Cornell's role as New York State's land grant institution, and the public responsibilities that come with that status, are reflected in activities throughout the university. However, four of the schools at Cornell are directly tied to the university's land grant mission, and receive operating and construction funds from New York State: College of Veterinary Medicine, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Human Ecology, School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Eric Baumer: Interaction Design Lab
I conduct critical research in Information Technology. Using the term "critical" here in the following three senses: My work lies at the intersection of computational and information technologies with critical social issues, such as political uses of social media or using information technology to promote environmental sustainability. Many of my projects seek to foster critical thinking, exploring how computational technologies can provoke users into approaching familiar situations from different, novel perspectives. Much of my research takes a critical perspective, examining fundamental assumptions underlying work on computational and information technologies, and rethinking the role of these technologies in our daily lives.
Natalie Bazarova: Multiple Projects
My research lies at the intersection of interpersonal communication, social cognition, and communication technology. Current research interests are attributional judgments, virtual groups, personal relationships, disclosure and privacy online, and intercultural collaboration. Recent publications appeared in Human Communication Research, Communication Yearbook, Communication Research, and Small Group Research, and has been recognized by several top paper awards from national and international communication conferences.
My overarching communication interest is in message disruption processes, a theoretical construct known as noise. To this end, my research focuses on the intersection of media effects, strategic communication and cognitive development. I examine strategies that attempt to reduce the negative effects of the media on individuals, particularly those intending to protect children, such as media literacy interventions, governmental policies, censorship, disclaimers, ratings systems, household restrictions, co-viewing and technological filters. I am most interested in why these strategies are sometimes ineffective or actually cause harm. My most recent research aims to explain why this boomerang effect is likely to occur in response to many types of strategic messages, especially those that are pro-social such as health campaigns.
Geri Gay: Interaction Design Lab
I am the director of the Interaction Design Lab, which explores social and technical issues in the design, implementation, and evaluation of information and communication technologies. We conduct research in mobile computing, technologies for health and wellness, social networking, affective computing, design theory, and related areas. Our work seeks to understand how technology can help enable more healthy, socially connected, reflective living. Specifically, I am interested in social navigation, persuasive computing, affective computing, social networking, mobile computing, and design theory. Currently, I receive funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Google, National Institute of Health, USDA and private donations.
Jeff Hancock: Social Media Lab
My research group, working in the Social Media Lab, is interested in the way people live, behave, think and love online. The Social Media Lab investigates a variety of behaviors that take place online, including language processes, patterns of deception, self-presentation in social networking sites, and the formation of attributions and relationships. The lab is a state-of-the-art facility, and is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and Cornell University.