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Podcast Explores Role of Identity in Youth Engagement
March 14, 2019
The latest edition of the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Out Loud” podcast features human development associate professor Anthony Burrow discussing the importance of purpose for youth.
  The Sweet Spot: Research Locates Taste Center in Brain
March 14, 2019
A research team led by Adam Anderson, professor of human development and ISS Small Grant recipient (2015), has discovered the taste center in the human brain by uncovering which parts of the brain distinguish different types of tastes.
Researchers Reset Puberty Discussion Around Modern Research
March 14, 2019
Much of the current research on puberty is based on scientific research that was done in the 1970s. With her colleagues, Jane Mendle, associate professor of human development and former ISS Faculty Fellow (2015-16), is looking to change that.
BanQu CEO Illuminates Blockchain Path to Social Justice
March 13, 2019
At the Cornell Business Impact Symposium, keynote speaker Ashish Gadnis described a pathway to positive social impact that could help people around the world rise from poverty, reduce gender inequality, vanquish black markets and bring light to shadow economies.
Study: Tug at Heartstrings with Big Stats, Human Stories
March 12, 2019
Organizations can persuade people to pay attention to society’s problems by making emotional appeals, with eye-catching statistics and human interest stories, according to a new study co-written by Adam Seth Levine, an ISS Faculty Fellow (2015-16).
In Competition, People Get Discouraged by Competent Robots
March 11, 2019
A Cornell-led team has found that when robots are beating humans in contests for cash prizes, people consider themselves less competent and expend slightly less effort – and they tend to dislike the robots, too. Ori Heffetz, a senior author of the study, received the ISS grant in 2010 and is a member of the ISS Judgment and Decision Making Project.
Former Canadian Prime Minister Cautions Against Ignoring Populism
March 11, 2019
In a world teeming with trade and immigration controversy, Stephen Harper, the conservative former Canadian prime minister, urged a Cornell audience on March 7 not to ignore rising populist or nationalist campaigns.
Curriculum Allows Farmers to Lead Climate Change Education
March 4, 2019
Bezner Kerr, an ISS 2017 small grant recipient, led a team of Cornell faculty in a project to help smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa engage in sustainable and equitable agricultural development through an innovative curriculum that sets farmers front and center.
Study: Nearly Half of Americans have had a Family Member Jailed, Imprisoned
March 4, 2019
A groundbreaking study by Peter Enns and Christopher Wildeman, past members of the ISS Mass Incarceration Project Team, illuminates the extensive scope of mass incarceration in the U.S. Nearly 1 in 2 Americans have had a member of their immediate family spend time in jail or prison – a far higher figure than previously estimated.
Gender Pay Gap Shrinks When Companies Disclose Wages
February 27, 2019
A new study by Margarita Tsoutsoura, a fall 2018 ISS Small Grant recipient, and her co-authors suggests companies that disclose their wages can shrink the gap between what men and women earn by 7 percent. And it makes the workplace more equitable in other ways as well.
ILR study: Workplace Sexual Harassment Impacts 1 in 10 in NY
February 21, 2019
A study by  the ILR School’s Worker Institute reveals that more than 1 in 10 New Yorkers, including 12.2 percent of women, experience quid pro quo workplace sexual harassment.
New Minor Track Focuses on Inequities in Health
February 20, 2019
A new option for study within the inequality studies minor gives students a chance to explore the social causes and consequences of inequities as they relate to health.
American Segregation, Mapped at Day and Night
February 18, 2019
Matthew Hall, co-leader of the ISS Deportation Relief project, examined the temporal change in segregation from daytime to nighttime. The study revealed something quite intriguing, during working hours, geographic segregation was much lower than at nighttime when everyone goes home to their residences.
Freedom on the Move Builds Database of Fugitive Slave Ads
February 14, 2019
An ISS funded online project run by Ed Baptist is enlisting the help of the public to create a database for thousands of advertisements placed by enslavers who wanted to recapture self-liberating Africans and African-Americans. Baptist received the ISS Small Grant in 2013.
Social Scientists Take on Data-Driven Discrimination
February 13, 2019
Big data, machine learning and digital surveillance have the potential to create racial and social inequalities – and make existing discrimination even worse, according to the ISS Algorithms Collaborative Project (2018-2021).
Living Arrangements of ‘Dreamers’ Are More Complex, Less Stable, Study Shows
February 4, 2019
Matthew Hall, co-leader of the ISS Deportation Relief Project, has published a study examining the family living arrangements of undocumented Latino immigrants. He found that this group was less likely to live in simple arrangements, but rather in situations with extended-family members or non-family members.
People Admit They Trust News Stories That Contradict Their Views – for a Price
February 1, 2019
A study by researchers at Cornell Tech has found that people are more likely to believe news headlines are accurate when they are aligned with the person’s political views. However, when incentivized by a cash bonus to evaluate article accuracy, respondents were more likely to classify headlines as accurate that were not aligned with their political views.
Institute of Politics and Global Affairs to Open at Cornell
January 31, 2019
A new Cornell institute focusing on politics and global affairs – to be directed for former Congressman Steve Israel (D-NY) – will launch in the 2019-20 academic year.
Psychologists Solve Mystery of Songbird Learning
January 31, 2019
Zebra finches’ ability to detect subtle, quick movements from their mothers helps them learn effective singing, according to research led by associate professor of psychology Michael Goldstein.
Harvard Professor to Discuss Implicit Bias
January 30, 2019
Mahzarin R. Banaji, chair in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, will be speaking on Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Statler Auditorium. Her lecture will focus on the disconnect between explicit beliefs and implicit beliefs that are shaped by experiences.
Book Offers Hope to Parents of Children Who Self-Injure
January 29, 2019
A new book by Janis Whitlock, “Healing Self-Injury,” offers parents who have discovered their child self-harming information and guidance to help their child recover. Janis Whitlock serves as the director of the Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and Recovery.
Study: AI May Mask Racial Disparities in Credit, Lending
January 29, 2019
A method intended to evaluate racial disparities in lending decisions can yield very different results depending on tiny changes in how it guesses applicants’ races, according to a new Cornell-led study.
Streaming Chill Vibes? Spotify Data Says the Season Is the Reason
January 24, 2019
In a Cornell study by the Social Dynamics Lab, researchers analyzed song preferences to reveal human emotional states. The study found that people tend to listen to more relaxing music at night and during the winter as compared to more ‘intense’ music during the day.
Anthony Burrow Receives Engaged Scholar Prize
January 23, 2019
Anthony Burrow, associate professor of human development has received the Engaged Scholar Prize which recognizes a faculty member’s innovative approach to community-engaged scholarship. He received the award for his work with the Program for Research on Youth Development and Engagement (PRYDE).
What Happens When Bosses Don’t Practice What They Preach?
January 23, 2019
Brian Lucas, assistant professor of organizational behavior, has recently published a study examining word-deed misalignment within organizations. Saying one thing and doing another is not always seen as hypocritical or negative when there is a strong reputation for integrity.
U.S. Economy’s Current Growth Will Peak in 2019
January 22, 2019
Steven Kyle, associate professor of applied economics believes that the U.S. economy will likely peak within the next year and a half, with near-term growth and longer-term slowdown. Interest rates will continue to be raised by the Federal Reserve in order to combat rising inflation, however, this action also tends to lead to economic slowdown.
Predicting Future Combos, from Rap Songs to Pharmaceuticals
January 16, 2019
Cornell researchers, assistant professor, Austin Benson, computer science doctoral student, Rediet Abebe, and colleagues develop an algorithm to predict which musical groups are likely to work together in the future based on their past partnerships.
Is Seeing Believing? Depends on Photo Quality, Study Says
January 8, 2019
Associate professor, Mor Naaman, and professor of computer science, Serge Belongie at Cornell Tech found that people trust online sellers who post their own high-quality photos of items for sale more than they trust those who use stock images or poor-quality photos.
Using Vibration to Curb Digital Addiction
January 2, 2019
Cornell Tech graduate student, Fabian Okeke, and colleagues look to theories of behavioral economics and psychology to create a negative reinforcement app to remind social media users to go on with their day.