Category Archives: 2011

February 18, 2015

Kevin Lozandier

Major and Classification
Business Administration and Minor in Web Design
Faculty Mentor

Lanita Jacobs, Ph.D.

Department

Marshall School of Business

McNair Project
Social Media and its Influence on Interpersonal Communication Relationships
Abstract
Today’s Web Technologies are allowing humans to communicate in ways that are having a profound impact on and drastically redefining interpersonal communication. Cues, norms, behaviors, words, protocols, etc., all the dynamics involved in interpersonal communication, are now taking place in cyberspace via Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Blogs, Online Chat Forums, etc. More research is needed to understand

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February 18, 2015

Evelyn Larios

Larios, Evelyn
Major and Classification
Sociology and Public Policy, Management and Planning
Faculty Mentor

Veronica Terriquez, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

School of Policy, Planning and Development

McNair Project
Labor Unions: A Contextual Factor in Parents’ School Involvement
Abstract
A considerable amount of research has looked at how well students fare in the U.S. education system with less attention given to parent involvement in schools. Research on parental involvement has

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February 18, 2015

Phuong (Harmony) Huynh

Huynh, Phuong (Harmony)
Major and Classification
Biological Sciences and Neuroscience and Minor in Chinese Language and Culture
Faculty Mentor

Chein-Ping Ko, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

McNair Project
Selective Vulnerability in Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Abstract
Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is the leading genetic cause of death in childhood and is characterized by motor neuron loss and skeletal muscular deterioration. Our laboratory has shown that a subset of muscles in

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February 18, 2015

Ruby Gonzalez

Gonzalez, Ruby
Major and Classification
Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor

Lucio Comai, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

McNair Project
MYC & WRN: Their Role in Cancer Development
Abstract
Cancer cells have the ability to proliferate rapidly despite extensive genomic damage. Cells with elevated expression of the myelocytomatosis oncogene (MYC) are similar to cancer cells but have reduced lifespans due to DNA damage. Interestingly, some cancers display high expression of MYC,

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February 18, 2015

Ana Gomez Vasquez

Gomez Vasquez, Ana
Major and Classification
Sociology and International Relations
Faculty Mentor

Veronica Terriquez, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

McNair Project
Budget Cuts Equals Cutting Dreams: The Impact of the Budget Cuts on Low Income Students in Community Colleges
Abstract
Students have become front-line fighters, trying to survive the budget cuts on higher education. So far, community colleges have been cut $825 million dollars (Douglass, 2011). According to a

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February 18, 2015

Carmina Gomez

Gomez, Carmina
Major and Classification
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Faculty Mentor

Genevieve Dunton, Ph.D.

Department

Keck School of Medicine

McNair Project
The Effects of Farmers’ Markets on Fruit and Vegetable Intake Amongst Low Income Latino Families
Abstract
Farmers’ markets have been implemented as a strategy to make healthy food more accessible in urban communities. In these communities there is a high density of fast-food restaurants and convenience stores, which limit access to

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February 18, 2015

Mariah GillĀ 

Gill, Mariah
Major and Classification
Environmental Studies
Faculty Mentor

James Haw, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

McNair Project
Shaping Marine Protected Areas: The Media and Stakeholder Arguments in Southern California
Abstract
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization, there are 53 fisheries worldwide fully or over-exploited, and 17 of the 53 are completely depleted. However, less than 1/100th of 1 percent of the marine environment is protected. In 1999,

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February 18, 2015

Rahel Gebreyes

Gebreyes, Rahel
Major and Classification
International Relations and Public Relations
Faculty Mentor

Sheila Murphy, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

McNair Project
Embedded in News Coverage, Mirrored in Public Opinion: Television News and the Deterioration of Support for Operation Iraqi Freedom
Abstract
The attacks of September 11th shocked the world and initiated a wave of television coverage about the wars that followed. Since previous research

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February 18, 2015

La Tarrell A. Brown

Brown, La Tarrell
Major and Classification
Sociology
Faculty Mentor

Michael Messner, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

McNair Project
Dating Equality Between Heterosexuals
Abstract
This study seeks to examine heterosexual dating equality. By focusing on couples comprised of a man and woman, this study compares and measures dating behaviors, gender role attitudes in household dynamics, political perspectives, and education and employment status. Sex equality seeks to bridge the gap between

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February 18, 2015

Juan Espinoza

Espinoza, Juan
Major and Classification
International Relations and Communication
Faculty Mentor

Kristan M. Venegas, Ph.D.

Roberto Suro, M.S.

Department

Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

McNair Project
Spaces of Community Wealth and Collective Energy in the “Empower Law Fellows Program”
Abstract
The number of Latinos attending law school decreased from 1993 to 2008 (Redfeild, 2010). Over the same period, Latino law school applicants have reached record levels. In

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