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Healing Through Language: The History of the Weⁿdat Language and Waⁿdat Dialect

Fallon Burner, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : History

Fallon Burner will be writing a history of the Weⁿdat Language and Waⁿdat dialect, showing the vital role that language plays in the Indigenous community and how its history is tied to issues of erasure and survival, as well as the role that language revitalization projects have in addressing... Read More

The Role of ORF74 in Transmission of Kaposi’s Sarcoma-Associated Herpesvirus

Nicholas Carey, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Molecular & Cell Biology, Statistics

Kaposi’s Sarcoma Associated Herpesvirus (KSHV) establishes lifelong infections and can cause a variety of cancers and proliferative disorders in immunosuppressed individuals. Recent evidence indicates that oral contact is the primary route of transmission for KSHV. The goal of this project is to... Read More

Still Marked? Criminal Record, Education, Race, and Employment in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Michael Cerda-Jara, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Sociology

Michael’s research investigates the role of higher education in employment prospects for people with criminal records. In 2018, Michael successfully executed an experimental audit study of job application callbacks for college-educated applicants with or without criminal records, which... Read More

Not Just Words: Effects of Negative News Portrayals of Latinxs on Farmworker Stress

Sydney Garcia, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Psychology, Gender & Women's Studies Minor

Everyone experiences stress to varying degrees. Past scholarship has connected awareness of the news to stress while linking stress to adverse mental and physical health outcomes. Given that minority groups are significantly overrepresented in news relating to criminal activity, and news coverage... Read More

World-Making Potentiality in the Spatialization of the Quotidian

Rafael Yamir Gómez-Carrasco, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Cognitive Science, Ethnic Studies

Rafael extends José Muñoz’s queer utopian hermeneutic by synthesizing it with Henri Lefebvre’s theories of the quotidian and spatialization. Muñoz’s method of analysis provides a framework for understanding minoritarian performance of futurity— practices and embodiments of a world that should be.... Read More

Food, Culture, and Peace in Israel

Voulette Hattar, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Ethnic Studies, Public Policy Minor


Caged: The Rising Use of Prison and Jail for Women's Mental Health Care

Jamie Hein, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

Between 1977 and 2016, the U.S. women’s imprisonment rate increased over 800%. In California, while the rate of men’s incarceration has decreased over the past decade, the number of prisoners who suffer from mental illness has risen significantly. It is imperative to explore these numbers as they... 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

The Forgotten Afro-Mexicans: Independence and the Role of Women (1800-1830)

Lupita Lúa, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : History

In 2015, Afro-Mexicans were recognized as an ethnic group in the Mexican national census for the first time in history. However, their history continues to be suppressed by the state and few studies address the role that Afro-Mexican people, especially women,  played during Mexico’s struggle for... Read More

Financial Constraints on Student Learning: An Analysis of How Financial Stress Influences Perception and Cognitive Function in Children

Simone Matecna, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Economics, Peace & Conflict Studies

Policy makers and developmental psychologists know that addressing the effects of poverty in adults often comes too late to be effective. Imagine a 30-year-old man named Sal who does not know whether or not he will be able to pay his rent or buy food for his family at the end of the month. It is not hard to understand why this uncertainty might cause Sal... 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

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

Contribution of Vasointestinal Peptide Interneurons to Visual Size and Contrast Perception

Daniel Quintana, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Molecular & Cell Biology, Toxicology Minor

In mammals, detecting weak stimuli is crucial for animal survival. One way they could detect weak stimuli is spatial integration, pooling together weak signals over an area of visual space to strengthen the signal. In the cortex, vasointestinal peptide (VIP) cells are a group of interneurons that have a central role in pyramidal cell tuning and response modulation of... Read More

Neoliberal Transformation and Transnational Migration in the Northern Triangle

Hannah Raslan, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Global Studies

In 2018, thousands of Central American migrants, mostly from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, fled their home countries to seek a better life in Mexico or the US. This exodus of migrants has been met both at the US/Mexico and the Mexico/Guatemala border with hostility, violence and... Read More

Neurodiversity and Identity Formation in Virtual Autistic Spaces

Alexandra Saba, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Interdisciplinary Studies Field

The neurodiversity movement has gained much traction with the proliferation of the internet. It is based on the premise that neurological differences such as autism are normal variations of functioning and the human genome. Alexandra Saba will explore the impact of the neurodiversity movement on the formation of identity within autistic individuals through... Read More

The Effects of Masculinity in Professional Ballet

Sabrina Sellers, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Sociology

Ballet has largely been recognized not only as a women-dominated profession but one that is coded as feminine in which both men and women navigate. Men in ballet, however, occupy a unique position, one studied by researchers eager to understand how men negotiate and perform their masculinity.... Read More

How English Literature Filtered through the Empire of Japan Influenced the Formation of Modern Korean Literature in the 1930s

Youn-Ju Suh, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Comparative Literature, English

In contrast to to nineteenth-century British India, which adopted English studies from the UK, and nineteenth-century Japan, which westernized itself with British and American assistance, Modern Korean authors in the 1930s learned English literature through a third, non-Anglophone country, Japan.... Read More

Quipu: Debt, Archive, and Amnesia

Bryan Truitt, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Art, Cognitive Science

The Incan quipu was a record-keeping and computing system based on knotted rope, encoding debt, land ownership, genealogy, and other information, but its precise meaning has been lost through colonialism. The arbitration of archival inclusion is an exercise of power, and scholarship, as practiced... Read More

Highly-Biomimetic Mechanical Hand for Robotics and Prostheses: Utilizing Artificial Muscles with Precise Controls Integration

Jehan Yang, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences minor

Utilizing 27 degrees of freedom, the human hand is a complex manipulator capable of tasks ranging from fingerstyle guitar to precise surgery. To replicate the human hand would produce a highly versatile tool in robotics and prostheses. Robots in the future might perform surgery while arm amputees... Read More

Enhancing the Resolution of RNA-Sequencing to Investigate the Propagation of Parkinson’s Disease

Xinyi Zhang, Haas Scholar 2019 - 2020 : Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

Parkinson’s disease is the second-most common neurodegenerative disorder, which currently has no effective treatment. The development of treatments can benefit from better understandings of how the neurodegeneration propagates in the brain. The most crucial contributor to the propagation is... Read More