Miranda Jiang

Studying oral histories allows us to prioritize the experiences of common people in the context of broader historical events. Oral history performance presents these experiences to the public, placing the voices of multiple people in conversation with each other. This summer, I will continue transforming my oral history performance script about the diversity of Chinese-American life in the Bay Area from the 1920s to the 1950s into an episode of the Berkeley Remix, a podcast from the Oral History Center. This script explores themes such as second-generation identity, discrimination from the playground to the housing market, and varying experiences with language. I will then work with my mentors, Amanda Tewes and Roger Eardley-Pryor of Berkeley’s Oral History Center, to complete a journal article about the process of researching and creating this

Helen Pinto

I will be researching image sources for works by Neapolitan artist Jusepe de Ribera (1591-1652).This work will aim to assist Professor Olson on his upcoming work focused on the artist. The goal is to have desired image permissions in order so that the content of the work can flow well with images to be used in the publication. I will be collaborating with international museum archives and graphic department staff to process image requests.

Albie Cartagenes

During the summer I will be collecting and researching the various art objects by Latin American Artists within the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA). I am investigating how objects trace the long history of colonization of the Spanish and Portuguese Americas. Understanding how the world’s expansion and growth during the late 15th Century led to a more globalized New World, I’m researching how the transfer of knowledge during this time transitioned into knowledge that artists then used in their own art practices. Collecting information on each artist and art pieces within the collection to better understand the continuation of written history and how colonization is depicted in the forms of art, literature, and film.

Karin Garrett

This summer I will be working on several projects examining the three forms of overconfidence: overestimation, overprecision, and overplacement. This phenomenon affects people’s judgments in daily life and has serious implications for the decisions people make and the outcomes they experience. This line of research raises an important epistemological question: do we actually know what we think we know?

Mariano Sigifredo

This summer, I will assist Professor Aila Matanock to research on projects in Colombia’s peace process and security concerns. I will work on preparing literature reviews, compiling and cleaning data, gathering and processing information available in government documents. This research project examines when and why peace agreements and international interventions occur empirically and what effects they have. I will deepen my knowledge on how to conduct social science research by collecting data, operationalizing variables, and testing theories empirically. We will also be doing some focused work on the causes and consequences of such an intervention by the U.N. in Guatemala (CICIG), collecting both qualitative and quantitative data.

Neha Simha

The precise connections between gustatory receptor neurons (GRNs) in the fruit fly brain is not understood. My research seeks to better understand the connection between GRNs identified as water-sensing and GRNs identified as sugar-sensing. The relationship can be characterized on a behavioral basis with optogenetic activation or knockout experiments measuring the frequency of response to water and sugar stimuli. It can also be visualized by imaging fluorescently labeled dissected brains. This summer, I hope to continue collecting data with these approaches and explore other ways to fully understand the connection between the two taste modalities.

Paulameena Shultes

DNA Sequencing offers us insight into some of the possible causes for many diseases. The basis of the analysis of DNA Sequencing is that the sequences that are being analyzed are accurate, and thus that any conclusions that are drawn are statistically significant. Current metrics for the quality control of sequencing data are limited, so I have been working on a software that will include more metrics for more accurate pre-analysis quality control studies.

Alice Mo

Current methods of disease detection and diagnostics offer certain features, such as point-of-care and high sensitivity. However, they are often expensive, not customizable, or inconvenient. The premise of the project is that we can create highly sensitive customizable microfluidic sensor arrays for mass production, by identifying electrochemical signal variation based on the fluid’s composition. With microfabrication technologies and theoretical models, we can produce a device to effectively detect multiple and specific biomarkers for monitoring health.

Emily Kleinfelder

This summer I am working on developing an everyday reasoning measure suitable for middle school aged children. Higher order reasoning skills are becoming a crucial part of taking part in world full of scientific and technological advancements but there is currently not a measure designed to see how students take the reasoning skills they learn in the classroom and apply them to a non-academic setting. For my honors thesis in psychology, I am planning on running a study with children participating in a scientific reasoning curriculum to see if the everyday reasoning measure is a better indicator of academic achievement than abstract reasoning (which is reasoning devoid of a real-world context) and if there is any relation between the abstract reasoning and everyday reasoning scores.

Ellen Thompson

For the past 2 semesters, I have been working with observations of accreting compact objects (such as binary systems containing a speculated black hole) made by the NuSTAR X-ray telescope. My work focuses on stray light, the result of photons bypassing the instrument’s optics and landing directly on the detector array. I have written a python program that takes in observation event files and outputs region files highlighting areas that contain stray light. This summer, I will be refining this program as well as applying it to the process of making spectra for the stray light observations; I will also be carrying out any additional tasks for the stray light project that are delegated to me.