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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

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

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

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

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

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

Voices of Authority and Divergence: Authorship in the Anglo-Saxon Period and in the Later Middle Ages

Stanley (Toby) Levers, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Comp Literature/Italian Studies

Bringing together and expanding his research on Anglo-Saxon and later medieval literature, Toby will investigate the "author function" as it appears (and often disappears) in these two periods. The starting point for his study will be a broad dissimilarity: in one period (the later middle ages), the idea of authorship is constantly obsessed over and manipulated;... Read More

Incitement to Discourse: The Lord Chamberlain’s Censorship of Plays in Late Victorian England, 1890-1910

Matthew Lewsadder, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Matthew’s project will take him to the British Library in London this summer, where he will investigate the censorship of plays during the transition from Victorianism into Modernism. In particular, he will be examining the significant role the Lord Chamberlain played in maintaining English “morality” through his censorship powers. Taking Foucault’s theories as a... Read More

A Spot for Us in Every Home: Deciphering the Creation and Proliferation of Queer Culture in Mass Culture

Gary K. Li, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : American Studies/English

With an upsurge of homosexuals under the spotlight of popular culture, the inescapable visibility and representation of queerness leads to the crucial question of whether this ubiquity automatically denotes acceptance or even tolerance. Gary’s project, which will result in his Honors Thesis for American Studies, will delve headlong into the issues surrounding the... Read More

Development of a Memory Selection Device for Engineering Bacteria

Samantha Liang, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Bioengineering

In order for synthetic biology to overcome the limitations of using only naturally-derived biological activities, tools for developing and identifying engineered genetic components with desired biochemical, enzymatic, or regulatory properties are greatly needed. Samantha is building a genetic threshold-gated memory selection circuit incorporating positive/negative... Read More

Object Recognition by Contour Extraction

Joseph J. Lim, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Computer Science/Applied Mathematics

Object recognition is a major unsolved problem in Computer Vision. The main goal is for computers to detect and to recognize objects in the given images and videos. In this project, contours will be used as a new descriptor. "Contours" are defined as sets of segments that can provide more information than just a single segment or a random set of segments. In the... Read More

Role of the DSB System in the Antimicrobial Resistance of Salmonella

Jihoon Lim, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Salmonella typhimurium (S. typhimurium) is one of the leading causes of foodborne illnesses and mortalities. A major factor behind its virulence is its ability to survive well in the presence of hydrogen peroxide generated by macrophages through respiratory burst. Previous research has shown dsbD mutants of S. typhimurium to be more susceptible to hydrogen... Read More

Re-telling Retail: The Intersection of High-Tech Products and Low-Wage Service Work

Annie Lin, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Sociology / Public Policy

Past research on the service sector indicates that workers often suffer from negative psychological consequences when forced by their managers to be friendly. Workers, workers' rights advocates, businesspeople, and scholars alike have therefore searched for ways to set up the work environment such that workers will be friendly even without management coercion.... Read More

Collapsing the Frame: The Moving Body as a Site for Social (De)construction

Sara Sol Linck-Frenz, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Comparative Literature (minor: Dance and Performance Studies)

Collapsing the Frame delves into the space between two categories – “contemporary” and “commercial” dance  – to ask how the moving body functions as a site both for composing and deconstructing normative conceptions of embodiment, physicality, identity, and sociality. By researching the particular case of commercially produced choreographies, the... Read More