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Conferences & Invited Lectures

Assistant Professor Neil Lewis, Jr., is presenting the talk  “Whose Health Guidance Can I Trust? Context, Culture, and Identity-Based Motivation” at the COVID-19 and Policy Conference: Looking Backward & Looking Forward. In the talk, Neil will share lessons learned from a federal COVID-19 vaccination uptake behavioral science task force to illustrate how the broader social contextual and cultural dynamics of the United States affects people’s responses to health interventions. He will then discuss the implications of these lessons for future research, as well as our collective readiness to respond to future pandemics.

Neil is also delivering an invited lecture at the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. In the talk, entitled “What We Learn from Where We Live,” he will share recent findings from his program of research that has been using the United States as a context to examine how patterns of segregation and other forms of social stratification seep into the mind and affect how people perceive and make meaning of the world around them. He will also discuss the consequences of those meaning-making processes for people’s judgments, motivations, and decisions across multiple domains.

Cornell Comm had a strong presence at the April 2023 conference on Public Communication of Science & Technology, which took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Dominique Brossard Ph.D. ‘02 (chair, Life Sciences Communication Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison) delivered the keynote, "Finding Common Ground from the Science of Science Communication"; among the commentators was Hepeng Jia Ph.D. ‘19 (professor, Soochow University). In another panel, Professor Bruce Lewenstein debated John Besley Ph.D. ‘06 (Brandt Professor, Michigan State University) on which is more important: audience or goals?


Figure 1 That one with the epic science communication battle


Graduate student Megan Sawey completed the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Check out her ranking!

Figure 2 Megan Sawey takes a break at the Dick's Sporting Goods Marathon.

In the Media

Professor Lee Humphreys was interviewed on Connecticut Public Radio’s Colin McEnroe Show for the episode “The Art of the Dial: Why We Like Hotlines and Phone Calls with Strangers.”

Associate Professor Drew Margolin was quoted in the Associated Press News article “Discord Forces Members to Change Usernames, Discord Erupts.”


Professor Natalie Bazarova and grad student Pengfei Zhao, 2023, Individualistic Privacy Theories,” in The Routledge Handbook of Privacy and Social Media. In this chapter, the authors discuss the role of control, agency, and bounded rationality in privacy management, with a special focus on what they call situationally bounded privacy and hyper-ambivalent spaces of social media. They also review some of the foundational theories, as well as emergent directions and recent extensions in individualistic privacy research. By reflecting critically on the assumptions, theoretical frameworks, and emergent research extensions, their goal is to contribute to a more comprehensive understanding of privacy in social media.

M. Rosin, M. Storksdieck, K. O’Connell,… Professor Bruce Lewenstein, May 2023, “Broadening Participation in Science through Arts-Facilitated Experiences at a Cultural Festival,” PLOS ONE. A key broadening participation challenge for science communication is to reach non-traditional audiences beyond those already interested in science. In this study the authors test a “Guerilla Science” approach that blends elements of access, by removing barriers to participation, with those of inclusion, by designing participant-centered activities, for reaching an art-interested adult audience at the FIGMENT art festival in New York City. Their results show that participants at Guerilla Science were similar to festival goers overall in their connection to and interest in science, indicating the effectiveness of the approach for engaging non-traditional audiences and those who might not self-select into science activities.

Postdoctoral Associate Jiawei Liu and Professor Jeff Niederdeppe, May 2023, “Effects of Race-Specific Prevalence and Racial Disparity Information about Obesity and Diabetes,” Health Communication. There are significant racial disparities in obesity and diabetes such that prevalence rates are higher among Black Americans than White Americans. This study examined effects of communicating the prevalence of obesity/diabetes and comparing race-specific prevalence rates between White and Black Americans to highlight racial health disparities. The authors conducted two preregistered, between-subjects randomized online experiments with an analytic sample of 1,232 U.S. adults (n = 609 for the obesity study and n = 623 for the diabetes study) stratified by race. Results showed that race-specific disease prevalence information and intergroup disease prevalence comparisons may have both positive and unintended consequences on message recipients.

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