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Establishment of a Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program in Iran

Shahrzad Abbassi-Rahbar, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Molecular and Environmental Biology

Thalassemia is a disease common to 60 countries worldwide, with high prevalence in Middle Eastern countries. The Iranian population consists of many who exhibit the beta-thalassemia hemoglobinopathy, which reduces red blood cells’ ability to carry oxygen, and even more who are carriers of this life-threatening disease. In the past, most of the children born with beta-... Read More

Can Kangaroo Rats Reason? An Inquiry into the Ecology of Logical Inference

Melissa M. Adams, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Through a series of carefully designed experiments with Kangaroo Rats (Dipotomys mirriami), Melissa's Cognitive Science Senior Honors Thesis will test her hypothesis that these rodents' capacity to perform "transitive inference" tasks constitutes true reasoning and relies on the same neural structures as less abstract forms of reasoning. A long history of... Read More

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

Resource Conflict: Oil and the Nigerian Youth

Godwin (Ife) Aka, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Political Science


Haas Scholar Program: The struggle of the Niger Delta people has been widely documented. The years of oil spills, unequal distribution of oil wealth, and marginalization of the people of this region both by the Nigerian state and the multinational oil companies, is known very well to those interested in this area. Because of... Read More

Curses, Invocations? An Investigation into the Medical Ethnobotany of the Kosovo Roma

Sina Akhavan, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Integrative Biology

In remote Kosovo camps and villages, Roma are isolated from government-run medicine, relying on their own traditions for common sickness. Conversations with Kosovo Roma and field experts indicate some Roma are practicing traditional medicine undocumented in scientific literature. Sina will travel to Kosovo, distributing questionnaires and engaging in interviews... Read More

The Role of Acetylcholine and Dopamine in Perception and Working Memory

Ahmad Al-Zughoul, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Cognitive Science and Molecular & Cell Biology

Visual working memory is a limited, short-term mental storage system that holds task-relevant visual information in mind and is important for visually guided behavior. Recent studies have suggested that visual working memory is closely linked to visual perception, implemented in overlapping brain regions and sharing similar brain circuitry. Ahmad’s research... Read More

Shaping a Nation: Middle Class Mobilization in Caracas

Laura Alarcón, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Anthropology

Neighborhood associations in east Caracas have been pivotal in organizing the large demonstrations, an average of five per week, that have characterized public protest against Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez during the last year. Laura’s project, which will constitute her senior honors thesis in anthropology, will examine how two middle class neighborhoods in east... Read More

Religious Hierarchy in Ancient Mycenae: A Contextual Analysis of Figurine Production at Petsas House

Samantha Alford, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Classical Languages/Anthropology

Figurines in the shape of humans, animals, and inanimate objects, such as furniture, have been found in excavations throughout the archaeological site of Mycenae, a Bronze Age settlement and palatial center. Samantha will investigate the production patterns of these figurines by analyzing archaeological data from a Mycenaean ceramics center, Petsas House. By comparing... Read More

The Mysteries of Criticism in Antebellum America's Sensationalistic Pop Culture

Meaghan Allen, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : English major and Anthropology minor

In the 1850s, urban mystery novels explored the sensationalistic imagination of immigrants, aristocrats, and the poor that emerged from mass urbanization in sprawling cities such as Paris, London, and New York. Mixing mystery, vice, myth, and experience into one lurid and melodramatic extravaganza, these novels commented politically, socially, and culturally... Read More

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

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

Current Bio:  Grace is a full-time research assistant at Columbia University.

Haas Scholars Project:  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... Read More

The Crafting of the Revolution and the Legacy of Carlos Fonseca

Carlos Almendárez, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : History

To the Nicaraguan people, Carlos Fonseca was the unchallenged leader and theoretician of the Nicaraguan revolution. In an attempt to propel Fonseca as the paragon of the revolution, the F.S.L.N. obscured Fonseca’s doubts about the process of revolution itself. Through Fonseca’s extant writings Carlos’ project will examine why the idea of Fonseca as a leader of... Read More

Development, Livestock, and Society: Cultural Practices and Agricultural Intervention in Upper East Ghana

Joshua Belton and Agata Surma, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Geography

Agata and Josh will be studying the ways two major agricultural interventions--colonial development and the Tono Irrigation Project--have changed livestock’s role in several communities in Upper East Ghana. They will first visit the British National Archives in London to research the pre-colonial conditions in the area and assess how colonial development unfolded there... Read More

From Enlightenment to Romance: Adam Ferguson’s Philosophy of History in Scottish Romantic Literature

Dane Anderson, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : History, English Minor

In preparation for his senior honors thesis, Dane is studying the relationship between literatures of the Scottish Enlightenment and Romantic periods. Specifically, he is exploring how Adam Ferguson’s theory of history, described in the Essay on the History of Civil Society, colors major texts of Scottish Romanticism. The scholarship surrounding Ferguson’s... Read More

Punishing the Average? Access to Civil Justice for California's Self-Represented Litigants

Kara Anderson, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Sociology, Demography Minor

While extensive research explores inequalities in the criminal justice system, little sociological literature analyzes inequalities in the civil justice system. Whereas a constitutional right to counsel exists for criminal cases, litigants in civil cases must either pay enormous attorney fees or represent themselves in navigating complex issues such as divorce,... Read More

The Interplay Between Local Organization and Activity of a Heterogeneous Base Catalyst

Sandra Anderson, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Chemistry

Sandra’s project addresses the synthesis and characterization of imprinted heterogeneous catalysts with local organization at the active site, consisting of hybrid organic-inorganic sol gel materials. One of the challenges facing mankind is the cost effective production of chemicals with less waste to meet the societal needs of an ever-growing population. This... Read More

Picturing Reality: An Examination of Nabokov’s Ekphrastic Photographs

Rikki-Nikol Anderson, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : English

Rikki-Nikol is researching the status of prosaic photographs in Vladimir Nabokov’s fiction, focusing on the problems of verisimilitude that arise when a solipsistic narrator refers to a supposedly objective image. In many of Nabokov’s works, the fictional “reality” is mediated through a highly subjective, unreliable narrator. These narrators employ ekphrasis—the... Read More

Does the Cerebellum Contribute to the Synchronization of Information Processing: An Experimental Investigation of Current Theories on Schizophrenia

Paul Aparicio , Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Psychology

Recent research has proposed that schizophrenia can best be understood as a problem in the way the brain synchronizes information and has located this deficit in abnormal cerebellar functioning. In order to increase our understanding of the unique relationship between cerebellar dysfunction and schizophrenia, Paul intends to test the hypothesis that the... Read More

Reporters and Reforged Identities: Negotiating Narratives of Violence through the Journalistic Enterprise

Clarissa Arafiles, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Anthropology/Gender & Women's Studies, Ethnic Studies (minor)

The body of the slain journalist, elevated to heroic proportions, has become indispensable in contemporary constructions of Filipino nationalism and democracy. This project will compare two episodes in the history of Philippine media that fortify the journalist’s presence in the Filipino imagination: the three-day broadcast by Radio Veritas during the 1986 People Power... Read More

Who's at the Top?: the Effects of Rejection Resiliency on Power Attainment

Rhonda Armstrong, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Psychology & Social Welfare

It should not be surprising to hear that people respond to rejection in various ways. Additionally, there are several different pathways to achieving power, and people in powerful positions consistently have more adaptive responses to rejection. Rather than rejection resiliency being a product of power, Rhonda’s research seeks to show that it is actually a... Read More

Food, Medicine, Supplies, and Freedom

Javier Aros, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Art Practice

America 2020, a creative vision of the political and social realities of the United States in the year 2020, will be an artistic presentation of Javier Aros. Utilizing room sculpture, six large silkscreen poster prints and assorted smaller prints, two wall paintings, ceramic busts, original flags and interactive “historical” documents and presentations, Javier will... Read More

Alternative Splicing and Fox Proteins in Zebrafish

Joshua Arribere, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Molecular and Cell Biology / Mathematics

Alternative splicing of pre-mRNA is critical to development and differentiation, allowing metazoans to generate a large amount of protein diversity from a single gene. Despite its importance, our understanding of the factors that influence this process is limited. The objective of Josh’s project is to investigate the role of the Fox family of proteins, which have been... Read More

Optogenetic Control in Freely Behaving Bats (Rousettus Aegyptiacus)

Justin Baik, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Physics

How does the brain convert sensory information to help us navigate around space? Spatial learning is what Justin believes to be the key in building the bridge between sensory input and navigation. The striatum, a region of the mammalian brain known to be crucial for spatial learning, will be deeply examined using the methods of optogenetics. In his project,... Read More

Spoken Word as Figure: Visual iconographies of Nenbutsu in Medieval Japan

Jess Genevieve Bailey, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : History of Art

Enshrined in a Kyoto temple, the 13th century Portrait of the Holy Man K̄̄ūya sculpturally visualizes the verbal practice of nenbutsu or chanting the buddha’s name. Six small sculptural buddhas emerge on a wire extension from the icon’s mouth, embodying the chanted syllables. Icons are understood in Japanese Buddhism as animate objects, informing and guiding... Read More

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

Melissa Florence Baird, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

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... Read More

Role of Interferons in Primary Dengue Infection in Mice

Manasa Basavapatna, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Social Welfare

A Molecular and Cell Biology major, Manasa will study the Dengue virus (DEN), which causes the most prevalent arthropod-borne viral illness in humans worldwide, with an estimated 2.5 billion people at risk. Primary infection results in dengue fever (DF), an acute disease. In primary infections, DEN induces an effective immune response that may involve interferons... Read More

The Rise of the California Junior College Movement

Daniel Basurto, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : History, Public Policy Minor

Today, California educates 2.1 million students enrolled at 115 community colleges–making the California community college system the most extensive system of higher education in the United States. For Daniel Joseph Basurto’s history honors thesis, he will fill in the gaps of history that led to the first two junior colleges and ultimately sparked the California junior... Read More

From the Fields to the Pool Halls: the Plight of the Manong

Minda Bautista, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies

The colonial relationship between the Philippines and the United States has shaped both migration patterns from the Philippines and Filipino community formation in the U.S. since the start of the 20th century. Minda’s research will examine this ongoing legacy through the case study of Project Manong, a 1970s housing and services project for elderly Filipino... Read More

Freezing the Future: Oocyte Cryopreservation in Northern California

Allyn Benintendi, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Anthropology

In 2012, the experimental label was lifted from the social freezing and banking of oocytes (oocyte cryopreservation or egg freezing), an intense procedure allowing postponement of motherhood. Two years later, major Silicon Valley based tech companies introduced egg freezing in benefits packages — an addition mirroring mounting pressure in tech to hire women... Read More

Creating Confessional Narration

Caetlin Benson-Allott, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Comparative Literature

Caetlin will explore the evolution of narration in Confessional poetry in the United States during the 1950s-1960s, concentrating on such poets as Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath and Robert Lowell. Through extensive readings in poetry, criticism, and literary and psychoanalytic theory, as well as archival research on the poets mentioned above, Caetlin plans to analyze... Read More

Shifting Traditions: Perspectives of Saffron Farmers in the Khorasan Province of Iran on Climate Change and Technological Development

Helia Bidad, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Society & Environment major and Geospatial Information Science & Technology minor

Ninety percent of the world’s saffron is grown in Iran and 90% of saffron in Iran is grown in the Khorasan Province. Saffron production as a traditional farming system is developing in its relationship with climate change and with the spread of technology into agriculture. Understanding how farmers view and interact with these developments is important in understanding... 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

Israeli Water Policies and their Effects on West Bank Palestinians

Carrie Ann Bodley, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Middle Eastern Studies

Water is crucial to human existence and critical to social and economic development. What happens when this vital resource becomes enmeshed in a violent geo-political struggle? Israel has occupied the West Bank for thirty-seven years, maintaining control over West Bank water resources. Israel's water infrastructure and technology are far more advanced than that of the... Read More

Life Makers: A Nonviolent Approach to Transnational Islamic Activism

Edina Bohanec, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Sociology

Contemporary nonviolent movements of Muslim youth around the world are often neglected in the western media and deserve more scholarly attention. Emerging in the affluent urban centers of Egypt, “Life Makers” is an example of such a movement. The group was spearheaded nearly a decade ago by a charismatic and popular leader, Amr Khaled, through his television programs,... 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

Examining Subcellular Localization of Cell Cycle Components to Determine a Better Breast Cancer Treatment

Gloria Brar, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Indole-3-Carbinol (I3C) is a natural compound found in Brassica vegetables, such as broccoli and cabbage; this compound has been shown to arrest the growth of breast cancer cells in a mechanism that seems to involve several critical cell cycle proteins. Gloria's Molecular & Cell Biology Senior Honors Thesis project will investigate the changes in subcellular... Read More