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Open Access Publications from the University of California


Welcome! The Equilibrium is an Open Access undergraduate, interdisciplinary research journal supported by Earl Warren College at UC San Diego. Founded in 2013, The Equilibrium was established to publish student research at UCSD, connect the faculty to the student body, provide research-related resources and information, and support stimulating academic discourse and exchange of ideas and research at the undergraduate level. It is intended to not only be an opportunity for students involved in research to showcase their work and form a supportive community, but is also a way to get other students inspired and involved with research. The Equilibrium works directly under the Warren Provost’s Office. The Equilibrium accepts student research submissions from ALL UCSD colleges and in ANY discipline.

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Effect of CaMKIIδ Deletion on Sarcomere Structure

Heart failure, a progressive condition that is typically undetected and often misdiagnosed, is the leading cause of deaths around the world. The disorder is characterized by the inability of the heart to keep up with the body’s demand for blood circulation. It is initiated by structural and functional changes from molecular to systemic levels that result in compensatory physiological changes, commonly termed cardiac remodeling. At first, this remodeling enables the heart to increase its cardiac output to compensate for the change. However, over time, remodeling results in cardiomyopathy, a condition with enlarged left ventricles and/or dilated ventricular walls that can lead to dysfunction and inadequate pumping of blood to the rest of the body.

Patient-Specific Modeling of Tetralogy of Fallot

Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) is one of the more complicated types of congenital heart defects. TOF a ects 3-5% of all infants born with congenital heart defects and is a leading cause of cyanosis, which occurs when insu cient amount of oxygen are transported to the rest of body. Four major defects contribute to cyanosis in patients with TOF.

Differential Rates of Resilience and Support Sources among Minority Veterans

Veterans of recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are at notably high risk for numerous mental health disorders. Research suggests that psychological resilience, or the capacity to successfully adapt in the face of adversity, may protect against such conditions. The present study explored differences in resilience levels and associated psychosocial factors among racial groups in a large and relatively diverse sample of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Although minorities make up a significant portion of the military, little work has investigated resilience in minority veterans.

Law as a Mechanism: A Comparative Perspective on the Perpetuation and Prevention of Violence Against Women in India, Japan, and the United States

TRIGGER WARNING: December 2012, New Delhi, India. A twenty-three-year-old college student, Jyoti Singh Pandey, boarded an off  duty bus with her male friend. Soon after, he was knocked unconscious and she was gang raped and brutalized by 6 men. She died as a result of her injuries. The men who assaulted and murdered her, except one who died in custody, were charged with rape, murder, kidnapping, robbery, and assault. All perpetrators were found guilty and all but one, a juvenile, were sentenced to death by hanging.