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The Effect of Viewing Sexual Films on Memory

Ka Yi Emily Tam : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2007

My research project for SURF is on human memory performance when viewing different emotional stimuli. The types of emotion I want to experiment on includes: happy, negative, neutral, arousing (adrenalin rushing), and sexual. The positive correlation between arousal and positive stimuli, and memory performance has been proposed. The negative correlation between... Read More

Taking Up Space, Locating Poetics by Place

Robyn Taylor : American Studies, Performance Studies (minor) Summer 2012

What does it mean to find oneself "On the Road?" What is the significance of traveling east to west? By traveling across the United States and examining the rhythm, kinetics, and visual movement of particular locations, I can try on the philosophical lenses of three American writers who were greatly influenced by place. Jack Kerouac, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt... Read More

Nha Que: The Culture of Rural-Urban Migration in Hanoi

Susan Tche : Economics, City Planning Summer 2004

Evanescence and Concatenation: The Dutch Role in the Atlantic Slave Trade

Marissa Teitelman : Political Economy, Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2012

Certain histories have been ignored that are incredibly important to understanding self-identity. The Dutch West India Company’s (WIC) history epitomized trans-Atlantic diaspora, creating unique cultures all over the world and intensifying identity transformations. I will examine the extent of the Dutch role in producing identity transformation and cultural diaspora... Read More

Anti-Nazism and the Atelier Populaire: The Memory of Nazi Collaboration in the Posters of Mai '68

Gene Marie Tempest : History, French Summer 2006

My project examines the revolutionary role of the art students at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, France's elite college of painting in Paris, and the historical significance of the posters they produced for the French student movement of May through June 1968. Of the 150,000 posters, I will primarily focus on those anti-fascist and anti-Nazi in scope,... Read More

Multiple Predictors of Self-Esteem in Early and Middle Adulthood

Seinenu Thein : Psychology, Public Policy Summer 2002

More than a Show? Identity Formation and Pilipino Cultural Night

Trisha Joy Tiamzon : Sociology, Political Science Summer 2005

Critical Cartography: Imagining and Articulating Spatial Identities in Alameda, California

Emma Tome : Geography, Environmental Sciences Summer 2010

Recent scholarship in social science is re-invigorating notions of 'place' as it relates to social process. My research asks: how do these notions help to explain or complicate the process of redevelopment at Alameda Point, on the site of the decommissioned naval air station? And how may a close study of one place illuminate the efficacy or inefficacy of these ways of... Read More

The Pendulum of Opinion: Union Membership Effects on Confidence in Labor, 1975-2014

John Towey : Sociology Summer 2015

Research on the decline of organized labor has tended to focus on the decreasing rates of union membership in the national or international context, while ignoring public support for organized labor. Those social scientists who have focused on union support, on the other hand, have not included union membership in their analyses. I will synthesize these two... Read More

Radicals for Capitalism': Ayn Rand and the Conservative Youth Movement of the 1960s

Andrina Tran : History Summer 2010

During the turbulent 1960s, controversial novelist Ayn Rand became a forceful voice for lost and disaffected youth.  Through her seemingly impenetrable philosophy of Objectivism, Rand offered a “round universe” of order, rationality, and certainty for young libertarians who felt that neither liberals nor conservatives fully addressed national issues.  My project will... Read More

Making Sense of Common Sense: Metaphor, Science, and Rationality in theThought of Hannah Arendt

Michelangelo Trujillo : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2007

Within political theory there is a debate over the compatibility of science with politics. Hannah Arendt and Michel Foucault, amongst others, question the legitimacy of the social sciences in different ways, while, in contrast, those who support the role of science in politics argue that rational debate can be maximized through an of our capacity to hold language... Read More

Deciphering Spaces: The Mermaid and the Soul

Leah Tyus : English Summer 2015

The mermaid has been symbolic of desire and danger, beauty and monstrosity, and the human and non-human. Residing in the constant flux of paradoxes, the mermaid remains a beautiful enigma to all that encounter her. She is perceived at a distance, yet remains within close proximity because she is our reflection. As a reflection of the self, the mermaid is a product of... Read More

Hey Fatty Boom Boom! Fat and Fit in the Upper Paleolithic

Suzanne Ubick : Anthropology Summer 2013

Something happened to Homo sapiens, our species, between 75,000 and 60,000 years ago, that resulted in a very different suite of behaviors and the first population boom. I argue that modern humans underwent a biological change that, coupled with environmental changes driving dietary change, allowed humans, especially human females, to lay down large stores of body fat... Read More

Beyond the Binary: New roles and implications of NGOs in Haiti

Julia Uyttewaal : Geography Summer 2012

There are over 18,000 NGOs operating in Haiti, many of which provide overlapping services in the same regions without collaboration. Recent academic debates have pitted NGOs against the Haitian state, claiming that the multiplicity and fragmentation of NGOs prevents any sort of uniform policy from being implemented and thus further undercuts the legitimacy and... Read More

Breaking Down Barriers: The Effect of Power Differences on Closeness in Cross-race Friendships

Tanya Vacharkulksemsuk : Psychology, Sociology Summer 2006

Despite much progress that has been made, a troublesome racial hierarchy remains in the United States. How do power differences play out in cross-race friendships, where power may have unique or detrimental consequences? It has been found that cross-race friendships are less close. While some may aruge that this lack of closeness is due to race itself, I hope to... Read More

The Resilience of Filipino Activists: A Study of Human Security

Rochelle Valdez : Peace and Conflict Studies Summer 2012

Since 2002 the Philippine government has labeled numerous leftist Filipino parties as terrorists, using the Global War on Terror (GWOT) as a political tool to delegitimize opposing parties. Despite imprisonment, torture and killings, Filipino activists continue their struggle for national democracy. This project, contributing to a Peace & Conflict honors thesis,... Read More

The Transformation of Traditional Hmong Spirituality in Modernity

Karen Vang : Anthropology Summer 2013

My research project is to explore what traditional Hmong shamanism is within a western scientific context and how has it transform within the past thirty years as Hmong migrate and settle abroad, particularly in the northern California. The questions that I ask are: when, how and under what conditions did spiritual belief and behavior shift between a loss, renewal and... Read More

Lithic and Spatial Analysis of Kharaneh IV

Joshua Varkel : Anthropology, Geospatial Information Science & Technology (Minor) Summer 2015

I will be analyzing/making sense of a collection (~30,000 pieces) of lithic materials from a 20,000 year old archaeological site in the Azraq Basin of Jordan. I will then put all the information obtained from the lithic remains into a GIS and run various statistical and spatial analysis, which will allow me to quantify my results and help understand the structure of... Read More

Social Media Use and Protest Behavior: A Comparative Study of the 2006 and 2011 Chilean Student Movement

Julia Villarruel : Latin American Studies Summer 2013

This study examines the 2006 and 2011 social movements in Chile, two years with distinctly different levels of social media penetration. By analyzing whether of not social media is changing the experience of participants, the relationship between leaders and individuals and media coverage of protests I seek to answer questions such as: Can social media networks bring... Read More

Coding order effects on abstract definitions and concrete examples

Satyugjit Virk : Cognitive Science, Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2004

INTOMEISEE: Exploring Burn Survivors' Comfort Levels with Sexual Intimacy

Huyen Vo : Social Welfare, Education (minor) Summer 2013

A burn accident can dramatically change a person’s quality of life; survivors have not only permanent physical scars, but also mental and emotional scars. For my research, I will examine how the severity of young adult female burn survivors’ injuries impacts their comfort in engaging in intimate and sexual relationships. I will approach this by first studying the... Read More

How Does Art Exhibition and Production Impact the Community Support for a Recovered Factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina?

Natasha vonKaenel : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Major, Art and Social Movements, Creative Writing (minor) Summer 2014

In Argentina, during the economic meltdown of 2001, many factory owners fled the country, leaving hundreds of workers with no income and no clear idea of what lie ahead. In the months that followed, workers centered in Buenos Aires occupied their factory buildings and restarted production as a worker-owned cooperatively managed workplace. Some of these factories... Read More

Agnes Varda: A Woman's Take on the French new Wave

Caitlin Margaret Waddell : Film Studies Summer 2007

This summer I will be investigating the French New Wave, a cinematic movement that took place between 1958 and 1964. My primary focus will be on the films Agnes Varda made during this time period. I hope to gain new insight into the artistic questions and concerns central to French New Wave vis-à-vis an analysis of Varda’s gender-specific take the on aesthetics... Read More

Proto-pomo Revisited

Neil Walker : Linguistics Summer 2004

Law in Kosovo

Kirsten Wallerstedt : Political Science, Business Administration Summer 2003

Mechanisms for Transforming Colonial Relations of Power: An Analysis of the Symbolic Efficacy of Race in Hawaii, 1900-2000

Margaret Ellen Ward : Sociology, Social Welfare Summer 2006

Hawaii may seem like a “racial paradise”: rates of intermarriage are extraordinarily high, residential integration is the norm, and it lacks a history of significant racist legislation or violence. However, from the point Hawaii became U.S. territory in 1900 until the present, race has served as primary form of social vision and division. Using 1900-2000 U.S. census... Read More

The women of the Minutemen

Sierra Weir : Gender and Women's Studies Summer 2009

My project investigates the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps, a paramilitary group that holds monthly border-watch operations with the ostensible purpose of stopping illegal immigration from Mexico and Canada. The far-right patriot movement of the 1990s has been resurging since the nomination of President Obama, and the... Read More

Practice Makes Perfect: The Pedagogy of Apprenticeship in Japanese Martial Arts Communities

Bryan Joseph Welch : Interdisciplinary Studies Field Summer 2007

After the Meiji Restoration opened Japan to the West in 1868, many of the traditional Japanese martial disciplines (budo) were reinvented, incorporating modern Western concepts of mass education and competitive sport. However, some disciplines resisted these reforms in an attempt to preserve their traditional method of individualized apprenticeship. Through... Read More

Teuf Love: Verlan in French Rap and Beyond

Kelsey Westphal : English, French Summer 2012

In the banlieues or suburbs of major French cities, unemployment, crime and societal exclusion are daily realities for the largely immigrant communities. In the 1980's, these conditions spurred an explosion in vocabulary and popularity in the syllable-switching slang practice verlan, alongside the nascent French rap scene. My research project and French Honors... Read More

Exploring Gender Roles through Lithics in a Late Classic Maya Site

Abbey White : Anthropology Summer 2012

For my research this summer I am participating in an archaeological excavation at the Classic Maya site of Chinikiha, Mexico. I am investigating gendered labor in the production and use of stone tools (lithics) in the Maya household by analyzing material remains There is a pervasive, but untested assumption that men were the producers and users of lithics, and as such... 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

San Francisco Beat and Spoken Word Movements: Beating the American Bandwagon Mentality

Ciara Williams : English Summer 2011

The written word has been used to comment on cultural trends and mindsets for centuries. My research focuses on the Beat and modern spoken word movements, seeing how the poets during those times commented on American bandwagon mentality. The Beat poets focused primarily on the post-World War II stoicism that was permeating through the American culture. The modern... Read More

Children's Sensitivity to a Speaker's Intent

Casey Williams : Psychology Summer 2003

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

The Social Function of Shakespeare in the Lives of American Audiences as a Cause of the Astor Place Riot of 1849

Eli Wirtschafter : American Studies and Theater, Performance Studies Summer 2012

In 1849, two competing performances of Shakespeare's Macbeth sparked a deadly riot in New York City. What began as a rivalry between two actors—an American star with a working-class fan base and a British tragedian with an aristocratic following—became a conflict over class divisions, British cultural influence, and permitted conduct in the theater. Previous... Read More

Bringing the War Back Home: Narratives of Iraqi Refugees and US Veterans of the 2003 War

Maia Wolins : Middle Eastern Studies Summer 2011

The 2003 war in Iraq displaced 4.2 million Iraqis, deployed over 170 thousand American troops, and changed the lives of many. Its repercussions are seen among the 40 thousand Iraqi refugees in the US, most of whom left behind successful lives as doctors, journalists, and artists. The war’s aftermath is also evident among American veterans, who returned home to a... 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

Reconstructing Prehistoric Human-Plant Interactions: Paleoethnobotanical Study of a Middle Jomon Pit-dwelling at Sannai Maruyama

Caroline Akiko Yamamoto : Anthropology Summer 2007

The Sannai Maruyama site, located in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, is currently considered to be the largest Jomon Period settlement in Japan. While ongoing excavations have significantly contributed to our understanding of Jomon hunter-gatherer lifeways, there is still much to learn about Sannai Maruyama’s functionality. My research will focus on analyzing the... Read More

The Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Truth? Using Educational Content to Shape Political Ideology in China's High Schools

David Yufan Yang : Statistics, Business Administration Summer 2011

Between 2004 and 2011, China implemented the largest secondary education reform in its history. Although the reformed textbooks embody many shifts in ideology (such as perspectives on Confucius), the primary goal of secondary education remains to enforce an overt set of ideologies onto Chinese students. My research project asks: how effective is China’s centralized... 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

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