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The Existential/Canonical Alternation in Brazilian Portuguese: A Perspective from Optimality Theory

Alex Omar Bratkievich, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Linguistics

There are strong indications that the factors influencing the alternation between existential ("There's a book on the table") and canonical ("A book is on the table") constructions might be the same cross-linguistically; for example, existentials across languages exhibit the definiteness effect: indefinite Noun Phrases are preferred in pivot (post-verbal)... Read More

Olfactory Localization: the ‘what’ and ‘where’ pathways in Human Olfaction

Elizabeth Bremner, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Psychology

Localization of biologically relevant stimuli in the world is a basic feature of sensory systems and is well studied for visual and auditory stimuli. It is well known that mammals are very sensitive to odors and can trace them to their sources, but it is not well studied nor understood whether this localization can be accomplished egocentrically—that is, with the... Read More

‘Song for Today’: The Dialectic Between Langston Hughes’ Early Jazz and Blues Poetry and the ‘New Poetic Genre’

Shanesha R. F. Brooks, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : English/Interdisciplinary Studies

Exploring the lyrical conversation between the jazz and blues poetry of Langston Hughes and contemporary hip-hop musicians, Shanesha will analyze the musical techniques and poetic structure of Hughes’s poetry and the lyrics of musicians Black Star and Jazzmatazz, “musical poets” who contribute to what she calls the “New Poetic Genre.” Identifying parallels between the... 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

Handedness and Happiness: The Interaction Between Hand Dominance and Emotion Processing

Geoffrey Brookshire, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Psychology

There is a wealth of literature documenting the asymmetric role of the two cerebral hemispheres in different aspects of cognition. Although this has been most exhaustively studied with respect to language and spatial cognition, robust laterality effects are also present in emotion. Experiments performed on right-handed subjects associate the left hemisphere... Read More

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

Peter B. Brownell, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

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... Read More

The Commedia Workshop

Laura Anne Brueckner, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

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... Read More

Silicon Valley's New Vietnamese Entrepreneurs

Tam Bui, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Economy of Industrial Socities

Through a combination of literature review, data analysis, and interviews, Tam's Senior Honors Thesis for her Political Economy of Industrial Societies major will examine the role that Vietnamese-American high tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley are playing in developing the New Economy in Vietnam. Tam will conduct a series of face to face interviews with... Read More

The Role of the Dorsomedial Hypothalamic Nucleus in Mediation of Seasonal Reproductive Rhythms in the Siberian Hamster

Morgan Burke, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Integrative Biology

Morgan’s fascination with neurobiology led her to join the laboratory of Prof. Irving Zucker , where she has been studying the neuroendocrine basis of seasonal rhythms. Siberian hamsters, like most mammals, restrict production of offspring to the spring and summer. They do so by measuring day length. Neural and endocrine tissues decode day length by measuring the... Read More

Healing Through Language: The History of the Weⁿdat Language and Waⁿdat Dialect

Fallon Burner, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : History

Fallon Burner will be writing a history of the Weⁿdat Language and Waⁿdat dialect, showing the vital role that language plays in the Indigenous community and how its history is tied to issues of erasure and survival, as well as the role that language revitalization projects have in addressing... Read More

Commuters Versus Residents: A Comparative Historical Analysis of America's Urban Freeways

Chad Martin Burns, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : History

In the mid-twentieth century, American cities constructed urban freeways in order to bring people from growing suburbs into the center of town. Urban freeways were a harbinger of municipalities giving priority to the needs of commuters versus city center residents. Today, one may ask: were urban freeways essential to the development of cities in a post-... Read More

To Pass Through History and Enter Sanctity: the ‘Last Judgment’ mosaic of Prague Cathedral

Susannette Burroughs, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : History of Art

The "Last Judgment" ("Golden Gate") mosaic is located on the southern exterior of Saint Vitus' Cathedral at Prague, a fourteenth century Gothic monument. The mosaic was a framing device for activity which occurred before and behind it: it functioned to separate and relate sacred and secular pasts and presents as a permeable barrier, one which separated and joined... Read More

Transcending Language: Carme Riera and Post-Franco Catalan Literature

Casey Butterfield, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Comparative Literature

Casey will examine the situation of Catalan women writers in the first generation following the death of Franco through close literary analysis of author Carme Riera's body of work and further study of her cultural reception in Spain as a feminist author using a minority language. The completed analysis will constitute her Senior Honors Thesis in the Comparative... Read More

World War II War Crimes Trials Against Japanese War Criminals Conducted by the Chinese Nationalists from 1946 to 1949

Chang Cai, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : History/Business Administration

While there has been great scholarly interest in international tribunals such as the Nuremberg and Tokyo, little research has been done on Allied national efforts to prosecute the Japanese in the post-WWII era. Over 700 Chinese nationalist trials were conducted between 1946 and 1949 against the Japanese at twelve different locations in China. This is a wonderful... Read More

Campesinos Voice the Discourse of Fair Trade

Nicholas Calderon, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Society and Environment

Nicholas Calderon’s project, Campesinos Voice the Discourse of Fair Trade, will take place in the Altiplano region of Bolivia, where he will investigate the degree to which Fairtrade’s purported benefits are met. He will examine the extent of grower knowledge regarding Fairtrade entitlements, and their use of the Fairtrade social premium. His methods will combine an... Read More

Girlz in the Hood: How Black and Brown Women Navigate the Streets of South Central Los Angeles

Joanna Cardenas, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : African American Studies and Legal Studies

South Central Los Angeles has a long history of male-dominant gang affiliations, categorizing the city of Los Angeles as the gang capital of the nation. This led to excessive surveillance and sky-rocketing rates of male incarceration since the 1980’s, making L.A. men jails the face of mass incarceration. Research is lacking, however, around the social and... 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

The Role of ORF74 in Transmission of Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus

Nicholas Carey, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Molecular & Cell Biology, Statistics

Kaposi’s Sarcoma Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) establishes lifelong infections and can cause a variety of cancers and proliferative disorders in immunosuppressed individuals. Recent evidence indicates that oral contact is the primary route of transmission for KSHV. The goal of this project is to... Read More

Nor Meekly Serve My Time': Irish Political Prisoners and the Struggle for Legitimacy within the Penal Systems of the United Kingdom and Ireland, 1916-1946

Thomas Carey, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : History

In political struggle, establishing the legitimacy of a cause is the key to founding and maintaining popular support. How then, do political prisoners labeled as "criminals" and "terrorists" by the governments they oppose proceed to gain a semblance of legitimacy? With this question in mind, Thomas will examine the condition of Irish political... Read More

Reframing Zen: An Analysis of Morita Shiryu's Japanese Avant Garde Calligraphy

Sabrina Carletti, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : History of Art

Sabrina Carletti's project will inquire into Japanese postwar calligraphy within the Zen'ei bijutsu (avant-garde) movement while focusing on the calligraphy of Morita Shiry_ (1926-1999), who brought radical changes to calligraphy practice by leading the bokujin-kai, or the “Human Ink Society.” Sabrina intends to depart from the familiar “influence model” of... Read More

A Political Ecology of the Citarum River: Exploring Human Dimensions of Water Pollution in Peri-urban Bandung, Indonesia

Jenna Cavelle, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Conservation & Resource Studies, Geography (minor)

The Citarum River and its drainage basin, which has been called “the most polluted river in the world”, spans 11,000 square kilometers, serves 378 industries, 25 million people, and supplies Jakarta with 80% of its water. With so many people and ecologies depending on this critical river, each with a different perspective and a distinct relationship to the river, there... Read More

Giving the Veiled a Voice: A Test of the Efficacy of International Law

Mariyam Cementwala , Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science

Mariyam plans to investigate whether international law helps people with disabilities in developing countries, through a case study of inclusive education (Education for All) in India. Over the last two decades, disability activists have succeeded in instituting explicit or codified international obligations, norms, standards, and binding rules about disability,... Read More

Still Marked? Criminal Record, Education, Race, and Employment in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Michael Cerda-Jara, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Sociology

Michael’s research investigates the role of higher education in employment prospects for people with criminal records. In 2018, Michael successfully executed an experimental audit study of job application callbacks for college-educated applicants with or without criminal records, which... Read More

Elucidating Mechanisms of Fine Genetic Control by a sRNA in Pathogenic Bacterium Salmonella typhimurium

Elton Chan, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Microbial Biology

The bacterium Salmonella is a significant cause of food-borne disease. Its pathogenesis depends on the type III secretion systems (T3SSs) that were acquired by horizontal gene transfer; the invasion of Salmonella into the host cells requires appropriate expression of T3SSs. Recent research has identified small non-coding RNAs (sRNAs) as a class of regulators that fine... Read More

Exploring the Mechanism of Protein Scaffolding Toward Improved Metabolic Flux

Susan Chen, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Bioengineering/Molecular and Cell Biology

Metabolic engineering has the potential to provide environmentally friendly routes for the synthesis of a variety of molecules, including therapeutics and biofuels. One way to improve the flux of metabolic pathways is the use of synthetic protein scaffolds that colocalize enzymes in the engineered mevalonate biosynthesis pathway. Susan's project tests the... Read More

Quantification of Short TE Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI) from Patients with Brain Tumors

Benjamin M. Chen, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Bioengineering

Benjamin plans to implement an algorithm for quantitative analysis of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI) that will improve the specificity of the calculated levels of cellular metabolites such as choline, creatine, N-acetylaspartate and myo-inositol. This information is critical for predicting tumor type and grade, tailoring treatment protocols to... Read More

Metabolite Production by Interspecies Interactions in Actinomycetes and Root Nodule Bacteria

Victor Chen, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Microbial Biology

Actinomycetes, filamentous soil bacteria, have been the single richest source of medicinally relevant natural products, whose applications include anticancer agents, antifungal agents and antibiotics. However, actinomycetes still hold great potential for novel metabolite discovery. This is because the way they are typically grown in the laboratory fails to... Read More

Kinetic Constant Determination of Multidrug Efflux Pump

Cheng Chen, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Multidrug efflux pump, which sometimes pumps out almost all of the commonly used antibiotics, plays a major role in bacterial resistance. The design of better antibiotics which will overcome this mechanism will require knowledge of the kinetic behavior of this pumping process. Recently, Cheng participated in a study that determined the kinetic constants for one class... Read More

MiCodes: Enabling Library Screens with Microscopy by Connecting Genotypes to Observable Phenotypes

Robert Chen, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Bioengineering and Materials Science and Engineering

In the burgeoning field of genetic engineering, living systems are engineered to perform desired functions such as fighting cancer, sensing harmful chemicals, or producing useful compounds. However, cellular processes are unpredictable and genes do not always act as expected. In order to find a gene's optimal setting, scientists currently need to search through "... Read More

Dim Sum and Developments: Effects of Gentrification in Oakland Chinatown Beyond an Economic Understanding

Janie Chen, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Sociology and Ethnic Studies

Oakland Chinatown has historically existed as an immigrant enclave and now stands increasingly vulnerable to citywide redevelopment. Through an honor thesis and photo essay, Janie returns to her roots in Oakland Chinatown to understand the larger narrative of who claims, makes, loses, and occupies space. Her research centers the narratives of longtime residents,... Read More

Investigating Ecosystem Responses to Manipulated Climate Conditions at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory

Katya Cherukumilli, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Environmental Sciences, Global Poverty and Practice (minor), Energy and Resources (minor)

Since the early 20th century, global surface temperatures have risen 1.4°F, with the majority of the warming occurring in the past three decades due to anthropogenic activities. Significant changes in sea level, ecosystems, and ice cover are predicted to occur as a result of increasing temperatures. Katya aims to understand ecological responses to simulated and natural... Read More

Microfluidics and Alzheimer's Disease: A Device to Study the Amyloid Beta Protein

Celia Cheung, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Bioengineering

Current Bio:  After graduation, Celia spent a year researching abroad at Imperial College London, funded by the Whitaker Fellowship in biomedical engineering. In August 2016, she started medical school at UC Irvine, and is expected to graduate in June 2021. Currently, she is taking a year off to do more bioengineering research, but... 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

"What-a You Know About Dat, Eh?" Race and Respectability in the Italian American Vaudeville Theatre, 1880-1910

Connor Scott Clark, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : History & American Studies

In the year 1890, more Italian-Americans immigrated to the United States than any other ethnic group. They brought their culture along with them, and Italian theatres began to spring up in their urban ethnic enclaves, where Italian performing culture could survive in the new world. However, America had been exposed to Italian theatre before its founding, and that... Read More

Role of the cadAB operon in the Egg Resistance of Salmonella

Raul Clavijo, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Molecular and Cell Biology

The basic purpose of Raul’s study, which will form the basis for his senior honors thesis in Molecular and Cell Biology, is to understand a characteristic of Salmonella enteritidis (S. enteritidis) that allows it to be the only bacterium to contaminate chicken eggs routinely. The specific objective is to determine the role of a particular set of genes, found in... Read More