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Philosophy, Creativity, and Spirituality: a Study of Puran Singh

Randeep Hothi, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Philosophy

Morality, as a realm approached by philosophers to be captured by theory and grounded upon metaphysics, as the realm in which “the good” is discriminated from “the evil” or “the bad” by faculties of reason, is subverted by sublime gestures of the poet. These sublime gestures in the prose of Puran Singh have specifically subverted the ethical foundations of Brahmanism... Read More

Constructing Nature: Cultural Constructions of Nature and the Creation of the San Francisco Bay Area Landscape, c. 1940-1980

Cynthia Houng, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : History

This study seeks to understand how residents of the San Francisco Bay Area constructed definitions of Nature in the late 20th century, and how that construct in turn affected the development of the Bay Area landscape between 1940 and 1980, focusing specifically upon the construction and utilization of Bay Area parks. The dynamic interplay between designer and... Read More

Ethical Museum Storage Practices: Native Californian Cultural Possessions in Museum Repositories

Charles W. Houston, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

To better understand the relationship between Native Californians and museology, Charles will visit five nationally known museums that house Native Californian cultural possessions, in order to research the techniques and methods employed in cataloging, storing and caring for Native Californian possessions. He will then critically analyze the data he collects, in... Read More

The Role of Human Complement Factor H and its Interaction with Human Cytomegalovirus

Zoe Hsiao, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Molecular and Cell Biology, Asian American Studies Minor

Human Cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is one of eight pathogenic herpesviruses known to infect humans. HCMV can be asymptomatic in those with sufficient immune systems, but lead to serious or fatal disease in immunodeficient persons. Because current medications to treat HCMV have a poor safety profile and risk the potential to select for drug resistance, vaccine development... Read More

History and Representations in Early Chinese Literature

Kevin Kuanyun Huang, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Kevin intends to uncover theories of history prevalent in ancient China through an examination of the representation of known historical figures in the literature from the Eastern Zhou through the Han dynasties (circa 771 - 86 BCE). Focusing particularly on Zhuangzi, a compilation of philosophical treatises whose historicity has been conventionally discredited,... Read More

Exploring Rural Gay Identities and Communities

Gregory Hughes, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Sociology

The aim of Greg’s project, which will constitute his senior honors thesis in sociology, is to create a greater understanding of how gay identities and communities are formed in rural areas. Urban areas have formed not only the backing but also the major theoretical causal concept in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) theory. Rural gay culture and... Read More

Hannah’s Vineyard: A Seventeenth-Century Island Community

Charlotte Hull, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : History & English

Martha’s Vineyard conjures up various cultural and historical myths. But what did community life really look like for British colonial settlers in the seventeenth century? Who were these people and what did they value? This summer Charlotte will examine the abundant town records that remain in local, Vineyard archives. Yet how do you unpack a community, or even a... Read More

What's Glass Got to Do With it: Glass Bracelet Fragments from Tall Dhiban

Leilani Hunter, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Anthropology

Leilani’s interest in glass bracelet fragements was sparked during the summer of 2013, when she participated in the Dhiban Archeological field school overseen by Professor Benjamin Porter. While discussing the potential for different artifacts to tell us about everyday life in the region, Leilani was intrigued by the sets of glass bracelet fragments that... Read More

From Tribe to Empire: An Examination of Political and Cultural Processes in the Nascent Persian State

Kate Hunter-McPeake, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Kate's project will explore the origins of the ancient Persian civilization with a focus on its dramatic transition from tribal society to dominant empire during the seventh and sixth centuries BCE. In order to better understand the influence of the declining Mesopotamian and Elamite civilizations on the emerging Persian empire, she will travel to the Iran... Read More

The Crane and Dragon: The Fusion of Vietnamese Mythologies and Culture in Art Forms

Chau Thuy Huynh, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Art Practice/Social Welfare

Chau will be creating an art project that will encompass traditional Vietnamese culture through the mediums of drawing, sculpture, embroidery, and traditional American quilt-making. She will investigate the differences between Vietnamese and Chinese art and culture, while further examining Vietnamese mythologies to determine their true histories. Chau’s art project... Read More

An American Funeral: Christianity, Capitalism and 'Passing Away'

Kirstin Anne Jackson, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Anthropology

Kirstin proposes to ethnographically record and explore the significance, negotiation, evolution, and intertwining of folklore, ethics and business practices in North American funeral homes, aiming in particular to understand the evolution of “grief counseling”, business interactions, etiquette, and “rites of passage” or rituals, such as embalming. While scholars... Read More

'Apparently, they cannot bear the light': Privacy, Performance, and Propriety in Dutch Neighborhoods

Sirianand Jacobs, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Anthropology

According to Franklin Becker, "the most functional buildings and environments can be highly symbolic, often in undesired and unexpected ways." Using the window as a symbol imbued with strong cross-cultural meanings, Sirianand intends to explore current tensions between native Dutch and Dutch-Moroccan immigrants through their use of visible domestic space. She... Read More

Reveries in Lots: An Interpretive History of Social and Topographical Change in San Francisco's China Basin/Mission Rock District

Marisa M. Jahn, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Marisa's project combines historical research and creative expression to explore the gentrification of one of San Francisco's historically working class neighborhoods. Formerly a shipyard and port-based community, the China Basin/Mission Rock district has undergone recent rapid development, leading to the demolition of historic buildings and the displacement of... Read More

The Framing of Free Trade: Interest Groups, Political Punditry, and Public Opinion

Eden James, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Political Science

Eden will examine newspaper editorials and public opinion data to determine how interest groups advance and amplify specific frameworks to influence domestic discourse on the issue of free trade. This research will combine a quantitative content analysis of editorial opinion on free trade and the recent protests against it in Seattle and Quebec City along with in... Read More

Solution Processable Point-of-care Optoelectronic Device for Procalcitonin Sensing

Jasmine Jan, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Bioengineering major, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences minor

Current Bio:  Jasmine is a first year MS/PhD at Berkeley in EECS.

Haas Scholars Project: One focus of point-of-care devices is to improve accessibility of essential diagnostic tools by utilizing miniaturized, accurate and low-cost optical systems. Printed organic optoelectronics are one such technology that... Read More

Queering Our Performance: Examining Homosociality Among 19th Century Buffalo Soldiers

Naphtalie Jeanty, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Anthropology

The goal of Napthalie’s project is to see if male-identified homosociality or male-to-male sexual relations within black communities is something that can be traced among men in their gendered spheres of work during the 19th century through archaeology. She will participate in an excavation in Fort Davis, Texas, where Buffalo Soldiers were stationed from... Read More

Framing Proposition 71: Understanding The Debate Over Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research

David Jiménez, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Sociology

This past November, California passed Proposition 71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, which allocates 3 billion dollars over the next ten years to human embryonic stem (hES) cell research. How did the majority of Californians decide to vote for this initiative? Before the election, groups for and against the measure tried to sway Californians’... Read More

Investigating Magnetic Order in Metal Selenophosphates FePSe3 and NiPSe3

Caolan John Scholar in Action photo

Caolan John, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Physics major

Since last decade’s discovery of graphene, scientists have searched for its magnetic cousin: a magnetic material that can be cleaved down to a single monolayer thickness. One relatively little-studied family of suitable materials is the transition metal selenophosphates, a class of layered, van der Waals-bonded semiconductor materials. Caolan aims to synthesize... Read More

Decolonizing the Bancroft Library

Mark Johnson, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Anthropology

Throughout the 1900s Berkeley Anthropologists documented the ethnographic information of many Native Californian tribes for fear that their lifeways and languages were soon to become extinct in the wake of the burgeoning United States. The Bancroft Library is now steward of these ethnographic collections. While the public institution is responsible to make... Read More

Speaking the Self: Testimony and Self-Development in Jane Eyre and Villette

Brittany Johnson, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : English

Current Bio:  Brittany is now working with SURF, supporting undergraduate research.

Haas Scholars Project: Brittany’s project will first explore the possibilities and limitations of fictional testimony to enact a process of trauma recovery. She will plumb the formal and imagerial depths of Charlotte Brontë’s novels Jane Eyre and... Read More

Evading Dam-Nation: Land Use History of the Lower Cosumnes River Watershed, ca. 1820-2016

Michelaina Johnson, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : History major, Conservation & Resource Studies and Spanish minor

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta today has a highly modified ecosystem due to historical human modification of the landscape for agriculture and development of the state’s water systems. Because Cosumnes River Preserve (CRP), established in 1985, has successfully conserved and restored thousands of acres of the Delta’s native habitats in a way that... Read More

Away From Home: The Impact of Colonial History on Filipino Labor Trafficking in the US

Wayne Jopanda, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Political Science

In “Migrants for Export”, Dr. Robyn Rodriguez describes the Philippines’ transformation into a “Labor Brokerage State” in which Filipinos are actively recruited to become Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Wayne’s research examines how this system of “labor brokerage” has impacted the increasing undocumented Filipino population in the U.S. First, he will... Read More

Acre/Akka/Akko: A Chronicle of Israel's External and Internal Occupation

Reem Jubran, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Film & Media

The establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 enforced dislocation and fragmentation upon the Palestinian people. Nevertheless, while the “old” may have died, dense history and culture has been passed on to the youth by way of oral history. The Palestinian-Israeli conflict has dramatically transformed in the past 60 years, leaving the physically divided... Read More

Redefining the Battle of Chavez Ravine: The Quest for Public Housing in 1950's Los Angeles

Sabina Juneja Garcia, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : American Studies/History

Sabina will travel to Los Angeles to examine historical evidence of the communication between the citizen and the politician to control the shape of the physical landscape of Chavez Ravine. Chavez Ravine was once a thriving Mexican-American community removed for construction of a massive public-housing site yet today Chavez Ravine is home to Dodger Stadium. Using the... Read More

Is There an Education Bubble: Theory and Evidence from South Korea

Yosub Jung, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Economics

Korean policy makers fear an impending education bubble caused by an over-supply of college graduates. Analysts point to the presence of three million unemployed college graduates as evidence that there are already too many young people with advanced education in Korea. The recent national “Half-Tuition” protests that paralyzed colleges and shut down roads suggests... Read More

Asian Improv: Defining Identity and Social Reality Through Music

Loren Yukio Kajikawa, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Loren will undertake a case study of a group of musicians who have recorded for the AsianImprov Record (AIR) label. These musicians have pioneered a musical sensibility commonly known as "Asian American Jazz," which combines traditionally African American musical styles with Asian instruments and approaches to composition. Through a combination of oral histories... Read More

Transition Metal Dichalcogenides: The Next Generation Transistor Materials

Louis Kang, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

Transistors are the most fundamental building blocks of modern electronic devices. They perform various functions that range from logic operations to voltage regulations. Since their creation, researchers in the field have devoted significant effort to shrinking down the size of transistors, as transistor scaling provides many desirable benefits, including... Read More

In the Path of the Three Sisters: A Future Plant-Based Food System for Ireland and Israel

Michal Karmi, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Conservation and Resource Studies

The rising economic and environmental cost of fossil fuels will greatly affect our reliance on them for global food transportation in the near future. Michal will design crop plans for plant-based food systems in Israel and Ireland -- regions with radically different climates -- to determine the feasibility of maintaining a locally grown, healthy plant-based diet. This... Read More

Taiwanese Aborigines and the Education Dilemma

Kabrina Kau, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Kabrina will undertake a field-study of the indigenous people of Taiwan, who were colonized by Han immigrants from mainland China in the late-seventeenth century, focusing specifically on their attitudes toward education. Using surveys and interviews with several targeted youth and adult populations in the city of Taitung, she will attempt to ascertain the... Read More

The Revolution Will Not be in the Movies: Hip-Hop Film and Politics

Amarina Kealoha, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Interdisciplinary Field Studies

Amarina will travel this summer to New York City, the cultural birthplace of hip-hop, to investigate this contemporary musical and cultural phenomenon, focusing on the films and videos made about the genre. Her stay will involve an intensive schedule of research, interviews and live events, as well as video documentation, which will form the preliminary visual... Read More

The Holy Gita: The Role of the West in India's Adoption of the Bhagavad Gita as a Holy Text

Erika Kemp, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Religious Studies and South/Southeast Asian Studies

A double major in Religious Studies and South Asian Studies, Erika will be researching the influence of British colonial discourse and Oriental scholarship on the adoption of the Bhagavad Gita, a Sanskrit Hindu text of the third and fourth centuries CE, as the "Hindu Bible" during the early twentieth century. She will spend the summer in India attending an... Read More

Effects of C5 Protein on Interactions between RNase P Ribozyme and a Model mRNA Substrate

Umair Khan, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Molecular and Cell Biology

For his Senior Honors Thesis in Molecular & Cell Biology, Umair will investigate the effects of a protein co-factor on the interactions between RNase P ribozyme and a model mRNA substrate. His research will deepen our understanding of how the protein co-factor affects the sequence-specific ribozyme's structure and activity as it cleaves an mRNA encoding... Read More

The Armenians of Lebanon: Political Presence and Participation Since 1975

Khatchadour Khatchadourian, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Middle Eastern Studies/Anthropology

Khatchadour will travel to Beirut, Lebanon this summer to study Armenian and Lebanese community formation. By conducting interviews and implementing professionally administered surveys, he hopes to gain a more insightful understanding of how each community views itself in relation to the other. Khatchadour will also meet with community leaders and politicians to assess... Read More

Fried Chicken Under the Southern Cross: The Only Surviving Confederate Exile Colony in Americana, Brazil

Do Khym, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Geography

This research aims to examine the reasons why the Norris Colony in Americana, Brazil was the only surviving post-bellum Confederate exile colony, while all other Confederate colonies around the world failed. Through research in the archives of the city of Americana, especially its Immigration Museum, Do expects to find that small scale agriculture where settlers put in... Read More

Self-Elimination' in Higher Education: An Analysis of Latino High School Seniors' Decision-Making in Applying to Four-Year Colleges

Malihe S. Kigasari, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Mali will investigate how Latino seniors at an inner city high school in Oakland make decisions about applying to prestigious institutions of higher education such as the University of California at Berkeley. Mali's project has evolved out of previous fieldwork, in which she uncovered unexpected data suggesting a pattern she terms "self-elimination": Latino... Read More