2011
UC MEXUS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Research Fellowships

Ana Ruth Alonso-Minutti, Music, UC Davis (Host: Luisa Vilar-Payá, Decanatura de Artes y Humanidades, Universidad de las Américas Puebla). The Cosmopolitan Ideal in Late 20th-Century Mexican Concert Music: Mario Lavista/El Ideal Cosmopolita en la Música Mexicana de Concierto a Fines del Siglo XX: Mario Lavista.

Rebeca Carballar-Lejarazu, Infectómica y Patogénesis Molecular, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Host: Anthony James, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UC Irvine). Effects of Exogenous Insulator DNA on Mosquito Transgene Expression/Efecto de los Aisladores Genómicos Exógenos (Insulators) en la Expresión de Transgenes en Mosquitos.

Ana Bertha Castro Ceseña, Física de Materiales, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (Host: Joanna McKittrick, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego). Bioinspired Fabrication of a Bone-like Composite/Fabricación Bioinspirada de un Composito Tipo Hueso.

Tania Cruz Salazar, Unidad de Procesos Naturales, Universidad Intercultural de Chiapas (Host: Jonathan Fox, Latin American and Latino Studies, UC Santa Cruz). Flexible Ethnic Identities: Indigenous Youth from Chiapas in the United States/Identidades Étnicas Flexibles: Jóvenes Indígenas Chiapanecos en los Estados Unidos.
*Winner of the UC MEXUS Monarch Award for the most outstanding postdoctoral research proposal.

Sonia Marcela Cuellar-Ortiz, Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Douglas Cook, Plant Pathology, UC Davis). Using Reverse Genetics for Characterization of Candidate Genes for Salinity Adaptation in Wild Populations of Medicago truncatula/Caracterización por Genética Reversa de Genes Candidatos para Adaptación a Alta Salinidad, Identificados Usando Poblaciones Silvestres de Medicago trucatula.

Denisse Atenea de Loera Carrera, Facultad de Ciencias Químicas, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Host: Miguel García-Garibay, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Los Angeles). Preparation of Aziridines via Triazolines Photodecomposition in Solid State/Preparación de Aziridinas a Través de la Fotodescomposición de Triazolinas en Estado Sólido.

Edgar Escalante Sánchez, Facultad de Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Miguel Angel García Garibay, Chemistry and Biochemistry, UC Los Angeles). Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Iptycene Molecular Compasses as a new kind of Photonic Molecular Devices/Síntesis y Caracterzación de Novedosas Brújulas Moleculares como una Nueva Clase de Materiales Fotónicos.

Víctor Hugo Luja Molina, Uso, Manejo y Preservación de los Recursos Naturales, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (Host: Barry R. Sinervo, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Santa Cruz). Effects of Climate Change on Lizard and Amphibian Extinctions in Mexico: There is a Link?/Efectos del Cambio Climático en las Extinciones de Lagartijas y Anfibios en México: Esíste una liga?

Rosendo Luria-Perez, Biomedicina Molecular, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Host: Manuel L. Penichet, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, UC Los Angeles). Novel Antiboby-cytokine Fusion Protein for the Therapy of Cancer/Nuevos Anticuerpos Fusionados a Citocinas para la Terapia del Cáncer.

Mario Marquez Miranda, División de Estudios de Postgrado, Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca (Host: Joyce H. Keyak, Radiological Sciences, UC Irvine). A Mechatronic System for Safely Manufacturing Radioactive Bone Cement for In Situ Irradiation of Metastatic Tumors in Bone/Un Sistema Mecatrónico para Manufacturar con Seguridad Cemento Óseo Radioactivo para Irradiar In Situ Tumores Metastásicos en los Huesos.

Pablo Genaro Martínez-Torres, Física Aplicada, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Unidad Mérida (Host: Guillermo Aguilar, Mechanical Engineering, UC Riverside). Real-Time Photothermal Detection of Transdermal Drug Delivery/Detección Fototérmica en Tiempo Real de la Administración Transdérmica de Fármacos.

Jana Aylim Mejía-Toiber, Neurobiología Conductual y Cognitiva, Instituto de Neurobiología, Universidad del Valle de México (Host: Athina Markou, Department of Psychiatry, UC San Diego). Decision Making and Reward Function in Adult Rats Exposed to Binge Alcohol Consumption during Adolescence/La Toma de Decisiones y el Sistema de Reforzamiento en Ratas Adultas que Consumieron Alcohol de Adolescentes, A Dosis Altas e Intermitenmente.

Rodrigo Méndez Alonzo, Ecología y Manejo de Recursos Naturales, Instituto de Ecología (Host: Lawren Sack, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Los Angeles). How Are the Hydraulic and Mechanic Traits of Leaves and Stems Integrated to Determine Shoot and Plant Function? A Test using Three Californian Communities/¿Están Integrados los Caracteres Hidráulicos y Mecánicos de las Hojas y Tallos para Determinar las Funciones de las Plantas? Una Prueba usando Tres Comunidades Vegetales de California.

Victor Manuel Ortega Jimenez, Departamento de Ecología Marina, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (Host: Robert Dudley, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley). Control and Maneuverability of Hummingbirds in Complex and Turbulent Airflows/Control y Maniobrabilidad de Colibríes en Flujos Complejos y Turbulentos.

Alejandro Ariel Ríos Chelén, Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Gail Patricelli, Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis). Testing the Function of Vocal Directionality in the Red-winged Blackbird in an Intra-sexual Selection Context: An Experimental Approach/Poniendo a Prueba la Función de la Direccionalidad Vocal en el Tordo Sargento en un Contexto de Selección Intra-sexual: Un Enfoque Experimental.

Liliana Carolina Rojo Arreola, Laboratorio de Bioquímica, Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste (Host: Conor Caffrey, Pathology, UC San Francisco). RNA Interference and High-content Image Analysis to Discover New Drug Targets to Treat the Tropical Disease Schistosomiasis/Silenciamiento de Genes para Descubrir Nuevos Blancos Moleculares para el Desarrollo de Fármacos en el Tratamiento de Esquistosomiasis.

José Guadalupe Soñanez Organis, Laboratorio de Biología Molecular de Organismos Acuáticos, Centro de Investigación Alimentación y Desarrollo (Host: Rudy M. Ortiz, School of Natural Sciences, UC Merced). Angiotensin II Regulation of Hypoxia Inducible Factor 1alpha and Hypoxanthine-guanine Phosphoribolsyl Transferase: Role in Prolong-fasted Northern Elephant Seals/Angiotensina II, Regulación del Factor Inducido por Hipoxia 1alpha y Hipoxantina Guanina Fosforribosiltransferasa: Papel sobre Prolongado Ayuno en el Elefante Marino del Norte.

Ana Lilia Torres-Machorro, Ciencias Biomédicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Lorraine Pillus, Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego). A Moonlighting Enzyme Linking Amino Acid Metabolism to Oxidative and Genotoxic Stresses/Una Enzima Bifuncional que Conecta el Metabolismo de Aminoácidos con el Estrés Oxidativo y Genotóxico.

Irma Alicia Tristan Lopez, Ciencias Aplicadas, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí (Host: Mikhail I. Rabinovich, BioCircuits Institute, UC San Diego). Transient dynamics on the edge of stability/Dinámica transitoria en el límite de la estabilidad.

Ricardo Valle Rios, Biomedicina Molecular, Centro de Investigación y de Estudios Avanzados del Instituto Politécnico Nacional (Host: Albert Zlotnik, Physiology and Biophysics, UC Irvine). A Role for NgBR in T Cell Activation/El Papel de NgBR en la Activación de los Linfocitos T.

Alejandra Vázquez-Lobo Yurén, Ecología Evolutiva, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: David Neale, Plant Sciences, UC Davis). Adaptive Traits in Leaves Across Seven Pinus Species from California within the Framework of Landscape Genomics/Caracteres Adaptativos en Hojas de Siete Especies del Género Pinus de California, en el Contexto de la Genómica del Paisaje.

Juan Rodrigo Vélez Cordero, Reología, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Host: Eric Lauga, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego). Theoretical and Numerical Study of Cells Propelled by Flagella in Complex Fluids/Estudio Teórico y Numérico de Células Propulsadas por Flagelos en Fluidos Complejos.

Michele Weber, Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley (Host: Roberto Iglesias-Prieto, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México). The Effects of Thermal Stress on Montastraea faveolata/Las Consecuencias del Estrés Térmico en Montastraea faveolata.
*Winner of the UC MEXUS Monarch Award for the most outstanding postdoctoral research proposal.

Dissertation Grants

Cynthia Albarrán, School of Nursing, UC Los Angeles
(Advisor: MarySue Heilemann)
Perceptions Regarding HIV Risk and Sexual Health Among Female Migrant Farmworkers

John Alvarado, Anthropology, UC Riverside
(Advisor: Tom Patterson)
Reconceptualizing Changing Indigenous Masculinities and Usos y Costumbres in A Mixtec Transnational Community: The Case of San Jerónimo Progreso

Alberto Barrera Enderle, History, UC Irvine
(Advisor: Jaime E. Rodríguez)
The Transformation of the Political Culture in the Eastern Interior Provinces of the Viceroyalty of New Spain 1780-1824

Bryan Cockrell, Anthropology, UC Berkeley
(Advisor: Rosemary Joyce)
Technological Characterization of Metals from the Cenote Sagrado Chichén Itzá

Laura Enríquez, Sociology, UC Los Angeles
(Advisor: Vilma Ortíz)
Theorizing Patterns of Incorporation and Belonging for Undocumented Mexican Young Adults

Raquel Garcia, Spanish, UC Davis
(Advisor: Linda Egan)
Conscious Political Incorrectness: A Legitimate Discourse in Contemporary Mexican Literature, Theater and Stand-up Comedy

Osvaldo Gutiérrez, Chemistry, UC Davis
(Advisor: Dean J. Tantillo)
Regiocontrol in Palladium(II)-Catalyzed Cycloisomerization/Cope Rearrangements of 15-Hexadienes

Melissa Guzmán, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
(Advisor: Denise Segura)
Marking Spiritual Homes, Belonging and Boundaries: Mexican Pentecostals and Spiritual Citizenship

Si-Han Hai, Pediatrics, UC San Francisco
(Advisor: Michelle Hermiston)
Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms for Lupus Nephritis in a Mouse Model of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Graham Hill, Sociology, UC Berkeley
(Advisor: Dylan Riley)
Ambivalent Nationalism: A Study of the Relationship Between Intra-Nationalism and Inter-Nationalism in Mexico

Elizabeth Horevitz, Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
(Advisor: Kurt Organista)
Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Toward Reducing Mexican Im/migrant Health Disparities?

Benjamin Lessing, Political Science, UC Berkeley
(Advisor: David Collier)
The Logic of Violence in Criminal War

Patrick López-Aguado, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
(Advisor: Victor Rios)
Affiliation, Identity and Criminalization: Tracing the Cultural Links between Prison and High-Incarceration Chicano/a Communities

Tomás Madrigal, Chicana/o Studies, UC Santa Barbara
(Advisor: Juan Vicente Palerm)
The Demand for Labor and Mexican-origin Campesino Households in Washington State 1976-2012

Kaitlyn Mathis, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley
(Advisor: Neil Tsutsui)
Host Selection and Successful Parasitism of the Aggressive Arboreal Ant Azteca instabilis by Decapitating Phorid Flies (Genus: Pseudacteon) in Dynamic Coffee Agroecosystems

Veronica Montes, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
(Advisors: William Robinson and Denise Segura)
Household Economic Strategies in Transnational Mexican Families and their Gender Dimensions

Sarah Morando, Sociology, UC Los Angeles
(Advisor: Stefan Timmermans)
De Algo Malo Algo Bueno": The Humanitarian Path to U.S. Citizenship"

Quetzalcoatl Orozco-Ramírez, Geography Graduate Group, UC Davis
(Advisor: Stephen Brush)
Human Perception and Management of Maize Diversity Related to Ethno-Linguistic Variation in the Context of Climate Change

Alicia Romero, History, UC Santa Cruz
(Advisor: Alice Yang)
Portrait of a Barrio: Memory and Visual Culture in Barelas, N.M., 1900-1969

Stevie Ruiz, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
(Advisor: Natalia Molina)
Settling for Less?: Interracial Sexual Politics and Land Conflict at the U.S.-Mexico Border 1905-1965

Adam Slade, Mechanical Engineering, UC Riverside
(Advisor: Guillermo Aguilar)
Thermally Induced Fracture of Tissue

Kurt Spurgin, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, UC Riverside
(Advisor: Margarita Currás-Collazo)
Cardiovascular toxicity following developmental exposure to organohalogen pollutant PBDEs

Germán Vergara, History, UC Berkeley
(Advisor: Margaret Chowning)
Heterogenous Landscapes: Modernity, Peasants and Environmental Change in Nineteenth-Century Valley of Mexico

Ana Villarreal Montemayor, Sociology, UC Berkeley
(Advisor: Loïc Wacquant)
Violence, Fear and the Makeover of Everyday Life in the Mexican Metropolis

Nolan Warden, Ethnomusicology, UC Los Angeles
(Advisors: Steven Loza and Anthony Seeger)
Music of the Huichol People: The Construction and Commodification of an Ethnic Identity

Benjamin Wilder, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside
(Advisor: Exequiel Ezcurra)
Historical Biogeography of the Midriff Islands, Gulf of California, Mexico

Stephen Yee, Plant and Microbial Biology, UC Berkeley
(Advisor: Chelsea Specht)
Understanding the role of miR156 and the SPL genes in the evolution of sporophyte dominance

Faculty Grants

Allyson Green, Theater and Dance, UC San Diego
Cal-Laboratory Kitchen 2012

Erin Hamilton, Sociology, UC Davis
Examining the Connection between Domestic and International Migration in Mexican Migrant Trajectories

Louis Hock, Visual Arts, UC San Diego
The American Tapes: A Tale of Immigrations

Janice Humphreys, Family Health Care Nursing, UC San Francisco
Lifetime trauma exposure, chronic pain, depression and PTSD in Mexican women: A pilot study

Therese Markow, Biological Sciences, UC San Diego
Evolutionary and Ecological Genomics of the Cactus-Microbe-Drosophila Model System
(Mildred Mathias Award)

Susan Narucki, Music, UC San Diego
Cuatro Corridos

Douglas Nixon, Medicine, Division of Experimental Medicine, UC San Francisco
Deep Sequencing of Human Endogenous Retroviruses in HIV-1 Infection

Jose Ranz, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Irvine
Molecular Dissection of the Drosophila willistoni Inversion Polymorphism

UC Faculty Small Grants

Edwina Barvosa, Chicana and Chicano Studies, UC Santa Barbara
The Multiple Identities of U.S. Latinos. Theory Building and Case Studies Regarding Non-assimilation's Benefits for Immigrant Incorporation & Latino Youth Gang Identities as Surrogate Belonging in Exclusionary Contexts

Shaun Bowler, Political Sciences, UC Riverside
State Legislatures and Federal Policymaking in Mexico

Sue-Ellen Case, Theatre, UC Los Angeles
Global Flashpoints: Transnational Performances and Politics

Sara M. Castro-Olivo, Graduate School of Education, UC Riverside
First Steps to Success: An Evaluation of a Culturally-Responsive Intervention on the Behavioral and Academic Outcomes of Latino Kindergarten Students

Margaret L. Crawford, College of Environmental Design, UC Berkeley
Research Studio: Sustainable Tourism in the Tlacolula Valley, Oaxaca

Brian A. Federici, Entomology, UC Riverside
Collaborative Training and Research on Baculovirus Proteomics

Gregory Gilbert, Environmental Studies, UC Santa Cruz
What makes community forestry work? A comparative case study in Michoacan and Oaxaca, Mexico

Chen Ji, Earth Science, UC Santa Barbara
Modeling of Large Earthquakes in the Mexican Subduction Zone: Estimating the Distribution of Slip During An Hypothetical Earthquake

Jimmy A. McGuire, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
Phylogenetic and Population Genetic Studies of the Crotaphytid Lizards of Baja California, Mexico

Manuel M. Martín-Rodríguez, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Art, UC Merced
Spanish-Language Literature in Early 20th Century Colorado: José I. García, Author, Bookseller, and Printer

Catherine S. Ramírez, American Studies, UC Santa Cruz
Schooling Mexicans: Assimilating and Educating Mexican Americans, Chicanos, and Immigrants, 1947-2010

Bruno Sansó, Applied Mathematics and Statistics, UC Santa Cruz
Bayesian Deconvolution Using Gaussian Processes

Nathan F. Sayre, Geography, UC Berkeley
Collaborative socio-ecological research in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands

Richard Stouthamer, Entomology, UC Riverside
Settlement of a collaborative project and training on the endosymbionts of Diaphorina citri and Tamarixia radiata as an alternative strategy to manage citrus greening

Kimberly Turner, Mechanical Engineering, UC Santa Barbara
Noise analysis of a high-bandwidth ultra sensitive tunneling micro accelerometer

Student and Postdoctoral Small Grants

Lucia Alcalá, Psychology, UC Santa Cruz
(Faculty Sponsor: Barbara Rogoff)
Cultural Variation in Children's Participation in Community-wide Events

Lynnette Arnold, Linguistics, UC Santa Barbara
(Faculty Sponsor: Mary Bucholtz)
"Como que era Mexicano": Mexico as a resource for constructing strategic transnational identities

Brandon Brown, Medicine, UC San Diego
(Faculty Sponsor: Kimberly Brouwer)
Cervical cancer prevention among female sex workers in Tijuana, Mexico

Amanda M. Burkhardt, Physiology and Biophysics, UC Irvine
(Faculty Sponsor: Albert Zlotnik)
Potential Role of CXCL17 in human lung diseases

Megan Lorraine Debin, Art History, UC Los Angeles
(Faculty Sponsor: Charlene Villaseñor-Black)
Body Traces: Violence and Absence in Contemporary Mexican Performance Art

Elizabeth Derse Crook, Earth and Marine Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
(Faculty Sponsor: Adina Paytan)
In-situ observations of ocean acidification: The "ojos" of Puerto Morelos, Mexico

Joanna Doran, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
(Faculty Sponsor: Irene Bloemraad)
Pathways to Success: The Mexican and Latino Immigrant Experience in an Asset Buildings Program for the Working Poor

Guadalupe Espinoza, Psychology, UC Los Angeles
(Faculty Sponsor: Jaana Juvonen)
Cyberbullying Experiences Among Urban, Mexican-American Adolescents: A Daily Diary Approach

Rinat Gabitov, Earth and Space Sciences, UC Los Angeles
(Faculty Sponsor: T. Mark Harrison)
Oxygen isotopes fractionation during coral growth: Effects of kinetic and growth environment on the temperature proxy

Raquel Garcia, Spanish, UC Davis
(Faculty Sponsor: Linda Egan)
Conscious Political Incorrectness: A Legitimate Discourse in Mexican Stand-up Comedy

Tania L. García-Rosas, History, UC Davis
(Faculty Sponsor: Andrés Reséndez)
Vidas Agridulces: Gender and Family in the Veracruz Sugar Industry, 1970-Present

Sebastián Garrido de Sierra, Political Science, UC Los Angeles
(Faculty Sponsor: Barbara Geddes)
Explaining the Logic Behind the 1996 Electoral Reform in Mexico

Jonathan D. Gomez, Sociology, UC Santa Barbara
(Faculty Sponsor: George Lipsitz)
El Puente Poetry Workshop

Elizabeth Gonzalez, Psychology, UC Santa Cruz
(Faculty Sponsor: Catherine Cooper)
Tridimensional Acculturation, Intra-group Discrimination, and Ethnic Identity Among Indigenous Oaxaqueño/a Adolescents

Andrew Gottscho, Biology, UC Riverside
(Faculty Sponsor: John Gatesy)
Speciation of Phrynosomatid lizards in the Baja California Peninsula: Integrating geology and genomics

Giovanni Hanna, Division of Biological Sciences, UC San Diego
(Faculty Sponsor: Therese A. Markow)
Reproductive biology and population genetics of an invasive Drosophilid: Zaprionus indianus

Alexandro D. Hernández, Ethnomusicology, UC Los Angeles
(Faculty Sponsor: Rubén Hernández León)
The Chicano-Jarocho Fandango as Resistance and Cultural Affirmation

Elizabeth Horevitz, School of Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
(Faculty Sponsor: Kurt Organista)
Integrated Behavioral Health in Primary Care: Toward Reducing Mexican Im/migrant mental health disparities?

Celina E. Kapoor, Anthropology, UC Santa Cruz
(Faculty Sponsor: Matthew Wolf-Meyer)
Reshaping Knowledge and/in Everyday Life: Type-2 Diabetes in McAllen, Texas

Matthew S. Leslie, Marine Biology Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
(Faculty Sponsor: Ronald S. Burton)
Investigating the hydrodynamics of forward-swept dorsal fins and other extreme sexually selected body characters in eastern spinner dolphins

Angélica López, Psychology, UC Santa Cruz
(Faculty Sponsor: Barbara Rogoff)
Spontaneous Help as a Cultural Practice

Danica F. Maxwell, Entomology, UC Davis
(Faculty Sponsor: Edwin Lewis)
Manipulating top-down and bottom-up mortality of a leafminer pest to facilitate mating disruption as a management tool

Sergio F. Nigenda Morales, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Los Angeles
(Faculty Sponsor: Robert K. Wayne)
Understanding the demographic history and adaptation to different environments of the North American marsupial, the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana)

Quetzalcoatl Orozco Ramírez, Geography Graduate Group, UC Davis
(Faculty Sponsor: Stephen Brush)
Training on field methods and site selection for research project in Oaxaca, Mexico

Kathryn Peiman, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Los Angeles
(Faculty Sponsor: Gregory Grether)
The Effects of Heterospecific Aggression on Winter Habitat Use in a Migrant and Resident Passerine

Alicia M. Romero, History, UC Santa Cruz
(Faculty Sponsor: Alice Yang)
Portrait of a Barrio: Memory and Visual Culture in Barelas, NM 1900-1969

Monica Romero López, Center for Complex Biological Systems, UC Irvine
(Faculty Sponsor: John S. Lowengrub)
Collaborate with UNAM

Diana C. Rose, History of Visual Art and Culture, UC Santa Cruz
(Faculty Sponsor: Carolyn Dean)
Pre-Columbian Visual Culture in Contemporary Maya Practices

Nadia T. Rubio-Cisneros, Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
(Faculty Sponsor: Jeremy Jackson)
Historical benefits of ecosystem services in Marismas Nacionales wetland

Kristie Soares, Comparative Literature Program, UC Santa Barbara
(Faculty Sponsor: Carl Gutierrez-Jones)
The Ethics of Relation: A Healing Performance Community Activism Project

Alma Celina Vega, Demography, UC Berkeley
(Faculty Sponsor: Ronald Lee)
The Impact of Social Security on Return Migration Among Mexican Elderly in the U.S.

Germán Vergara, History, UC Berkeley
(Faculty Sponsor: Margaret Chowning)
Heterogenous Landscapes: Modernity, Peasants, and Environmental Change in Nineteenth-Century Valley of Mexico

Beniamino Volta, Anthropology, UC San Diego
(Faculty Sponsor: Geoffrey E. Braswell)
Ancient Maya cities as complex adaptive systems: An archaeological investigation of urbanism at Uxul, Campeche, Mexico

Michaela Walsh, Communication, UC San Diego
(Faculty Sponsor: Patrick Anderson)
"Burlando La Migra" Shifting Conceptions of the U.S./Mexico Border

Lorraine Weller, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside
(Faculty Sponsor: Darrel Jenerette)
Mesoamerican farming practices and soil properties in Los Angeles community gardens

Benjamin T. Wilder, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside
(Faculty Sponsor: Louis Santiago)
Historical Plant Biogeography of the Midriff Islands of the Gulf of California: 2011 Field Season

Angelica M. Yañez, Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego
(Faculty Sponsor: Curtiz Marez)
Aztec Dance in Greater Mexico

UC MEXUS-CONACYT Collaborative Grants

Andrés Aguilar, School of Natural Sciences, UC Merced
Enriqueta Velarde, Instituto de Ciencias Marinas y Pesquerías, Universidad Veracruzana
Maintenance of genetic variation in a colonial breeding seabird: The Heermann´s gull (Larus heermanni)
Mantenimiento de la variabilidad genética en un ave marina colonial: la gaviota ploma (Larus heermanni)

Paul Almeida, Social Sciences, UC Merced
María Inclán, División de Estudios Políticos, CIDE
Surveying Demonstrations in Mexico
Encuesta de Manifestaciones en México

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, Medicine, UC San Francisco
Simon Barquera Cervera, Investigación de Políticas y Programas en Nutrición, Centro de Investigación en Nutrición y Salud, INSP
Enhancing Mexican Capacity for Cardiovascular Disease Policy Research
Incrementar la Investigación en Políticas Públicas Hacia Enfermedades Cardiovasculares en México

Xuemei Chen, Botany and Plant Sciences, UC Riverside
Mario Arteaga-Vázquez, Instituto de Biotecnología y Ecología Aplicada, Universidad de Veracruz
Comparative genomics of small RNA-based gene silencing mechanisms in land plants
Genómica comparative de mecanismos de silenciamiento basados en RNAs pequeños en las plantas terrestres

Bruno Chomel, Veterinary Medicine: Population Health and Reproduction, UC Davis
J. Alvaro Aguilar Setien, Unidad de Investigación Médica en Inmunologia, Hospital de Pediatría, Centro Médico Nacional Siglo XXI, IMSS
Ecology of Bartonella in bats and their ectoparasites in Mexico
Ecología de Bartonella en murciélagos y sus ectoparásitos en México

David Crowley, Environmental Sciences, UC Riverside
Macario Bacilio Jiménez, Microbiología Ambiental, CIBNOR, S.C.
Influence of biochar and compost in the phytoremediation of oil contaminated soil
Influencia del biochar y de la composta en la fitoremediación de suelos contaminados con petróleo

Margarita Currás-Collazo, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, UC Riverside
Martha León-Olea, Dirección de Investigaciones en Neurociencias, Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría
Autism-relevant deficits due to developmental PBDE exposure: Participation of the PACAPergic system
Alteraciones relevantes en el síndrome de autismo debidas a la exposición de éteres de polibromodifenilos (PBDE) durante el desarrollo. Participación del sistema PACAergico

Lara Dolecek, Electrical Engineering, UC Los Angeles
Gordana Jovanovic Dolecek, Electrónica, INAOE
Channel Codes for Emerging Highly Reliable Systems: Efficient Algorithms and Performance Guarantees
Códigos de canal para los nuevos sistemas de alta fiabilidad: algoritmos eficientes y garantías de desempeño

Teófilo Gónzalez, Computer Science, UC Santa Barbara
Arturo González-Gutiérrez, Facultad de Informática, Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro
Approximation Algorithms for Transportation Networks
Algoritmos de Aproximación para Redes de Transporte

Gretchen Hofmann, Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara
Eugenio Carpizo-Ituarte, Laboratorio de Ecología y Biología del Desarrollo, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California
Studying Ocean Change: A proposed collaborative project to study ocean acidification on the Mexican and California Pacific coasts
El Efecto de la acidificación del océano en ecosistemas marinos de la costa Pacífico de México y Estados Unidos: Una aproximación binacional para el estudio de los cambios del océano

Jeremy Hourigan, Earth and Planetary Sciences, UC Santa Cruz
Luca Ferrari Pedraglio, Centro de Geociencias, UNAM
Age of rifting and exhumation in the southern Gulf of California: A thermochronology approach
Edad de la ruptura listosférica y exhumación en la parte sur del Golfo de California: un acercamiento por medio de termocronología

Ermias Kebreab, Animal Science, UC Davis
Juan Pinos-Rodríguez, Instituto de Investigación de Zonas Desérticas, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí
Reducing Enteric Methane Emissions from Cows in Large Dairy Enterprises
Reducción de las Emisiones Entéricas de Metano de la Industria Lechera

Tobias Kind and Oliver Fiehn, Genome Center-Metabolomics, UC Davis
Eugenia Lugo-Cervantes, Tecnología Alimentaria, CIATEJ
Isolation and characterization of saponins from Agave durangensis and salmiana and their effect on cell membrane of Kluyveromyces marxianus and Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast in a fermentation process
Aislamiento y caracterización de las saponinas de Agave durangensis y salmiana y el efecto sobre la membrana de Kluyveromyces marxianus y Saccharomyces cerevisiae en el proceso de fermentación

Eric Lauga, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego
Roberto Zenit Camacho, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales, UNAM
Experimental and Theoretical Models of Cell Locomotion in Complex Fluids
Modelos Teóricos y Experimentales de la Locomoción de Microorganismos en Fluidos Complejos

Richard Lesure, Anthropology, UC Los Angeles
Juana de Dios López Jiménez, Arqueología, Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas
Formative Social Transformations on the Coast of Chiapas, Mexico
Transformaciones Sociales del Formativo en la Costa de Chiapas, México
(George E. Brown Jr. Award)

Edwin Lewis, Entomology, UC Davis
Jaime Ruíz Vega, Recursos Naturales, CIIDIR-IPN, Unidad Oaxaca
Biological control of the Agave Weevil, a pest of ornamental plants in the U.S. and of agave production for tequila and mescal in Mexico
Control biológico del picudo del agave una plaga de plantas ornamentales en los EEUU y de producción de agave para tequila y mezcal en México

Kenneth Loh, Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Davis
Arturo Baltazar Herrejon, Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing, CINVESTAV-Unidad Saltillo
Buried Pipeline Active Sensing and Damage Detection using Piezoelectric Nanocomposites
Sensado activo y detección de daño en líneas de tubería enterrada usando nanocompuestos piezoelectricos

Otoniel Martinez-Maza, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics, UC Los Angeles
Mario I. Vega, Unidad de Investigación Médica en Enfermedades Oncológicas, Hospital de Oncología, CMN Siglo XXI, IMSS
Regulation of Krüppel-Like Factor 4 expression through Yin-Yang 1 activation in non-Hodgkin's B-cell Lymphomas
Regulación de la expresión de Krüppel-Like Factor 4 mediante la activación de Yin-Yang 1 en linfomas No-Hodgkin de células B

Jocelyn Millar, Entomology, UC Riverside
Leopoldo C. Crúz-López, Entomología, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
Exploiting natural attractants for detection and management of Triatomine bugs, the vectors of Chagas disease
Explotación de atrayentes naturales para la detección y manejo de las chinches Triatomineas vectoras de la enfermedad de Chagas

Michael C. Pirrung, Chemistry, UC Riverside
Tannya R. Ibarra-Rivera, Química Analítica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Total Synthesis of Glidobactin A
Síntesis Total de Glidobactin A

Gordon Rausser, Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Berkeley
Elvira Durán, Academia Biodiversidad del Neotrópico, CIIDIR-IPN, Unidad Oaxaca
Institutional change and local forest governance: Shaping the Mexican community forestry sector 1999-2012
Cambios institucionales en la governanza local: Conformación del sector forestal comunitario Mexicano entre 1999-2012

Helen Regan, Biology, UC Riverside
Jorge Leonel León-Cortés, Ecología y Sistemática Terrestre, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur
Insects and climate change in Southern Mexico
Insectos y cambio climático en el Sur de México

Paul Renne, Earth and Planetary Science, UC Berkeley
Hugo Delgado, Vulcanología, UNAM
Eruptive variability of Volcán Popocatépetl, Mexico: Implications for timescales of magmatic processes and volcanic hazards
Variabilidad eruptiva del Volcán Popocatépetl México: Implicaciones para los plazos de los procesos magmáticos y riesgos volcánicos

Robert Rissman, Neurosciences, UC San Diego
Teresa Morales, Instituto de Neurobiología, UNAM -Campus Juriquilla
Modulation of Tau Phosphorylation and Solubility during Reproduction
Modulación de la fosforilación de la proteína Tau y su solubilidad durante la reproducción

Van Savage, Biomathematics, UC Los Angeles
Alexander DeLuna, Laboratorio Nacional de Genómica para la Biodiversidad, CINVESTAV-IPN
Systematic Analysis of Genetic Interactions Underlying Aging in Yeast
Análisis Sistemático de las Interacciones Genéticas Subyacentes al Envejecimiento en la Levadura

Daniel Schlenk, Environmental Sciences, UC Riverside
Gabriela Rodríguez-Fuentes, Unidad de Química-Sisal, UNAM
Role of oxidative stress in acetylcholinesterase regulation during organophosphate pesticide exposure
Papel del estrés oxidativo en la regulacion de la acetilcolinesterasa durante la exposición a plaguicidas organofosforados

Victoria Sork, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UC Los Angeles
Antonio González Rodríguez, Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, UNAM-Campus Morelia
Landscape genomics of a widely distributed Mexican white oak Quercus rugosa
Genómica a nivel de paisaje en Quercus rugosa, un encino blanco de amplia distribución

Carol Spencer, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, UC Berkeley
Oscar Flores-Villela, Facultad de Ciencias y Museo de Zoología, UNAM
Phylogeography and geographic variation in the ecology, morphology and venom of the Mojave Rattlesnake Crotalus scutulatus: Implications for a dangerous and medically-relevant snake species
La filogeografía y variación geográfica en la ecología la morfología y el veneno de la cascabel de Mojave Crotalus scutulatus: sus implicaciones para una serpiente venenosa peligrosa y medicamente relevante

Sheldon Tan, Electrical Engineering, UC Riverside
Esteban Tlelo-Cuautle, Electrónica, INAOE
Symbolic and Statistical Modeling and Analysis Techniques for Analog/Mixed-Signal Nanometer Integrated Circuits
Técnicas de Modelado y Análisis Simbólico para Circuitos Integrados Analógicos/Señal-Mixta Nanométricos

Lisa Tauxe, Geosciences Research Division, UC San Diego
Avto Gogichaishvili, Laboratorio Interinstitucional de Magnetismo Natural, Instituto de Geofísica, UNAM
The Mexican Plio/Pleistocene volcanics: Key to the time averaged geomagnetic field
Vulcanismo del Plio/Pleistoceno en México: Clave para la variabilidad de campo geomagnetico

Diego Yankelevich and Laura Marcu, Electrical Engineering, UC Davis
Roger Cudney, Óptica, CICESE
Applications of Periodically and Aperiodically Poled Lithium Niobate Crystals in Photoacoustic Imaging
Aplicaciones de niobato de litio periódica y aperiódicamente polarizado a formación de imágenes por detección fotoacústica

Efim Zelmanov, Mathematics, UC San Diego
Liudmila Sabinina, Matemáticas, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos
Combinatorial loop theory and its applications
Teoria combinatoria de lazos y sus aplicaciones

Albert Zlotnik, Physiology and Biophysics, UC Irvine
Leopoldo Santos-Argumedo, Biomedicina Molecular, CINVESTAV-IPN
Characterization of a novel B cell antigen
Caracterización de un nuevo antígeno en linfocitos B