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Social scientists take on data-driven discrimination

Big data, machine learning and digital surveillance have the potential to create racial and social inequalities – and make existing discrimination even worse, according to a team of Cornell scientists addressing the problem.

Active Learning Initiative funds nine projects

Innovative projects to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning in nine departments have received funding administered by Cornell’s Active Learning Initiative.

Living arrangements of ‘Dreamers’ are more complex, less stable, study shows

Unauthorized Mexican and Central American immigrants who came to the United States as children or teens live in more complex and less stable households than their documented or native-born counterparts, according to a new study from Cornell researchers.

People admit they trust news stories that contradict their views – for a price

Researchers at Cornell Tech found that people are far more likely to say they believe news stories that align with their own political views no matter what outlet they’re from. But when offered a cash bonus for accuracy, participants were more likely to trust the news stories that countered their views.

Harvard professor to discuss implicit bias

Mahzarin Banaji, author and professor of sociology at Harvard University, will give a talk, “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People,” Feb. 11 in Statler Auditorium.

Book offers hope to parents of children who self-injure

A new book co-written by Janis Whitlock, a Cornell expert in adolescent self-injury, offers information, encouragement and support for parents and caretakers of children who self-injure.

Streaming chill vibes? Spotify data says the season is the reason

A study of 765 million downloads from streaming service Spotify reveals clear patterns in musical preferences based on geography, gender, time of day and other considerations.

What happens when bosses don’t practice what they preach?

Managers who say one thing and do another often get negative reactions from employees. But the misalignment of words and deeds can be viewed as neutral or even positive, says Cornell researcher Brian Lucas.

Scientists tackle breeding challenges of land mine-finding rats

Cornell researchers have determined a distinct reproductive-system characteristic of pouched rats that could help in breeding of the rodents, which are excellent at detecting land mines.