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Divergent Policies, Divergent Trajectories? The Impact of Established Political Systems on Oil and Gas Institutions in Ghana and Uganda

Itago Winnie, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Environmental Economics & Policy major, Global Poverty & Practice minor

Historically, oil exploration in Africa has brought the “resource curse”: countries with more abundant natural resources have poorer development outcomes, due to corruption and environmental degradation. Itago will compare new oil producers Ghana and Uganda—which share many similarities despite Uganda’s semi-authoritiarianism and Ghana’s greater democracy... Read More

No One Belongs Here More Than You: Creating an Image of Israel for Tourists and Pilgrims

Marc Wolf, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

Marc's interdisciplinary interest in the phenomenon of Israeli tourism in the millennial year is informed by religious studies, marketing, and the anthropology of tourism, as well as his history major. He will undertake a comparative analysis of how Israel uses its Ministry of Tourism to create a range of images in order to market itself to Jewish, Christian, and... Read More

A Novel Approach to Synthetic Vaccine for HIV-1 Involving a Beta-Hairpin Peptide Having Fluoroaromatic Amino Acids

Irene Wong, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Molecular and Cell Biology/Japanese

Irene’s senior thesis in Molecular and Cell Biology may contribute to the development of a vaccine for HIV-1. A potential target for vaccination against AIDS is the V3 loop region of the HIV-1 envelope glycoprotein, gp120, which plays an important role in viral infection. V3 adopts a ß-hairpin structure; the successful synthetic ß-hairpin peptide may thus mimic... Read More

Facilitative and Competitive Nutrient Interactions With Changing Crop Spacing and Density in a Broccoli and Fava Intercropping System

Juliana Wu, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Molecular Environmental Biology

Intercropping with legumes is an agricultural practice where crops are cultivated with a legume, commonly fava, that is capable of fixing nitrogen and increasing soil fertility. Juliana’s study aims to measure the effect of crop spacing and density on facilitative and competitive interactions for nitrogen and phosphorus in an intercropping system of fava bean (... Read More

Urban Mediation Committees in a Modernizing China

Kangying Connie Wu, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Political Economy of Industrial Societies

Twenty-five years of reform in China have impacted virtually all corners of social life. During the Mao era, urban neighborhood mediation committees helped to resolve disputes and conserve social harmony and stability in the cities. Today, the physical and social structures of China's cities have changed dramatically, raising questions about whether these remnants of... Read More

Beyond Holding Up the Sky: Beijing Women in the Era of the Olympic Games

Lijia Xie, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Based on Lijia's travels in China in summer 2008, she composed a collection of three chapters of prose poems intercut with verse as cultural narratives of gender, reanimated as myths of Chinese history and femininity situated onto an invented milieu, the neither/nor setting of contemporary China hosting a global event. The first chapter, (public airing), seeks... Read More

Highly-Biomimetic Mechanical Hand for Robotics and Prostheses: Utilizing Artificial Muscles with Precise Controls Integration

Jehan Yang, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences minor

Utilizing 27 degrees of freedom, the human hand is a complex manipulator capable of tasks ranging from fingerstyle guitar to precise surgery. To replicate the human hand would produce a highly versatile tool in robotics and prostheses. Robots in the future might perform surgery while arm amputees... Read More

Tangible Instant Messaging - Accessible Technology for the Elderly

Margaret Yau, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Technology for the elderly should satisfy not only their functional requirements, but also their social and emotional needs. To develop accessible technology for the elderly and enhance their social connections with their remote family members, Margaret, an Electrical Engineering and Computer Science major, will design, implement, and evaluate a tangible instant... Read More

The Politics of Repression and the Arts of Subversion: Contemporary Theater in Iran

Leila Yavari, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Political Science

Leila will travel to Iran this summer to research Iranian theater, in order to assess the extent to which live theatrical performances offer a location for the subversion of censorship laws--and with what repercussions. She will be investigating censorship guidelines, analyzing scripts, observing performances, attending theater classes at the University of Azad,... Read More

Negotiating Female Film Fandom, 1910-1940

Shirley Ye, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : History

Shirley will investigate how early female movie fans interacted with film celebrities between the years 1910 and 1940, the formative years of film practice in Hollywood. Traveling to New York and Los Angeles this summer, Shirley will examine early fan letters, publications and other artifacts housed at archives, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Academy... Read More

Re-Living Latin: Understanding the Interaction between Method, Material, and Meaning

Alice Yeh, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Anthropology

Foreign language education in a study-abroad setting is taken for granted as a means of acquiring fluency and cultural competency. But for a language without a “living” space, as Latin arguably is, what is it like to be physically situated in a concrete, historical locale without a native community of speakers? Based in an immersion program in Rome, Alice’s research... Read More

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

Ki Won Yoon, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

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... Read More

A Half-Century of Food Rationing in Cuba: A Historical Analysis of the Libreta

Kaylee Yoshii, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : History | Spanish & Education

Among the Cuban Revolution’s socialist reforms, none has influenced daily life more than the food rationing system. Since 1962, Cubans have used the libreta de abastecimiento (supplies booklet) to obtain monthly rations from state-run stores. The system enjoyed initial success, but the libreta’s efficacy diminished over time and today covers only ten days of food... Read More

Direct Measurement of Time Reversal Symmetry Violation in a P-wave Superconductor

Thomas Yuzvinsky, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Physics/Math

Which way does time flow? Could time really be flowing backwards, and our perception of time passing forward be purely a matter of perspective? Physical phenomena that are asymmetric under time reversal have shown that time must flow forwards, and the discovery of such phenomena in different environments opens the door for new experiments and a better... Read More

Enhancing the Resolution of RNA-Sequencing to Investigate the Propagation of Parkinson’s Disease

Xinyi Zhang, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disorder, which currently has no effective treatment. The development of treatments can benefit from better understandings of how the neurodegeneration propagates in the brain. The most crucial contributor to the propagation is... Read More

Moral Responsibility and Determinism

Pei (Tony) Zhao, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Philosophy

On one hand, determinism claims the necessity of physical laws, together with the state of the universe at any moment, entails that what happens next must happen. On the other hand, when a person acts wrongly and gets blamed for his action, we seem to presuppose that he could have acted differently. Does determinism, or the objective view of science in general,... Read More

The Diabetes Micro-Clinic Project: Community Awareness and Ownership in the Developing World

Daniel Elias Zoughbie, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Urban Studies, Middle Easter Studies (minor)

During a recent stay in the West Bank, Daniel identified a staggering diabetes problem with serious gaps in treatment delivery and diabetes education. Consequently, he intends to establish and document approximately twenty “micro-clinics” composed of small groups of Palestinian diabetics meeting in designated houses or businesses for the purpose of diabetes... Read More

An Exploration of Emotional Contagion in Infants

Margaret Zvanut, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Psychology

Emotional contagion is defined as “the tendency to automatically mimic and synchronize facial expressions, vocalizations, postures and movement with those of another person.” It is a major means by which one human being comes to feel and behave in the same fashion as another, and may be fundamental to empathy and prosocial behavior. For Maggie’s Senior Honor’s... Read More