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A Functional Study of HCMV UL 21 Transcript and Protein

Jonathan Clingan, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a member of the herpesvirus family, and a major cause of disease in people with compromised immune systems, particularly AIDS patients. Through the course of Jonathan’s research, several viral mutants that exhibit a severely attenuated ability to grow in cell culture have been identified. Jonathan will study the function of a... Read More

Diamonds, Swords and Video Cameras

Jacob Coakley, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : English

Jacob will write, as an independent study project in the English department, a full-length play with a double narrative. This duality of structure will allow Jacob to experiment with various forms of multi-media and digital technology available in a modern theatrical production in an effort to explore questions of human subjectivity raised by media theory. To... Read More

Should There Be A T? The Silencing of the “T” in the LGBT Movement

Thatcher Combs, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Sociology

Thatcher’s research explores the relationship between the increasing social legitimacy of the LGBT movement in the U.S. and their marginalization of transgender voices. He will examine the historical reasons for the fracturing of the "T" from the LGBT community and its effects on the transgender community. Thatcher will examine the archives at the GLBT Historical... Read More

Reading Colonial Overtones in British Orientalist Art of Cairo via Arabic Text and Islamic Design

Jaimee Comstock-Skipp, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Near Eastern Studies/History of Art

While Orientalism in French art has been extensively studied, its relevance to British art has received less attention. Jaimee seeks to fill this void by analyzing British paintings of Egypt during the colonial age. Her study involves face-to-face visits to the actual Cairene monuments and to their illustrated counterparts in English institutions. It will... Read More

Entrepreneurial Illegality: Legal and Cultural Exclusion of Undocumented Entrepreneurs

Saida Cornejo, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Legal Studies and Ethnic Studies

Saida’s research explores how some undocumented migrants generate their income through entrepreneurship. Undocumented entrepreneurs are part of high barrier and low barrier industries, but their undocumented status leaves them vulnerable to policing and wage theft. Their vulnerability as migrants places them outside the traditional image of who an American entrepreneur... Read More

Manifestations of Native American Self-Determination in the 21st Century

Allene Cottier, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Program

Allene Cottier will conduct a comparative study of the various interpretations of the terms “Sovereignty”, “Self-determination” and “Indigenous” in discussions of American Indian politics. These are critical terms in current discussions of social justice. She anticipates that there will be a fundamental fracture in the use and understanding of these terms among... Read More

(De)Formation of Body Protocols: Dance's Changing Ontology in the Choreography of Meg Stuart and Sasha Waltz

Lauren Crow, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Dance and Performance Studies

Modernity is characterized by its inclination towards increased speed, production, and efficiency. In most commercially viable theater dance productions this manifests itself as the propensity for constant motion and the execution of virtuosic movement. However, Berlin based choreographers Meg Stuart and Sasha Waltz disrupt dance's ontology and escape the... Read More

Uptake of 5-Methyltetrahydrofolate and Folic Acid by Mature Red Blood Cells

Nika Cyrus, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Chemistry

Folate deficiency still remains as the primary culprit for childhood mortality, and a major cause of atherosclerosis and cancer. Yet, we lack a precise method for determination of the long-term folate status of patients. The objective of Nika’s project is to develop a more accurate method of quantifying long-term folate status through elucidation of Red Cell Folate... Read More

Emerging Discourses in California's Solitary Confinement Debate

Steven Czifra, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : English

How does California continue to find public support for the practice of permanent solitary confinement, particularly when confronted by sustained hunger strike activity against them? Steven will examine all sides of the relevant discourses in response to the hunger strikes, paying special attention to the written statements of strikers in letters to... Read More

How a DNA Repair Enzyme (DME) Controls Gene Transcription

Carolina Dallett, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Plant and Microbial Biology

The Arabidopsis thaliana genome has been sequenced, allowing use of sophisticated tools for genetic studies. It is known that DME controls gene transcription, encodes a DNA glycosylase, and has homologous proteins in the Arabidopsis genome as well as orthologs in rice, wheat, and maize. We do not know, however, how this is accomplished. Carolina will investigate the... Read More

Women with Disabilities: The Intersection of Disability and Domestic Violence Services

Anna Darzins, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Social Welfare

Many people assume that women with disabilities experience domestic violence to a lesser extent than women in general, yet research indicates that women with disabilities are up to four times more likely to be victimized than their non-disabled peers. Given that women with disabilities experience disproportionate rates of domestic violence; where do they go... Read More

'Your Hair Wet, I Could Not / Speak:' The Self-Elegizing of the Silent Muse in Eliot

Armen Davoudian, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : English

The Waste Land is a metapoem that doubts whether it is a poem: a paradoxical achievement of expression through expressing an inability to express. This antithetical way of writing poetry makes new relations among different tropes possible. For instance, iron--which normally either precludes or retrospectively denies pathos--can become elegy as Eliot complains that he... Read More

Across Three Oceans: Shipwrecks as Early Moden Globalism

Ramon de Santiago, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Art History and Art Practice

Objects in museums are typically categorized by chronology and geography and then further sorted into subcategories revolving around cultures, languages, and materials. Born of the legacies of imperialism and colonialism, these practices tend towards a flattening of categories and the fixing of objects into rigid structures of European and “Other.” But what... Read More

The Gravity of the Situation: Health Access for Transgender Women In Montréal and the Epistemology of Transgender Health Care

Emma Deboncoeur, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Anthropology

What began as an investigation into access to health care for transgender women in Montréal by way of an institutional ethnography has changed into a larger query of knowledge production, preservation and dissemination. This works seeks to clarify and problematize what is research, who is the researcher, how biomedicine and transgender women are... Read More

Women in a Landscape of Change

Louisa deCossy, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Art Practice

The recent influx of modernity and opportunity into Ireland has profoundly affected the country’s social, geographical and cultural framework. In response to growing social pressure and the relaxation of the power of the Catholic Church, Ireland has changed many repressive laws regarding divorce and homosexuality and has closed antiquated institutions, such as the... Read More

Home is Where the Food is: Preserving Traditional, Filipino Cultural Practices

Justin Dela Cruz, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Asian American and Asian Diaspora Studies, Public Policy Minor

Kamayan, which in Tagalog means “by hand”, is the traditional, communal style of eating Filipino food without plates or utensils. Tusok-tusok, which translates into “poke poke”, are heavily-fried, Filipino street foods, usually cut into bite-sized pieces and eaten off wooden skewers and dipped in sweet and sour sauces. For Filipino immigrants, these... Read More

Understanding Our Legacy: How the Free Speech Movement and Third World Liberation Front Affected Curricular Reform at UC Berkeley

Ziza Delgado, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : History

My research analyzes the education reform that took place at UC Berkeley at the end of the 1960s to determine whether social movements such as the Free Speech Movement and Third World Liberation Front affected University curricula and pedagogy. Imperative to the research is a critical discussion of the power dynamic between students and the UC administration. I analyze... Read More

Labor Organization within the Stripping Industry

Raven Deverux, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Sociology major, Public Policy minor

Research suggests collective bargaining improves the unionized worker's wages and working conditions, in addition to those of non-union status in the same field. Despite the organizing successes of San Francisco's Lusty Lady, neither working conditions nor take home earnings for Bay Area strippers improved overall. How do these particular workers secure a better... Read More

“Effect of First Generation Immigrants’ Time Horizons on the Human Capital Acquisitions of Second Generation Immigrants”

Monica Deza, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Economics/Mathematics

Previous research in the Economic field has found that immigrants' social, economic, educational and family decisions differ depending on whether they come permanently or temporarily, with important effects on earnings and income. Other work has demonstrated the effects of immigrant parents' education and income on their children's future outcomes. However, there... Read More

Healthy Identities: Transgender Health Care Access and Social Disparity

Morty Diamond, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Sociology

Morty’s research begins by asking how access to public health care has changed social conditions for the transgender community in SanFrancisco within the last 10 years. He will explore how current medical and mental health access challenges affect the physical, social and mental gender transition of transgender individuals. Beyond the importance of this research study... Read More

"The Name of a Commonwealth", Theories of Statehood and 18th-Century Accounts of Piracy

Samuel Diener, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : English

Samuel will investigate ways in which English writers of the 18th century, particularly Daniel Defoe, used accounts of piracy to question standard presuppositions about the emerging nation-state and promote Enlightenment ideas about government. As stateless individuals who lived and worked together, pirates were forced to create their own independent... Read More

Uncoupling Pyroptosis from Cell Lysis

Lucian DiPeso, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Molecular & Cell Biology

Pyroptosis is a poorly understood mode of “cell suicide,” one that functions as an alarm bell for the body’s immune system in response to infection. Though beneficial when properly regulated, the rapid immune response triggered by pyroptosis can, itself, produce disease and dysfunction. Pyroptosis has been identified as a possible contributor to... Read More

Buying Black Back Then: Comparative Analysis of Black Economic Life in Compton and West Oakland.

Destiny Dixon, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : African American Studies

Destiny’s research aims to investigate the history of Black owned businesses in Compton, West Oakland, and West Berkeley. She will focus on the ways in which a strong Black economy influenced Black solidarity culturally, socially, and politically. While exploring the different types of businesses African Americans owned, Destiny’s research will reveal a new... Read More

The Politics of State-led Health Care Reform: 1974 to Present

Vi Do, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Political Science/Economics

Vi will investigate the nature of state led health care reform in America, focusing on the instrumental political actors that shape the debate. As federal level attempts to solve the problem of the uninsured have failed time and time again, policy innovations to address America's broken health care delivery system have emerged from the states. The two critical... Read More

Tortoises, Sunflowers, and Subsidies: Large-Scale Solar Energy Policy in California and Andalucía

Patrick Donnelly-Shores, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Conservation and Resource Studies

Current Bio:  Since graduation Patrick has been a front-lines enviornment activist in the desert Southwest. Now he is Nevada State Director at the Center for Biological Diversity. He works with a team of attorneys and scientists to defend the imperiled species, public lands, water and climate of Nevada from the resource pillagers in the Trump... Read More

Impossible Witnesses, Recording and Describing Slavery-An Exploration of Slave Letters

Alejandra Dubcovsky, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : History

Slave letters, a crucial source for understanding American slavery, have generally been disregarded. Alejandra's project seeks to analyze the letters in the Wilson Library at Chapel Hill in order to uncover a code/protocol for the slave's definition and discussion of slavery. Entirely conscious of the audience of his letter, the slave had to learn how to communicate,... Read More

Engineering Escherichia coli for Production of Alternative Fuels

Kyle Dunbar, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Chemical Biology

A renewable energy source is becoming a necessity as fossil fuel reserves dwindle. Using microbial fermentation processes, it is possible to harvest plant biomass and convert it into second-generation fuels. Current industrial focus has been placed on ethanol production. However, this compound is not ideally suited for a liquid fuel replacement. A biochemical... Read More

Role of Peripheral Participants and Staging in Platonic Dialogues

Amin Ebrahimi Afrouzi, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Rhetoric

Platonic dialogues usually consist of an interrogative discourse between Socrates and his interlocutor, situated in a specific setting, much like a stage, with other people present and participating somehow. Amin will investigate the role of “peripheral” participants and the staging of the dialogue in some essential texts known to be mostly concerning modes of... Read More

The Political Economy of the Spectacle

James Gabriel Eckhouse, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Geography

The entertainment business dominates many people's lives. Theorists of different stripes have been eager to understand the role it plays in modern society. However, these inquiries rarely treat entertainment as an industry. No one has thoroughly pursued the question: what kind of value is produced by the entertainment industry? Emphasizing the creation of value this... Read More

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

Kaci Faylee Elder, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

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... Read More

Regular Embeddings of Complete Graphs

Sophia Sage Elia, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Physics & Mathematics

Sophia is studying regular embeddings of complete graphs on powers of two vertices. A complete graph is one in which each vertex is connected to each other vertex. Loosely, if one starts with a prime power number of vertices, it is possible to symmetrically connect the vertices in such a way that none of the connecting lines cross on the surface of a torus (think... Read More

Reducing Institutional Violence: Environmental Risk Factors in Psychiatric Hospitals

Sara Ellis, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Psychology, Global Poverty and Practice minor

All too often, patients in psychiatric hospitals are involved in violent incidents with other patients and hospital staff. These incidents incur significant economic, social and human costs. Although most research has focused on identifying patient characteristics that contribute to violence (e.g., young age, past violence), there is growing recognition that... Read More

Targeted Spending for the Very Poor in Chile

Tammy Elwell, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Political Economy of Industrial Societies

During Pinochet’s dictatorship (1973-1989), Chile underwent extensive neoliberal economic reforms. The regime re-structured public social services and targeted them to the poorest sectors, while introducing private alternatives for those who could afford them. With the 1990 transition to democracy, the targeted approach of the previous regime was maintained, while... Read More

Neurally Inspired Self-Organizing Maps for Image Coding

S. Zayd Enam, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

In this project we plan on using parallelized computation to build realistic sparse coding models for neurons in the primary visual cortex (V1). Sparse coding is a stimulus encoding technique used by V1 neurons that aims to minimize the number active neurons required in encoding any input image. Due to computational constraints, previous sparse coding models have... Read More

“Sympathy for the Loss of a Comrade”: Black citizenship and the 1873 Fort Stockton “Mutiny”

Nicholas Eskow, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Anthropology

In 1873, more than 100 Buffalo Soldiers at Fort Stockton, Texas signed a petition requesting formal censure of the post surgeon for his racist refusal to treat a sick and dying man. The officers responded by putting the soldiers on trial for mutiny. Nick’s research will look at how these soldiers, most of whom were born into enslavement, came to understand... Read More