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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

Worst of the Worst: Changing the Prison Narrative

Clint Terrell, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : English

There has been a great deal of research on autobiographical literature that feature Native American “captivity narratives,” and African American “slave narratives,” but there is a lack of scholarly work that discusses contemporary “prison narratives.” Clint will analyze autobiographies, specifically prison, slave, and captivity narratives for their themes of... Read More

The MeKong River (Song Me Kong)

Seryna Thai, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Film Studies

The most valuable possession is a person's life.” This is a statement in Dang Thùy Trâm’s memoir, Last Night I Dreamed of Peace. Seryna Hanh Thai will be creating a documentary on the Vietnam War and her direct relation to it. Having two brothers who fought on different sides of the conflict gives Seryna a unique and untold perspective of a national conflict that... Read More

Social Perceptions and Attitudes about the Revitalization of Cauchois, a Dialect Spoken in Seine-Maritime (Haute-Normandie, France)

Marie Thuillier, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Linguistics

In July 2008, the French government finally listed Cauchois, the Norman dialect spoken in Seine Maritime, as an official language of France. Until then, the very existence of a Norman language, and hence of Cauchois had been denied. Similarly, many speakers of the dialect have often and inaccurately defined the language as either "dead" or as a non-standard... Read More

The Biomechanics of Walking Backwards

Neil Arun Tolani, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Neil's project will contribute to our understanding of the biomechanics of human locomotion. By studying backwards walking using human subjects on a treadmill, he hopes to discover how the inverted pendulum mechanism involved in walking is affected by reversing the direction in which human beings normally move. Through further quantitative analysis, Neil intends... Read More

Three Selves: Sexuality, Self-Censorship, and Self-Publication in the works of Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein

Jennifer Toole, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : English

Jennifer plans to write an English honors thesis that will comparatively analyze Virginia Woolf and Gertrude Stein. She is interested in how these two writers censored sexuality in their writing even though their substantial income gave them the option of self-publication. Jennifer will explore what combination of social pressures and inward conflicts led to this. By... Read More

Using Ethnobotanical Materials to Explore Native Californian Land Practices along the Santa Cruz Coast

Rosario Torres, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Anthropology

Rosario’s research will be speaking to the debate that abounds in California among archaeologists, ecologists, Native American scholars, and state and Federal agencies regarding the role that Native peoples played in shaping their environments. While some posit Native Californians were the ultimate eco-engineers, actively managing animal and plant communities, other... Read More

Hands-on Utopia: the Architectural Appropriations of Rirkrit Tiravanija

Jordan Troeller, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : History of Art/Interdisciplinary Studies Field Program

This History of Art thesis project will examine how the contemporary participatory art of Rirkrit Tiravanija overlaps with and departs from the work of Hélio Oiticica in 1960s Brazil. Rather than creating discrete objects, these artists engender interactive situations. Recently dubbed relational art, such installations involve the viewer in various social activities,... Read More

Quipu: Debt, Archive, and Amnesia

Bryan Truitt, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Art, Cognitive Science

The Incan quipu was a record-keeping and computing system based on knotted rope, encoding debt, land ownership, genealogy, and other information, but its precise meaning has been lost through colonialism. The arbitration of archival inclusion is an exercise of power, and scholarship, as practiced... Read More

The Cerebellum's Contribution to Cognition and Learning

Tawny Tsang, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Psychology, Music (minor)

Contrary to previously held beliefs, the cerebellum is not restricted to activities involving motor control. It participates in a variety of cognitive functions from attention to verbal working memory. This can be attributed to its connectivity with regions of the cortex that are involved in learning and memory. Previous research suggests that the cerebellum may be... Read More

The Effect of the Turnover on the Catholic Church in Hong Kong

Patrick Chi-Wai Tsui, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Patrick's research will focus on the status of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong in the wake of the former colony's 1997 return to the People's Republic of China (PRC). Since 1949, the Vatican has refused to recognize the PRC'S Catholic Church, maintaining its only ties to China through the two European colonies on its southeastern coast: Hong Kong and Macao.... Read More

Identifying Hormonal Factors and Response Elements Regulating GPR82 mRNA Expression

Calvin Tyi Hang, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology

The objective of Calvin’s study is to identify the hormonal factors and their regulatory mechanisms on GPR82 expression in the intestine. GPR82 is a recently identified orphan receptor whose ligand has not been found. Although little is now definitively known about this receptor, GPR82 may play important roles in the regulation of the GI tract. Its expression in... Read More

An Island in Transition: Examining the Relationship Between Trade Policy and Public Health Outcomes in American Samoa

Fele Uperesa, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field & Public Health

Samoans have often been associated with the bulk and athleticism of professional football players, but that reputation has undergone a drastic change paralleling the transition in traditional diets. The term “nutritional transition” denotes a shift in dietary consumption and energy expenditure linked to a growing epidemic of obesity-related non-communicable... Read More

Gardening for Native Bees in the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond

Mona Urbina, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Conservation and Resource Studies

Mona's proficiency as an environmental horticulturist and her interest in urban ecosystems led her to the Frankie lab, where she has been preparing pilot bee-gardens. Over time, urban sprawl has fragmented habitats necessary for the survival of California native bees and their natural host plants. Mona aims to document the most bee-attracting native plants to... Read More

The Baroque Viola and Improvisational Style

Michael Uy, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Music

The harmonic and practical foundations for the performance of Western Classical music were laid during the Baroque period (c.1600–c.1750). However, little is known about how viola players improvised their parts when playing music written only for a trio, such as two violins and a cello. The main hypothesis is that these musicians were improvising harmonies derived from... Read More

Mapping the World's Genome: Global Protein Demographics

Christopher Jay van Belle, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Molecular and Cell Biology

As a part of Steven Brenner's lab, Chris will be analyzing a large set of novel sequences extracted from oceanic and other environmental microbes. Using computational methods such as Hidden Markov Model searches, he will compare novel environmental peptides to currently known peptides that are available in public databases like Ensembl, TIGR, and nr. Chris will... 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

Finding the Lost Generation: Material Culture, Women, and UC Berkeley in the 1920s

Anthony Vasquez, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Anthropology

During the summer Anthony will be excavating an archaeological site near the UC Berkeley campus that was designated as female student housing from the 1920s to mid 1940s. Using both material culture collected during excavation and archival documents, Anthony will do a comparative study between the lives of male and female UC Berkeley students of the time period.... Read More

Toward Autonomy: Investigating Grassroots Latino Projects Pursuing Community-Centered Economic Development

Jesús Vásquez-Cipriano, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Interdisciplinary Studies

Impoverished communities of color (ICC) continue to lack economic self-sufficiency. This diminishes their self-governance and self-determination. However, Latino communities and other racially marginalized peoples continue to develop grassroots, community-led projects that address their need for communal self-sufficiency and political empowerment. Jesús... Read More

Strategies of Literary Defiance in Tobias Smollett's "The Expedition of Humphry Clinker", William Apess' "A Son of the Forest and Other Writings”, and José Antonio Villarreal’s “Pocho”

Dennis Velasquez, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : English

Dennis’ research seeks to expand the exploration of transculturation through an in-depth analysis of three vastly unrelated literary works that nonetheless contend with English Linguistic Imperialism, and reveal strikingly comparable strategies that defy it. Focusing on canonical texts by eighteenth century Scottish, nineteenth century Pequot Native American... Read More

Seeds of Reconciliation: Seed Sovereignty as a Form of Reparation for Victims of War in Colombia

Juan Manuel Vélez, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Society & Environment major, Global Poverty & Practice and Food Systems minor

Juan Manuel’s research seeks to understand how Colombian farmers have politicized their relationship with seeds. Some farmers consider recent state policies restricting seed-saving and seed-trading as a form of dispossession. Such policies have politicized their relationship with seeds regarding their control and preservation to protect their livelihoods,... Read More

The SNTE and the Democratic Transition in Mexico

Hector Vivero, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Development Studies

The 2000 presidential election ended seventy one years of Institutional Revolutionary Party (Partido Revolucionario Instituiconal, PRI) government in Mexico. Faced with new political circumstances, the institutions created by the “perfect dictatorship” were forced to adapt to the Mexican Transition to Democracy. The purpose of this project is to investigate the... Read More

Blankwall: A Poetic Interpretation of Interracial Modernity and the Harlem Renaissance

Chad Vogler, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : English, Creative Writing (minor)

Chad will travel to New York and New Haven to perform research on the unusual interracial collaborations and intercultural exchanges which occurred during the Harlem Renaissance, and this material will be used to compose a series of 25-30 poems. Inspired by recent critical discourses that redescribe modernism as a set of interracial dynamics, these poems will be... Read More

Does Social Status Impact Mental Health?

Vanessa Voss, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Integrative Biology

The goal of this project is to expand our understanding of the role social status plays in the etiology of depression. In humans, there is a strong inverse relationship between social status and depression. Those at the top of their social hierarchy experience less depression compared to those at the bottom. Our laboratory has developed a basic animal model which... Read More

South African Foreign Direct Investment in Mozambique

Saul Wainwright, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Political Economy of Industrial Societies

Since 1994 there has been an explosion of South African corporate investment into the rest of Africa. It is a unique brand of investment because it does not fit the “traditional” extractive type of investment seen in Africa. Instead, much of this investment is in the form of grocery stores, shopping malls, cell phones and banking. Saul will be exploring the... Read More

Translation of a Poetry Book by the French Poet James Sacré

Christophe Marc Wall-Romana, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Christophe will translate for publication a volume of poetry, titledViens dit quelqu'un, by the French poet James Sacré. Sacré is one of the most accomplished French poets writing today, the winner of France's most prestigious poetry prize (Prix Apollinaire, 1988) and highest cultural distinction (Chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres, 1987).... Read More

Mapping the Non-Spectacle: A Counter-narrative to the 2010 South Africa World Cup

Jonathan Wang, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Art Practice/Anthropology

At the edge of the city, beyond the stadiums newly built to house South Africa’s 2010 World Cup, are clusters of temporary relocation areas that have come to house tens of thousands of South Africa’s internally displaced urban peoples. Jonathan will travel to South Africa to visually document and map the dialectic relationships between these distinct spaces of... Read More

Income Tax Reform, the Evolution of Inequality, and the Boost of Domestic Demand -- In Search of a Sustainable Economic Growth Model

Yanyue (Adelina) Wang, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Economics; Applied Mathematics

As Chinese economic reform deepens and widens its scope, finding a model for sustainable growth is of paramount importance. In this research, I will investigate how changes in the personal income tax structure would boost domestic demand as a stable driving force for economic development, focusing mainly on a flat tax structure. I will analyze past income tax... Read More

Subcellular Targeting of the p21-activated Protein Kinase, Cla4

Lorraine M. Wang, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology

The ability of cells to respond to extracellular signals is mediated by signal transduction networks that almost invariably include a cascade of protein kinases. One family of protein kinases that is universally conserved in eukaryotes is called the p21-activated protein kinases (PAKs). The genome of Saccharomyces cerevisiae has revealed a closely related PAK-... Read More

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

Scott Leon Washington, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

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... Read More

The Cognitive Transformation of The Striving Black Brothers Coalition

Tyri Watson, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Interdisciplinary Studies | Spanish

The Striving Black Brothers Coalition (SBBC) is a mentoring program at Chabot College in Hayward, California that offers space, peer mentoring, and staff ally support to African American males in order to transform their academic performance. In this study, Tyri Kayshawn will examine how the SBBC facilitates higher graduation rates of African Americans males at... Read More

Exploring the Role of Polysialic Acid in Tumor Metastasis

John Weedin, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Molecular and Cell Biology/History

A double major in Molecular & Cell Biology and History, John intends to investigate the function of polysialic acid (PSA) on the cellular membranes of cancer cells. Polysialic acid is a relatively long, negatively charged sugar polymer composed only of sialic acid monomers. While the role of polysialic acid in neural and fetal cells has been well studied,... 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

Heavy Fermion Refrigerator

Elizabeth Nicole Wilcut, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

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... 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