Category Archives: 2008

February 19, 2015

Brian Nguyen

brian.nguyenMajor and Classification
Kinesiology
Faculty Mentor

Jill McNitt-Gray, Ph.D.

Department

Kinesiology

McNair Project
Satisfying the Laws of Motion by Analyzing Human Movement Dynamics: a Kinematic Comparison Between Segmental Analysis and the Force Platform Method
Human movement dynamics is governed by Newton’s laws of motion, which form the basis for classical mechanics. The purpose of this study is to determine if kinematic and kinetic data acquired during segmental and

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February 19, 2015

Ray Martin

ray.martinMajor and Classification
History
Faculty Mentor

Peter Mancall, Ph.D.

Department

History /Administration

McNair Project
Tolowa History 1983 to Now
There has already been one published history of the Tolowa nation. However like many histories written about the first peoples of the United States Understanding Tolowa Histories by James Collins is written by a non- member. Though it is great that some effort has been taken to study the

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February 19, 2015

Aissa Llontop

llontop.aissaMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Anne McKnight, Ph.D.

Department

East Asian Languages and Cultures

McNair Project
From the Bronx to Tokyo: Hip-Hop Dance Connecting Japanese Youth
Hip-Hop culture originated in the Bronx during a period when jobs and social programs were scarce and poverty was widespread. Breakdancing, Hip-Hop’s physical art form, allowed for individual expression and community narratives. This study explored breakdancing’s global appeal by investigating native-born

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February 19, 2015

John Kim

john.kimMajor and Classification
Anthropology
Faculty Mentor

Dorrine Kondo, Ph.D.

Department

Anthropology

McNair Project
Reading Koreatown Coffeehouses: Hybridity and Heterogeneity in Korean American Cultural Space
The concept of assimilation is significant in the discussion of immigration in the United States. Ethnic neighborhoods, specifically insular enclaves, have been described as detrimental to the full assimilation of immigrant groups into American culture (Portes and Manning, 1986). The literature on ethnic entrepreneurship,

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February 19, 2015

Whitney Griffin

whitney.griffinMajor and Classification
Cinema Critical Studies
Faculty Mentor

Ellen Seiter, Ph.D.

Department

School of Cinematic Arts

McNair Project
The People’s Champion: Positioning the Multiracial Actor in the Action Genre
Film stars embody contemporary ideals of racial, ethnic and gender identity. The star image of multiracial actor Dwayne Johnson and his performances in Hollywood action films demonstrates Hollywood’s attempt to reach the growing demographic of mixed race youth in

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February 19, 2015

Nicole Grant

Grant.nicoleMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Thomas Lyon, J.D., Ph.D.

Department

Law and Psychology

McNair Project
Are We There Yet?: Preschool Children’s Understanding of Approximation Using the Word “Almost”
Language acquisition becomes more refined with age, but no research to date addresses about children’s ability to approximate (i.e. how children use language to distinguish between multiple items which differ in degrees of similarity and differences) or at what

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February 19, 2015

Stefanie Gopaul

stefanie.gopaulMajor and Classification
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Faculty Mentor

Jean Richardson, Ph.D.

Department

Keck School of Medicine

McNair Project
HIV Vaccine Preparedness: A Qualitative Analysis of Motivations and Barriers for Invitation into Vaccine Studies in Order to facilitate Effective Use of the Social Network Model in HIV Vaccine Trial Recruitment
Recruiting participants that engage in high-risk behaviors is essential to both implementing HIV vaccine trials and assessing

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February 19, 2015

Thaimi Fina

Fina.Thaimi.jpgMajor and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Stephen Madigan, Ph.D.

Department

Psychology

McNair Project
Some Wounds Never Heal: A Gender-Specific Analysis of Bullying Effects
Bullying is a serious form of harassment that negatively affects victims long after the incident occurs. Victims can suffer from a lifetime of loneliness, depression, and low self-esteem (Olweus 1978). This study aims to provide a deeper understanding of bullying effects by integrating a gender-specific analysis. The current study investigated what type of bullying (direct physical, direct

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February 19, 2015

Apollo Emeka

emeka.apolloMajor and Classification
Sociology
Faculty Mentor

Lanita Jacobs-Huey, Ph.D.

Department

Anthropology

McNair Project
The Dawn of Integration and the Foundation for a Color-Blind Perspective Among Blacks
The civil rights actions in the 1960’s fostered an environment for robust discussions on race. The resulting legislation sought to promote equality, and end segregation in schools and other public places. As discriminatory language was purged from mainstream U.S. policies and popular

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February 19, 2015

Arthur Argomaniz

arthur.argomanizMajor and Classification
Sociology
Faculty Mentor

Leland Saito, Ph.D.

Department

Sociology

McNair Project
Right to the City: LA Live, Elegant Density, and Figueroa Corridor
More than $8 billion is currently being invested into Downtown Los Angeles development. LA Live is a $2.5 billion dollar project just south of Downtown with a key objective of attracting business for its struggling neighbor, the LA Convention Center, with a 54 story

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