Category Archives: 2013

February 18, 2015

Sean Hernandez

Hernandez
Major and Classification
Environmental Studies and Economics
Faculty Mentor

Steven Lamy, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife: Political Science & International Relations

McNair Project
The Darkest of Greens: Measuring the Incidence and Character of Eco-Depression in Undergraduates
Abstract
Is there a difference between concern for the environment and ecological depression? How does an individual’s concern for the environment vary with their exposure to environmental education? In this study I investigated the relationship between environmental education

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February 18, 2015

Justin Kuang

kuang
Major and Classification
Electrical Engineering
Faculty Mentor

Murali Annavaram, Ph.D.

Department

Viterbi: Electrical Engineering

McNair Project
Warp Splitting and Lane Shifting: improving energy efficiency of GPUs through thread remapping.
Abstract
Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) have become a major focal point in computer architecture research over the years. Already an essential component in computing hardware, GPUs are constantly finding more uses and are even opening doors to newer computing applications that

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February 18, 2015

Luna White

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Major and Classification
Sociology
Faculty Mentor

TBD

Department

TBD

McNair Project Helping Us and Helping Others: Social Identity, Altruism, and Pro-social Behavior
Abstract
This analysis reviews evidence from social-psychological and sociological studies on Altruism and Social Identity/Intergroup Relations. The purpose of this analysis is to find what connections are made between social identity theory and altruism in the past literature. When people act on their concern for another’s well-being, without regard

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February 18, 2015

Alberto Edeza

edeza
Major and Classification
Biological Sciences
Faculty Mentor

Jennifer Unger, Ph.D.

Department

Keck: Institute for Prevention Research

McNair Project
Factors Influencing Alcohol Abuse in Urban Adolescent Latino Populations
Abstract
Several frameworks have been proposed to encompass the role of both modifiable and non-modifiable factors in the development of drug and alcohol dependence. The most encompassing of the theories is perhaps the Problem-Behavior Theory, PBT (Jessor & Jessor, 1977), which con- sists of three

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February 18, 2015

Belen Chairez

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Major and Classification
Neuroscience
Faculty Mentor

Dave Lavond, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife: Psychology

McNair Project
Understanding Perceptions of Mental Illness: Tailoring Questionnaire to Latino Community
Abstract
A 43-item bilingual adult questionnaire was developed in order to explore the opinions and ideas about mental illness of Latino adults who attend re- ligious services in Los Angeles. The questionnaire includes constructs assessing (1) demographic information; (2) acculturation (SAHS); (3) stigma; (4) attitudes; (5) religiosity (BMMRS);

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February 18, 2015

Betty Tran

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Major and Classification
American Studies and Ethnicity
Faculty Mentor

Viet Nguyen, Ph.D.

Department

Dornsife: English and American Studies and Ethnicity

McNair Project
The Role of the Paris by Night Variety Show in Vietnamese-American Identity Formation
Abstract
This study investigates the role of the Paris by Night, a Vietnamese-language variety show, in Vietnamese-American identity formation using the methodology of interpretive analysis. This investigation looks at how Vietnamese refugees in America influenced the production

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February 18, 2015

Christopher Sandino

sandino
Major and Classification
Electrical Engineering
Faculty Mentor

Krishna S. Nayak, Ph.D.

Department

Viterbi: Electrical Engineering

McNair Project
Flexible Dynamic 2-D Cardiac Phantoms for Evaluating MRI Data Acquisition and Reconstruction Methods
Abstract
Phantoms in the imaging science refer to computer generated images often used to evaluate the performance of imaging methods. These images are usually made up of geometric shapes that mimic the shape and motion of imaged objects. They are useful to

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February 18, 2015

Elizabeth Soriano

soriano
Major and Classification
Communication
Faculty Mentor

Alison Trope, Ph.D.

Department

Annenberg: Communication

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February 18, 2015

Eva Ortega

ortega
Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor

Kate Crowley, Ph.D.

Department

Ostrow: Occupational Therapy

McNair Project
Autism, play, and inclusive environments
Abstract
The impact that play has on the development of a child appears simple, yet remains complex. There is limited research on how sensory stimulating activities impact the behaviors of typical developing toddlers in comparison to atypical developing toddlers. This study sought to understand how activities focusing on sensory integration during play

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February 18, 2015

Frederick Brindopke

brindopke
Major and Classification
Global Health
Faculty Mentor

Michael Nichol, Ph.D.

Department

USC School of Pharmacy

McNair Project
MRSA Prevention, Practice, and Policy: A Case Study Approach
Abstract
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a bacterium that is often acquired in the hospital setting and is of increasing burden, particularly among vulnerable patients such as those with compromised immune systems or those who have invasive procedures performed such as surgery. It represents not only

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