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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.

Podcast explores role of identity in youth engagement

The latest edition of the Cornell Cooperative Extension’s “Extension Out Loud” podcast features human development associate professor Anthony Burrow discussing the importance of purpose for youth.

The sweet spot: research locates taste center in brain

A research team led by Adam Anderson, professor of human development, has discovered the taste center in the human brain by uncovering which parts of the brain distinguish different types of tastes.

Researchers reset puberty discussion around modern research

Much of the current research on puberty is based on scientific research that was done in the 1970s. Jane Mendle, associate professor of human development, and colleagues are looking to change that.

Einaudi Center funds Cornell dissertations with global impact

Twelve graduate students will spend this year refining their dissertation plans and testing the waters of global research with help from the Einaudi-SSRC Dissertation Proposal Development Program.