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More than a Show? Identity Formation and Pilipino Cultural Night

Trisha Joy Tiamzon : Sociology, Political Science Summer 2005

Exploring the correlation between beta oscillations and MEPs during movement preparation

Claudia Tischler : Cognitive Science Summer 2017

Motor preparation can be probed using both electroencephalography (EEG) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive brain stimulation technique which evokes a response called the motor-evoked potential (MEP) from the targeted muscle. However, recording MEPs is problematic—the MEP is highly variable from trial to trial, and the sources of fluctuations in... Read More

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

Violence and Victimization among Older Homeless Adults: Results from the HOPE HOME Study

Michelle Tong : Public Health, Molecular and Cell Biology Summer 2017

Homeless individuals experience increased risk for violence and victimization on the streets and in shelters, as well as by spouses, partners and acquaintances. Older homeless adults suffer from even higher rates of violent attacks, although research is limited with regards to risk factors associated with violence and victimization. With half of single homeless adults... 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

Deportation of American Veterans: Shifting the Responsibility of Deportation, Who's at Fault?

Zachery Valdez : History & American Studies Summer 2018

As paradoxical as it may sounds, the deportation of American Veterans is a phenomenon that continues to affect our non-Citizen Veterans. My research will analyze and document the deportation and United States Veterans, in order to understand why these Americans are getting deported. 

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

Effect of Speaker on Non-word Repetition Tasks in Bilingual Children

Claudia Valdivia : Linguistics, Spanish Summer 2017

Nearly one quarter of children in the United States now hear a language other than English at home (National Center for Education Statistics, 2011). This means that millions of children, upon entering school, start acquiring English as their second language. At the same time as they experience a shift in language input in their new school environments, they also come... 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

Read It with Tears: The Poetics of Old Norse Marian Devotion

Celine Vezina : English, Scandinavian Summer 2017

Skaldic poetry, a genre of medieval Icelandic vernacular poetry characterized by its ornate poetics and highly inflexible meter, typically taking the form of royal encomia, was the preeminent poetic form in much of Scandinavia during its period of composition (mid-9th-mid-14th centuries). My research will focus on the latter end of this tradition, the rarely studied... 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

Network of a Ninth Century Poet: Visualizing the Social Life of Bai Juyi

Emily Wang : History Summer 2017

Bai Juyi 白居易 (aka Bo Juyi, ca. 8th–9th century CE), one of the most renowned poets in Chinese history, was also a well-connected civil bureaucrat from a family based in the Tang capital. Past studies have focused principally on the deeds and accomplishments of the Tang aristocracy, but their social interactions remain largely unstudied. My project proposes to... Read More

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

Examining Generalization and Flexibility in Structure Learning with EEG

Lucy Whitmore : Cognitive Science Summer 2018

With the incredible amount of information available in the world, humans have to form many different behavioral strategies in order to account for the variety of situations and information we could encounter. This makes the ability to flexibly adapt behavior to different contexts a critical component of human intelligence. For example, when we use computers, we know... 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

Plurality in Southern Chinese Languages

Yvette Yi-Chi Wu : Linguistics Summer 2018

While languages like English use grammatical markers to signal plurality (like the -s in cat-s), languages like Chinese use separate words called classifiers. A classifier is a unit of measurement that allows the noun it describes to be countable, similar to saying ‘three pieces of furniture’ instead of ‘three furniture-s’ in English. Although Chinese has long been... 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

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