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Conferences & Invited Lectures

Assistant Professor Neil Lewis, Jr., was invited to speak at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine's workshop on Applying Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Research and Development to Future Epidemics. He gave a talk on "Whose Health Guidance Can I Trust? Context, Culture, and Identity-Based Motivation." You can watch Neil's talk and all of the talks from the workshop on the National Academies website.

Professor Lee Humphreys delivered an invited lecture at Erasmus University. The lecture, “Integrating Open Science and Qualitative Methods,” explored what open science could learn from qualitative methods and what qualitative methods could learn from open science. The event was co-organized by ESHCC’s Research Office as part of the Open and Responsible Science Campaign at Erasmus University, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Figure 1 Lee lecturing at Erasmus University, Rotterdam

Events—Friday is a busy day!

We are delighted to invite you to the Distinguished Lecture (part of our COMMColloqium series) with Maier-Bascom Professor Dhavan Shah(School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison). The lecture takes place this Friday, March 24, at 2:00 pm, in 102 Mann Library Building. Professor Shah will present “Digital Traces and Social Ties: Computational Communication Research in Health and Politics.” The event is followed by a reception, located in The Hub of the Department of Communication.

The Cornell Center for Social Sciences’ Qualitative and Interpretive Research Institute presents “On Interviewing.” The zoom event takes place Friday, March 24, at 4:00. The seminar will explore best practices and tips for conducting semi-structured interviews. Panelists will discuss what makes for a good interview, how to write good questions, how to structure the interview, how to conduct interviews as teams of researchers, and different kinds of technologies that can be used for recording and transcribing interviews. Registration is required.

The COMM 5660 Science Communication Workshop will be held this weekend, opening with the public panel, “Opportunities for Public Communication of Science.”  The event, featuring Comm Ph.D. student Maggie Foster, takes place Friday, March 24, at 4:30, in 101 Warren Hall. The course is taught by Lecturer Catherine Lambert.


Philipp K. Masur, Professor Natalya N. Bazarova, Dominic DiFranzo, March 2023, “The Impact of What Others Do, Approve Of, and Expect You to Do: An In-Depth Analysis of Social Norms and Self-Disclosure on Social Media,” Social Media + Society. The research provides an in-depth analysis of the relationships between different social norms and visual and written self-disclosure on Instagram and Facebook. Based on a survey with 863 participants, the researchers found that descriptive, injunctive, and subjective norms all positively predicted self-disclosure, explaining variance beyond privacy concerns or perceived benefits of disclosure. Drs. Masur and DiFranzo are former members of the Social Media Lab.

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On Friday, March 17, we welcomed potential graduate students to an on-campus visit. The recruitment event included a games night, faculty lightening talks, department and campus tour, new media and society group meeting, and colloquium. At the day’s end, we celebrated with a reception.


Figure 2 Poppy lecturing on harnessing the power of groups to address climate crisis

Figure 3 Reception following Colloquiu

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