Fall 2008 Grant Recipients - (A-F)

Student Name


Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Fatima P. Acuna

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Sociology

Professor Ana E. Rosas

Conchero/ Aztec Dancers and their Projection of Continuity and Binationalism

Christine E. Adam

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Alison Brysk

France, an International Architect of Human Rights?

Jason Albano

Biological Sciences

Professor Frances Leslie

Brief Nicotine Pretreatment Affects Development of Male Adolescent Rat Dopamine System

Aisha F. Alim

Political Science

Professor Bojan Petrovic
Professor Caesar D. Sereseres

An Analysis and Comparison of the Muslim Brotherhood and the AKP in Democratization

Ryan B. Alipio

Criminology, Law & Society/ Public Health Sciences

Professor Dan Mercola
Professor Farah Rahmatpanah

DNA Methylation of Significantly Downregulated Genes in Prostate Cancer Cell Lines: An Epigenetic Study

Brendan W. Allison

Literary Journalism

Professor Celeste Fremon

The Fall of Orange County

Shaheen Amirebrahimi


Professor Michael L. Burton

The Irvine Farmers Market: A Study of an Agribusiness Alternative

Ryan l. Anderson

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Ranjan Gupta

The Role of Durotomy and Duraplasty Following Cervical Spinal Cord Injury in an Animal Model

Karla I. Andrade

Sociology/ Psychology

Professor Pamela Kelley

Academic Dishonesty: A Temporary Attitude or a Lifetime Perspective

Marshal T. Andrews

International Studies

Professor Charles A. Smith

The Judiciary and its Effect on Foreign Direct Investment in Argentina, Chile and Peru

Graciela Arguelles

Sociology/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Leticia Oseguera

Walk Out! A Retrospective Study on the Reasons for Walking-Out Among Latina/o High School Students in Orange County in the Midst of HR4437 in Spring 2006

Ingrid A. Arias


Professor Virginnia Mann

Parent Educational Aspirations and Expectations for Their Child Affect the Continuation of Optimal Language Play and Shared Reading after Completing the HABLA Program

Kathleen D. Bantad


Professor Wendy Goldberg

Effects of Autism Severity on the Quality of Sibling Relationships

Jacob D. Barak

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus

The Effects of the Valence of Emotional Elaboration on False Memory

Sarah M.. Barber


Professor Ann Hironaka

A Comparative Look at the Markers Used by Koreans and Japanese to Identify Those within Their Community

Alea A. Baron

Bret J. Levine



Professor Charles F. Chubb

Priming Affects of Emotional Intensity on Memory

Michelle F. Bauer

Political Science

Professor Patrick M. Morgan

Transatlantic Security and Ballistic Missile Defense

Rachel M. Bell

Dance/ Biology and English Minors

Professor Molly Lynch

Arts Advocacy: Inside the Process & Beyond the Individual

Robert M. Binkley

Chemical Engineering

Professor Ali Mohraz

Synthesis of High-Resolution, Magnetic Responsive, Polymer Microparticles for Self and Guided Assembly of Functional Microstructures

James a. Bliss

Political Science

Professor Jared Sexton

The Function of "Socialism" in the 2008 Presidential Campaign

Gail E. Boltron

Biological Sciences

Professor Hoda Anton-Culver

Obesity as a Risk Factor for Pancreatic Cancer

Valentina V. Bonev

Biological Sciences/ N/A

Professor Peng Li
Professor Stephanie C. Tjen-A-Looi

Role of Glutamate and Reciprocal Neuronal Projections between the ARC and vlPAG during Long-lasting EA Inhibition of Reflex Blood Pressure Increase

Megan C. Braun

History/ Philosophy

Professor Carol M. Burke

Soldier's In Crisis: The Effect of Military Training and Technology on Individual Moral Culpability

Troy H. Campbell

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Elizabeth F. Loftus

Motivated False Memories

Jay L. Carlon


Professor Lisa Naugle

An Investigation of Movement

Elaine Cartas

Psychology/ Sociology

Professor George D. Meier
Professor George D. Meier

The Crisis Without Crisis Management in Nonprofit Organizations

Elizabeth Castellanos


Professor Alfonso Valdez

Is Mentoring Effective in Reducing Juvenile Delinquency Rates?

Vicki W. Chan


Professor Joy E. Pixley

The Representation of Mental Illnesses: Variation by Gender and Ethnicity

Angela Cheng

Psychology/ Management Minor

Professor Lisa Bouchard
Professor Margaret Schneider

Competition as a Motivating Factor of Sports Participation

Vivian E. Chinn

Biological Sciences

Professor David Camerini

A Pan HIV-1 Proteomic Chip for Subtype Specific Diagnosis of Viral Infection

Lori Y. Chiu

Political Science

Professor Mark Petracca

Too Big to Fail: A Study of Federal Government Bailouts

Elaine H. Chou


Professor Ellen Burt

Implications of the Poetic Word: Deconstructing T.S. Eliot

Christine Chu

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Political Science

Professor Belinda Campos
Professor Roxane C. Silver

Perceptions of Social Support Among Bicultural Individuals

Gina Chun

Film & Media Studies/ International Studies

Professor Fatimah Rony

Spoken: A Narrative Cinematic Exploration of Korean-American Communication

Victor M. Cisneros

Social Ecology/ Public Health

Professor Shahram Lotfipour
Professor Federico Vaca

Analysis of Existing Computer Alcohol Screening and Intervention Data for Spanish Speaking Patients and Development of Alcohol Treatment Spanish Resource Card for the University of California, Irvine Medical Center Emergency Department

Ian H. Collins


Professor Kaushik Sunder Rajan

The Use of the Canine Animal Model in Biomedical Research

Michael C. Corpe

Biological Sciences

Professor David Luo

Role of Thombospondin 4 in Neuropathic Pain

Victor S. Cortez

Biological Sciences/ Microbiology & Immunology: Virology

Professor Donald Forthal

The Role Tetraspanins in HIV Assembly

Sean W. Crandall

Criminology, Law & Society

Professor Donna C. Schuele

Women's Fear of Crime in America's Safest City

Mia Cromarty

Political Science/ International Studies, Japanese minor

Professor Cecelia Lynch

Transferable Effects of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the Involvement of Children in Armed Conflict: Sierra Leone and Uganda to Myanmar

Jaimelynne Cruz

Sociology/ Economics

Professor David S. Meyer

Student Activism

Ingrid Q. Cruz

Studio Art

Professor Sohail Daulatzai

The Social and Political Art of Oaxaca 1994-Today

Meril M. Dagher

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Criminology Law and Society

Professor Larry D. Jamner

Does Parental Smoking Increase Anger Reports in Adolescents?

Kyle N. Dahl


Professor David Snow

Increased Membership of Evangelical Mega-Churches

Michael B. DeCoro

Biological Sciences

Professor Petra E. Wilder-Smith

The Use of Spectroscopy for Early Diagnosis of Oral Cancer

Gregory M. Dickinson

Biological Sciences

Professor Sunny Jiang

PCR Detection of Vibrio Parahaemolyticus and Toxin Genes in California Recreational Beach Waters

Derrick A. Diego


Professor Matt Law

Synthesis of Iron Pyrite (FeS2) Nanowire Arrays by Chemical Vapor Deposition

Oanh H. Dinh

Chemical Engineering

Professor Nancy Da Silva

Comparison of Protein Endoglucanase (Eg1) Expression from Saccharomyces Cerevisiae and Pichia Pastoris

Tammy P. Dinh

Biomedical Engineering

Professor William C. Tang

Characterization of the Mechanics of Fibroblasts Using an Integrated Microfluidic Platform with Piezoelectric Transducer

Sean R. Dowsing


Professor Gary Richardson

Slowing the Downward Spiral: Are Government policies Effective at Stabilizing the Economy

Ai-Quyen T. Duong

Biological Sciences

Professor Mahtab Jafari
Professor Sam Schriner

The Effect of Rhodiola rosea on SIRT Activity

Hoa H. Duong

Political Science

Professor Patrick M. Morgan

Limited State Capacity and its role in undermining economic growth in Vietnam

Connie Dy

Unassigned/ Public Health Sciences

Professor Claudia . Buss
Professor Sonja Entringer
Professor Pathik D. Wadhwa

The Effects of Community Characteristics and Individual Socio-economic Levels on Birth Outcomes

Joseph J. Ensberg

Mechanical Engineering/ Aerospace Engineering

Professor Donald Dabdub

Impacts of Excited NO2 on Ozone Production

Daniel T . Eskander

Biological Sciences

Professor Yi-hong Zhou

The Role of PAX6 and EFEMP-1 in the Suppression of Tumor Angiogenesis in Glioma

Marc Anthony S. Esposo

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal

Mechanisms of Age-Associated Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Dysfunction

Maricella Evangelista

Sociology/ Chicano Latino Studies

Professor Louis DeSipio

Key Factors that Limit Latino University Eligibility in Urban and Suburban Areas

Jamie A. Evora

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Botvinick

Glycocalyx Cell Signaling

Jamie A. Evora

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Botvinick

Nitric Oxide Mechanotransduction in Response to an Impaired Glycocalyx

Vaughn A. Eyvazian

Biological Sciences

Professor Frank LaFerla

Neprilysin Secreting Neural Stem Cell Transplantation to Reduce AD Pathology in Transgenic Mice

Kimberly H. Fok


Professor Tallie Z Z. Baram

Quantitative Spatiotemporal Analysis of Hippocampal Corticotropin Releasing Hormone following Early-Life Stress

Sarah J. Foley

Social Ecology

Professor David L. Feldman

Sustainable Water Management in Orange County: Past Accomplishments, Future Challenges, and Opportunities for Interdepartmental Cooperation

Alexandra Fries

International Studies/ Economics, Minor in French

Professor William R. Schonfeld

The Political, Social, and Economic Status of the Harkis