Double Crossing: The Impact of Immigration and Welfare Reform on Migration Between Mexico and the United States

Peter B. Brownell :

Mentor: Professor Alex Saragoza, Ethnic Studies

Through a combination of quantitative analysis and qualitative field research, Peter's Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major Senior Honors Thesis will investigate the effects of the 1996 Immigration and Welfare Reform Acts on the flows of undocumented migration between Mexico and the United States. Focusing particularly on the differential impact of this legislation on women and families, Peter will be testing his hypothesis that the new laws favor single people over families, men over women, and working-age people over children and the elderly, with the overall impact of encouraging cyclical migration rather than permanent settlement. Peter's research project, which emerges out of his academic interests and his work as a community organizer, will help policy makers and the public better evaluate the complex issues surrounding immigration.

Genetic Analysis of PEST Sequences in the L. monocytogenes Protein Listeriolysin O

Simmie L. Foster :

Mentor: Professor Daniel Portnoy, Molecular & Cell Biology

Simmie's research project is situated at the intersection of cell biology, immunology and molecular biology in the important field of bacterial pathogenesis. Understanding the interaction of intracellular pathogens with mammalian systems is critical for preventing and treating a number of diseases that pose a major challenge to the biomedical community. Specifically, Simmie will focus on the way in which a protein produced by a particular intracellular pathogen, Listeria monocytogenes, is degraded in the cytosol of the host cell. By illuminating the complexity of the host-parasite interaction in this instance, Simmie's research will also help us gain a better understanding of the nature and function of healthy cells.

Ethical Museum Storage Practices: Native Californian Cultural Possessions in Museum Repositories

Charles W. Houston :

Mentor: Professor Patricia Penn Hilden, Ethnic Studies

To better understand the relationship between Native Californians and museology, Charles will visit five nationally known museums that house Native Californian cultural possessions, in order to research the techniques and methods employed in cataloging, storing and caring for Native Californian possessions. He will then critically analyze the data he collects, in order to explore the racialization of museum practices vis-à-vis indigenous possessions and to recommend more culturally sensitive methods for archiving them. He intends to submit the results of his study as his Native American Studies Senior Honors Thesis. Charles will also use his findings to inspire other Native Californians to work with museologists to ensure that their Native cultural possessions are properly cared for while inside museums.

History and Representations in Early Chinese Literature

Kevin Kuanyun Huang :

Mentor: Professor Jeffrey Riegel, East Asian Languages

Kevin intends to uncover theories of history prevalent in ancient China through an examination of the representation of known historical figures in the literature from the Eastern Zhou through the Han dynasties (circa 771 - 86 BCE). Focusing particularly on Zhuangzi, a compilation of philosophical treatises whose historicity has been conventionally discredited, as well as Shiji, the first comprehensive history of China, Kevin will examine the interplay between ideology, history and legend in the treatment of historical figures in these classical Chinese texts. In addition to using traditional empirical methods of textual criticism to solve questions surrounding the compilation of Zhuangzi, Kevin will also examine the relationship between the ancient Chinese theories of history he deduces and contemporary western critical theories that consider the narrativity of historical writing.

From Tribe to Empire: An Examination of Political and Cultural Processes in the Nascent Persian State

Kate Hunter-McPeake :

Mentor: David Stronach, Near Eastern Studies

Kate's project will explore the origins of the ancient Persian civilization with a focus on its dramatic transition from tribal society to dominant empire during the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. In order to better understand the influence of the declining Mesopotamian and Elamite civilizations on the emerging Persian empire, she will travel to the Iran National Museum in Tehran and renowned archaeological sites including Persepolis and Susa in order to examine archaeological and art historical evidence from the period. Kate will also engage in intensive study of the Persian language and examination of textual sources in preparation for her research in the field. The results of her research will be presented in her Near Eastern Studies Senior Honors Thesis.

Reveries in Lots: An Interpretive History of Social and Topographical Change in San Francisco's China Basin/Mission Rock District

Marisa M. Jahn :

Mentor: Professor Shawn Brixey, Art Practice

Marisa's project combines historical research and creative expression to explore the gentrification of one of San Francisco's historically working class neighborhoods. Formerly a shipyard and port-based community, the China Basin/Mission Rock district has undergone recent rapid development, leading to the demolition of historic buildings and the displacement of native locals. Marisa intends to research and document the history of the neighborhood and to create a site-specific installation accessible to the public at an abandoned lookout point overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Finally, she will create a website combining a live video feed of the installation with historical and interpretive data. A virtual analogue to the physical installation, it will invite participation by a broader audience, as well as symbolize the process of dematerialization of physical, geographical space that is exemplified by the economic transformation of the neighborhood.

Asian Improv: Defining Identity and Social Reality Through Music

Loren Yukio Kajikawa :

Mentor: Professor José David Saldivar, Ethnic Studies

Loren will undertake a case study of a group of musicians who have recorded for the AsianImprov Record (AIR) label. These musicians have pioneered a musical sensibility commonly known as "Asian American Jazz," which combines traditionally African American musical styles with Asian instruments and approaches to composition. Through a combination of oral histories with key members of the music community on the east and west coast, a musical analysis of albums recorded under the AIR label, and a review of the theoretical literature on ethno-racial formations, Loren will explore the complex relationship between social movements, cultural production and the rituals of ethnic identity formation. The resulting Ethnic Studies Senior Honors Thesis will inquire into what extent the idiom of music itself might be a useful paradigm of identity.

Role of Sgk in Apoptotic Signaling

Brian Sun Kim :

Mentor: Professor Gary Firestone, Molecular & Cell Biology

Brian will investigate apoptosis, an active choice made by an individual cell to embark on a pathway that ultimately results in its demise. It is generally accepted that apoptosis plays an important role in eliminating damaged cells and maintaining a stable cellular environment; however, relatively little is known about the regulator and effector molecules that may be involved in initiating and relaying apoptotic signals. By increasing our understanding of the regulatory role of the serum and glucocorticoid regulated kinase (sgk) protein in apoptotic signaling, Brian's project will have implications for the medical treatment of diseased cells, including the development of new drugs for treating cancer, viruses and strokes.

Elucidating the Major Environmental Factors for the Enhancement of Selenium Volatilization from the Soil-Salicornia System

Anita Lee :

Mentor: Professor Norman Terry, Plant and Microbial Biology

Through a series of experiments conducted at a UC Berkeley laboratory greenhouse and at the Agroforestry site in Five Points, California, Anita will investigate the physical, chemical and biological factors that produce high rates of selenium volatilization from the soil-Salicornia system. An essential trace element that becomes toxic at high concentrations, selenium is currently a big concern in the San Joaquin Valley. The volatilization of selenium is a promising new technique for land reclamation. Whereas traditional phytoextraction methods sequester selenium in plant tissues, volatilization can potentially remove a significant amount of selenium from a contaminated system by harmlessly releasing it into the atmosphere. Anita's Environmental Science Senior Research Project will determine the major sites of volatilization, the role of microbes, and the optimal soil and environmental conditions necessary to enhance rates of volatilization from Salicornia, thus increasing the efficiency of this environmentally promising technology.

Incitement to Discourse: The Lord Chamberlain’s Censorship of Plays in Late Victorian England, 1890-1910

Matthew Lewsadder :

Mentor: Professor Sharon Marcus, English

Matthew’s project will take him to the British Library in London this summer, where he will investigate the censorship of plays during the transition from Victorianism into Modernism. In particular, he will be examining the significant role the Lord Chamberlain played in maintaining English “morality” through his censorship powers. Taking Foucault’s theories as a starting point, Matthew will test his hypothesis that the Lord Chamberlain’s censorship activities, which were deployed inconsistently, were less concerned with the maintenance of “decency” and “morality” than they were with who had the authority to control the expression of desire. Matthew proposes to examine both the original manuscripts of the censored plays, with the Lord Chamberlain’s annotated markings, as well as periodicals and newspapers from the period that will help provide a critical historical context for understanding Foucault’s insight that censorship leads paradoxically to a proliferation of a discourse on sex. The resulting study will be submitted as Matthew’s Seniors Honors Thesis in English.

The Semiotics of Digital Storytelling

Marisa S. Olson :

Mentor: Professor Michael Mascuch, Rhetoric

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 analog and digital narratives and to test her hypothesis that digital storytelling endows authors and readers with greater agency. She will be looking most attentively at digital stories that are autobiographical, in order to study the nature of digitally-generated literary subjectivities. As a companion to her thesis, Marisa will also be creating her own digital story under the tutelage of the co-directors of the Center for Digital Storytelling, which has recently formed a partnership with the UC Berkeley School of Education. Her project promises to speak to a wide variety of people both inside and outside the academy who are interested in the future of communication in the digital age.

Asian-Latin Writers in Modern Day Argentina

Anny Song :

Mentor: Professor Francine Masiello, Spanish & Portuguese

Anny will investigate Asian-Latin literary production in Argentina, focusing particularly on a vibrant literary community of Chinese and Japanese immigrants and descendants in contemporary Buenos Aires. In order to understand how these Asian-Latin writers represent their multiple identities in a homogeneous culture lacking a multicultural vocabulary, she will travel to Buenos Aires this summer to interview writers and editors and to examine published and unpublished works. In addition to conducting face-to-face interviews, she will be undertaking primary source research at cultural center archives in Buenos Aires that house contemporary materials, as well as materials dating from the 1930s—another period when an Asian-Latin literary community thrived. The resulting comparative study will compose her Spanish Senior Honors Thesis.

Vectors of Cultural Development in Trinidad and Tobago: Commodification and Self-Identification in the Rapso Movement

Stephanie Neda Sadre-Orafai :

Mentor: Professor Michel Laguerre, African American Studies

Stephanie's project will explore the connection between consumption and self-identification within the rapso community of Trinidad and Tobago. Since the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Trinidadian musical form of rapso has been a vehicle for social change and cultural activism; however, to date, it has received almost no scholarly attention. In order to test her hypothesis that rapso offers a grassroots alternative to the colonial legacy of externally imposed identity, Stephanie will conduct field-research in Trinidad this summer, using participant-observation methods and formal and informal interviewing techniques with artists, audience members, record label representatives and government officials. She will also visit the West Indiana Collection at the University of the West Indies in St. Augustine, Trinidad in order to study secondary source materials not available in the United States. The results of her research will be presented as her Anthropology Senior Honors Thesis.

Contemporary Lebanese Women's Novels

Lena A. Salaymeh :

Mentor: Professor Muhammad Siddiq, Near Eastern Studies

 

Searching for Cultural Identity in the Worlds of Sounds and Signs: AStory of One Deaf Artist

Amber Rose Smock :

Mentor: Mr. Kevin Radley, Art Practice

Amber will create a multimedia narrative—layering videos, performance, sound, and slides—and a written journal based on her experiences of culture shock as she explores her deaf identity as a young adult. Growing up, Amber was mainstreamed and considered herself hard-of-hearing, but had never met anyone from the Deaf community. This summer, Amber consciously immersed herself in Deaf culture and American Sign Language (ASL) for the first time. She visited the Professional Theater School of the National Theater of the Deaf (NTD) in Chester, Connecticut, observing deaf people engaged in the process of propagating Deaf culture through performance. Through their example, she learned about the meaning of being a deaf person, and also learned some basic ASL, which is the keystone of Deaf culture. While at NTD, Amber became reconciled with her identity as a deaf person. She continued her ASL studies with a class at Gallaudet University in Washington DC, the only deaf university in the world. She will continue to study ASL through her senior year, and in the spring will exhibit her narrative about "walking the fence" between the worlds of the deaf and the hearing.

Portable Culture: Representations of Gypsy Identity and 19th Century Narratives of Nationalism

Miruna Andrea Stanica :

Mentor: Professor Celeste Langan, English

Miruna will research the representations of Gypsy identity in writings at two historical moments: first, the works produced by European non-Gypsy writers in the period from roughly 1770-1870, and second, the emerging work of Gypsy artists in Europe after 1989. Her study will examine how the nineteenth century development and current modifications of the concepts of nation-state, nationalism and national identity have affected the ways Gypsy identity--based neither on a common territory, a standardized language, or a normative set of institutions--is constituted. In addition to undertaking a comparative study of published literary works from England, France and Romania, she will also travel to the Romani Archives at the University of Texas at Austin to examine unpublished materials. Her resulting study will help us understand what is at stake by defining ourselves nationally, offering new perspectives on questions of state, citizenship, migration and the status of minorities.

Earth-based Detection of CMBR Polarization: Data Analysis and Control Software Development

Ki Won Yoon :

Mentor: Professor George Smoot, Physics

Ki Won's project involves an investigation of cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR). CMBR travels to us over cosmic distances, beginning its journey a short time after the Big Bang, the birth of the Universe. In essence, it is a snapshot of the aftermath of creation. Specifically, Ki Won will study the polarization characteristics of CMBR, using a polarization-capable radio telescope being built at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Ki Won will develop a detailed plan for the use of the telescope to detect CMBR polarization, write software to automate the telescope and data acquisition, and perform analyses on the resulting observations for clues to this elusive signal. In this way, Ki Won hopes to make a contribution to the larger field of Cosmology and to increase our understanding philosophically and scientifically of our place in the Universe.

The Mulatto and the State: An Analytic History, 1890-1936

Scott Leon Washington :

Mentor: Professor Gil Eyal, Sociology

Scott's project examines the crystallization of the "one-drop rule" in the United States between 1890 and 1936: a relatively unique principle of racial classification which defines as "black" anyone with even the slightest trace of black or African ancestry. Over the summer Scott will be visiting the Schomburg Center for Research in Harlem, and, in order to investigate the internal workings of the United States Census Bureau, he will be conducting research at the National Archives in Washington, DC. In addition to explaining some of the more distinctive features of "race" and bureaucracy in the United States, Scott's project promises to make a significant contribution to a current stream of debates within the social sciences over (i) the general relationship between "categories" and "groups," (ii) the peculiar role that states play in the ongoing production of racial divisions, and (iii) the overall link between systems of social classification and systems of social stratification.

Heavy Fermion Refrigerator

Elizabeth Nicole Wilcut :

Mentor: Professor Seamus Davis, Physics

Elizabeth plans to design, construct and test a prototype of a low temperature refrigerator, in order to demonstrate an efficient and simple method for cooling to temperatures below 1 Kelvin. Currently, dilution refrigerators are used to achieve such low temperatures, a technology that is complicated, expensive and experimentally demanding. By pioneering the use of a refrigerator that uses a flowing electrical current through superconductor junctions, Elizabeth's prototype will improve on the cooling power of some preliminary electronic refrigerators by more than four orders of magnitude and create a technology that has the potential to become commercially viable and scientifically important in fields such as physics, material sciences and astronomy.

Devouring Our History: An Inquiry into the Destruction of California Rock Art

Melissa Florence Baird :

Mentor: Professor Margaret Conkey, Anthropology Department

Melissa's interdisciplinary inquiry into the destruction of pre-historic rock art sites in California promises to shed new light on a relatively new but important field of archeological preservation. Through a combination of library research and field work in Mexico and the United States, Melissa will attempt to account for the neglect of these visual images left by ancient hunter-gatherer societies and to argue for the importance of their conservation and preservation. In addition to launching her Anthropology Senior Honors Thesis this summer, Melissa will be acquiring skills in a variety of archeological field methods in preparation for a professional career as an archeological researcher and conservator.

The Commedia Workshop

Laura Anne Brueckner :

Mentor: Dunbar H. Ogden, Professor Emeritus of Dramatic Arts

Combining rigorous academic inquiry with the living practice of theater arts, Laura will be researching commedia dell'arte , a style of masked improvisational comedy that flourished in Italy during the Renaissance. She will devote herself to historical research and practical training this summer and will develop, rehearse and produce a commedia dell'arte production during the academic year, using a cast and crew comprised of Berkeley students. Laura plans to revive this dramatic art form in a historically informed way for the benefit of the entire University community, staging her production, along with a related panel presentation, at the Haas Spring Research Conference. As a further goal, she intends that the cast of the Commedia Workshop will continue to function as a UC Berkeley commedia dell'arte theater troupe after the conclusion of her Haas research project.

Contemporary American Utopias: Diverse Intentional Communities from a Young Feminist Perspective

Kaci Faylee Elder :

Mentor: Caren Kaplan, Associate Professor of Women's Studies

Kaci's project creatively links a study of contemporary intentional communities with the rich history of nineteenth century utopian experiments in the United States. Kaci plans a road trip this summer that will take her to five very different cooperative living communities in Los Angeles, Texas, Tennessee, West Virginia, Oregon and the Bay Area. In order to dispel the popular notion that the "commune" was born as a concept in the 1960s, Kaci will investigate our national two hundred year history of utopian experiments-both actual and literary-to place her participant-observation studies of young women's socialization in these modern American utopias in context. Combining academic theory with personal narrative, Kaci's Women's Studies Senior Honors Thesis will be deeply grounded in her own personal commitments and experiences as a feminist active in the student cooperative movement.

Thioredoxin in Bioremediation

Natalia Oleg Glebova :

Mentor: Terrance Leighton, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Natalia's Senior Honors Thesis in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology evolves out of her passionate commitment to contribute to the restoration of the environment, a matter she believes should be a priority for modern society. She will be investigating the molecular mechanisms of selenite detoxification in the bacterium Bacillus subtilis, focusing on the function of the proteins thioredoxin and thioredoxin reductase in toxic metal biotransformation. The results of her research will lead to improved bioremediation of selenite-contaminated soil and water and, more broadly, to a better understanding of the practical use of bacteria in bioremediation of environments contaminated by toxic metals.

Asian American Prisoners Oral History Project

Sora Yoon Han :

Mentor: Stephen Small, Assistant Professor of African American Studies

Sora's project promises to provide an important corrective to the stereotype of the "model minority" by giving voice to a generally silenced segment of the Asian American community. Through oral histories of incarcerated Asian Americans, Sora seeks to create a more complete and heterogeneous picture of the economic, social, political and cultural issues facing Asian Americans today. Sora will supplement her use of oral histories with more traditional research methodologies, in order to investigate thoroughly the situation and position of incarcerated Asian Americans and to improve our understanding of their encounter with the United States criminal justice system.

The Irish-Mexican Connection: A Model for Coalition Building

Alison Joy Harrington :

Mentor: Carlos Munoz, Jr., Professor of Ethnic Studies

Alison's Peace and Conflict Studies Senior Honors Thesis will examine the specific coalition-building efforts that have taken place historically and in the present between Irish and Mexican peoples. Alison will travel this summer both to Mexico and to Northern Ireland in order to meet with Irish nationals who are involved in the struggle for indigenous people's rights in Chiapas. In addition, she will be researching coalition work in the United States between Irish Americans and Mexican Americans, looking particularly at the San Patricios, an organization that commemorates Saint Patrick's (San Patricios) Brigade, an Irish-American regiment in the American-Mexican War who deserted the U.S. Army to fight on the side of the Mexicans. Through this specific case of interethnic coalition-building, Alison hopes to uncover a useful paradigm for understanding how people of differing ethnic and racial backgrounds can find common ground through a strong civil society based on non-governmental organizations.

Taiwanese Aborigines and the Education Dilemma

Kabrina Kau :

Mentor: L. Ling-Chi Wang, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies

Kabrina will undertake a field-study of the indigenous people of Taiwan, who were colonized by Han immigrants from mainland China in the late-seventeenth century, focusing specifically on their attitudes toward education. Using surveys and interviews with several targeted youth and adult populations in the city of Taitung, she will attempt to ascertain the factors that have impeded this minority group from using education as a means of improving their socio-economic status. She intends her research to provide information that will aid in the development of a new aboriginal education assistance program in Taiwan, as well as to shed light on the broader question of the factors which inhibit the integration of minority groups into modern mainstream societies.

Self-Elimination' in Higher Education: An Analysis of Latino High School Seniors' Decision-Making in Applying to Four-Year Colleges

Malihe S. Kigasari :

Mentor: John U. Ogbu, Chancellor's Professor of Anthropology

Mali will investigate how Latino seniors at an inner city high school in Oakland make decisions about applying to prestigious institutions of higher education such as the University of California at Berkeley. Mali's project has evolved out of previous fieldwork, in which she uncovered unexpected data suggesting a pattern she terms "self-elimination": Latino students who were qualified to apply to academically stronger institutions, nevertheless elected to apply to community colleges. In this follow-up study, Mali will use qualitative, "new ethnographic" research methods to gain insight into her student informants' beliefs, behaviors and self-concepts regarding their higher education goals. The resulting Senior Honors Thesis in Anthropology will have important implications for public policy in the State of California.

Antibody Catalyzed Protein Folding

Sean Poi Lee :

Mentor: Jack F. Kirsch, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Sean's project addresses two major questions in biochemistry: what is the nature of antibody catalysis, and what is the nature of transiently formed refolding intermediates. He is investigating whether antibodies that have been shown to catalyze conventional chemical reactions can be made specifically to catalyze a protein folding reaction. His project is based on the hypothesis that antibodies can recognize, bind, and stabilize high-energy intermediates of the refolding process, thus accelerating the rate of refolding.

The Influence of the Latino Caucus on the California State Legislature

Maurilio Arreola Leon :

Mentor: Bruce E. Cain, Robson Professor of Political Science

A joint McNair-Haas Scholar, Maurilio will continue his research into the influence of the Latino Caucus within the California State Legislature, in order to determine its effectiveness in addressing issues that impact the constituencies of its members. Founded in 1973, the Caucus has grown from five members to sixteen members, tripling in size in twenty-five years. With the recent election of the second Latino Assembly Speaker Antonio Villaraigosa, Latino political leadership has continued to grow. Maurilio's timely study promises to provide crucial information and analysis about an increasingly important arena of California state politics and policy-making.

Establishment of a Kinetic Analysis Framework for the Activity of an RNase P Ribozyme

Kwa Yu Liou :

Mentor: Fenyong Liu, Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Kwa's Senior Honors Thesis in Molecular and Cell Biology will investigate the RNase P ribozyme, which is one of many RNA enzymes being developed as promising gene-targeting reagents to cleave specific RNA sequences. Kwa's research will establish a kinetic framework to analyze the catalytic mechanism of RNase P ribozyme to cleave a viral mRNA. By determining the ribozyme's catalytic efficiency, he will provide insight into the engineering of RNase P for antiviral application, with potential therapeutic use in inactivating specific mRNA sequences of infectious viruses such as Herpes Simplex Virus and HIV. In addition to its implications for infectious disease control, Kwa's research this summer will help him develop necessary skills to pursue his career goal of becoming a molecular biologist.

Protein Crystallography and Bacterial Resistance

Shahram Misaghi :

Mentor: Robert M. Glaeser, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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 bacteria, crystallize the protein, and then study the chemical structure of this protein. His intention is to identify potential weak points that can be attacked by additional drugs, disabling the process by which the bacteria are able to maintain a high level of resistance to otherwise beneficial antibiotics. By discovering the relationship between the protein's structure and its biochemical function, Shahram hopes to contribute knowledge that will have important applications in the development of medically useful drugs.

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

Lillian Park :

Mentor: John F. Kihlstrom, Professor of Psychology

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, and later confuse these self-generated items with what actually happened. For her Senior Honors Thesis in Psychology, Lillian proposes to advance the state of knowledge in the field by studying this spontaneous associative process in the laboratory, using human subjects. Her experiments will help her to synthesize several differing explanations for the phenomenon of false recall and to produce a concrete model of the cognitive processes involved. Her research into the way memory operates will have implications in many areas including eye-witness testimony.

Genetic Diversity Among Populations of Phellinus Swieteniae in Mangroves

Jeri Lynn Parrent :

Mentor: Gregory S. Gilbert, Professor of ESPM, Ecosystem Sciences

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 spatially isolated mangrove forests located on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. While in Panama, Jeri will also have the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), one of the leading tropical ecology research institutes in the world, and to meet with leading scientists in the field of biogeography, her intended field of graduate study. During the following academic year, she will complete her research project at UC Berkeley, using modern DNA analysis techniques to determine the amount of genetic diversity that exists within and among the populations of fungi collected.

Orbital Revolution: An Exploration in Visual Conceptual and Physical Communication

Tamarind A. Rossetti-Johnson :

Mentor: Kevin Radley, Lecturer, Department of Art Practice

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 dimension to her performance piece, Tamarind will be traveling to Mexico this summer, where she will be researching, collecting and documenting images and interviewing people in Mexico City and Oaxaca City, focusing particularly on the traditional dances of Oaxaca performed during the Fiesta Guelaguetza. "Orbital Revolution" will use images and actions that reflect each other-the dish of the satellite, the curve of the eye, the orbit of the planet, the path of the dancer-to illustrate the many forms of global communication and the human desire to connect.

Researching the Recycling Industry in Israel

Ori Adam Skloot :

Mentor: Christine Rosen, Associate Professor, Haas School of Business Administration

Ori's project unites his interest in business with his strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Specifically, he will be focusing on the emerging recycling industry in Israel. Israel presents a particularly interesting case study, because it is a country in which industrialization and expansion continue to progress with only minimal consideration given to their environmental impact, despite generally high educational levels among its citizens/consumers. Ori will begin by studying the organizational structure, government involvement and history of Berkeley's local recycling system in order to gain a better understanding of the factors that led to its success. He will then travel to Israel in order to do field research on effective strategies for overcoming obstacles to implementing such a model in a localized area in the state of Israel.

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