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The Displacement of Oromo Farmers: A Critical Understanding of its Impacts and the Role of its Community Members

Iman Abdella : Sociology, Political Economy Minor Summer 2016

The further one reaches towards the outer fields of Oromo, the closer one gets towards the chaotic infrastructures currently in place. Since late November 2015, dozens of violent confrontations have emerged in towns across Ethiopia, merging into the central Oromia region, which is home to the largest ethnic group, the Oromo. Protesters are opposed to party members and... Read More

400 Years Young- The Elizabethan Stage

Peter Alexander : History Summer 2016

400 years after William Shakespeare’s death, debates on Elizabethan staging methods remain fresh. My SURF L&S research will explore the unknown mechanics Elizabethan staging. I will specifically do so by examining Elizabethan era resources (such as actual, annotated rehearsal scripts from Elizabethan theatre companies) on Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I. Henry IV,... Read More

Aspects of Historical Consciousness through the fabric of Akhavan Sales's Literature

Saman Arfaie : Molecular and Cell Biology, Persian Literature ; Minor in Chemistry, Minor in Music Summer 2016

Mehdi Akhavan Sales is regarded as one of the most celebrated contemporary poets in modern Persian Literature. My research aims to shed light on Akhavan’s viewpoint on history and historical consciousness along with its trajectory of development. Namely, I am curious to understand what form historical consciousness is manifested in and whether its development can be... Read More

A Culture of Support: The Practice Strengths of Mental Health Professionals and Social Workers Who Identify as Survivors of Interpersonal Violence.

T. Christopher Crandall : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2016

The purpose of my research is to examine the current status of trauma-informed mental health treatment and practices, and to explore emerging and best practices in the field. Of particular interest is the provision of services to victims and survivors of interpersonal violence (IPV) by mental health practitioners and social service providers who identify as survivors... Read More

Aspect in Matsigenka

Michael Dohn : Linguistics Summer 2016

Matsigenka is an Arawakan language spoken by about 10,000 people in and around southeastern Peru. The language is tenseless and utilizes a system of realis/irrealis contrast to encode temporal relations. In addition to this contrast, Matsigenka appears to employ the use of an aspectual system as another means of encoding temporality, though it is theorized to be void... Read More

Social Differences in Taste: Investigating Romance Reading

Maleah Fekete : Interdisciplinary (ISF), German Summer 2016

Formula fiction is a literary structure in which narratives within a genre are predictable, varying only in details, and therefore, rather than reflecting the real world, reflect a reality constructed by the formula itself. This allows works within a formula to appeal to readers' emotional, as opposed to aesthetic, tastes.  I am investigating the relationship between... Read More

Critical Reading and Skepticism in Anglo-Saxon England

Nickolas Gable : English Summer 2016

The common imagination casts Medieval Europeans as victims of an era without skepticism in which the average person accepted superstition as fact. My research looks into the Early Medieval period in England and analyzes how various kinds of readers approached, questioned, and subsequently either accepted or refuted incredible claims. By looking at textual evidence... Read More

From Home to Highway: Gender and the San Francisco Freeway Revolts

Justin Germain : History Summer 2016

As San Francisco transformed into a hub of social activism in the post-World War II era, the longest protest against freeway construction of the 1960’s exposed deep social tensions between the local government and its citizenry. While men notoriously controlled City Hall and local industry, housewives  launched housing associations and sparked popular sentiment to... Read More

At the Threshold: A Critical Race Perspective of the Filipino Identity

Sy Bocalbos Jordan : Gender & Women's Studies, Theater & Performance Studies Summer 2016

Filipinos living in the Philippines today are made of of more than 175 ethnic groups, and are an amalgamation of its indigenous populations, migrants from neighboring countries and the descendants of distant colonizers. For my research, I will use a critical race and gender lens to examine Filipino Identity. What was the process of racialization for the indigenous... Read More

Investigating Suppression Effects in Prediction Paradigms

Eena Kosik : Cognitive Science Summer 2016

We live in a world of noise and therefore, one of the most important functions in the brain is the ability to make predictions. Prediction is the result of using previous expectations of our surroundings to create possible interpretations of this noise. Because of the complexity of prediction, it makes sense that it has very complicated neural correlates in the brain.... Read More

"Their Finest Genre": the Moral Relevance of World War II in Contemporary Literature

Alison Lafferty : English, Italian Studies Summer 2016

World War II, one of the most significant global events of the 20th century, still has not faded from our societal memory. Specifically in the western world, this war has been moralized as an Allied victory against the grips of fascism, but recent representations of World War II events challenge these accepted moral perceptions. The representation of World War II in... Read More

Uncanny Narratives of Gendered Trauma in Oh Jung-hee’s "The Yard of Childhood"

Julie Lee : English Summer 2016

According to the author herself, Oh Jung-hee’s 1981 short story collection 『유년의 뜰』 ("The Yard of Childhood") “took the form of a novel sequence” when she rearranged eight of her previously published stories by protagonist age. The sequence, however unplanned, elegiacally traces the compressed post-war development of South Korea in the 1950s-70s—all through the... Read More

The Failure of a Universal Portugal: Race, Messianism, and The World

Jacob Liming : Geography, Economics, Development Studies Summer 2016

My work addresses various moments throughout the history of the Lusophone empire in which Portugal attempted to interpolate imperial subjects into larger universalizing political projects. In other words I investigate how difference was contended with and inflected in teleological narratives of prominent Portuguese figures, emphasizing the latencies, erasures,... Read More

An Analysis Into the Typical Years in a Refugee Camp

Anita Lin : Economics Summer 2016

One of the great human rights crisis characterizing the turn of the 21st century is the drastic increase in the number of refugees worldwide. As of 2014 the UNHCR reported the number of people forcibly displaced to be 59.9 million people and pinpoints the number of years spent in refugee camps to be 17 years. The UN, NGOs, advocates and the international community have... Read More

Teenaged Female Sexuality in American Film, 1980 - 2010

Sally Littlefield : American Studies Summer 2016

My summer research seeks to understand how American culture conceives of adolescent female sexuality through analyzing popular film. Looking at American teen films from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, I will explore when, how, and by whom it is considered acceptable or problematic for teenaged women to engage with their sexuality. Once I've conducted a thorough film... Read More

Effects of Statistical Training on Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Sulynn Miao : Psychology Summer 2016

My research project is a continuation of research already being done by the Berkeley Early Learning Lab that has sought to understand children with autism spectrum disorder's (ASD) abilities to make statistical inferences. This ability is important because it allows typically developing children to make generalizations about the world and learn, and if hindered in... Read More

The Effects of Singing on Speech in Geriatric Voice.

Libby Perfitt : Linguistics Summer 2016

I am investigating the effects of singing on speech in geriatric voice. In my work as vocal coach I have perceived changes in students’ speaking voices alongside their advancements as singers. Scientifically, it has been noted that the voice undergoes many changes with age, most of which occur more intensely after 65 years of age in men and after menopause in women.... Read More

P.A.I.R.S - Portable Ambisonic Impulse Response System

Andrew Rahman : Music Summer 2016

The purpose of the P.A.I.R.S. project is to capture the reverberation of historic spaces using state-of-the-art technology for archival use, future research, experimental composition and performance, and implementation in virtual reality (VR). I intend to record an acoustic representation, or a sonic snapshot, of each space using a technology called impulse response (... Read More

Analyzing and Optimizing Data Collection on the Attacks on Health-Care Facilities in Syria

Sayaka Ri : Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2016

The Syrian civil war is approaching its fifth year of conflict and has been labelled “the worst humanitarian disaster of recent times”. Since the beginning of the conflict, the Al-Assad regime has systematically targeted health-care facilities and personnel as a weapon of war. In international criminal law, these attacks are a war crime and documentation is important... Read More

Coloring Around Race: Bay Area Figurative Art and Racial Depiction

Ryan Serpa : History of Art Summer 2016

My research attempts to examine the roles of race, suburbanization, and region in the context of San Francisco Bay Area art production. Specifically, I will look to the artwork of David Park and Richard Diebenkorn, two members of the prominent Bay Area Figurative School. Bay Area Figurative art developed during the 1950’s and 60’s, a period of intense development in... Read More

Biaspectual Verbs in the Russian Language

Emma Wilcox : Linguistics Summer 2016

Aspect is very pervasive in the Russian language. One definition of aspect can be taken from renowned Russian linguist, Roman Jakobson: aspect “deals with temporal values inherent in the activity or state itself.” With the exception of a few, Russian verbs express imperfective and perfective aspect in pairs. Imperfective aspect is considered to be the basic part of the... Read More

The Slippery Slope: How American Children's Literature at the Turn of the Millennium Prepares Children for the Nature of Evil & Adulthood

Kristen Wilson : American Studies & English Summer 2016

My project looks at American Children's Literature from the 1990s-2000s. In this period, there is a remarkable shift in not only the tone of American Children's Literature (turning away from moralistic and didactic traditions of the form), but in its popularity, gaining millions of adult readers.

My research looks specifically at A Series of Unfortunate Events... Read More

Exploring Joint Attention in Infants in Relation to Locomotion and Language

Jacqueline Woo : Psychology Summer 2016

My research aims to examine the development of joint attention in infants. Joint visual attention (JVA) refers to the ability to share attention to a common object with another partner and is vital to an infant’s capacity to learn, as it facilitates various kinds of communication. JVA has been connected to both language and social-emotional development.

My study... Read More

Class, Gender, and Parenting Patterns in Contemporary China

Yuchen Yang : Sociology and Asian Studies Summer 2016

This study asks, do class and children’s gender shapes parents’ child-rearing patterns in contemporary China? Furthermore, how does different parenting styles affect the children’s psyche, such as confidence and sense of control? By statistically analyzing quantitative data from Chinese Family Panel Studies, I believe this research can contribute to the current... Read More

The Competing Goals of Visual Accuracy and Visual Stability

Kathy Zhang : Psychology Summer 2016

The visual system’s astounding ability to create a stable view of the world around us is critical to our everyday experiences, helping us process what would otherwise be a visually chaotic world. One proposed mechanism for such remarkable perceptual stability is a phenomenon known as serial dependence in visual perception, which is thought to facilitate a systematic... Read More