2005 Prize Winners
Roulette or Liberty Cheese? The "60 Day Rule" for Raw
|Ajay Limaye & James Kealey
Tide Sinks These Stones: The Imperiled Heritage of the Winnemem
Dulce:" The Timeless Tangibility of Mortal Suffering Francisco
de Figueroa and the Fernan Nunez Collection: An Edition
Hetchy: The Clash of Progressive Conservationism and the Preservationism
of John Muir
for Disaster? Direct-to-Consumer Advertising of Prescription Medications
the Uncontrollable: The Spanish Influenza of 1918-1919 in San Francisco
Roulette or Liberty Cheese? The '60 Day Rule' for Raw Milk Cheeses"
Professor Sally Fairfax
Allison Clark's Honors
thesis explores the heated controversy revolving around raw milk
cheese regulations. She states,
"I was often
surprised that rhetoric, even in scientific journals, did not
match the facts presented and so the library was important in
allowing me to compare claims to their references. I also found
that articles and books describing the history of dairy contained
context that gave my analysis greater depth and complexity.
I accessed discussions of pasteurization from the early twentieth
century through the NRLF: although modern reviews contain similar
information, reading the original texts gave me a better sense
of this time period. In an age where resources are increasingly
found only in electronic forms, I appreciated the opportunity
to peruse texts from the 1920s because even the original page
layouts confer information about the past."
"I am most
impressed with her research skills across numerous fields of
inquiry. The result is an interdisciplinary thesis that reads
well and also reads smart. She has not simply pitted the food
nuts against the science establishment which is how most of
the literature portrays this issue. Allison has done enough
of the institutional legwork so that she can present the food
nuts as such, while also pointing out the economic advantages
of the current, poorly rooted in science, yet nominally scientific
regulations to large producers. She has marshaled an enormous
array of resources to raise important questions about the regulatory
system that needs fixing, As she delved deeper into the material,
and as she looked at how others frame arguments, she grew from
a mere scientist into a very sophisticated analyst, presenting
a complex story with grace and myriad different kinds of data."
Ajay Limaye &
" A Rising Tide Sinks These Stones: The Imperiled Heritage
of the Winnemem Wintu"
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Professor George Brimhall
In order to understand
the cultural and historical context of a modern-day proposal to
raise Shasta Dam, they researched traditional mythology, historical
law, and current public policy and interviewed tribal leaders
of whom they write,
"Provided us with
the quotes and ideas we eventually used to express their connection
to the land in subjective terms, but we wanted to prove that,
by a legal standard, the tribe deserved a voice in decisions
regarding the use of their ancestral land. We decided to seek
primary sources that might corroborate this history. In the
Boalt law library , we searched for records of a land allotment
to the Winnemem through the Dawes Act. Perhaps most excitingly,
we stumbled over an alternate name for Winnemem tribe-The Ylacca.
We went back to the treaty and found that the Ylacca were a
signing party. We realized that this document was, then, the
treaty we had sought: after weeks of looking, we had found for
ourselves a resource pivotal to the history of the tribe."
They concluded that:
a research project, it is tempting to ask questions that you
know can be answered; but by asking more difficult questions,
we embarked on a journey that-while often frustrating-led us
to some exciting and gratifying discoveries."
Faculty sponsor Professor
George Brimhall states:
strategy included a broad use of several libraries on campus,
specifically, the Bancroft, Boalt Hall and Anthropology Libraries.
Their research required considerable tenacity and finesse in
order to succeed in getting the interviews and land access needed
for their study. They explored diverse library resources, and
used a broad range of media in their presentation."
"Dolor Dulce; The Timeless Tangibility of Mortal Suffering
Francisco de Figueroa and the Fernan Nunez Collection: An Edition"
Professor Joe Duggen
Senior Melissa Machit's
honors thesis "Dolor Dulce;" The Timeless Tangibility
of Mortal Suffering Francisco de Figueroa and the Fernan Nunez
Collection: An Edition" explores the work of Francisco de
Figueroa, a Golden Age poet well known and admired in the 17th
century but relatively unknown between then and the late 20 century.
between author-text-manuscripts was completely new to me. Before
this project, I had only even thought of "research"
as reading books written by others. I was looking for information
in the Library because I really wanted to know who Figueroa
was, what his historical and literary context was, and where
he fit into literary history. I know the research strategies
I learned will be very useful to me in graduate study and future
research. After doing this project I now know how to read medieval
and golden age script, synthesize modern sources with older
ones, date and describe manuscripts, and find books and journal
articles regarding specific topics. Yet I still have not lost
the awe I felt at the power of words to transcend centuries
of time the first time I looked at the manuscripts."
Professor Joe Duggen,
French and Comparative Literature, observes,
Machit worked closely with me on the paleography and
transcription of the manuscript, as well as on the deciphering
of the other two Figueroa manuscripts in the Bancroft collection, her
research on the poet's life was conducted with a great deal
of independence. During the past year and a half, she has grown
into a skilled reader of 16th century Spanish hands, adept at
codicology to the extent of dating a manuscript on the basis
of internal evidence alone. Ms. Machit's level of literary sophistication
has increased accordingly and her understanding of the materials
and processes through which early modern literature was produced
is far beyond that of her student contemporaries, and, in fact
beyond what many graduate students acquire."
"Hetch Hetchy: The Clash of Progressive Conservationism and
Preservationism of John Muir"
Professor Leon Litwack
GSI Andrea Kwon
history 7b paper, " Hetch Hetchy: The Clash of Progressive
Conservationism and Preservationism of John Muir," explores
a similiar environmental impact situation from an exclusively
historical perspective. The germ for her project began as a chance
encounter she had during an internship in San Francisco.
through dusty volumes at the Commonwealth Club this semester,
I came across original transcripts of discussions on the Hetch
Hetchy water project. I was inspired to use the Berkeley libraries
to explore other primary sources that would tell me what kinds
of language strategies early environmentalists had used."
"I was initially
intimidated by the fact that I could not simply wander in and
browse the Bancroft library's collection, but I found it was
remarkably easy to conduct research there after learning how
to use the collection. I accepted my reader's card with the
pride of receiving a diploma. I found that when looking at sources
in the library for a limited period of time, I had to think
carefully about their significance to my paper; I had to decide
the direction of my paper early on in my research in order to
select and analyze sources. Specialized libraries like the Environmental
Design library, the Biosciences Library and Water Resources
Library provided interesting information for my papers. All
of the information I found using the library system allowed
me to alter my assumptions, articulate my research question,
and gain a new perspective on the passion and pragmatism accompanying
both sides of the Hetch Hetchy debate."
GSI Andrea Kwon has
this to say about Mattiuzzi's approach:
"As a result
of her persistence, she was able to locate and use a diverse
array of sources; they ranged from the Commonwealth Club transactions
to Congressional Records to Muir's own writings. Of particular
interest was one map, which she included in the appendix to
her paper, displaying the engineering schematics of the reservoir's
construction. Elizabeth's poignant explanation of the map tied
directly to her central argument-that perhaps above all, the
Hetch Hetchy Reservoir marked the triumph of pragmaticism over
Muir's appeals for the appreciation of nature's inherent value.
I believe the research paper assignment allowed Elizabeth to
learn and attain valuable skills, not because she was required
to do so, but because she took advantage of the opportunity
this project offered."
"Prescription for Disaster? Direct-to-Consumer Advertising
of Prescription Medications"
Lecturer Jonathan Gray
has made me aware of an important research reality: that the
same set of data can give rise to a wide range of plausible,
educated opinions and interpretations, to numerous political
ends. In retrospect, my research experience has proven to be
both thrilling and intense, a relentless pursuit of information
on a fascinating topic. My interest in DTCA and its implications
increased exponentially during research, and I wish that page
length boundaries were not a factor in limiting my project.
This seems reflective of what can only be likened to an addiction
(albeit benign!)-simultaneously intellectual and visceral-to
the collection and synthesis of disparate material, applied
to a persuasive and enlightening analysis."
Lecturer, Jonathan Gray observes,
her work has been highly innovative in approach, and bold in
its multi-pronged nature. Great reading doesn't always translate
to great work; Tissa, however, has woven all of this material
together into a thesis that is heads and shoulders above her
peers. Her work reads like graduate work, partly because she
has the uncanny ability to pick out the statistics, facts and
theoretical arguments that really matter, discriminating with
skill between relevant and irrelevant material. She has made
herself a veritable expert on DTC advertising. Along the way
she has become a library pro, and has discovered a real love
of research that will no doubt carry forward into her future
"Controlling the Uncontrollable: The Spanish Influenza of
1918-1919 in San Francisco"
GSI Dylan Esson
History major, Jason
Suarez, also selected a global theme with a local
perspective for his senior thesis, "Controlling the Uncontrollable:
The Spanish Influenza of 1918-1919 in San Francisco." He
I wanted to know how the city of San Francisco dealt with the
influenza on a public health and governmental level. At the
California Historical Society in SF I found several political
manuscripts dating to the time of the influenza that contained
letters from the public health dept. These manuscripts were
useful in making interpretations and inferences related to public
health in SF.
Throughout the semester I was constantly astonished by the findings
I made, and it is these discoveries that kept me enthused and
yearning to make new finds. I learned that research is primarily
strategic, but serendipitous as well. Chances are that the original
research goal will change by the end of the project, which makes
research even more exciting knowing you might make a remarkable
discovery the next day."
History GSI Dylan
Esson has this to say about Jason's research experience:
himself to be an assiduous researcher and a good writer. He
was in contact with six campus libraries in addition to making
multiple trips to the California Historical Society, San Francisco
Public Library. As well as contacting Special Collections at
SU and UCSF archives.
Through extensive searches, Jason has tracked down a number
of newspaper articles, letters, diaries, photographs, maps that
shed light on the political and social conditions of SF following
WWI. Using city maps Jason skillfully shows how the Spanish
flu spread throughout SF. He then tackles the issue of how the
flu changed the city as municipal officials devised schemes
to stop the virus' spread from block to block."