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Carburetors for the 21st Century: Flow and Temperature Sensor Integration with Enhanced Mixing

Christopher David McCoy, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Mechanical Engineering

Small-scale power generation (10-100W) for electronic devices is currently supplied by batteries. Unfortunately, specific energy [Whr/kg] and power [W/kg] are limited by battery technology. The U.C. Berkeley liquid hydrocarbon fueled, rotary engine power system provides a “greener” more efficient and higher powered solution. In this work, MEMS-based (... Read More

Electrochemical Characterization of First-Row Transition Metal Corrole Complexes for Use as Oxygen Reduction Catalysts

Brendon McNicholas, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Chemistry

Research in alternative energy has become increasingly urgent in recent years due to constantly increasing pollution and depletion of traditional energy sources. One of the most compelling devices in the field is the fuel cell, a means for converting hydrogen and oxygen into useful energy. To contribute to the advancement of the field of alternative energy, this... Read More

Ancient Egyptian Mummy Portraits: Looking into the Faces of the Past and Present

Haley Mellin, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Art Practice

Current Bio:  Haley is an artist and land conservationist who lives in Marin County. She completed a residency at the Whitney Museum in New York City, and then completed a PhD in Visual Culture and Education. She has exhibited her art in Europe and in the US, especially New York City and the Bay Area. In her land conservation work, Mellin... Read More

Hidden but Not Forgotten: The Potential of Raising the Life-Chances of Environmental Refugee Women through Grassroots Non-Governmental Organizations

Nathan Menard, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Sociology

Lying hidden between the better discussed consequences of environmental degradation and destruction of the 21st century is an equal pressing issue that is receiving little attention: environmental refugee women. Grassroots Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) have recently begun making concerted efforts to address issues of environmental refugee women, yet little... Read More

Projecting the Self: An Exploration of the Stakes of Metafiction in Ben Lerner’s 10:04 Within Realist Contemporary Literature

Sergio Mendez, Haas Scholar 2017 - 2018 : English, Creative Writing minor

Current Bio:  After graduation, Sergio worked at a company that specialized in legal translations as an assistant project manager. He took some time off work to study for the law school admission test. Sergio later took a job at a nonprofit organization called GRIP Training Institute as an operations assistant. He hopes to retake the law... Read More

Families and Frontier Boys: An Archaeology of Consumerism and Identity Construction in a mid-20th Century California Community

Jessica Merizan, Haas Scholar 2008 - 2009 : Anthropology

Through archaeological analysis of a dump in Northern California used by the wealthy, Anglo-American ranch family of Joe Coney and related households in the 1940s-60s, Jessica will investigate how patterns of consumerism, as shown by artifacts, negotiate with class, gender, and race, along with regional consumer styles. She plans to spend her summer researching... Read More

Beloved: Toni Morrison's Rhetoric of Libation

Carlos Miranda, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Rhetoric

Carlos's interdisciplinary project, "Beloved: Toni Morrison's Rhetoric of Libation," has two aims. First, it will explore how Toni Morrison uses allegory and the West African concept of nommo to reconstruct historical representations of trauma, as well as practices of communal, cultural and self possession, in her acclaimed 1987 novel Beloved. Secondly, it will... Read More

Protein Crystallography and Bacterial Resistance

Shahram Misaghi, Haas Scholar 1998 - 1999 :

The goal of Shahram's Senior Honors Thesis in Molecular and Cell Biology is to obtain a detailed picture of the structure of a novel protein, called Acr A, that has recently been discovered to play an essential role in bacterial resistance to certain antibiotics. Using the technique of protein crystallography, Shahram plans to purify large amounts of Acr A protein from... Read More

Reward Motivation and Working Memory

Rahul Modi, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Psychology

Current Bio:  Rahul is a private practice anesthesiologist. 

Haas Scholars Project: For his senior honors thesis in Psychology, Rahul will use functional MRI to study how the human frontal lobes integrate information in order to guide motivated behavior. It is well established that the frontal lobes play a critical role in short... Read More

The 'Russian Geisha': Commodity of a Commodity

Ekaterina Moiseeva, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Political Science

Conventionally, the word “sex-worker” creates an image of an economically deprived, uneducated and socially isolated female who enters the sex market as a last resort to survive. The word “sex-work” is almost synonymous to “dirty” work. In her project, Ekaterina will examine Russian females who travel to Japan as hostesses and engage in the sex trade, to present a new... Read More

Undocumented, Unafraid and Unapologetic: Development of Inclusive Activism in the Immigrant Youth Movement

Gabriela Monico, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Ethnic Studies

An estimated 11.2 million unauthorized immigrants live in the U.S. 2.1 million youth may attempt to legalize through the DREAM Act, if enacted. An activist movement led by eligible youth has mobilized around this legislation, which has given rise to a narrative that casts eligible youth as deserving, “othering” the 67% that would not qualify. Through interviews and... Read More

Richmond's "State of Emergency"

Dashal Moore, Haas Scholar 2006 - 2007 : Ethnic Studies

Dashal’s project will use a recent debate in the Richmond City Council over the proposal to declare a “State of Emergency” as a focus for questions dealing with violence and politics in the deindustrialized and racialized American... Read More

Latina Caregivers' Perceptions of the Impact They Have on Their Employers' Families, and Changes in Their Perspectives on the 'American Family'

Susana Evelyn Moreno, Haas Scholar 2005 - 2006 : Chicano Studies/Ethnic Studies, Education (minor)

Latina domestic workers have come to form a pivotal role in the United States service sector, yet very little is known about their social, political and economic impact on society. Susana’s research seeks to find out how some Bay Area Latina domestic workers perceive their employment and their relations with their employers. Differences between these women’s... Read More

First in Flight: A Comprehensive Study of Etruscan Winged Demons

Marvin Morris, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Classical Civilizations

Current Bio:  After 3 years supporting the CEO of a SF based nonprofit (PRC), Marvin recently returned “home” to UC Berkeley as an executive assistant within the Principal Gifts and Strategic Initiatives, a unit within University Development and Alumni Relations. He supports the AVC of PGSI and both ED’s.

Haas Scolars Project:... Read More

HIV, Gender, Belonging, and the State: Reflections from Post-Conflict Northern Uganda

Minda Murphy, Haas Scholar 2013 - 2014 : Anthropology

Northern Uganda is in the early years of recovery following a twenty year civil war which devastated the region. For an entire decade of that war, nearly two million people from Acholiland were forcibly displaced from their homes and detained in internment camps, living as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), refugees in their own country. With the vast majority... Read More

The Ottoman Empire's Religious and Political Relationship with Afghanistan during the Early 20th Century

Hakeem Naim, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Middle Eastern Studies

It is well known that the Ottoman Empire had deep influence in the Middle East and South East Europe for many centuries. However, the Ottoman impact on Afghanistan, especially in the late 19th and early 20th century, is less commonly acknowledged despite its relevance to our understanding of contemporary problems in the region. To fill this void, Hakeem will study the... Read More

Digital Government: The Next American Revolution?

Daniell Newman, Haas Scholar 2001 - 2002 : Political Science

Daniell's research in the burgeoning field of eGovernment will examine the structure, implementation, and deployment issues of the use of the Internet as a tool for governance in the United States. For his Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science, he will travel to Washington D.C. and Sacramento to conduct case studies of the eGovernment plans of the State of... Read More

A Glimpse of the Protein Motions in a Model Hydrogen Tunneling Enzyme

Andy Nguy, Haas Scholar 2015 - 2016 : Molecular and Cell Biology & English

Enzymes are highly efficient biological catalysts. Understanding how enzymes catalyze chemical reactions into physiological relevant rates is of great interest. Moreover, electron and proton transfers are ubiquitous in biological processes, yet it has now become clear that such electron and proton transfers may have quantum mechanical effects. Andy will be... Read More

Theming Cities: San Francisco and Twenty-First Century Urbanism

Calvin Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : American Studies, Education Minor

The San Francisco cityscape is changing rapidly, with large influxes of residents, buildings, and communities. This change must be understood with more than soaring rents or other quantified data; it’s evident between Salesforce Transit Center and Embarcadero, banners advertising the East Cut and Yerba Buena, the trash that’s picked up and the trash left behind.... Read More

Courting Rhetoric: The Poetics of Erotic Logos at the Platonic Origins of Philosophy

Valerie Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2009 - 2010 : Philosophy / Rhetoric

Through an attempt to gain a sense of the significance of Plato's extensive discussions concerning the nature of language, this study undertakes to understand how the dialectical representation of rhetoric and the regulation of sophistic epistemologies specifically play into securing the institutionalization of philosophy. Foregrounding the particular role of the... Read More

Fictional Structures of Control: Rape in Roman Comedy

Mackhai Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Latin, Comparative Literature, English

Mackhai Nguyen's project focuses on Roman comic plays that end with a citizen man and woman being married, specifically those marriages that are generated by rape and similar forced sexual encounters. Previous commentators have examined how criticisms are expressed in these plays that resist the dominant structures of the genre and of the time:... Read More

V-Src Regulation of Protein Kinase C-Zeta

David H. Nguyen, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Molecular and Cell Biology

Activation of the proto-oncogene c-Src, a tyrosine kinase, is evident in major cancers such as breast and colon. C-Src activates substrates that serve important roles in controlling growth, survival and motility of cells. Activation of c-Src is known to cause transformation, the process by which normal cells become cancerous. David seeks to elucidate how v-Src, a... Read More

Media Coverage of Media Concentration

Chau Nguyen Doan, Haas Scholar 2004 - 2005 : Media Communications

Chau’s research seeks an answer to this question: Do the business interests of an increasingly corporate media undermine the reporting of news on which the public depends? Media scholars have debated this key question for years (mostly answering affirmatively), but Chau hopes to introduce a novel approach to the analysis: using news coverage of media concentration as a... Read More

Non-Methane Hydrocarbon Emissions from Bay Area Wetlands

Metta Nicholson, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Molecular Environmental Biology, Music Minor

Wetlands are habitats valued for their many ecosystem services but are also a huge source of methane emissions globally. Wetland managers should therefore consider the potential of wetlands to be a source of greenhouse gas emissions, and how these ecosystems impact the chemical composition of the troposphere. Although much investigation has delved into methane... Read More

Further Computations on Maeda’s Conjecture

Xiaoyu Niu, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Mathematics

Yoshitaka Maeda made the conjecture in 1997: Let m be an integer greater than 1 and let F be the characteristic polynomial of the Hecke operator T_m acting on the space S_k of cusp forms of weight k and level one, then the polynomial F is irreducible... Read More

Microcredit and the Discourse of Empowerment: A Case Study in Jinotega, Nicaragua

Kristen Norman, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

In an effort to narrow the gap in gender equality and improve public health, microfinance institutions are increasingly creating products for women in developing countries. Experts caution against assuming that women’s empowerment is an automatic outcome of microfinance, and call for accompanying “soft services” such as health education, literacy training, and... Read More

Redefining Gender Roles After the Internal Conflict: Women in Ayacucho, Peru

Sandra Núñez Portocarrero, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Sociology

Vast academic attention characterized by a search for causality and consequences has been given to the internal conflict in Peru in the 1980s and 1990s. However, little attention has been given to women, the main victims of the conflict. Seeking to understand the redefinition of gender roles after the internal conflict, Sandra will travel to Ayacucho, a province in the... Read More

Uncovering the Genesis of Omagua: A Contact Language of Peruvian Amazonia

Zachary O'Hagan, Haas Scholar 2010 - 2011 : Linguistics

Most languages spoken today are of roughly direct descent from other, perhaps extinct, languages. Latin is the famous progenitor of the Romance languages. However, the pre-history of some languages is not one of direct descent, but rather of contact, or mixture. Omagua is a highly endangered, pre-Columbian contact language of Peruvian Amazonia, with only two remaining... Read More

The Illusion of Inclusion: A Proposal to Investigate How Citizenships and Legal Status Shape Community Perspectives on Prison Complexes within a Small California Town

Martín Olea, Haas Scholar 2002 - 2003 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

This project, which will be Martin’s senior honors thesis for Interdisciplinary Studies, will explore the process through which a small town, populated mostly by farmworkers, approved the construction of carceral facilities that are detrimental to a significant portion of its population. Prisons today are of significant importance to the communities of the... Read More

The Semiotics of Digital Storytelling

Marisa S. Olson, Haas Scholar 1999 - 2000 :

Combining research with creative expression, Marisa will be exploring digital storytelling, a new multimedia narrative form that uses images, film, text and sounds that are electronically stored and retrieved via computers. She will be investigating the structural/narratological characteristics of this new medium in order to theorize the points of divergence between... Read More

Sculpting Memory: Reading Berlin's Book Burning Memorial

Isabella Oppen, Haas Scholar 2011 - 2012 : Comparative Literature/German Studies

What can a close reading of Berlin’s Book Burning Memorial offer to elucidate conflicts of remembering a turbulent past? Using libraries and archives in Berkeley and Berlin, Isabella will research the history and development of the current memorial; its public reception; and different uses of its location (Bebelplatz) over time. This research will also entail an in-... Read More

Bodies, Burials, and Black Cultural Politics: African American Funerals in the Civil Rights Movement

Keith Orejel, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : History

Keith will be traveling to Washington D.C. to do archival research at the Library of Congress and National Archives. He will be studying funerals in the Civil Rights-Black Power Era. Scholars of the Civil Rights and Black Power Eras often focus on the institutions and individuals who fueled the creation of these social movements, while ignoring the role of culture and... Read More

Abrasive Reconciliation: Negotiating El Salvador’s Transition to Democracy

Spencer Orey, Haas Scholar 2007 - 2008 : Anthropology

Spencer will travel to El Salvador this summer and conduct anthropological fieldwork focusing on the not-for-profit organization Pro-Búsqueda. Focusing primarily on reuniting children “disappeared” in the Salvadoran civil war with their biological families, workers at Pro-Búsqueda have not only helped to advocate processes of justice and repatriation but have also... Read More

“I’m Expected to get Married for Papers”: Latino/a Undocumented Young Adults and their Navigations of Intimate Relationships

Humberto Ortiz, Haas Scholar 2012 - 2013 : Sociology

Humberto’s project will examine how Latino/a undocumented migrant youth negotiate migrant ‚Äúillegality‚Äù in their everyday lives through relationships of love, kinship, and companionship. While a growing literature has examined how this population navigates “public” contexts of higher education and civic engagement, no scholarship has analyzed how these youth... Read More

Identity Formation and Affirmation in Autistic Individuals

Esperanza Padilla, Haas Scholar 2020 - 2021 : Sociology

Autism is typically understood as a disorder rather than an identity. However, the emergence of the autism self-advocacy movement and virtual spaces suggests that autism is more than a diagnosis for many individuals. Esperanza Padilla’s research seeks to delve beyond the medical model’s interpretation of autism to find out how autistic individuals develop their sense... Read More