Category Archives: 2014

February 13, 2015

Rubi Garcia

RubiGracia
Major and Classification
American Studies and Ethnicity
Faculty Mentor
Shana Redmond, Ph.D.
Department
American Studies and Ethnicity
McNair Project
Negotiating Female Sexuality and Feminism in Contemporary America: Can the Two Co-exist?
Abstract
Feminists from all over the world engaged in bitter disagreements over the visual album, Beyoncé (2013). The music videos that accompanied the songs in the album portrayed the American singer, Beyoncé, in distinct sexual poses, which flaunted both her physicality

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February 13, 2015

Breond Herrera-Durr

BreondDurr
Major and Classification
American Studies and Ethnicity; Sociology; Religion
Faculty Mentor
Lanita Jacobs, Ph.D.
Department
American Studies and Ethnicity
McNair Project
Thug Life: Inter-Communalizing the Outer City and the Pursuit of Self Determination
Abstract
In this inter-disciplinary piece I argue that by reading Tupac’s Thug Life through the framework of the person/sub-person binary of the racial contract and the Black Panther Party’s theory of inter-communalism that we can begin to trace Tupac’s own

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February 13, 2015

Elisa Hernandez

ElisaHernandez
Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor
Darby Saxbe, Ph.D.
Department
Psychology
McNair Project
Childhood Adversity and the Transition to Parenthood
Abstract
Becoming a parent is a new experience that can bring joy to couples, but which can also produce a tremendous amount of stress. I hypothesized that childhood adversity would affect marital satisfaction and prenatal feelings and emotions about their soon-to-be-born child for first-time parents. This study selected eight couples (16 participants) that

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February 13, 2015

Cindy Barrios

CindyBarrios
Major and Classification
East Asian Area Studies
Faculty Mentor
Daniel Lynch, Ph.D.
Department
International Relations
McNair Project
Evaluating the Cross-Strait Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) on Taiwan’s International Representation
Abstract
Signing the 2010 Cross-Straits Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) showed not only how vital the Chinese economy is to Taiwan, but it also showed how Chinese approval greatly affected Taiwan’s international standing in economic cooperation agreements and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). After the

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February 13, 2015

Kerresa Robinson

KerresaRobison
Major and Classification
Policy, Planning, and Development
Faculty Mentor
Lavonna Lewis, Ph.D.
Department
Sol Price School of Public Policy
McNair Project
Urban Growth and the Effect on Changing Food Environments: A Case Study of South and Central Los Angeles Farmer’s Markets
Abstract
This study examines access to local farmer’s markets and the variability of food products offered in relation to population density throughout the urban environments of Central Los Angeles and South

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February 13, 2015

Jacquelyn Lopez

JacquelynLopez
Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor
Steven Lopez, Ph.D.
Department
Psychology
McNair Project
Coping with Psychological Distress: Perceptions of Counseling Services among Latino College Students
Abstract
Research indicates racial and ethnic minority college students underuse mental health services. Previous studies, however, have focused primarily on quantitative data and few have focused on in-depth, first hand dialogue. The current study utilizes the phenomenological research tradition to examine Latino college students’ ideas of mental

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February 13, 2015

Logan Cross

LoganCross
Major and Classification
Neuroscience
Faculty Mentor
Antonio Damasio, Ph.D.
Department
Neuroscience
McNair Project
How the Brain Looks on the Bright Side
Abstract
Over the past decade, neuroimaging research has implicated the prefrontal cortex as a major contributor to the emotional regulation process in the brain. However, the exact networks that are necessary to complete this process are not fully understood. To investigate this question, Wager and colleagues (2008) developed an experiment to

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February 13, 2015

Maria Plascencia

MariaPascencia
Major and Classification
American Studies and Ethnicity
Faculty Mentor
George Sánchez, Ph.D.
Department
American Studies and Ethnicity
McNair Project
The Japanese Chicano Movement
Abstract
Identity is often thought of as something solidly defined. Cultures are described to have specific characteristics, belonging to certain groups of people. In Narrative, Identity, and the Map of Cultural Policy Constance DeVereaux and Martin Griffin explain the difference between transnationalism and globalization and how these are spaces

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February 13, 2015

Paloma DeLira

PalomaDeLira
Major and Classification
Policy, Planning, and Development
Faculty Mentor
LaVonna B. Lewis, Ph.D.
Department
Sol Price School of Public Policy
McNair Project
Uses of Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Latinos with Type 2 Diabetes in South Los Angeles
Abstract
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has been used for years to supplement or substitute standard medical practice. This study observes which methods of CAM are used by Latino patients with type 2 diabetes.

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February 13, 2015

Rocio Hidalgo

RocioHidalgo
Major and Classification
Psychology
Faculty Mentor
Laura Baker, Ph.D.
Department
Psychology
McNair Project
Peer Victimization: Individual Differences in Race and Sex
Abstract
Self-reported peer victimization was examined in an ethnically diverse sample of boys and girls. The youth were assessed at four different time periods in a longitudinal study: Wave 1 (age 9-10); Wave 2 (age 11-13); Wave 3 (age 14-15); Wave 4 (age 16-18). In an effort to understand developmental and

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