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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

Study of Volcanic Induced Seismicity - Miyakejima, Japan, June 26-August 29, 2000

Sarah Ellen Minson : Earth and Planetary Science Summer 2002

Nowhere to Go: Agnews State Hospital and the Politics of Deinstitutionalization

Edward Mogck : History, Public Policy (minor) Summer 2014

In the 1960s and 1970s, the U.S. started to change the ways in which states engaged with those with mental illness and developmental disabilities. Broadly, these changes were part of a phenomena known as deinstitutionalization, where states sought to care for fewer mental patients and work towards incorporating them back into the community. California was at the... Read More

The Effects of Aging on the Controlled Aspects of Novelty Processing: An ERP Study of Emotionally Salient Events

Samuel Francis Moore : Psychology Summer 2007

The ability to detect, evaluate and immediately respond to unexpected changes in one's environment is an important, adaptive characteristic of mammalian behavior. This process begins with an initial orienting response and continues with subsequent evaluative processes aimed at determining the significance of deviant events. These stages of novelty processing can... Read More

The Foundations of Ethics: Readings of Kierkegaard

Lyman Frost Mower : Religious Studies Summer 2005

A Survey into the Role of Local Community's Initiatives in influencing and shaping dialogue and action against HIV/AIDS

Irene Chemtai Mungo : Chemistry Summer 2006

This summer, I am interested in understanding and highlighting how a local community in Mombasa, a small coastal town in Kenya is responding to the HIV/AIDS threat that is facing its members. I want to understand the role that community support groups, gatherings, church meetings, and community celebrations such as skits and dances are playing in molding dialogue about... Read More

Exploring Power Systems Among California's Female Inmates

Julissa Muniz : Ethnic Studies, Public Policy (minor) Summer 2013

Today California has the largest women’s prison population of the nation, with a population size of 6,409. Between 1972 to 2010, the number of women in correctional facilities nationwide increased by approximately 646%, the fastest growing prison group of the nation. In spite of these alarming numbers, little is known about the prison subculture that exists within... Read More

Message in a Bottle: An Advertising Campaign's Appropriation of Inclusive Political Rhetoric, and What This Reveals about National and Global Identity

Tyler Naman : American Studies Summer 2011

My research examines a current, multinational advertising campaign, analyzing in detail the campaign’s appropriation of inclusive political rhetoric used by president Barack Obama, and what this reveals about American nationalism and global identity. Using multimodal discourse analysis and other more specific visual semiotic frameworks for decoding print and billboard... Read More

The Sacred and the Secular: Catholic Missionary Work in the Land of the Rising Sun

Hoa Francisco Ngo : Anthropology Summer 2014

Wherever religion is, its Siamese twin secularism follows closely behind it. The border between the two concepts is not so clear, though, particularly among practicing Catholics who hold to orthodox Church views in modern democratic nations. These borders are not inherent to either religion or secularism; instead, they are drawn by the modern state in order to regulate... Read More

The Efficacy of Verbal Retrieval Practice: Implications for Educational Practices

Tricia Ngoon : Psychology Summer 2012

My research is about the efficacy of verbal retrieval practice, the act of verbally explaining or telling someone else about learned material. So much of academics is focused on studying or re-reading material when really, telling or explaining it to someone may be more beneficial for memory and comprehension. Along the lines of the testing effect, in which a student... Read More

William Wordsworth's Imaginative [King]dom

Michael Anthony Nicholson : English Summer 2005

East German Antifascism: The Everyday Reality of Historical Abstraction

Linda Marie Nyberg : Scandinavian Summer 2007

With the crystallization of Cold War tensions by 1948/49, a specifically communist anti-fascism was invoked to distinguish East from West. In identifying West Germany as a fascist state, East Germany's anti-fascist roots became her very raison d'etre. The roots, though, were shallow indeed; as the Cold War intensified, so did the degree of historical abstraction... Read More

Invisible Voices: Hearing Queer Women and Queer Spaces in Amman, Jordan

Kelley O'Dell : Middle Eastern Studies, Arabic Summer 2014

Conversations about sexuality abound among the youth of Amman, Jordan, where same-sex sexual activity is permissible by government law, yet the general public is still very hostile towards the queer community. In such a stigmatized environment, queer identities are legal, but hardly publicly permissible. Nevertheless, clubs, cafes, and bars known for their “toleration... Read More

Political Representation in Information Filtering Algorithms

Rodrigo Ochigame : Interdisciplinary Studies Field: Anthropology of Computing Summer 2014

Given the vast amount of information on the internet, filtering is inevitable. No one can see, hear, or read everything. However, information filtering algorithms generally lead to anti-democratic outcomes in the distribution of political speech. Algorithms that rank by popularity or average rating tend to disproportionately suppress minority viewpoints, causing a '... Read More

The Kneeling Aztec Woman: Evidence for Male Domination or Gender Complementarity?

Lisa Overholtzer : Anthropology, Spanish Summer 2004

Poverty and Maternal Health in Piura, Peru: A Community Study

Deborah Owen : Sociology Summer 2008

Women in Peru have one of the highest chances of dying from childbirth in all Latin America. Maternal mortality is devastating at both the familial level and the national level, as it is an indicator of health and development. Research on maternal health in Peru focuses on either rural areas or the Lima metropolis. This binary does not provide a complete... Read More

Rising to the Top-Latin America’s Indigenous leaders and the changing face of Latin American Politics

Cindy Paladines : Political Economy of Industrial Societies Summer 2003

The Impact of Trade Liberalisation on Child Labor in Brazil

Anokhi Parikh : Economics, Political Economy of Industrial Societies Summer 2003

The Animal Companions of Classical Attic Gravestones

Ann Parker : History of Art, Anthropology (minor) Summer 2012

In Classical Athens, many children died before adulthood. For a culture that practiced the “exposure,” or infanticide, of unwanted newborns, the value of the sub-adult life has been difficult to define. What did a child mean to the Athenian family and state? Once a child had been chosen to rear, its life must have been quite valuable, since the family spent lavish sums... Read More

Language, Narratives and the Social Imagination: Lessons in Reading for Gandhi's Nonviolent Movement

Justine Parkin : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2011

I am researching Gandhi's nonviolent movement in India, particularly the importance that Gandhi subscribed to language and his belief that language too can be violent. If language does not merely describe the world as it is but is an active part of creating that very world and thus the possibilities for action, then how we choose and use our words is not trivial in the... Read More

The 2010 World Cup's Effect on Xenophobic Violence in Cape Town

Akash Patel : Political Economy of Industrial Societies Summer 2010

My research this summer analyzes the effects of the 2010 World Cup on xenophobia and interethnic violence in Cape Town. Working in conjunction with the NGO Projects Abroad Human Rights Office, I will document cases of xenophobic violence from January to August 2010, graphing how rates of violence fluctuate in response to the Cup. I will supplement this evidence with... Read More

History of the Prose Poem

Yaul Perez-Stable Husni : Comparative Literature, Creative Writing Minor Summer 2014

Past attempts to define the prose poem as a genre depend on the oppositional status of prose and poetry, thinking then of the prose poem as a space for synthesis. However, because these accounts imagine stable definitions of prose and poetry, specific prose poems can only invoke—and not reconfigure—those definitions. Through literary analysis, I will trace the... 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

Reconstructing the Two-Dimensional: Planimetric Designs in Colonial Peru

Shauna Peterson : History of Art Summer 2009

To the European mind, conditioned by the Renaissance ideals of linear perspective, the two-dimensional patterns of the indigenous people of colonial-era Peru proposed a very different conception of space. In an attempt to qualify a process that defies traditional Renaissance visual standards, art historians termed the... Read More

Inductive Inferences

Patricia Pierry : Psychology, Linguistics, Spanish Summer 2015

A defining feature of human language is its creativity; we can express an infinite number of ideas from a limited number of words. One well-analyzed source of such creativity is the rules of grammar, which let us combine words into sentences in new ways. However, we know much less about another source of creativity—the flexible use of words, known as... Read More

Masculine Maneuvers: Family and Profession in the Transnational Labor Market

Jobert Poblete : Anthropology Summer 2006

The Philippines has become a leader in the “export” of nurses. Filipino nurses are leaving by the thousands every year to take positions in chronically understaffed medical facilities in the United States and around the world. This research project is concerned with this migrant flow. Specifically, I intend to conduct ethnographic research on men doctors retraining as... Read More

Migrants, Modernity, and McDonald's: The Influence of Discourses of "Modernity" on Thai Female Subjectivities and Resistance

Amanda Pojanamat : Sociology Summer 2006

In developing capitalist countries such as Thailand, many women migrate every day from the rural areas to Bangkok in search of the “better life”. I would like to explore how their understandings of the “good life” are influenced by “modern” discourses and whether their constructions and reconstructions of these “modern” discourses contain resistance either to... Read More

Exposing the Emperor's Legitimacy: Augustus, Severus, and the Third Century Crisis

Andrew Giovanni Prout : History Summer 2007

The Emperor Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, transformed a republican government with almost 500 years of history into an imperial monarchy that would last for another five centuries. It is important to understand the sources of Augustus’ political legitimacy so that I can understand how changes to those sources of imperial legitimacy, like the changes made... Read More

Plachimada: On the Frontlines of the Fight for Water Democracies

Gavin Alle Raders : Anthropology Summer 2006

Conflicts over the control of natural resources lie at the heart of wars, violence, and terrorism worldwide. Water is the most precious resource for over 800 million farmers in India who depend on the groundwater for their physical and cultural survival, and water has been held for millenia to be the common property of all beings, to be maintained and distributed... 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

Visual processing and the elimination of extinction: an ERP study

Keyvan Rahmatian : Cognitive Science Summer 2003


Because Science: Language Change and Iconicity in Internet Speak

Anneliise Rehn : Linguistics, Education (minor) Summer 2014

The pace and nature of language change has significant impact on everything from grammar textbooks to natural language processing. With the internet providing new and inventive avenues for this change, we have an opportunity and a necessity to study these avenues. My SURF project researches a new grammatical construction which has emerged on the internet wherein “... Read More

Multimodality and the Post-9/11 Trauma Narrative in Jonathan Safran Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Trisha Remetir : English Summer 2011

After September 11, American author Don Delillo announced: "Many things are over. The narrative ends in the rubble, and it is left to us to create the counter-narrative." Although a multitude of literary, psychoanalytic and political discourse has speculated on how, years after the fact, we now tell the "story" of 9/11, a cohesive picture of this counter-narrative... 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

Narration and Perspective-Taking in Children

Sari Rickansrud : Cognitive Science, English, Education (Minor) Summer 2015

Relatively recently there has been a surge of interest in investigating the social value of fiction. For example, some researchers claim that fiction fosters the development of perspective taking abilities by serving as social practice as the reader mentally simulates narrated events. By perspective taking abilities I mean the capacity to understand another person’s... Read More

Barriers to Collective Bargaining in Chile and in California

Stephanie Ritoper : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2004

Identity Formation in People with Invisible Disabilities: How Decisions About Disability Disclosure Impact College Students' Sense of Self

Alyse Ritvo : Sociology Summer 2010

An invisible disability is one that remains unnoticeable to an observer unless the person with the disability or someone else discloses it.  Invisible disabilities can be of a physical, cognitive, intellectual, or psychiatric nature and are estimated to account for 40% of disabilities in the U.S.  Since people with invisible disabilities can choose whether or not to... Read More

Fertility Decline in the "Vineyard of the Lord"

Valentina Rizzo : PEIS, Demography Summer 2004

Nicaraguan Agroecology: Networking between the North and South

Briana Robertori : Anthropology, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2010

For 10 weeks, I will be living up the mountainous rural coffee growing area of Matagalpa, Nicaragua studying the tourism that I myself will be a part of.  I will be studying how the UCA San Ramon coffee cooperative’s “agroeco-tourism” project is affecting the families and communities of the mostly female tourist hosts. To survey both the positive and negative effects,... Read More

Scripts of the Soviet Self: A Study in the Politics of Narration

Boris Rodin : Slavic Languages, Classical Languages Summer 2002

The Violoncello and the Romantic Era: 1820-1920

Alexandra Roedder : Music Summer 2003