Fall 2010 Grant Recipients - (M-S)

Student Name



Faculty Mentor(s)

Project Title

Victor W. Mak


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Progress Towards the Total Synthesis of (-)-Stenine

Irina N. Maksimets

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Jo Ann Prause

Moderate Alcohol Consumption and its Relationship to Cardiovascular Morbidity

Neal Maler

Biological Sciences

Professor Sunny Jiang

Analysis of Microbial Community and Methanogens in Deep Subsurface Environment usingTitanium Pyrosequencing

Adam L. Malnove

Psychology & Social Behavior/ Social Ecology

Professor Elizabeth Cauffman

The Experiences of Youths on Probation

Adeline Manohar

Public Health Sciences

Professor Zuzana Bic

Family-Based Intervention to Improve Overall Health of High Risk Latino Families for Type II Diabetes

Maritza L. Mantilla

Political Science/ International Studies

Professor Caesar Sereseres

Nicaragua's 2011 Presidential Election

Philip C. Marazita

Music/ Information and Computer Science minor

Professor Christopher Dobrian

Concretizing the Metaphor of Musical Gesture

Christopher E. Marin

Film & Media Studies

Professor Kristen Hatch

Transactivist Performance

Sarah E. Marsh

Art History

Professor Vinayak Chaturvedi
Professor Alka Patel

Appropriation and Integration: British and Indian Painting and Photography during the 1857 Rebellion

Kelly Mayfield

Studio Art

Professor Catherine Lord

This Too Shall Pass/http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMG-LWyNcAs

Heather C . Maynard

Public Health Sciences/ Medical Anthropology

Professor Anthony A. James

Dengue Infections in Los Angeles County from January 2007 through December 2010

Monica E. McCallum


Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Approach to the Total Synthesis of (-) Stenine

Karen K. McNair


Professor Samuel Gilmore

Comparative Study: On Organizational Culture and Leadership

Olivia R. Medina

History/ Anthropology

Professor Laura J. Mitchell

Neo-Colonialism in Ghana: Worldstock’s Commodification of the Ashanti

Maria S. Menchaca


Professor Frances M. Leslie

Age Differences in the Effect of Nicotine on Alcohol Self-Administration

Nathan D. Mih

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor Sheryl Tsai

Structure-Function Relationship of Mycocerosic Acid Synthase in Mycobacterium tuberculosis

Matthew J. Miller

Sociology/ Cognitive Psychology

Professor Andrew Penner

Bringing the Men Back In: Do Men Overpursue Mathematics and Science Intensive Careers?

Shreena C. Mistry

Biological Sciences

Professor Jogeshwar Mukherjee

Imaging Agents for Plaques and Tangles in Alzheimer’s Disease

Roxanne Mogtaderi

Biological Sciences

Professor Bharath Chakravarthy
Professor Mark I. Langdorf
Professor Shahram Lotfipour

Development of a Decision Instrument for Selective Chest Radiography in Blunt Trauma

Colleen Mohnkern

Political Science/ Economics

Professor Louis DeSipio

Latin American Immigrant Incorporation in Spain and the United States

Tibisay T. Moreno

European Studies

Professor Stephanie M. Reich

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Joint Book Reading in the First 18 Months

Felipe J. Moreno

Biological Sciences

Professor Bharath Chakravarthy
Professor Shahram Lotfipour


Andrea C. Moreno

Sociology/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Leo Chavez

Salvadoran Students: Obstacles Faced In The Pursuit of Higher Education

Robert E. Morrill

Psychology/ Sociology

Professor Gregory S. Hickok

Hemispheric Lateralization: Vietnamese Lexical Tone Processing in Mandarin Chinese Speakers

John B. Morrison


Professor Sergey Nizkorodov
Professor Douglas Tobias

Molecular Dynamics Simulation of Water Uptake by 1-ethyl-3-methylimidazolium tetrafluoroborate Particles

Inas A. Morsy

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Farghalli Mohamed

Production of Ultrafine grain Titanium for Biomedical Applications using ECAP

Novine K. Movahedi

Business Economics

Professor Kristin A. Peterson
Professor Mohammad R. Safarzadeh
Professor Paul Shirey

Autism: The Obvious Truth

John D. Naviaux

Business Economics

Professor David Brownstone

Fluctuation in Public Transportation Ridership and its Impact on Emission Efficiency: A Case Study of OCTA Busses

Marina A. Nemetalla


Professor Martin Smith

The Role of Agrin/ Alpha 3 Na,K ATPase interaction in Learning and Memory

David D. Nguyen

Pharmaceutical Science

Professor John Fruehauf

The Study of Resveratrol’s Metabolites and their Cytotoxic Effects on Melanoma

Hoa Nha T. Nguyen

Psychology/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Development of the East Asian Relationship Norms Scale-Multidimensional

Tony D. Nguyen

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Brian Wong

Mechanical Changes in Bovine Tendon Following Electromechanical Reshaping

Lucas Q. Nguyen


Professor Chris Vanderwal

Efficient Synthesis of Norfluorocurarine

An X. Nguyen

Biological Sciences/ Psychology

Professor Liang-Wu Fu

Role of External Lateral Parabrachial Nucleus in Processing Cardiac Sympathetic Afferent Reflexes

Linda L. Nguyen

Biological Sciences/ Chemistry

Professor Xiaolin Zi

The Anti-Proliferative Effects and Underlying Mechanisms of a New Class of Selective COX-2 Inhibitors on Prostate Cancer Cells

An Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor John Billimek

Diabetes Patients' Level of Adherence in Relations to Patient Doctor Language Concordance

Michelle N. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Anshu Agrawal

Regulation of Epithelial Cells function by Dendritic cells

Natalie M. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Norbert Fortin

The Role of the Ventral Hippocampus in the Temporal Context of Episodic Memories

Michael Q. Nguyen

Public Health Policy/ Minors in: Political Science, Conflict Resolution and Educational Studies

Professor Zuzana Bic

An Assessment of the Health Status and Literacy of Individuals At-Risk & Diagnosed with Respiratory and Related Cancers to Augment Personal Health Education, Quality of Life, and Public Health

Michael H. Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Ulrike Luderer

Effect of Absent Gclm and Nnt and its Interaction on Female Mouse Fertility

Michelle Nguyen

Biological Sciences

Professor Ann K. Sakai
Professor Stephen G. Weller

The Level of Self-Compatibility after Self-fertilizations in Oxalis alpina

Katherine M. Nielsen

Public Health Sciences/ Public Health Policy

Professor Bernard Choi

In vivo Monitoring of VEGF-GFP Transgenic Mice Microvasculature Following Photothermal Injury to Blood Vessels

Jamie Noh

Comparative Literature

Professor Alexander Gelley
Professor Adriana Johnson

Self-Interest vs. Communality

Joseph-Martin Novelo

Criminology, Law & Society/ Social Ecology

Professor Mona Lynch

Law Enforcement’s Interaction with Homicide Cases: Factors Influencing Homicide Clearance Rates

Justin A. Odisho

Mechanical Engineering

Professor John LaRue

Plasma Pump

Hilda M. Ortiz

Public Health Sciences

Professor Frances M. Leslie

Neuronal Activation in Response to the Tobacco Smoke Constituents Nicotine and Norharmane

Lucila Osuna

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Wendy A. . Goldberg

Does Sibling Relationship Quality Influence the Acquisition of Theory of Mind in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Breanna N. Padilla

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot Botvinick

Determining the Force Gradient of the Mr. Twisty and its Influence on Capillary Formation

Erika L. Parkins

Political Science/ Criminology, Law and Society

Professor Kristen R. Monroe

Theory of Moral Choice: Applied and Contrasted

Ian J. Parmenter

Music Theatre

Professor Myrona L. DeLaney

The Actor's Experience: An Interview Project

Jiten Patel

Chemistry/ Biology

Professor Kenneth J. Shea

Alternative Method of His-tagged Protein Purification using Peptide Imprinted Nanoparticles

Mital R. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Shahram Lotfipour
Professor Jeffrey Suchard

Exhaled Gases in Emergency Department Patients with Diabetes Mellitus

Arpit P. Patel

Biological Sciences

Professor Sheryl Tsai


Edgar Pena

Biomedical Engineering/ Electrical Engineering

Professor Frithjof Kruggel

Implementation and Evaluation of a Shortest Paths Approach to DT-MRI Fiber Tracking

Syuzanna Petrosyan

Economics/ International Studies

Professor Gary Richardson

Nevada’s Unique Economic Experience: Resources, Legalized Gambling, and the Housing Market during the Great Depression

Diane D. Phan

Biological Sciences

Professor Jefferson Y. Chan

Nrf1 Stability: Locating the Degron Responsible for Nrf1 Stability via Site Directed Mutagenesis

Stephanie n. Pickett

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Salvatore R. Maddi

Hardy Habits

Neema Pithia

Biological Sciences

Professor Jogeshwar Mukherjee

Norfallypride: Evaluation of a New and Novel Dopamine Receptor Imaging Agent

Rachelle G. Plotkin

European Studies/ French; Minors: Political Science & Art History

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

Narratives of the Vietnam War

Natalie A. Popenko

Biological Sciences

Professor Brian JF. Wong

Determining the Ideal Lips through Manipulating Upper and Lower Lip Ratios

Pooja D.. Raja

Developmental & Cell Biology

Professor Sharon B. Wigal

A Qualitative Evaluation of the Long-term Effectiveness of the COPE Model of CUIDAR

Emilio R. Rodriguez


Professor Philip Thompson

Shakespeare: Here and Now

Irais J. Rodriguez

History/ Chicano/Latino Studies

Professor Ana E. Rosas

“English for the Children”: Living Memories of Proposition 227 in California

Oscar F. Rojas Perez

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Latino Male Undergraduates Coping Strategies and Well-Being A Psychosociocultural Approach

Oscar F. Rojas Perez

Chicano/Latino Studies/ Sociology

Professor Jeanett Castellanos

Single Mothers Influence on the Latino Male Undergraduate Academic Success and Life Experiences: A Psychosociocultural Analysis

Corrie M. Rollison

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Peter H. Ditto

Physiological Aspects of Critical Thinking

John M. Romero


Professor Lynn Mally

The Red Army and the Russian Civil War

Kristen J. Rooney


Professor Gary Richardson

Business Formation During America’s Industrial Renaissance 1890-1940

Angel Ruacho

Earth & Environmental Science

Professor Francois Primeau

How Deep does the Flux of Particulate Organic Carbon Penetrate in the Ocean?

Gianpaolo D. Russo


Professor Susan Charles

Perceived Control, Affective Reactivity, and Stress in Populations Living with Spinal Cord Injury

Lauren S. Sakakibara

Psychology & Social Behavior

Professor Susan Charles

Give A Little, Take A Little: Examining the Relationship Between Emotional Support and Affect Among People with Spinal Cord Injury

Vladimir Satchouk


Professor Sabee Molloi

Usage of Pyroelectric Crystals as a Novel Radiation Source in Medical Radiotherapy

Shane Scopatz


Professor Loretta Livingston

So You Think You Can Be an Artistic Director

Emma J. Seemann

Literary Journalism

Professor Daniel M. Gross

Role of Rhetoric Definitions and Ethos in Literary Journalism

Amir S. Sharim

Biological Sciences

Professor Anthony A. James
Professor Marika F. Walter

Determination of the Gene Sequence and Structure of Sensory Appendage Proteins (SAPs) in Anopheles Gambiae for the Purpose of Insecticide Engineering

Adria J. Sherman

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Michael W. Berns

The Implementation of Threshold Laser Parameters to Further Characterize the DNA Damage Response of Mitotic Chromosomes

Eric K. Shum

Mechanical Engineering/ Materials Science Engineering

Professor Farghalli Mohamed

Production of Ultrafine grain Titanium for Biomedical Applications using ECAP

Natalie Shum

Biological Sciences

Professor Ron Frostig

Imaging of Auditory Pseudosensation in Rat Cortex: Cortical Response in the Absence of Expected Stimulus

Hamza Siddiqui

Political Science

Professor Daniel Brunstetter

Muslim Post Enlightenment Experience

Linus L . Siska

Information & Computer Science

Professor Norbert Fortin

Design and Optimization of Computational Analysis for Neuron Ensembles Associated with Episodic Memory

Shannon N. Stanton

Computer Science

Professor Lisa Pearl

Wordsleuth: Deducing Social Connotations from Syntactic Clues

Steven A. Stimach


Professor Jonathan F. Alexander

Out of the Ghetto

Erica Su

Biomedical Engineering: Premedicine

Professor Brian JF. Wong

Femtosecond and Pulsed Infrared Laser Ablation of Articular Cartilage: an Alternative to Microfracture Surgery

Philip H. Suh

Biomedical Engineering

Professor Elliot E. Hui

Analysis of Angiogenesis and Cell-Cell Interactions through Micromechanical Substrates

Jennifer Sun


Professor Ruben G. Rumbaut

Generational Gaps Between First and Second Generation Immigrants Regarding Religion