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Osteoarthritis and Osteophytosis : a comparative study of Aging in the Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta)

Ashley Nicole Lipps : Anthropology, Integrative Biology Summer 2006

Age-related bone loss and osteoarthritis have been exhibited in several mammalian species, and both are especially common in humans. However, the etiology behind age-related bone loss is highly complicated and osteoarthritis is especially unstudied. Previous studies have relied on rodent models and have primarily investigated changes in BMD (Bone Mineral Density);... 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

The Appeal for Readerly Sympathy in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Villette

Stephanie Lo : English, Media Studies Summer 2011

Because reading any piece of literature is a personal experience for me, I was drawn to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre because of how its first-person narrative voice strongly solicits feelings of sympathy from the reader, thus emphasizing the importance and necessity of the reader's role and response to the novel.  My interest in Jane Eyre led me to... Read More

Culture, Memory, and Identity in Hong Kong Food Writing & Literature

Queenie Kwan Yee Lo : Chinese Summer 2015

“People revere food as if it were Heaven”. This Chinese idiom highlights the essential role that food has always played in Chinese culture and history. It is commonplace to see cuisine and wine appear in Chinese classical and modern literature. When food appears in literature, we experience it with all our senses and gain a deeper understanding of its significance. In... Read More

Understanding the 'Korean Wave': The Role of Korean Soap Operas in Asian-American Identity, Pleasure and Cultural Proximity

Stephanie Lo : Women's Studies Summer 2007

This summer I will be investigating why Asian Americans engage in (inter)cultural viewing of Korean soap operas. I am interested in tying this question in with the ‘Korean wave,’ that is, the general enthusiasm for Korean pop culture, but also to larger questions of pan-Asian identity, language and cultural proximity. To answer these questions, and hopefully more... Read More

Regimes of Parenthood: Race, Familia, and the State in Latino Los Angeles

Jessica Lopez : Anthropology Summer 2011

My research will look comparatively at how the ideology of public education, the ideology of American parenthood, and the ideology of the Latino cultural community come to intersect into existing and developing parental practices. Using participant-observation methods and a framework of discourse theory, I will analyze the linguistic practices of the Latino mothers and... Read More

Signifying the Ghetto: WARs Over Contested Terrain in 1970s Los Angeles

Max Lopez : American Studies Summer 2017

This summer I aim to reconstruct and contextualize the career of the 1970s Afro-Latino funk band WAR, perhaps best known for enduring hits such as ""Lowrider,"" and ""Cisco Kid"", but in the peak of their fame, rebound for their album and title track ""The World is a Ghetto."" Like many American cities in the mid-1960's, the Watts neighborhood in LA went up in flames... Read More

Losing My Religion: Evidence of Religious Doubt and Anxiety in Black Plague Literature from 1553 to 1603

Caitlin Lowe : English, Latin American Studies (minor) Summer 2014

King Henry VIII’s split with the Catholic Church in 1534 brought about the social and political turmoil known as the English Reformation. This religiously tumultuous time period was made more challenging by a resurgence of the Black Death. In order to study the social, political, and emotional responses to the politically imposed mass religious conversion of England... Read More

Community Empowerment in Dictatorship and Democracy: An Examination of Shantytwon Women in Santiago de Chile

Meghan Elisabeth Lowe : History Summer 2007

My history thesis project will analyze the Santiago de Chile of 1964 to 2006 from the perspective of shantytown women, with an emphasis on the community institutions that offer them employment, personal development opportunities and/or activism networks. I will examine what poor women do within these institutions, why these opportunities are significant in their... Read More

Infant Locomotion, Cognition and Early Language Acquisition

Lucy Ma : Psychology, Legal Studies Summer 2015

My research seeks to examine the functional consequences of locomotor experience. Current research insists that the onset of walking leads to psychological changes that have not been appreciated or expected. Some studies show that an infant's receptive and productive language seem to improve dramatically after acquiring the ability to walk. However,... Read More

“Who are we?” - Japanese History Textbooks and the Creation of a National Identity

Yu-Han Serena Ma : History Summer 2014

In the early twentieth century Japan stood at the apex of East Asia. It ceased to be a secluded island and became an empire that stretched from Sakhalin to Taiwan, an empire that even the West feared. However, securing the empire required the Japanese state to turn away from territorial expansion and to focus on articulating a national identity appropriate for the new... Read More

The Political Role of Religious Appeals in India

Alex Mabanta : Political Science, Rhetoric, Human Rights (Minor), Certificate in Entrepreneurship and Technology (Minor) Summer 2015

Indian Muslims, a recent UC Berkeley study discovers, are more likely to elect politicians who use Islamic symbols in campaign materials.  This stands in contrast to Indian Hindus, who have no preference for candidates who appeal to their vote through Hindu symbols. Asymmetric outcomes, therefore, permeates how religious identities are politicized between India's two... Read More

Documenting Terror: DIY Aesthetics in Post-9/11 Horror Films

Cheryl Mak : Mass Communications Summer 2008

After the success of The Blair Witch Project (1999), the shaky camera disappeared from the horror genre. But on 9/11 Americans witnessed a new horror on their television screens from footage by professional news crews and amateur film recorders. Since then a recent trend of cheap, amateur filmmaking (DIY) aesthetics has resurfaced in mainstream horror films which... Read More

The Joycean Re-imagining and Revolution of Heaven and Hell in Finnegans Wake

Clifford Kaho Mak : Comparative Literature Summer 2007

Joyce's Wake is many things (understatement of the year): as a wake, it is an initiation and a journey into the world of eternal sleep and all the fabulous events therein, and as such, the Wake is a meditation upon Joyce's vision of the afterlife. Joyce, however, was not the first to explore in art the idea of an afterlife; his admiration for Dante is well known... Read More

Sustaining Academic Innovation: The Introduction & Institutionalization of American Cultures at UC Berkeley

Jeff Patrick Manassero : History Summer 2007

The American Cultures requirement was ushered into UC Berkeley's general curriculum during the late 1980's, as universities across the nation followed suite. This project will study the development of multicultural requirements in the college curriculum, and specifically explore the origins of American Cultures on the Berkeley campus. In an attempt to portray... Read More

Understanding and Self-Advocacy: Students with Learning Disabilities, Unrecognized Talent

Tabitha Mancini : Sociology Summer 2012

It is estimated that approximately 15% of the U.S. population has some type of learning disability (LD) (LDA, 2012). Though there is a growing body of research about people with LDs, this population is still dramatically misunderstood and underserved. Due to the amount of people in the U.S. who are now discovered to have LDs and the magnitude of the correlations to the... Read More

Who Would Rule Over Immortal Gods and Men: The Preservation of Cosmic Order in Hesiod’s Theogony

Cecily Manson : Classical Languages Summer 2015

Within pantheistic ideology there is a clear, central conflict: the birth of a new deity poses a threat to the existing cosmic order. This complication will be my focus this summer as I perform close analyses of the Archaic Greek poems that have since provided the canonical representations of the Olympian pantheon: Hesiod’s Theogony and the Homeric Hymns. A... Read More

Intuition in Mathematical Problem Solving

Elena Martynova : Psychology, Statistics Summer 2015

Science is a synonym for analytical thought, rigor, meticulousness and rationality. However, some of the greatest scientific discoveries, inventions and even proofs relied on the complete opposite of that – intuition. In mathematics, mother of all sciences, intuition is routine: there is no point in dedicating decades to proving a conjecture if one does not have an... Read More

Landing a Job: Occupational Mobility and the Homestead Act

Ross Mattheis : Applied Mathematics Summer 2017

Rising inequality and falling economic mobility may be the defining economic and social challenge of present-day developed economies—and the US in particular. Recently, many have observed that inequality is associated with social discontent, slowed growth, and the spread of far-right populism. But economic mobility in the US has not always been dismal; in the late... Read More

Allan's Carrying Capacity: The Political Origins of Neo-Malthusian Scientific Thinking in Colonial Zambia

Eyal Mazor : Geography Summer 2009

Although considerable scholarship has debunked neo-Malthusian myths of "overpopulation," its specters and tropes continue to be invoked in environmentalist, anti-immigration, and 'development' discourses. However, little historical work has been done on the origins of these discourses. My project focuses on the genesis of... Read More

The Effaced Teacher: Yoga to the People, Embodied Practices and theCreation of Ethical Communities

Katie McCarthy : Rhetoric, English Summer 2011

My project is a discourse analysis of the community-donation-based Vinyasa yoga studios of Yoga to the People (YTTP).  I will explore issues of embodiment, technique and aesthetics and whether they incite, affect or create a potential space for a community to form within a individualized practice. Yoga teachers at YTTP are kept anonymous (simply, their names are not... Read More

Basic Income: Theory and Practice in Neoliberal Aid

Elizabeth McCullough : Development Studies Summer 2018

Direct cash transfers, often termed 'basic income,' are an emerging trend in contemporary development interventions. This form of poverty alleviation depends upon a particular form of social contract between state, civil society, and citizen. While influential thinkers from across the political spectrum have long supported a basic income, including economists... Read More

Afrocentric Curricula: A Powerful Enough Force to Curtail Negative Classroom Behavior?

Larry E. McDaniel Jr. : Sociology Summer 2014

My research project will ask if a consistent classroom discourse on relevant curriculum to ones ethnic group, historical ethnic heritage, and cultural makeup—specifically African Americans in this case—is a powerful enough force to curtail or positively shift the behavior of African American adolescent students who display negative behavior in a classroom setting. This... Read More

Transgression, Media-Objects, Counter-Publics

Mark Roy McGrath : Anthropology Summer 2007

This study proposes an investigation of the production and distribution of media products, in the form of images and pornographic texts that depict and eroticize sexual practices deemed high-risk by public health officials. In the United States, the mid 1990s’ saw the emergence of social practices within at-risk populations that both celebrate and promote... Read More

Tango spotted: virtual embodiment in military first-person shooters

Caroline McKusick : Anthropology, Near Eastern Studies Summer 2010

It's easy to see video games as fantasy worlds designed for pleasure and escape. In this project, I plan to look further into the real-life implications of virtual worlds--specifically military first-person shooters. When we consume war as a source of fun, what happens? Military FPSes, such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, involve certain assumptions--not just about... Read More

Moving Left: Examining Ideological/Political Shifts within Israeli Society

Ariella Megory : Cultural Anthropology Summer 2011

I am studying the Israeli perspective of the Israeli-Palsestinian Conflict as a case study to understand how personal perspectives shift in directions contrary to the dominant national discourse. I will be interviewing individuals who have shifted their perspective from the right-wing ideology common in Israel today to a more liberal (pro-Palestinian/anti-Zionist)... Read More

Intelligence as a Virtue: Peer Judgments Around Test Based Academic Performance

Megan Merrick : Interdisciplinary Studies Field (Child Development and Education) Summer 2017

How does the act of schooling impact children’s moral development? More specifically, do children equate academic intelligence to virtuous attributes? During my study, I will explore if and how 7 and 8 year olds associate high academic performance through test scores and effort level, to increased popularity, positive reviews from authority, and potential future... 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

State and Statement: The Political Apology

Kevin Milyavskiy : Rhetoric Summer 2017

This study explores the form and purpose of a political apology. It includes analyses of French presidential speeches regarding crimes the French state committed throughout its history both domestically and internationally, and how the presidents speak of them. The speech former French president François Hollande gave during his visit to Algeria in 2012 is one of the... Read More

Language Revitalization: Thinking By Design

Cecelia Di Mino : Linguistics Summer 2018

Indigenous language revitalization (LR) work comes from the heart. Whether done by a documentary linguist or an indigenous community member, LR is a labor of love, usually done in someone’s spare time, with little to no financial compensation. While their linguistic and/or cultural knowledge may be vast, such individuals usually lack pedagogy training and experience.... 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

Social media meets Zimbabwe’s informal economy: How street vendors use social media to support income generation

Liona Muchenje : Political Economy Summer 2018

The uses of social media in developing countries particularly in Africa are generally under-researched. The few studies that have been conducted emphasized the impact of such digital tools on democracy, civic participation and other largely socio-political implications, leaving out the economic implications. After identifying this information gap, I formulated my... Read More

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

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