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Renowned psychologist, neuroscientist to deliver Doris Lecture

Avshalom Caspi ’83, Ph.D. ’86, will return to Cornell to deliver the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research’s annual John Doris Memorial Lecture on April 25. Caspi will discuss the implications of charting mental disorders from childhood to midlife.

New director leads Center for the Study of Economy & Society

Filiz Garip, a former engineer whose career has been defined by interdisciplinary thinking, has been named director of a Cornell incubator for new ideas and research in economic sociology.

Course will challenge students’ perceptions of food systems

A new course to be offered in the fall in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Just Food: Exploring the Modern Food System, will deliver insights into both domestic and international food systems.

Cornell Center for Health Equity symposium to bridge NYC – Ithaca research

The Cornell Center for Health Equity will hold its second annual symposium April 11-12 at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine on the Ithaca campus.

Social scientists analyze the dynamics shaping China’s cities

Five faculty fellows involved in the China’s Cities collaborative project reported on their results from three years of research at a March 22 capstone lecture. The Institute for the Social Sciences sponsored the project.

For privacy, ‘granny cams’ may cause more harm than good

Cameras in nursing home bedrooms aim to protect the elderly, but according to new Cornell-led research they also raise tensions around issues of privacy, safety and dignity – and may even endanger the people they’re supposed to help.

Cornell creates Center for Social Sciences

The university has created the Cornell Center for Social Sciences, and a faculty implementation committee will make recommendations for the creation of an organizational structure integrating public policy areas and the creation of “superdepartments.”

Defining blameworthiness to help make AI moral

Researchers have developed a mathematical model to calculate blameworthiness on a scale from zero to one – a tool that potentially could be used to guide the behavior of artificially intelligent agents, such as driverless vehicles, to help them behave in a “moral” way.

Inclusive messages boost women’s participation in online STEM classes

A new study found that adding a photo of women and an inclusivity statement to a Facebook ad for a computer science course increased the number of women who clicked on the ad by 26 percent.