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Research & Impact

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Spotlight

Dream Work—Unpaid Labor in the Gig Economy
Stories abound of so-called social media influencers who earn thousands of dollars for a single post. The New York Times reported in July 2019 that the YouTube star du jour, Emma Chamberlain, made as much as $2 million a year from her videos...
  • Department of Communication
  • Behavior
  • Communication
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Spotlight

Sumanta Basu: Analyzing data, finding hidden structure
“Statistics is unique; it’s like a language of science,” says Sumanta Basu, Statistics and Data Science/Computational Biology. “It gives researchers a rigorous framework to clearly present the logic behind their algorithms and analyses, as well...
  • Computational Biology
  • Statistics and Data Science
  • Molecular Biology and Genetics
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Field Note

Tanmay Bansal ’21: Studying behavioral science interventions
Co-taught by Neil Lewis, Jr., assistant professor of communication, and René Kizilcec, assistant professor of information science, COMM/INFO 4800 is a capstone seminar that combines applied quantitative research methods and social behavioral...
  • Department of Communication
  • Behavior
  • Communication
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Alum’s ‘crazy idea’ helped launch craft beer revolution
The English and education degrees Steve Hindy ’71, MAT ’73, earned at Cornell ended up serving him well, if not quite how he’d planned. “I think I failed as an English teacher,” Hindy said, “but it turned out I was a pretty good beer teacher.”...
  • Food Science
  • Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management
  • Food
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Field Note

From education to service: David Kay’s 40-year journey
The social tailwinds that lofted me here were stirred by the movements of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Most important was my undergraduate exposure to the debates about global economic growth and the environment following publication of The...
  • Community and Regional Development Institute
  • Department of Global Development
  • Applied Economics

News & Events

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News

Cornell social scientists honored for rural community impact
The project, known as W4001, conducts research on the most pressing challenges faced by rural communities, where population trends are reshaping arenas such as food production and natural resource management, land use, ecological sustainability...
  • Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Department of Global Development
  • Global Development
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News

Gillibrand at virtual town hall: ‘Every farm in NY is hurting’
Gillibrand, a Democrat from New York, described how Congress is addressing these issues, and adjusting policies, during a virtual town hall June 8, hosted by Cornell. “There is no question during these difficult times in New York it is...
  • Agriculture
  • Food
  • Dairy