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Care Not Cages: Reformist Mental Health Jail Expansion in California

Susan Kim, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Geography, Global Poverty and Practice minor

As the historic prison boom of the past thirty years comes to a halt in California, a nascent jailr boom has snuck onto the scene. Forty out of fifty-eight counties in California are in various stages of building or renovating jails, the most pronounced characteristic among these new jail projects being their emphasis on mental health treatment.  Susan will... Read More

Investigating Autism Spectrum Disorder Etiology Using CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing in Xenopus Tropicalis

Albert Kim, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Microbial Biology

It is not yet known what causes autism spectrum disorder (ASD) on a molecular level, but recently, 65 ASD risk genes have been identified by a lab at UCSF. Albert is focusing on one of these genes, called Neurexin 1. He will be using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing to knock out Nrxn1 in Xenopus tropicalis frogs and observing the phenotypic effects, such... Read More

Do Impersonal Voting Formats Change the 'Character' of American Elections?

Joseph H. Kim, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science

Joseph will investigate the hypothesis, asserted by Richard M. Valelly in The American Prospect, that remote voting formats contribute to civic disengagement. For his Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science, he will interview thirty middle class Americans on their experiences with traditional and remote voting formats. The proliferation of... Read More

Role of Sgk in Apoptotic Signaling

Brian Sun Kim, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Brian will investigate apoptosis, an active choice made by an individual cell to embark on a pathway that ultimately results in its demise. It is generally accepted that apoptosis plays an important role in eliminating damaged cells and maintaining a stable cellular environment; however, relatively little is known about the regulator and effector molecules that... Read More

Altering the Specificity of IDH by Directed Evolution

John Jin Kim, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Molecular and Cell Biology

John plans to alter the specificity of a well-characterized enzyme (IDH) from its natural substrate to a close relative (IPM) by using a process called directed evolution via random mutagenesis. Challenging a holy grail in biochemistry, John will attempt to change the specificity of the enzyme without losing its catalytic power. Although past attempts at rational... Read More

Stories from the Heart: Biosocial Narratives of Adults with Complex Congenital Heart Disease

Kaitlin Kimmel, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Interdisciplinary Studies; Concentration: Medical Anthropology and Disability Studies

In the 1980s, newborns with complex congenital heart disease (CCHD) began to survive into adulthood in larger numbers than ever before due to advances in cardiothoracic surgery and cardiovascular medicine. Growing up, many were told they would either be “fixed,” once they reached adulthood, they would die in childhood, or that their prognoses were unknown. Now... Read More

The Road Home: How News Shapes the Reintegration of Iraq/Afghanistan Veterans to Civilian Life

Robert R. King, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Media Studies

Many breakthroughs have been made regarding the mental and physical challenges war veterans face. However, veterans face many other challenges when it comes to reintegrating back into civilian society. Robert will explore one aspect that helps create the social context that veterans must navigate upon their return. There is considerable evidence that news coverage can... Read More

Prurient Pleasures and the Pornographic Effect of H.I.V.

Matthew Phillip Kirschenbaum, Haas Scholar 2014 - 2015 : Rhetoric

Some are daily watchers, some click on a faulty URL, some start browsing during their pre-teens: most adults have seen pornography, and it is here to stay. After “Porno Chic” during the 1970s-1980s in which pornography was viewed in theaters, VHS pushed porn into the bedroom in the 1990s, provoking gay men to find private sexual outlets. Internet access has... Read More

Modeling the Impact of Variations in Land Use on Carbon Sequestration Service of Atlantic Forest in São Paulo State, Brazil

Mio Kitayama, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Economics/Molecular Environmental Biology

Rapid land use transformation worldwide in recent years raises a demand for models that simulate the impacts of different land use policies on the local ecosystems and its services for human well-being. Mio will join a team in Brazil and devise a mathematical model that estimates the impacts of local land use choices on the carbon sequestration abilities of Atlantic... Read More

Reading Sites, Dropping Lines: An Investigation into Unreliable Language on the Border

Nathaniel Klein, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Practice of Art, Gender and Women Studies (minor)

Nathaniel’s project will produce an experimental video and art show exploring the U.S./Mexico border as it is situated temporally, spatially and psychically. By living in Tijuana and crossing the border daily for six weeks; interviewing activists, architects and academics; and providing volunteer humanitarian aid to migrants, Nathaniel will investigate how the... Read More

Biochemical Control of Fruit Ripening and Senescence

Sae Hee Ko, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Chemistry

Ethylene acts as a unique gaseous plant hormone that is essential for fruit ripening; it is also associated with a variety of aging processes in plants, known as senescence. Sae Hee intends to investigate how the key enzyme (ACC synthase) in the biosynthesis of ethylene functions in order to find an effective inhibitor of this enzyme, thereby providing a means... Read More

The Secrets of the Heart: Love Directionality and Construct Integration

Alex Kogan, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Psychology

In the last thirty years, psychology has seen an explosion in research on love and interpersonal relationships. Much of the work, however, has focused on either mapping styles of love or the functionality of romantic love within the evolutionary and attachment traditions, leaving much of the terrain unexplored. Alex's research aims to go beyond the current models... Read More

High Inequality, Low Creativity? Examining the Effects of Income Inequality on Regulatory Focus

Heather Kornblum, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : Psychology

Income inequality is associated with deleterious economic, social, and health outcomes. These negative effects disproportionately affect the poor, but surface across all strata of society. Regulatory focus – being promotion or prevention focused – is the psychological mechanism that may account for these effects. Promotion focus involves living life through... Read More

Buddhas and Buffer Zones: The Impact of International Preservation and Tourism Development on Bodhgaya, India

Defna Kory, Haas Scholar 2003 - 2004 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Dafna, an Interdisciplinary: Globalization and Development major, will create a body of 50 documentary photographs depicting the impact of tourism and preservation efforts on the town of Bodhgaya, India. Bodhgaya, located in India’s most impoverished state of Bihar, is home to the Mahabodhi Temple, the most recent addition to UNESCO’s World Heritage List. The... Read More

The Biology of Compassion: Locating Goodness in the Heart

Ilmo Konstantin Kotaja, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Psychology/Interdisciplinary Field Studies

Compassion, i.e. empathetic concern for another with the desire to further their wellbeing, is one of the noblest concepts known to man, but our scientific knowledge on the topic is surprisingly limited. Approaching compassion from an evolutionary viewpoint, Ilmo’s project will examine the biological underpinnings of compassion and centers upon a physiological... Read More

The Efficacy of International Law in Regulating Trade between LDCs and DCs

Olga V. Kotlyarevskaya, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Political Science/Economics

Olga will examine to what extent less developed countries (LDCs) and developed countries (DCs) benefited from the informal World Trade Organization (WTO) compromise in which LDCs allowed uniform regulation of intellectual property and DCs allowed uniform regulation of textiles. To do so she will compare the disputes from 1995 to 2001 between India and the United States... Read More

Fiat Lux

Debra Jeanne Kraus, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Art Practice

Debra’s life experience as a caregiver to her husband throughout his terminal illness has inspired her to create an art exhibit that narrates his lifetime as a man and soldier groomed by the social effects and fears of the Cold War. Her work will investigate agent orange exposure of American soldiers who fought in Vietnam. “Fiat Lux,” will be grounded in the... Read More

An Ethnography of Urban Paramedics

Kevi Krause, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Philosophy

Kevi is studying the work-lives of Alameda County paramedics. His objective is to describe a dynamic process by whereby social relations and culture shape the practices of the paramedic community. His work should improve our anthropological and sociological understanding of factors that influence the behavior of groups of people. Results of Kevi's research may also be... Read More

Steric Constraints on Anthrax Toxin Translocation

Allen Kwong, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Although protein translocations across cellular membranes are vitally significant, the biophysical mechanisms underlying such processes remain obscure. Nevertheless, methods exist for studying translocation processes. In particular, anthrax toxin’s movement across cellular membranes provides a model for studying general translocation mechanisms. Allen’s specific... Read More

A High-Throughput Microfluidic Device for Single Cell Isolation and Analysis

Andre Lai, Haas Scholar 2018 - 2019 : Bioengineering major, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences minor

Characterizing the relationship between every cell type is necessary for understanding the human body and advancing human medicine. One major technological hurdle involves the ability to isolate, manipulate, and analyze individual cells in a high-throughput fashion. Existing methods are plagued by low cell capture efficiency and limited user control. For his... Read More

Early ART or PrEP? A Comparative Analysis of Effectiveness and Cost of HIV Prevention through Antiretroviral Drugs

Keng Lam, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Public Health

Worldwide, we have more than 33 million people living with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). It remains a challenge to find the best prevention methods. Keng’s research compares two new biomedical prevention methods that have used ART (antiretroviral therapy) to prevent HIV transmission in discordant couples (one member is infected but the other is not). One method... Read More

Positional Cloning of the Grinch Mutation in Xenopus Tropicalis

Dang Lam, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Under the guidance of Dr. Richard Harland and two postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Timothy Grammer and Dr. Mustafa Khokha, Dang will study the novel grinch mutation that affects the lymphatic system of the frog Xenopus tropicalis. Like humans, frogs have a lymphatic system which drains fluids from tissues back to the bloodstream. The lymphatic system influences the course of... Read More

A 'Supreme Goddess' in the Making: The Evolution of Tara in Indian Buddhist Sculpture, ca. 5-8th centuries CE

Hillary Langberg, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : History of Art / South and Southeast Asian Studies

Hillary's research will take her to the states of Maharashtra and Orissa in central India, to the ancient Buddhist sites of Kanheri, Ellora, Aurangabad, and Ratnagiri, among others, where the earliest relief sculptures of Tara remain in situ. In tracking the early evolution Tara's form, Hillary's project will examine how the goddess is increasingly incorporated... Read More

Effective Prison to School Pipeline

Angela Laureano, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : African American Studies, Public Policy Minor

Angela’s research will analyze the institutional and personal barriers affecting formerly incarcerated people trying to pursue higher education. This study will highlight their personal narratives, as they attempt to overcome structural barriers. Previous qualitative research on formerly... Read More

Mic Check! (Mic Check): Tracking the Circulation and Recirculation of Protest Folklore on the U.C. Berkeley Campus (Tracking the Circulation and Recirculation of…)

Kristine Lawson, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Anthropology

Drawing on over five decades of folklore from U.C. Berkeley’s Folklore Archives, as well as interviews and ethnographic participant observation to be conducted at Occupy events this summer, Kristine’s project draws comparisons between the folklore of the Free Speech Movement of 1964 and of the Occupy Movement of 2011-2012. With an understanding of folklore as promoting... Read More

Development of Time-Resolving Magnetometers with Single-Spin Sensitivity

James Jung Lee, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Engineering Physics

The field of quantum mechanics has produced many technological breakthroughs including the MRI scanner and Scanning Tunneling Microscope. However, probing the dynamics of particles such as electrons, which are best described by quantum mechanics, on a reasonable time scale has been a... Read More

Nietzche on Our Passions

Jin S. Lee, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Philosophy

Why do we live? What is so profound about life that drives us to live? Western philosophy overwhelmingly suggests the answer to be reason. Like Nietzsche, I rather believe the answer has to do with our passions (i.e. emotions). I wish to substantiate this intuition by critically assessing Nietzsche’s main texts, as well as pertinent secondary texts. Based on... Read More

Transitional Justice, Cultural Memory, and Post Colonial Consciousness in Post Khmer Rouge Cambodia

Sun Lee, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Sun's project examines how cultural memory and postcolonial consciousness have shaped the notion of justice and reconciliation in post-Khmer Rouge Cambodia. While the newly-established Special Court aims to establish international criminal justice 31 years after the tragic events, whether such justice can redress historical wrongs and bring about reconciliation... Read More

Antibody Catalyzed Protein Folding

Sean Poi Lee, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

Sean's project addresses two major questions in biochemistry: what is the nature of antibody catalysis, and what is the nature of transiently formed refolding intermediates. He is investigating whether antibodies that have been shown to catalyze conventional chemical reactions can be made specifically to catalyze a protein folding reaction. His project is based... Read More

ATP Release by Gram-Negative Bacteria and its Role in Cell Wall Remodeling

Danny Lee, Haas Scholar 2016 - 2017 : Microbial Biology | Public Health

Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is a high energy molecule considered the energy currency for all species. Our laboratory has discovered that bacteria release ATP into culture medium, a novel phenomenon (Mempin et al., 2013). However, it isn’t yet understood why this occurs. We hypothesize that extracellular ATP is needed for the conversion of D-amino acids and... Read More

Developing an Innovative Three-Dimensional Histological System

John Junsuk Lee, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Bioengineering

Histological analysis has been a vital technique for studying biological tissue structures for many decades now. Recent developments have allowed histologists to use fluorescent labels to visualize dynamic events such as bone remodeling. More advanced biochemical developments have expanded histological analysis to gene expression patterns, protein and mineral... Read More

Elucidating the Major Environmental Factors for the Enhancement of Selenium Volatilization from the Soil-Salicornia System

Anita Lee, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Through a series of experiments conducted at a UC Berkeley laboratory greenhouse and at the Agroforestry site in Five Points, California, Anita will investigate the physical, chemical and biological factors that produce high rates of selenium volatilization from the soil-Salicornia system. An essential trace element that becomes toxic at high concentrations,... Read More

Enzyme Activation in Organic Solvents: Surfactant - Assisted Solubilization

Michael Yuehhsun Lee, Haas Scholar 2000 - 2001 : Chemical Engineering

Michael will investigate the catalytic activity of enzymes solubilized in organic solvents using a technique called surfactant-assisted hydrophobic ion pairing. By furthering our understanding of the factors that effect enzyme function in non-aqueous media, Michael's research will enable him to design a system whereby enzyme activity in such media is optimized.... Read More

Controllable Synthesis of Cadmium Telluride Nanotetrapods

Yu Lei, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Chemical Engineering, Materials Science (minor)

Nanocrystalline materials have shown promise in many applications, such as light-emitting diodes, solar cells, biomedicine, optoelectronics, etc. Shape-controlled nanocrystals are important because different geometries of nanocrystals possess various electronic properties which can be tailored to their application. In this project, Yu will conduct synthesis experiments... Read More

The Influence of the Latino Caucus on the California State Legislature

Maurilio Arreola Leon, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

A joint McNair-Haas Scholar, Maurilio will continue his research into the influence of the Latino Caucus within the California State Legislature, in order to determine its effectiveness in addressing issues that impact the constituencies of its members. Founded in 1973, the Caucus has grown from five members to sixteen members, tripling in size in twenty-five... Read More