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A&S faculty paving way for policy school, superdepartments

The major initiatives will enhance the social sciences at Cornell.
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Center advances social sciences research with spring grants

Why has implicit bias persisted as self-reported attitudes have grown more tolerant? What are the consequences when owners of mobile platforms like Apple’s App Store compete in their own marketplaces? Could pretending to be a scientist help young girls overcome gender stereotypes about scientists?

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Social sciences center awards COVID-19 grants

As the coronavirus pandemic escalated in the United States, reports of bias and hostility against immigrants and Asian Americans also grew.

New research supported by a rapid response grant from the Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS) will study public attitudes about COVID-19 across the country and whether they are linked to increased social bias regionally or nationally.

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Judges who’ve served with women more likely to hire women

The findings suggest diversity at a profession’s highest levels may open doors for underrepresented groups at entry levels, potentially helping to reduce discrimination.
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Alum’s ‘crazy idea’ helped launch craft beer revolution

“I think I failed as an English teacher, but it turned out I was a pretty good beer teacher.”
 Raven Schwam-Curtis ’20


Access Fund eased pandemic’s burden on students

Raven Schwam-Curtis ’20 had seen the coronavirus coming: She visited China and South Korea on a research trip over winter break, when the first cases were being reported there.

But she was still confronted with financial and emotional disruption when the pandemic forced Cornell to abruptly suspend classes in mid-March and switch to remote learning April 6, following spring break.

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Problem Solvers Caucus strives to lead pandemic response

A bipartisan group of lawmakers hopes to shape Congress’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic and encourage a less divisive – and more productive – climate in Washington, a pair of members said during a Cornell forum April 23.

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Classics scholar awarded Guggenheim fellowship

Eric Rebillard, the Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities in the Department of Classics, in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named a 2020 fellow by the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

A historian of early Christianity and late antiquity, Rebillard is one of 175 writers, artists, scholars and scientists awarded the Guggenheim fellowship this year, selected from nearly 3,000 applicants.

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Cornellians rally to support each other during transition

"Everyone is just coming together right now."
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Center for Social Sciences names 2020-21 faculty fellows

Climate change, school segregation and online interaction are among the topics to be investigated by the Cornell Center for Social Sciences’ newest group of faculty fellows.

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Provost announces School of Public Policy, superdepartments

Concluding a multiyear review, Provost Michael I. Kotlikoff has announced a pair of initiatives intended to chart the future of social sciences scholarship and education at Cornell.

The university will launch the Cornell School of Public Policy, a separate school with its own dean who will report to the provost. In addition, “superdepartments” drawing faculty from multiple colleges or schools will be created or expanded in the disciplines of economics, psychology and sociology.

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Roper Center gives voice to American public opinion

With voting to select this year’s presidential nominees in full swing, the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research at Cornell has launched a series of initiatives to help inform citizens and journalists and support the democratic process.

Their goal: to bring public opinion back to the public.

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Cornell professor, pollster taking pulse of Latino voters

Univision last year tapped Sergio Garcia-Rios as director of polling throughout the presidential campaign.


Hospitality, not medical care, key to patient satisfaction

Would you choose a hospital based on its Yelp reviews?

Relying on hospitals’ patient satisfaction scores as a guide amounts to much the same thing, according to new Cornell research.

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Grants seed social science research, conferences

Studies exploring the effects of disadvantaged neighborhoods, a reimagined school recess and customized avatars were among a slate of faculty projects receiving grants this fall from the Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS).
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Economic scarcity shifts perception, leads to discrimination

“Scarcity mindsets can really exacerbate discrimination,” said Amy Krosch, assistant professor of psychology
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Adam Schiff discusses impeachment inquiry, national security

Around the globe and from within, the nation now faces the most vigorous challenge to the idea of liberal democracy since World War II, U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff said during an Oct. 10 visit to Cornell.

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Kids from tough neighborhoods more likely to become obese as adults

Children growing up in disadvantaged neighborhoods are nearly one-third more likely to experience obesity as adults, new Cornell research has found. 

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Book traces rise of 'free enterprise' as cornerstone of conservatism

Might today's political rhetoric signal an end to the modern era of free enterprise?