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Does Speaking More than One Language Make it Easier to See More Than One Perspective?

Jacqueline Phuong Nguyen : Psychology Summer 2020

Understanding linguistic subjectivity means recognizing that two speakers of a language can disagree about what counts as “beautiful,” or “tall." Adults can understand and easily accept when people disagree on subjective properties of the world; however, children seem to fail to do so until much later. On the other hand, when exposed to two subjective opinions,... Read More

Track-II Diplomacy in 21st Century Nuclear Non-Proliferation

Anthony Benjamin : Chemical Biology, Russian Language & Literature Summer 2020

The current decline of global institutions, breakdown of negotiations and treaties, and strong emergence of new nuclear energy sectors indicate major diplomatic efforts will be necessary to curb nuclear weapon proliferation. As government cooperation withdraws from these existential political crises, scientists, engineers, academic experts, and other non-state... Read More

Symbolism and Globalism in Bronze Age Art

Amaris Blasgen Morningstar : Anthropology Summer 2020

The world we live in today is shaped by globalism. There is more exchange of ideas, artwork, and technology than ever before. We travel, inspire each other and use symbolism to transcend language and cultural barriers. However, is this really a new phenomena? Archaeological research constantly uncovers more evidence that humanity has been doing this for millennia. The... Read More

The “Samoan Crisis” and the Development of U.S. Imperialism

Sophia Brown-Heidenreich : History Summer 2020

Among U.S. foreign policy historians, the Spanish-American War of 1898 marks a commonly accepted turning point for the course of U.S. expansion and the country’s status as a great power in the European-led international system. Newer scholarship, however, has reevaluated the war’s centrality for American imperial ascendance, and this project seeks to contribute to... Read More

Cumbias, Bombas y Bombas: The Intersection of Literature and Music and the Salvadoran Civil War

Bryan Chavez Castro : Comparative Literature Summer 2020

By examining the intersection of sound and image, this research will trace the convergence of popular music and Salvadoran literary and artistic traditions both at home and in the diaspora, with a particular focus on its engagement with images of violence. Drawing from the cultural production of the years of the Salvadoran civil war (1980-1992) and the postwar, I will... Read More

European and American Literary Realism: The Fictional Construction of Nation and Self

Skylar Clark : English and Comparative Literature Summer 2020

My research project will probe how the relationship between the protagonist and their society as illustrated within the 19th century realist novel functions as a reflective allegory for idealized national identity. I posit that the consolidation of recognizable cultural markers ,including language idiosyncrasies, geographic landmarks, and social traditions, connects... Read More

Can State Legislation Encourage Retirement Preparedness in Private Employees?

Danny Cohen : Economics,Data Science Summer 2020

More so than in other developed countries, United States adults are unprepared for retirement. Stagnating wages and the gradual death of defined benefit pensions in the private sector are largely responsible, as private employees are unlikely to have a guaranteed income stream in retirement beyond Social Security. These employees, however, often have access to defined... Read More

Perceptions of Bias Faced by Lesbian, Bisexual, Pansexual, and Queer Women

Gabby Collins : Psychology Summer 2020

Lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and queer (LBPQ) women are in a unique position as members of two subordinated groups—women and sexual minorities. However, common understandings of prejudice and bias may be failing to capture the unique experiences that stem from the intersection of these two groups. Specifically, people’s understanding of homophobia focuses on the... Read More

The Missing Link: The Absent Foundation of Support for First Generation Students Transitioning from High Schools to Four-Year Institutions

Romeo Connors : Sociology Summer 2020

According to the Pell Institute, in 2012, only 25% of first-generation students attended four-year institutions. For my research project, I want to examine why this rate is so low. The existing literature focuses primarily on barriers to first-generation students once they attend college. Consequently, I want to examine barriers first generation students face when... Read More

Education and Linguistic Politics in French Revolutionary Thought

Louise Curtis : History Summer 2020

Between 1789 and 1799, the French Revolution shook the firm order of French politics, marking a new era in France and the world. The consequences of the Revolution cut across all aspects of French life. Ideological changes were rapid and ambitious, yet many were not immediately successful. My research will focus on the French Revolution as a benchmark in the... Read More

Exploring the Role of Belief in Dopaminergic Value-Based Decision-Making Computations

Anthony Dunn : Psychology Summer 2020

Our lives are defined by the ability to make decisions. This fundamental function hinges on complex computations emerging from the integration of sensory, motor, and value information. Decision-making computations are thought to be strongly modulated by dopamine in the dorsomedial striatum. I will measure dopamine release in the dorsomedial striatum during decision... Read More

Queer/Trans Spaces in Los Angeles: 1847-1939

Jacqueline Forsyte : American Studies Summer 2020

How do we imagine Queer and Transgender pasts? My project aims to investigate 19th century and early 20th century Queer and Transgender spaces in Los Angeles. I will be exploring the intersections of Decolonial and Queer theory to study the city of Los Angeles. I am exploring the Indigenous communities who preceded the city and understanding how their resistance to... Read More

Leaving the Faith: The Relationship Between Social Media and the Withdrawal of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Deisy Garcia : Sociology Summer 2020

Jehovah’s Witnesses, a small Christian religion, are discouraged from conducting outside research on their religious organization. JW.ORG, their online website, is their recommended source of information. Today, social media platforms are ubiquitous, and Jehovah’s Witnesses are constantly exposed to “apostate” websites; Youtube, Reddit, and Facebook discuss the... Read More

Jê Language Documentation: Xavante

Teela Huff : Linguistics Summer 2020

My research involves the collection and analysis of linguistic data on the Central Jê language Xavante, an Amazonian language of central Brazil. Like many Amazonian languages, Xavante is under-documented and undergoing major changes due to increasing contact with Brazilian government and society. It contains unique qualities that are of special interest to the... Read More

Urban Agriculture in the Bay Area: Politics, Praxis, and the Public Good During COVID-19 and Beyond

Aleah Jennings-Newhouse : Interdisciplinary Studies and Society and Environment, Minor in Education Summer 2020

The impacts of COVID-19 on socioeconomic relations, spatial arrangements, and the role of government, have increased the precarity of life for poor and working class communities and communities of color, who are disproportionately impacted by the current crisis and pre-existing systems of exploitation. At the same time, this moment offers opportunities to develop... Read More

Reading Chaucer's Virtuous Women in Late Medieval and Early Modern England

Kamila Kaminska-Palarczyk : English Summer 2020

My research examines the tensions between Geoffrey Chaucer’s canon and modern scholarship’s dismissive treatment of the​ Legend of Good Women ​(the​ LGW​). My research will uncover the historical and cultural forces causing this “minor poem” to be overshadowed by the infamous ​Canterbury Tales​, a foundational text in every undergraduate English department. Through a... Read More

Fula Poetry in the Valley of the Senegal River

Samba Kane : Linguistics Summer 2020

My research concerns the cultural identity of the Fula people in Mauritania and Senegal, West Africa. What does it mean to be Fula in this particular region of the world? To answer this question, I will explore two volumes of poetry, written in the Fula language by Ibrahima Moctar Sarr, a Mauritanian journalist by formation who became a civil rights leader and an... Read More

Korean Diaspora Archaeology: Early Korean Diaspora Sites in the United States

Jiyoon Lee : Anthropology Summer 2020

Korean diaspora archaeology: Early Korean diaspora sites in the United States

Have you heard of Korean diaspora archaeology in the United States? If you haven’t, that’s completely normal! While Chinese and Japanese diaspora archaeology have been actively researched in the US, Korean diaspora archaeology has been facing a lack of research within the country.... Read More

Analyzing the Association Between Impulsivity and Reinforcement Learning

Daniela Muñoz Lopez : Psychology Summer 2020

Previous research has identified reinforcement learning (RL) as a cognitive process that uses rewards to help us learn which actions will yield better results over time. This process is influenced by decision making which allows us to maximize our rewards and minimize our punishments. The neural aspects of RL are well studied and can be linked to various brain regions... Read More

“Guns Aren’t Nice”: Preschool Teachers’ Perceptions and Policing of Black Boys’ Play

Jack Nelson : Cognitive Science Summer 2020

Play is a central component of childhood development, yet previous research on play largely neglects the role of racism and prejudice in children’s play, and in the way their play is perceived by adults. We’re left with all these unanswered questions: How do teachers impose their own values onto students’ play? How do teachers’ perceptions of play affect the way they... Read More

Disentangling the Contributions of Reactive and Proactive Cognitive Control to Impulsivity

Audrey Phan : Cognitive Science Summer 2020

Impulsivity as an individual behavioral trait is a hallmark of externalizing disorders including ADHD, oppositional defiant, and conduct disorders. Impulsive individuals are thought to lack cognitive control (i.e., the ability to behave according to one’s goals), which has been found to operate via two distinct modes: reactive control (i.e., goal information is... Read More

Conceiving of the Climate: Conceptual Metaphor in Ecopoetics

Sonnet Phelps : Linguistics, Conservation & Resource Studies Summer 2020

Research in conceptual metaphor has established that, far from being a decorative flourish, metaphor is integral to human reasoning: we extrapolate from our immediate experience to make sense of abstract objects and processes. Climate change is such a process, happening on spatial and temporal scales far beyond our perceptual horizons. While metaphor is indispensable... Read More

Social and Environmental Influences on Diabetes Management for Low-Income San Franciscans

Kameswari "Kamu" Potharaju : Public Health Summer 2020

While it is well-established that the social determinants of health play a monumental role in patients’ management of their health, there is more to be learned about how a deeper understanding of the social and physical environment can be applied to shape beneficial interventions. Learning how a patient’s neighborhood affects their ability to visit the doctor in their... Read More

Found Identity: A Study of Ocean Vuong's "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous"

Anthony Principe-Contreras : English Summer 2020

My research focuses on Ocean Vuong's 2019 novel "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous." Vuong incorporates the epistolary form--narrated by his protagonist, Little Dog, to his mother--to elucidate how Little Dog explores his identity in 21st-century New England as the son of a Vietnamese immigrant. My research will consider how Vuong's novel integrates scholarship from post... Read More

Latinx Scholar-Ballers: The Educational Experience of Latinx Student Athletes Across Varying Institutional Settings

Ladislao Rodriguez : Ethnic Studies, Sociology Summer 2020

Have you ever heard of Joe Kapp? Aside from being a NCAA Men's Basketball champion, the last Cal QB to play in the Rose Bowl and the head coach during "The Play" Kapp was a Latinx student-athlete. Joe Kapp and Latinx student-athletes, are easy to recognize anywhere they go because of the value placed upon athletics in society. For this reason, their ability to succeed... Read More

Pre-Inca Household Archaeology in the Mantaro Valley

Karla Saracay : Anthropology Summer 2020

I will be comparing and contrasting data from across several different households that were excavated during the Upper Mantaro Archaeological Research Project (UMARP) in Jauja, Peru. My area of focus will be Pre- Inca households from the Umpamalca region. I will be comparing and contrasting findings from the inside area of the households against the patio areas of the... Read More

The Flow of Sound—An Exploration of Computer Music

Gabriel Sarnoff : Music and Cognitive Science Summer 2020

How can I insert computer music into the intersection of improvisation and composition? My research will explore the ways in which I can use the computer as an instrument in itself and, conversely, as a medium between instrument and sound production. Computers enable a constant and spontaneous flow of information between the musician and the digital soundscape.... Read More

Examining Queer Subjectivity in Urban India

Kaamya Talwar Sharma : Sociology Summer 2020

My research will examine queer subjectivity in urban India, focusing on the role of virtual spaces in the development of queer identities. Through interviews and virtual participant observation, my project will use a sociological, post-constructivist, post-colonial approach to explore what the process of realization of one’s non-heterosexuality feels like in... Read More

Untapped Potential: A Comparative Approach Between Traditional and Continuation High School

Aaron Solorio : Sociology Summer 2020

I intend to produce a comparative study between first-generation, low-income, Latino and African-American males attending continuation high schools and those attending traditional high schools. I will conduct twenty qualitative interviews consisting of ten participants who have attended continuation high school and ten participants who have attended traditional high... Read More

Pasolini's Lyric

Giancarlo Tucci-Berube : Comparative Literature Summer 2020

In the realm of poetry, “lyric,” as a noun, signifies a category of poetic form, as an adjective, abstract subjectivity. The Italian poet, screenwriter, film director, and essayist-critic Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-1975) takes up these definitions of “lyric” and through a diversity of mediums expands them beyond poetry, and beyond mere signification: articulating a... Read More

The Cognitive Processes Underlying Modal Reasoning

Cedegao Zhang : Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Philosophy Summer 2020

My research project investigates the cognitive processes underlying people’s modal reasoning. Modal reasoning concerns the possibility and probability of events. It is linguistically expressed by modal words such as “certainly,” “probably,” and “might.” As an example, if you see a person running on the street, you can reason about the scene and infer that he or... Read More