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Grad student Rebekah Wicke received the Amanda L. Kundrat Thesis of the Year Award from the Health Communication division of the International Communication Association and National Communication Association.

Conferences & Invited Lectures

In November 2022, Associate Professor Brooke Duffy delivered the keynote lecture to the Advertising & Society Colloquium at the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History. The Colloquium focused on the theme advertising confronts gender. The lecture, "Platforms, Promotional Labor, and the Politics of Influencer (In)Visibility” has since been published in Advertising & Society Quarterly.

Assistant Professor Andrea Stevenson Won is presenting a paper at the conference, “A Social Scientists Perspective: Therapeutic Applications of Social VR” at the Virtual Medicine Conference. Andrea will discuss recent work showing that social interactions in virtual reality can improve pain thresholds in participants when compared to solo virtual reality experiences.


As part of the library’s Threads of History: Textiles Across Cornell series, Professor Katherine Sender is presenting her film, Threads: Sustaining India’s Textile Tradition, followed by a Q&A. The event takes place Tuesday, April 11, at 4:00 in 102 Mann Library Building.


Professor Poppy McLeod received a Cornell Atkinson Summer Mentored Research Grant for the project “Conversation for Conservation: Group-based Influences on Pro-Environmental Beliefs, Attitudes, and Behaviors.” This pilot initiative, supporting faculty-led undergraduate summer opportunities in sustainability research, pairs two undergraduate researchers with a faculty principal investigator and a graduate student as mentors. This tiered mentorship structure aims to prepare undergraduates to conduct independent research in a collaborative environment.

Graduate student Amanda Vilchez, PI, “Let’s Talk about Bats,” Graduate Research Grant on Advancing One Health, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability. This citizen science project seeks to improve human health, bat community, and ecosystem services through a cooperative national sampling of bats’ distribution in Peru’s urban and rural areas. The study considers the participation of non-scientists in obtaining information about bats’ species and their presence using acoustic methods. As a result of non-scientists’ participation in the study and systematic conversations with scientists, Amanda expects to encourage positive perceptions of bats and decrease negative interactions with them.


We are pleased to announce that graduate student Angel Hwang has accepted the position of Assistant Professor of Computational Communication Science & Artificial Intelligence from the University of Southern California starting fall 2024. This will be a joint appointment with the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the Viterbi School of Engineering. Before starting her new role at USC, she will hold two internships this summer: one with the FATE group (Fairness, Accountability, Transparency & Ethics in AI) at Microsoft Research; the other with the Emerging Tech team at Adobe Research & Design. She’ll also spend one year as a postdoc at Cornell CIS and Cornell Tech, working with Qian Yang and Wendy Ju on an NSF-funded project to model cultural differences in human-AI interaction.

We are delighted to share that Cat Lambert successfully defended her PhD dissertation entitled, “A Comparative Case Study of Enhanced Geothermal Systems: Interacting Imaginaries of Place and Energy in Renewable Energy Transitions.” Cat is a lecturer who teaches our science and risk communication courses.

Senior Lecturer Michelle LaVigne has been appointed Associate Editor at Dance Chronicle, where she edit the journal's book and performance reviews.


Postdoctoral Associate Sarah Gilbert, Katie Shilton, and Jessica Vitak, March 2023, “When Research Is the Context: Cross-Platform User Expectations for Social Media Data Reuse,” Big Data & Society. While social media data provides unique opportunities for researchers to learn about a variety of phenomena, users rarely know their data is used in research. Using factorial vignettes, this paper surveys social media users’ of three different platforms to learn about their perspectives on data use for research. Although results highlight different expectations between platforms, the authors find that the factor with the greatest impact across all platforms is consent, and they offer a sociotechnical approach to ethical design.

Adjunct Associate Professor Tarleton Gillespie, March 2023, “The Fact of Content Moderation; Or, Let’s Not Solve the Platforms’ Problems for Them,” Media and Communication.  In this commentary, part of a forthcoming special issue on “A Datafied Society,” Tarleton argues that recent social science concerning the information technology industries has been driven by a sense of urgency around the problems social media platforms face. But, as he argues, it need not be our job to solve the problems these industries have created, at least not on the terms in which they offer them. When researchers are enlisted in solving the industry’s problems, we tend to repeat some of the missteps common to the study of technology and society.

Assistant Professor Nathan Matias, March 2023, “To Hold Tech Accountable, Look to Public Health,” Wired Magazine. In this article, Nathan argues that while the field of public health has transformed medicine, it has failed the most vulnerable. This trajectory can be avoided.

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STEM graduate students from across Cornell spent a recent weekend learning the ins and outs of science communication in the Science Communication Workshop, Comm 5660. Visiting Research Intern Carolina Sotério introduced the students to the basics of science podcasting, while Ph.D. Student Maggie Foster joined a wide-ranging panel discussion on avenues for science communication, education, and engagement. The workshop is taught by Dr. Cat Lambert, Communication Lecturer.



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