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green globe in grass Most Underestimate Minorities’ Environmental Concerns – Even Minorities 
October 29, 2018
In a new study, Jonathon Schuldt, a co-author of the study and an associate professor of communication, found that most Americans underestimate how concerned minorities and lower-income people are about environmental threats. Even people who are minorities or lower-income underestimate their peers’ environmental concerns.
New Study to Look at Trends in Couples’ Earnings After Baby
October 25, 2018
Kelly Musick, professor of policy analysis and management, has been awarded $1 million by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study “Trends in Couples’ Work Patterns After Childbirth.” She hopes to study the implications of inequalities in earnings both within families and across families.
Staff-Family Communication Key to Assisted Living Success
October 23, 2018
Karl Pillemer, the Hazel E. Reed Professor in the Department of Human Development, developed Partners in Caregiving in Assisted Living Program (PICAL). This program is designed to offer training to families and staff to enhance communication and relationships between staff and the patient’s family, with the goal of improving patient outcomes.
Mobile Communication Lab Lets Any Person Participate in Any Study
October 18, 2018
Cornell’s mobile communication lab has been designed to allow social science research to be conducted in the geographic areas where inhabitants face our societies largest issues. Sahara Byrne, current ISS Faculty Fellow, and Jeff Niederdeppe, ISS Small Grant recipient, were responsible for bringing this innovative idea to life.
Conference Considers a Global Plant Steeped in Meaning
October 16, 2018
On October 26-27, a public conference titled “Tea High and Low: Elixir, Exploitation and Ecology” will be held at Cornell University. Some of the topics of discussion will include the cultural, religious, botanical, economic, and environmental aspects of the world tea industry.
Pulitzer Prize Winner Describes Why We ‘Lock up Our Own’ – and How to Stop
October 11, 2018
James Forman Jr., professor of law at Yale Law School, was invited to speak at the ISS Mass Incarceration project’s capstone lecture. He believes that local officials in the 1980-90’s often used and funded the criminal justice system rather than alternatives such as mental health treatment and drug rehabilitation, leading to the rise of mass incarceration.
Doctoral Student Applies Physics Modeling to Voting of SCOTUS ‘Super Court’
October 11, 2018
Eddie Lee, a doctoral student in physics, has applied the statistical physics model for magnetic behavior to the voting patterns of the most recent 36 Supreme Court justices. He has found that bipartisan ideologies are not a good predictor of voting but rather he has found a strong tendency toward unanimity in voting.
Peter Enns Big Data on Political and Economic Will
October 11, 2018
Peter Enns, professor of government, has been using big data to investigate the broad scope of the impact of the criminal justice system on families, and how campaign donations affect what politicians say and do.  
Residential Child Care Project Receives $2.8M Grant
October 9, 2018
The Residential Child Care Project has been one of the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research programs for many years. The project recently received a sizeable grant to aid in the creation of a Center for Creating Trauma-Informed Residential Settings to provide services for children and adolescents.
Alexander Colvin Named Interim Dean of ILR
October 9, 2018
Alexander Colvin, professor of conflict resolution and associate dean of academic affairs, has been named as the Interim Dean of ILR until a new dean takes over.
Roper Center to Create World’s Most Comprehensive Health Opinion Database
October 8, 2018
The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research has recently received $1.43 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to construct the largest health opinion database. The project will take about 3 years to complete and will allow researchers to track trends in health opinions across many groups over time.
Health Tech Pioneer Deborah Estrin Named MacArthur Fellow
October 4, 2018
Deborah Estrin, professor of computer science at Cornell Tech, has recently been named a MacArthur fellow. Her work currently focuses on using ‘small data’ to impact social and personal changes.
Education Improved Economic Rationality, Study Finds
October 4, 2018
Hyuncheol Bryant Kim, assistant professor of PAM and past ISS small grant recipient, has found causal evidence that an education intervention increases not only educational outcomes but also economic rationality in terms of measuring how consistently people make decisions to seek their economic goals.
Garcia Briefs D.C. Policymakers on the History of Refugee Policy 
October 4, 2018
Maria Cristina Garcia, professor of history and faculty fellow on the 2010-2013 ISS Immigration Project, spoke to policymakers in D.C. on how the past can inform the current debate over refugee admittance, centering on the recent announcement by the Trump administration that the refugee cap would be lowered to the lowest number since 1980.
Kevin Hallock Named Dean of SC Johnson College of Business
October 2, 2018
Economist and compensation and labor market scholar Kevin F. Hallock, the Kenneth F. Kahn ’69 Dean and Joseph R. Rich ’80 Professor in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, has been named dean of the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced Oct. 2.
New Group to Study AI’s Impact on Decision-Making
October 1, 2018
A group of researchers at Cornell’s Ithaca and New York City campuses have formed the Artificial Intelligence, Policy, and Practice Initiative, which aims to create collaborative research opportunities between scholars in computing, law, social science, communications, and philosophy.
Redesign Dating Apps to Lessen Racial Bias
September 27, 2018
Solon Barocas, ISS Algorithms project member, and Karen Levy, current ISS Faculty Fellow, have found that Mobile dating apps that allow users to filter their searches by race – or rely on algorithms that pair up people of the same race – reinforce racial divisions and biases.
Innovation Grants Focus on China
September 18, 2018
Members of the faculty are invited to submit research proposals for new Cornell China Center Innovation Grants, which will fund interdisciplinary collaborative teams that plan to develop projects with far-reaching impact in and for China.
Diners Order Slightly Less When Restaurants List Calories
September 11, 2018
John Cawley, professor of policy analysis and management, recently conducted a study to determine how calorie counts on menus affect consumer behavior. The overall result was a 3% reduction in the number of calories a diner would order over a menu that did not list calorie information.
Free Lunches Bring the Workers In, but They Don’t Always Stay
August 29, 2018
Free on-site cafeterias can entice workers in the recruitment process, but they aren’t necessarily a key factor for retention.
Has Tech Ushered in a Golden Age of Long-Distance Dating? 
August 28, 2018 
According to Natalie Bazarova, co-leader for the ISS Pro-Social Behaviors Project, it appears that long-distance partners can engage in more partner idealization and enhanced levels of self-disclosure, compared to geographically close partners.
Lectures Explores Politics and Justice in the Trump Era
August 22, 2018
In a lecture series starting September 12, eminent social scientists will explore the diverse transformations and challenges of American politics since the rise of Donald Trump.
Empathy Project Goes Online 
August 17, 2018
The Cornell Race and Empathy Project records, archives, and shares everyday stories of Cornellians that evoke racial empathy, which are now available online.
Research to Focus on Why it’s Hard to Say No to Police Searches
August 17, 2018
Vanessa Bohns, associate professor of organizational behavior in the ILR School, will measure whether perception causes outside observers to systematically overestimate the voluntariness of consent.
How Technology Turns Consumers into Spies 
August 13, 2018
Karen Levy, a faculty fellow in the ISS 2018-2019 cohort, co-authored a paper that explores how people are turned into spied by the ubiquity of surveillance technology, combines with marketing messages that suggest they’re ill-informed consumers if they don’t use them.
How Attitudes on Race, Immigration, Gender Will Affect the 2018 Midterm Elections 
August 9, 2018
Peter Enns, member of the ISS Mass Incarceration Project, and Jonathon Schuldt, associate professor of communication  in CALS, are conducting surveys to understand voter attitudes, and how they relate to support for Trump.
For More Cohesive Police Forces in War-Torn Countries, Adding Women May Help
August 8, 2018
Sabrina Karim, assistant professor of government, has shown that the addition of more women could improve police force’s cohesion, and increase women’s likelihood of speaking up and participating.
Apps Make it Easy for Domestic Abusers to Spy 
July 23, 2018
A study led by Cornell researchers finds that thousands of apps that allow domestic abusers to secretly spy on their partners are simple to install, difficult to detect, and marketed online with explanations on how to use them for illegal purposes.
  Cohen, Wildeman Named Provost Fellows
June 27, 2018
Chris Wildeman, member of the ISS Mass Incarceration Project, has been appointed as a provost fellow for social sciences by Emmanuel Giannelis, vice provost for research. Wildeman will help to coordinate, initiate, and promote new research and programs in the social sciences.
Research Explores the Blind Spots of Workplace ‘Suitors’
May 24, 2018
Vanessa Bohns, member of the ISS project on Pro-Social Behaviors, has recently conducted research on why there are misunderstandings in unwanted romantic advances. Often, a suitor can misinterpret the target’s reluctance to say ‘no,’ and do not realize the discomfort these repeated advances can cause.
It’s Who You Know: Social Connections Boost Applicants, Organizations They Join
May 3, 2018
New research by Ben Rissing, current ISS Fellow of the 2018/2019 cohort, has shown that personal endorsements of MBA applicants increases the likelihood of receiving an interview and admission into the programs when compared to non-endorsed couterparts.
MBA Students Collaborate Across Cultures at Cornell Tech
May 2, 2018
130 American and Chinese students came together at Cornell Tech’s Roosevelt Island campus in New York City for the third annual Hackathon April 28-29.
Engaged Cornell Grants Fund Undergrad and Faculty Research 
April 26, 2018
Students, faculty and their community partners have received Engaged Cornell research grants to study education, inequality and equity, and community health and sustainability in New York state and international settings.
Small Grants Fire Up New Research in the Social Sciences
April 18, 2018
From why we have “fake news” to what people really think about data privacy, research by a select group of Cornell social scientists has been funded thanks to the Institute for the Social Sciences’ Spring 2018 Small Grant Awards.
Untangling How Deportation Relief Affects Immigrants
April 18, 2018
Members of the ISS Deportation Relief project held their capstone lecture detailing the 3 years of research they have done on the impact of temporary protected status (TPS) on immigrants. This innovative research examines a unique set of immigrants, since much of past US immigration research has been focused on undocumented immigrants.
Graduate Student Leads Group on Algorithms and AI for Social Good
April 12, 2018
Rediet Abebe, a doctoral candidate in computer science, co-founded the Mechanism Design for Social Good group, which aims to improve societal welfare and increase access to opportunities for historically marginalized groups of people.
With Enough Income and Wealth, Cohabiting Couples say ‘I do’ 
April 11, 2018
Cohabiting couples are likely to get married only when they earn as much as their married peers, according to recent research by postdoctoral fellow Patrick Ishizuka.
Analysis Find Strong Consensus on Effectiveness of Gender Transition Treatment
April 9, 2018
A new data analysis has found strong consensus that undergoing gender transition can improve transgender well-being.
Quality of Medicaid Varies as a Result of Public Policy
April 9, 2018
A new book by Jamila Michener, “Fragmented Democracy: Medicaid, Federalism and Unequal Politics,” finds unequal application of Medicaid undermines democracy.

Faculty Report Offers Ideas for Structure of Social Sciences at Cornell
March 21, 2018
A faculty committee charged with exploring opportunities to position the social sciences at Cornell for excellence in 10 to 15 years has issued a report that will serve as the basis for campus-wide discussion over the coming months.
Humor, Fear Inspire Young to Engage in Climate Activism
March 1, 2018
A new study shows that humor can be an effective means to inspire young people to pursue climate change activism. At the same time, fear proves to be an equally effective motivator and has the added advantage of increasing people’s awareness of climate change’s risks.
Upstanding by Design: Built-in Encouragement to Call Out Cyberbullies
February 21, 2018
A Cornell research team has discovered a way to encourage people to intervene – and it can be built right into the design of social networking sites.
Wendy Wolford Appointed Vice Provost for International Affairs
February 20, 2018
Wendy Wolford, a former ISS faculty fellow on the Contest Global Landscapes Project and Professor in the Department of Development Sociology, has been named Cornell vice provost for international affairs.
For Girls Who Mature Early, Psychological Problems Last Into Adulthood
February 19, 2018
Girls who get their periods earlier than their peers are more psychologically vulnerable as teenagers. They have more frequent and severe mental health problems from depression to anxiety, eating disorders, delinquency, or failing school.
Inaugural Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows selected
February 19, 2018
“I’m delighted to welcome this group of distinguished scholars as our inaugural class of Cornell Presidential Postdoctoral Fellows,” said President Martha E. Pollack. “This opportunity will enrich their studies, and they will contribute much to Cornell as outstanding researchers and members of our community.”
Institute Nurtures Promising Social Scientists with ‘Dream’ Semester
February 15, 2018
The ISS has proudly announced its 2018-2019 faculty fellowships for 15 promising young social science faculty. This program offers fellows partial relief from teaching and departmental responsibilities, as well as a grant for research.
The Lack of a College Degree Is a Public-Health Crisis. Here’s What Higher Ed Can Do About It.
February 14, 2018
People who don’t go to college are getting sicker and dying younger. That’s the reality playing out in a region of southeastern Missouri known as the Bootheel, one of many poverty-stricken rural areas across the country where few residents have four-year degrees.
Most Avoid Risk, Despite Better Chance at Reward
February 12, 2018
Individuals that must choose between a “fast” option with a greater chance of victory and a “slow” option with a lower chance of victory, will choose the “slow” option. This phenomenon is known as “sudden-death aversion,” described in a new study by Tom Gilovich, professor of psychology.
ILR researchers demystify disability stats
February 8, 2018
Researchers at the K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability released the Disability Statistics Status Report Jan. 30, revealing 41 million noninstitutionalized people are living with disabilities.
CIS professor teaches ethics in data science course
February 1, 2018
Solon Barocas, assistant professor of computing and information science, is teaching about bias and discrimination in machine learning this fall.
Lecture series to examine ‘The Difficulty of Democracy’
January 31, 2018
The semester-long series hosted by the Program on Ethics and Public Life will feature six eminent social sciences and aims to respond to widespread anxiety about the prospects of democracy in the US and around the world.
Annelise Riles receives lifetime achievement award
January 30, 2018
Annelise Riles, professor of anthropology and of law, will receive the Anneliese Maier Award for lifetime achievement across the social sciences and humanities from the German government.
Obesity’s impact on health care costs varies by state
January 30, 2018
Professor John Cawley has published research with new information on how individual states are affected by the health care costs of obesity.
Entrepreneurship and innovation minor to create ‘agents of change’
January 29, 2018
The new minor, launched by the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business, will be open to undergraduates majoring in any field at any college or school at Cornell.
Studies explore how supermarkets source foods for low-income customers
January 29, 2018
These case studies offer policymakers a better understanding of how regional food systems could bring healthier food to low-income people in the Northeast.
Simpler grammar, larger vocabulary: a linguistic paradox explained
January 24, 2018
New Cornell research explains why languages with many speakers, like English or Mandarin, have large vocabularies with relatively simple grammar – and why those with fewer speakers have the opposite characteristics.
ISS grants jump-start new social science research
January 11, 2018
Are supporters of President Donald Trump increasing in prejudice? What’s the best way to end violence in Liberia during elections? Is Colombia ready for a sustainable boom in cocoa production?These are a few of the questions Cornell social science faculty are answering, thanks to small grants from the Institute for the Social Sciences.