faith Philosophies: The Reuse of Catholic Medieval Texts by Early Modern Religious Editors

Rieson Blumer, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : English, History minor

In 1542, a short religious text from about the year 1400 was made into a single surviving edition by a relatively unknown publisher, Richard Lant. Though his particular attempt at revitalization was modest, the religious turmoil of his period caused others like him to reproduce an array of religious texts from the Middle Ages, revising their language into... Read More

“The God is a Self After-all”: An Analysis on the Beat Poet-Shamans

Adonis Brooks, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Comparative Literature and Film

Most evaluations of Beat Generation authors tend to overlook the significance of race and sexuality in the formation of the quintessential identity of the 1960s culture of dissent. Adonis’ thesis will explore the Beat oeuvres of Bob Kaufman and Amiri Baraka primarily through queer theory and Fanonian Critical Race Theory.  He will examine the nexus of... Read More

Investigation of Boosting of the Dengue B cell/Antibody Response in Nicaraguan Children

Maritza Cárdenas, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Molecular and Cell Biology, Creative Writing minor

Dengue virus (DENV) is a mosquito-borne virus with four distinct serotypes. Primary infection by any of the four serotypes may result in dengue fever or, in severe cases, progress to dengue hemorrhagic fever/dengue shock syndrome. Recent studies have challenged dogma in the dengue field by finding that serotype-cross-reactive neutralizing antibody titers in... Read More

Reducing Institutional Violence: Environmental Risk Factors in Psychiatric Hospitals

Sara Ellis, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Psychology, Global Poverty and Practice minor

All too often, patients in psychiatric hospitals are involved in violent incidents with other patients and hospital staff. These incidents incur significant economic, social and human costs. Although most research has focused on identifying patient characteristics that contribute to violence (e.g., young age, past violence), there is growing recognition that... Read More

“Sympathy for the Loss of a Comrade”: Black citizenship and the 1873 Fort Stockton “Mutiny”

Nicholas Eskow, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Anthropology

In 1873, more than 100 Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Stockton, Texas signed a petition requesting formal censure of the post surgeon for his racist refusal to treat a sick and dying man. The officers responded by putting the soldiers on trial for mutiny. Nick’s research will look at how these soldiers, most of whom were born into enslavement, came to understand... Read More

Programa Pueblos Mágicos: A Comparative Study of Equity and Social Inclusion in Talpa de Allende, Mexico

Adrián García Hernández, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Sustainable Environmental Design and Forestry and Natural Resource Management - Human Dimensions

Rural areas compose 86% of Mexico’s territory and account for 36% of the population while rural GDP per capita ranges between 27% and 43% of the national average. To address this urban/rural developmental divide, the Secretariat of Tourism created the Programa Pueblos Mágicos (PPM). Its goal was to raise local levels of wellbeing by promoting economic... Read More

Decolonizing the Bancroft Library

Mark Johnson, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Anthropology

Throughout the 1900s Berkeley Anthropologists documented the ethnographic information of many Native Californian tribes for fear that their lifeways and languages were soon to become extinct in the wake of the burgeoning United States. The Bancroft Library is now steward of these ethnographic collections. While the public institution is responsible to make... 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

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

The Permissibility of Using Coercion in Pediatric Healthcare

Diana Lutfi, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Interdisciplinary Studies

Why is causing “harm” ethically justifiable? Diana has always been perplexed that a rational individual would compromise his/her bodily comfort in order to prolong life and create a culture where other people are forced to do the same for the sake of “health”. Although patient autonomy is legally protected in western healthcare institutions, individuals that... 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

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

Understanding Land and Value: the Cost and Benefits of the Oxford Tract in an Ecological Economics Framework

Allegra Saggese, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Environmental Economics and Policy and Rhetoric

Land serves as the primary source of energy in the world. UC Berkeley’s Oxford Tract is currently under consideration for development from a student garden and research facility to a student housing project. Allegra will create and subsequently critique a cost-benefit analysis of the proposed project versus its current use, bringing forward underlying... Read More

Perceived Fairness of Death-Eligible Court Rulings in Triadic Racial Conditions

Brandon Shalchi, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Interdisciplinary Studies

Empirically, when there is a black defendant and white victim, U.S. judges and jurors believe the defendant to be guiltier than he/she actually is. Brandon is exploring how we can manipulate the race of the defendant and victim in death-eligible cases to hinder the onset of racially charged, implicit biases within court rulings. The methodologies used are... Read More

Motor Control in a Changing Environment

Alissa Stover, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Psychology

Elucidating how organisms are able to flexibly move about in dynamically changing environments is a fundamental problem in psychology and neuroscience. Imagine a ballerina practicing in front of warped mirrors: her brain must continually recalibrate the motor commands sent to move the body based on sensory feedback. In this context, there is a mismatch... Read More

Role of Motor Inhibition in Forced Reaction Time Tasks

Jeremy Teman, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Applied Mathematics

Activities like driving demand the ability to respond quickly and accurately to changes in one’s environment. A fundamental scientific question concerns what neural processes determine response time (RT). A widely held assumption is that RT represents the aggregate time required to generate an accurate movement. However, recent research suggests that humans... Read More

Ancient Graffiti and Emulation of Moche Religious Wall Paintings

Gabriella Wellons, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : History of Art

In the Moche culture of ancient Peru (ca. 250–850 CE), graffiti markings have been discovered on the mural walls of the Huaca de la Luna archaeological site, a former Moche religious center in the Moche Valley of Peru. On spontaneous occasions of ancient graffiti, incised figural forms often emulate pre-existing imageries on painted murals and sculpted... Read More

Beyond the Weird: A Cultural Analysis of the album Sailing the Seas of Cheese by Primus

Matthew Willett, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : American studies

American popular music went through a bohemian renaissance in the early 1990s. Major record labels were signing musicians who played unconventional music, and there was an American audience hungry for these new sounds. Matt will be analyzing the 1991 album Sailing the Seas of Cheese by the Bay Area band Primus in order to understand how the Bay Area art and... Read More