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Message from the Chair Greetings from our new home!

Newsletter Editor: Kelli Carr  Photography: Andrea Poag

The Department of Communication is now firmly ensconced on the fourth floor of Mann Library. It’s been quite a semester—sometimes frustrating, as we experienced the growing pains of a newly constructed space, sometimes exhilarating, as we watched our visions come to life before our eyes, and always deeply satisfying, as we watched our vision transform the way we teach and learn. We look forward to the great work we will do in our dynamic new space, which is integral to our goal of national recognition as the top Department of Communication (we rank in the top five from the last National Research Council study). Between our continued commitment to excellence in teaching and research and the resources of this amazing space, we are confident that this goal is in reach. Throughout this newsletter, you will see descriptions and photos of our incredible new location. From faculty offices to the family table of The Hub, from boardroom to glass box, from research labs to the lobby—this space has so quickly become home. We capitalized on the natural lighting and incorporated an open-concept design, both of which have helped to create a department far removed from the aesthetics of twentieth-century office architecture. All hallways lead to The Hub (the center of the department and a favorite gathering place), encouraging chance encounters, personal engagement, and collaboration. Gone are the days of long halls of closed-off faculty offices and graduate students sequestered on a separate floor—our graduate student offices are in a light and open corridor that intersects The Hub and is surrounded by faculty offices. The news isn’t all about the new space—it’s been an eventful six months on all accounts. This fall we welcomed 75 undergraduate and 9 graduate students to our program. Four graduate students successfully defended their dissertations, and 5 recent grads have accepted academic jobs. Many of our undergraduate students spent their summer interning with industry-leading PR, advertising, and media companies. We hired a senior research scholar, conducted two successful job searches, and continue our search for the best and brightest scholars for positions at the Cornell NYC Tech campus. Our faculty continue their cutting-edge research—now happily entrenched in their new labs—while publishing in top journals and presenting papers at leading conferences. And our graduate students are doing the same. Our capital campaign continues in full force, and we’re making progress. Since our last newsletter, we’ve had two very generous donations to fund named spaces and an impressive number of smaller but equally important donations to the campaign. You’ll find naming opportunities listed on the opposite page, and we encourage you to consider donating to support our new home. Whether you’re donating $100 or $100,000, individually or as part of a group, we welcome your support. Let me close by extending an open invitation to our alumni, retired faculty, and friends of the Department of Communication to visit us in our new space. Come experience the excitement in the department as we build toward our future of transforming the way we think about communication— all along recognizing the strong foundation of teaching and research that led us to this moment. Or just come for coffee and conversation in The Hub! All the best,

P.S. We’re hosting an Open House on April 8, 2016 (formal invitation to follow), so save the date!







The Hub

$ 1,000,000


Research Interactive $ Display


Flex/Shared Research Space




7 Graduate Stations (2–8 Students each)


Intercultural Comm Lab




*Chair’s Office


*Social Media Lab


Conference Room $





Northwest Team Space




Faculty Offices (22)




Media Effects Lab $


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16 Research Waiting Area $

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$ 75–125,000

5 "Glass Box" Flex Space $

Research Carrels (single or group)



$ 50–75,000 50,000


Come on in... Remember this?

Now see how far we’ve come!

left: lobby middle left: entry sign bottom left: The Nest bottom right: Faces of Communication display

Did you know? The accent color in our design scheme (the orange seen here in the newsletter and in the various department graphics) is called Laughing Orange. Â


—and take a look around! Graphic Elements

The Hub

It’s all happening in The Hub! Open-concept design and moveable work stations in The Hub are leading to increased collaboration, spontaneity, and engaged interaction. The family table (immediately above) provides a place to build relationships and strengthen our sense of community.


It’s all about the meeting space! The Communication Department houses 6 collaborative meeting rooms—each with different technological capabilities and personalities. ClickShare (screen-sharing presentation technology) is featured in the Northeast and Northwest rooms (bottom), the Grad Corridor meeting space, and of course the formal boardroom. The boardroom (left) features a state-of-the-art AV system, with a 90” screen, a high-definition camera for video conferencing, and in-ceiling speakers that resonate with lifelike sounds. We tested the system by playing music, and people down the hall thought there was an actual piano playing in the department! A popular low-tech collaborative space is the Glass Box (right), a central room close to the Hub, with glass walls and a stellar view into the treetops. During our first semester here, we’ve spent a great deal of time in these meeting spaces—almost 900 hours combined in 488 meetings. To help us coordinate room use, we employ Roomzilla, an easy-to-use, iPad-based scheduling service. Most often, the community uses the Northwest and Northeast rooms, with the boardroom a close third.

Grand Opening Celebration! Friday, April 8, 2016, 11:00 am–12:30 pm opening remarks from Dean Kathryn Boor, 11:00 am  


Research Lab Spotlight The faculty and graduate students in the Social Media Lab ( / @CUSocialMedia) have taken full advantage of their new space. The lab, led by Professor Natalie Bazarova and managed by Jesse Taft, is supported by a $603,851 National Science Foundation grant on online self-disclosure and wellbeing. The team actively researches psychological well-being, social support, mental health, and personal relationships in the digital age. The publications stemming from this research advance knowledge about motivations for sharing personal information in Facebook and Twitter, management of stigma in proanorexic websites, changes in online networking across the lifespan, designing technologies for managing mental health, and understanding ephemerality and communication in Snapchat. The lab has also received a new $75,000 HATCH grant to study family relationships and parenting practices that can mitigate online risks for teenagers (PI: Natalie Bazarova, Collaborator: Sam Taylor). Finally, the team has been actively involved in outreach efforts to share knowledge about social media, youth, and families with a broader public. Yoon Choi and Sam Taylor presented webinars and were keynote speakers for outreach events organized by the ACT for Youth Center of Excellence. The Sharing and Support in Social Media Research Group has created a website as a resource for families and professionals interested in how these matters impact them and those they serve. Check it out at and on Twitter at @ShareSoMeCU.

left: gathering in the lab’s dedicated meeting space bottom: Lab Manager, Jesse Taft, at work—complete with coffee!

Natalie Bazarova


Staff Spotlight Ann Bianchi is the Department of Communication business manager, a position she has held for the past 18 years. Her primary responsibility is overseeing the areas of finance, human resources, and facilities. Ann was hired by the Communication department when it began its transition from a primarily instructional unit to a research and instructional unit. This change resulted in the growth of faculty hiring and expansion in research funding, which in turn necessitated a business manager. For the past 12 years, Ann has also served as the business manager for Cornell’s American Indian Program, focusing on unit administration and policy. Prior to coming to the Department of Communication, she worked at the Veterinary College as the grants administrator for 20 years.

I’ve always enjoyed working with faculty and students directly and consequently remained in an academic unit throughout my career. —Ann Bianchi

When the opportunity arose to participate in the design and planning of the new facility, Ann enthusiastically volunteered. Calling it “a creative and collaborative outlet,” she welcomed the chance to work on a project so different from the numbers and policies that she works with on a daily basis. In collaboration with the building committee, she selected paint, furniture, draperies, tile, carpet, and the grand chandelier. And her administrative skills were invaluable to the building project—Ann managed the budget and almost singlehandedly managed the logistics of moving an academic department from one building to another. This entailed moving approximately 20 faculty, lecturers, and researchers, 5 staff members, 3 research labs, and more than 40 grad students, each with offices full of books, supplies, innumerable mementos, and the occasional refrigerator. At the last minute, the move-in date was delayed two weeks (at the same time the start of the fall semester was quickly closing in), but Ann kept us functioning in the sparse Kennedy offices. She then managed the regrouping in the new space, which brought its own challenges. Most everything made it across the Ag Quad, but the few things that were misplaced were quickly tracked down and restored to their owners under her watch. For several months, she continued to work with contractors as they completed their projects and returned to fine-tune their work. Thanks in large part to Ann’s managerial skills and creative talents, we are now looking forward to the spring semester comfortably housed in the fourth floor of the Mann Library. It’s not hyperbole to say that none of this would have been possible without her. On April 8, 2016, we’re hosting an open house—we encourage you to come see the house that Ann helped build.


Graduate Student Updates Awards/Recognition Second Best Faculty Paper, CommSHER Division, AEJMC Annual Conference Wang Liao, Yuan, C. & McComas, K. (2015). “Communal Risk Information Sharing: Motivations behind Voluntary Information Sharing of Late Blight Infection in U.S. Agricultural Communities.” Top Student Paper, Risk Communication Specialty Group, Society for Risk Analysis annual meeting Hang Lu, Siemer, W., Baumer, M. & Decker, D. (2015) “Communicating Human-Black Bear Conflicts: Message Framing, Point of Reference and Risk Perception.” Best Paper Nomination, Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors Stephanie Steinhardt (2015). “Breaking Down While Building Up: Design and Decline in Emerging Infrastructures.” Invited Participant, NSF Workshop Stephanie Steinhardt (2015). Research Coordination Network for Managing Collaborative Research Centers.

A Exams

Leah Scolere

Wang Liao

Vivian Zhou

Publications  Pamara Chang & Bazarova, N. (2016). “Managing Stigma: Disclosure-Response Communication

Patterns in Pro-Anorexic Websites.” Health Communication.  Guillory, J., Pamara Chang, Henderson, C. R., Shengelia, R., Lama, S., Warmington, M., Jouza, M., Gay, G. & Reid, M. C. (2015). “Piloting a Text Message-Based Social Support Intervention for Patients with Chronic Pain: Establishing Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy.” Clinical Journal of Pain.  Wang Liao, Yuan, C. & McComas, K. (in press). “Communal Risk Information Sharing: Motivations behind Voluntary Information Sharing for Reducing Interdependent Risks in A Community.” Communication Research.  Wang Liao, Bazarova, N. N., & Yuan, C. (in press). “Expertise Judgment and Communication Accommodation in Computer-Mediated and Face-to-Face Groups.” Communication Research.  Wang Liao, MacDonald, P. & Yuan, C. (2016). “The Impact of Communication Behaviors on Expertise Recognition in Intercultural Collaboration.” In J. Treem & P. Leonardi (Eds) Expertise, Communication and Organizing.  Yi-Ching Liu, McLeod, P. & Moore, O. A. (2015). “Personality and Small Groups: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.” Small Group Research.  Hang Lu & Schuldt, J. (in press). “Compassion for Climate Change Victims and Support for Mitigation Policy.” Journal of Environmental Psychology.  Hang Lu (in press). “The Effects of Emotional Appeals and Gain versus Loss Framing in Communicating Sea Star Wasting Disease.” Science Communication.  Hang Lu & Schuldt, J.(2015). “Exploring the Role of Incidental Emotions in Support for Climate Change Policy.” Climatic Change Letters.  Stephanie Steinhardt & Thackray, A. J. (forthcoming). “Binding Wires, Twining Ropes: STS, Imagination and the Materiality of Sea Change.” Vertesi, J. and Ribes, D. (eds.) Digital STS.  Meghnaa Tallapragada, Williams, K. & Schrader, D. (in press). “Intellectual Safety: Does Your Personality Type Contribute to Whether or Not You Take Intellectual Risks in Classes? Classroom Research Working Paper Series.


Graduate Student Updates Careers Recent Ph.D., Mary Beth Deline, has accepted a position as postdoctoral fellow in the Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations at The University of Texas at Austin. Her primary work for the fellowship will be risk communication related to fracking and sense of community. Recent M.S., Evan Earle, was appointed Cornell archivist—only the 5th ever, and at 35, the youngest. Postdoctoral Associate, Joe Steinhardt, has accepted a tenure-track assistant professor position at Michigan State University’s Department of Advertising + Public Relations in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Also of note: Joe’s research was featured in the Cornell Chronicle: Recent Ph.D., Tae Kyoung Lee, has accepted an assistant professor position in science, health, environmental, and risk communication in the Department of Communication at the University of Utah. Before heading to Utah for the fall semester, Tae will continue working on a postdoc with the School of Information Science at Syracuse University. Ph.D. candidate, Sandy Payette, has accepted an appointment as Director of Land Grant and Research IT with the Cornell University Library System.

Conference Participation  Yoon Choi (2015). “The Digital Life of Teens.” ACT for Youth Center of Excellence webinar.  McLeod, P., Yi-Ching Liu & Moore, O. A. (2015).“What Do Group Communication Scholars Have

against Personality?” Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, Pittsburgh, PA.  Hwansuck Song (2015). “Analyzing the Discourse of Trust in Post-Spill Charleston, WV through Local Newspapers.” Society for Risk Analysis Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA.  Stephanie Steinhardt & Jackson, S. J. (2015). “Deconstructing a Grand Vision: Dismantling Infrastructure on the Ocean Floor." Annual Meeting of the Social Studies of Science, Denver, CO.  Stephanie Steinhardt & Thackray, A. J. (2015). “Binding Wires, Twining Ropes.” Annual Meeting of the Social Studies of Science, Denver, CO.

2nd-Year Graduate Student Projects Colloquium Julie Davydova, “Doomsday Predictions and Global Environmental Threats: The Role of Issue Novelty and Locus of Control Orientation in Effects of Apocalyptic Rhetoric.” Hepeng Jia, “Framing and Controversy: Exploring the Effect and Mechanism of Question Working about Agricultural Biotechnology.” Hang Lu, “Communicating Human-Wildlife Conflicts: Exploring the Role of Message Framing, Point of Reference and Perceived Risk Susceptibility Regarding Black Bears.” Hwansuck Song, “Differential Effects of Statistics in Assessment Criteria on Perceived Risk to Species.” Carrie Young, “Evaluating Communication Efforts for Sustainability in Zambia: COMACO’s Farm Talk.”

B Exams (Dissertation Defenses) Mary Beth Deline, “Interpreting Resistance to Change: The Behaviors and Logics That Guide Resistance Interpretations in the Workplace.” Jing Guo, “The Stimulation Impact of Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Visuals on Nominal and Interactive Group Brainstorming.” Tae Kyoung Lee, “The Influence in News Stories of Criminal Intentionality and Criminal and Victim Affective Dispositions on Support for Policy about Alcohol Crimes.” Tina Yuan, “The Influences of Dual Social Network Site Use and Social Capital Development on Sociocultural Adaptation.”


Alumna Spotlight Hauwa Otori ‘08 is a global Internet policy professional and the co-founder of The Virtual Skinny, an online media company focused on all things Internet and tech-related. The Virtual Skinny began as a newsletter seeking to educate a broad audience about the Internet and tech sectors by breaking down the industry’s latest developments in a way that is easy, relatable, and accessible for everyone. Today it bills itself as a “one-stop shop for what you need to know about the industry and how technology impacts culture.” After graduating from Cornell University, Hauwa earned a law degree from American University Washington College of Law. She then transitioned into a global Internet policy role. Hauwa served as the Director of Legal and Regulatory Policy for the Internet Association, the first trade association in Washington D.C. focused solely on representing Internet companies such as Google, Facebook, Uber, AirBnB, PayPal, Amazon, etc. As the fourth person to join that team, she managed the association’s public policy portfolio. Her work helped establish the Internet industry’s voice and public-facing messaging on a number of policy issues that impact the Internet industry, such as international trade, big data, privacy, copyright, and Internet governance. While her work focused predominantly at the U.S. federal level, it often translated into global Internet policy discussions. Hauwa frequently freelances on topics such as financial technology, immigration policy, and emerging markets, contributing to Forbes and Tech.Co, an online publication focused on emerging technology news. Hauwa graduated with honors from Cornell University, earning a Bachelors of Science in Communication with a minor in Applied Economics & Management. During her undergraduate studies, Hauwa was named a Cornell Presidential Research Scholar and engaged in academic research on media and psychology. In 2009, VDM Publishing approached Hauwa about publishing her Cornell senior honors thesis. The resulting book is entitled Children and the Media: Self-Other Perceptions of Occupational Portrayals in the Media. Hauwa continues to be a staunch ambassador for Cornell University and looks forward to her continued engagement as an alumna.

I continuously give credit to my Cornell Communication education and how it sharpened my quantitative and qualitative skills. —Hauwa Otori

Q&A with Hauwa Why did you choose Communication as a major? I have always been passionate about writing and storytelling. From writing short stories as a child to completing a high school summer internship with my hometown’s newspaper, The Times Picayune, I envisioned a career in journalism and ultimately decided to pursue my undergraduate degree in Communication. While I entered Cornell’s undergraduate Communication program with a specific career path in mind, my coursework showed me the breadth and depth of what a Communication degree could mean, particularly in the area of media and psychology. I spent four great years learning and researching how the media impacts people’s thoughts and perceptions.


How did your Cornell Communication education prepare you for your first job? After graduating from Cornell, I matriculated into law school, which requires a great deal of synthesizing information and communicating your reasoning and analysis through written or oral communication. This education also served me well in my first post-law school position as the Director of Legal & Regulatory Policy for the Internet Association. With a strong foundation in communication, I served as an industry advocate as well as a liaison between industry and Capitol Hill, federal agency, and White House staffers and also led campaigns to explain Internet companies’ stances through various vehicles such as white papers, written comments, meetings, and briefings.

How has your education prepared you for the work you’re doing today? Beyond specific skill sets, my Cornell Communication degree instilled in me the confidence to pursue new and challenging endeavors. I have always envisioned creating a business of my own. Working for the Internet Association not only gave me a strong background in Internet policy but also exposed me to a startup environment. With my experience and communication training, I recently launched the Internet and tech news website, The Virtual Skinny with a simple mission—breaking down news about the Internet and tech industry in a way that’s accessible to everyone. From creating content to business development, I constantly use my Communication education to grow my company.

What opportunities do you see for today’s Communication graduates? Cornell Communication graduates will undoubtedly play an increasing role in today’s interconnected global digital environment. As tech and Internet companies continue to innovate, the sector is beginning to understand the necessity of balancing hard and soft skills in its business environment. While Internet and tech companies rely heavily on engineers and technical experts, these companies are extremely customer-centric. To offer innovative products for their users, these companies routinely face complex real world problems with significant societal, cultural, and ethical ramifications. Cornell Communication graduates will be uniquely positioned to address these challenging issues from a complete analytical perspective.

What advice would you give current communication students? I would advise current students to take full advantage of all the opportunities the Cornell Communication Department and the broader Cornell Community has to offer. There is no better time for students to go outside of their comfort zone and begin learning what works and what does not work for them. I would encourage students to own their “college student” status and reach out to Cornell University alumni and non-Cornell alumni alike for informational interviews to help build their network. Once that network begins to grow, students should work hard to maintain those relationships. Additionally, Cornell Communication students should gain as much practical experience as possible, whether that comes from traditional winter and summer internships or independent projects. Further, it has never been easier to share ideas with a global audience, and I encourage Cornell Communications students to be bold and put their ideas out into the world early and often.

How do you envision the future of communication? For many years, convergence—the idea that the Internet will facilitate the merger of computing, communication, and content—has dominated communication discussions. However, with Internet platforms maturing from content distribution channels to content creators and curators, the idea of convergence seems almost obsolete. Today, Internet and technology companies are experimenting with artificial intelligence and virtual reality products and services. I imagine that moving forward these technologies will develop in unexpected ways and continue to transform the way we interact with others. If Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has anything to do with it, telepathy will be the wave of the future.


Advisory Board Updates Ryan Silbert Screens New Film at Cornell On October 22, 2015, Ryan Silbert presented his latest film at the Cornell Cinema, followed by a Q&A session. The Girl Is in Trouble, produced alongside Spike Lee, was released to US theatres in May 2015 and premiered internationally in November 2015. In October 2015, it was chosen as a Netflix critics’ pick. The film is a neo-noir set in the Lower East Side and stars Wilmer Valderrama, Columbus Short, Jesse Spencer, and Alicja Bachleda.

Peggy Koenig Joins President Garrett in Post-Inauguration Photo captured in the Ithaca Journal:

New Series for Andrew Ross Sorkin Andrew Ross Sorkin’s new television series premiered January 17, 2016 on Showtime. Set in New York City, Billions stars Paul Giamatti as a U.S. Attorney pursuing a powerful hedge fund advisor played by Damian Lewis.

Alumni Connect: Get Involved! You choose the time commitment 

Lead an Alumni Coffee Break  Host summer internships  Mentor current students

Dale Bornstein’s company, M Booth, was named global consumer agency of 2015 by The Holmes Report.

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Review student’s resumes  Be a panelist for Young Alumni Madness  Participate in informational interviews

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Alumni Engagement Young Alumni Madness The first-annual Young Alumni Madness took place on September 11, 2015 in our new offices. Recent alumni, Adrian Prieto ‘07, Corey Earle '07, Georgia Mahoney '07, Eteng Ettah '15, and Kelly DeStefano '15 shared experiences with our students. A reception followed the round-table discussion.

NYCOMM16 brings Communication students to New York City during February break. The two-day trip will connect students with alumni and companies in their area of interest. Students will tour leading media, public relations, and news organizations, including NBCUniversal, M Booth, Buzzfeed and Zazoom, and meet with leaders of each field.

Have your heard about COMMConnect? Formerly JobCAMP, COMMConnect is the Department of Communication’s annual career and professional development event. The occasion brings together Alumni Board members and Communication students—majors and minors, from freshmen to seniors. During the afternoon-long event, students present their résumé, participate in group challenges, and meet one-one-one with industry leaders at a reception. COMMConnect offers students an opportunity to gain real-world knowledge and hone their networking skills. Save the date: April 8, 2016.


Faculty News Awards/Fellowships/Grants  Lauren Chambliss and the Atkinson Center for A Sustainable Future (2015)

Bronze Stevie Award in the best U.S. printed annual report category  Jon Schuldt (2015)

$61,840 grant, Environmental Defense Fund and Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future for the project “Bridging the Attitude-Action Gap on Sustainability: Drawing Connections from the Social Science of Ethnic Identity and Social Class“  Liao, W., Connie Yuan & Katherine McComas (2015). “Communal Risk Information Sharing: Motivations

behind Voluntary Information Sharing of Late Blight Infection in U.S. Agricultural Communities”

Second Best Faculty Paper, CommSHER Division, AEJMC Annual Conference  Li, H. J., Connie Yuan, Natalie Bazarova & Ball, B. (2015). “Talk and Let Talk: Effects of Language

Proficiency and Speaking up on Expertise Recognition in Teams”

Emerald Best Student Conference Paper; Student Transnational Research Award, Academy of Management 75th Annual Conference

Amelia Greiner Safi The Department of Communication is pleased to welcome Dr. Amelia Greiner Safi, who joined the department August 2015 as a Senior Research Associate. Amelia completed her MS in Communication with the department in 2006 and pursued her Ph.D. at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Prior to her position here, she was an Assistant Professor at the Edward J Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers and faculty at the Center for Child and Community Health Research at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Amelia has helped lead a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded health impact assessment of Baltimore City’s zoning rewrite, assessed the ways in which advisories on fish consumption by the FDA and EPA were reported in the news media, directed a health communication campaign and evaluation focused on increasing HIV screening among primary care providers in Baltimore City, and evaluated the news media’s discussion of environmental, health, and economic risks following the British Petroleum Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The National Science Foundation, Urban Health Institute, and The Abell Foundation have funded her work on the process of identifying and communicating public health impacts of land use and planning decisions to policy makers. Across these endeavors is the intersection of communication, policy, health, and the environment and an interest in translating research to practice. She currently directs a National Institute of Health- and Food and Drug Administration-funded grant (Principal Investigators, Sahara Byrne and Jeff Niederdeppe) on FDA-approved graphic warning labels on cigarette packages.


Faculty News Media Coverage Natalie Bazarova, featured in PeriodiCALS on for work on sharing personal health information: Eric Baumer and Geri Gay, covered in the NY Daily News, Daily Mail, Cornell Chronicle, and Huffington Post for their research on the difficulty quitting Facebook:;;; Sahara Byrne, featured in PeriodiCALS for her research on the mechanics of health-related messaging: Sahara Byrne, interviewed by CNN on whether violent acts should be shown in the news: Lee Humphreys, consulted by the San Francisco Chronicle about a study on young adults and cell phone use in theatres: Katherine McComas, featured in the Cornell Chronicle for her work on transparency in labeling: and for her research trip to Iceland: Jeff Niederdeppe, featured in PeriodiCALS for research into strategic storytelling’s role in shaping health behaviors: Dawn Schrader, featured in the Cornell Chronicle for her presentation to the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research’s (BCTR) fifth Youth Development Research Update: http:// Jon Schuldt and Geri Gay, featured in the Cornell Chronicle, PeriodiCALS , and NYMag for research into the relationship between the stereotyping and healthy food-related information:;;

Conference Participation Sue Fussell (2015). “Social Computing Research to Solve Social Problems: An Overview of Projects in the Intercultural Communication Lab at Cornell.” Taipei, Taiwan. Poppy McLeod,, Liu, Y. C. & Moore, O. A. (2015).“What Do Group Communication Scholars Have against Personality? A Call for Interdisciplinary Integration.” Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research, Pittsburgh, PA. Jeff Niederdeppe (2015). Panel moderator, “Translating Nutrition Policy to the Public Accurately: The Role and Influence of Media.” New York Academy of Sciences conference entitled, Towards EvidenceBased Nutrition and Obesity Policy: Methods, Implementation, and Political Reality,” New York, NY. Jon Schuldt (2015). “Health Halos As the Cause and Consequence of Social Judgments.” Grenoble, France.


Faculty News Publications  Eric Baumer, Guha, S., Quan, E., Mimno, D. & Geri Gay (2015). “Missing Photos, Suffering With-

drawal, or Finding Freedom? How Experiences of Social Media Non-Use Influence the Likelihood of Reversion.” Social Media + Society.  Liao, W., Natalie Bazarova, & Connie Yuan (in press). “Language and Expertise Recognition in Intercultural Face-to-Face and Computer-Mediated Groups.” Communication Research.  Chang, P. F. & Natalie Bazarova (2016). “Managing Stigma: Disclosure-Response Communication Patterns in Pro-Anorexic Websites.” Health Communication.  Nguyen, D. T. & Sue Fussell (in press). “Effects of Conversational Involvement Cues on Understanding and Emotions in Instant Messaging Conversations.” Journal of Language and Social Psychology.  Nguyen, D. T. & Sue Fussell (2015). “Retrospective Analysis of Cognitive and Affective Responses in Intercultural and Intracultural Conversations.” Discourse Processes.  Guillory, J., Chang, P., Henderson, C. R., Shengelia, R., Lama, S., Warmington, M., Jouza, M., Geri Gay & Reid, M. C. (2015). “Piloting a Text Message-Based Social Support Intervention for Patients with Chronic Pain: Establishing Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy.” Clinical Journal of Pain.  Messaris, P. & Lee Humphreys, Eds. (2016). Digital Media 2: Transformations in Human Communication.  Halpern, M. & Lee Humphreys (in press). “iPhonography: Middlebrow Art Worlds.” New Media & Society.  Ozkul, D. & Lee Humphreys (2015). “Record and Remember: Memory and Meaning-Making Practices through Mobile and Location Media.” Mobile Media & Communication.  Drew Margolin et al. (2015).“Normative Influences on Network Structure in the Evolution of the Children's Rights NGO Network, 1977–2004.” Communication Research.  Lin, Y., Drew Margolin & Lazer, D. (2015).“Uncovering Social Semantics from Textual Traces: A TheoryDriven Approach and Evidence from Public Statements of U.S. Members of Congress.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology.  Drew Margolin, Goodman, S., Keegan, B., Lin, Y. & Lazer, D. (2015). “Wiki-Worthy: Collective Judgment of Candidate Notability.” Information, Communication Society.  Katherine McComas, Jon Schuldt, Burge, C., & Roh, S. (2015). “Communicating about Marine Disease: The Effects of Message Frames on Policy Support.” Marine Policy.  Dixon, G., Katherine McComas, Besley, J. & Joe Steinhardt (2015). “Transparency in the Food Aisle: The Influence of Procedural Justice on Views about Labeling of GM Goods.” Journal of Risk Research.  Liu, Y. C., Poppy McLeod & Moore, O. A. (2015). “Personality and Small Groups: An Interdisciplinary Perspective.” Small Group Research.  Jeff Niederdeppe, Roh, S. & Dreisbach, C. (2016). “How Narrative Focus and A Statistical Map Interact to Shape Health Policy Support among State Legislators.” Health Communication.  Jeff Niederdeppe, Heley, K. & Barry, C. L. (2015). “Inoculation and Narrative Strategies in Competitive Framing of Three Health Policy Issues.” Journal of Communication.  Jeff Niederdeppe (forthcoming). “Meeting the Challenges of Measuring Communication Exposure in the Digital Age.” Communication Methods & Measures.  Jeff Niederdeppe, Sahara Byrne, Avery, R. J. & Siam, T. (2016). “Variation in State Use of AntiTobacco Message Themes Predicts Youth Smoking Prevalence in the United States, 1999–2005.” Tobacco Control.  Roh, S., & Jeff Niederdeppe (forthcoming). “The Word outside and the Pictures in Our Heads: Contingent Effects of Implicit Frames by Political Ideology.” Health Communication.


Faculty News  Tse, J., Dawn Schrader, Ghosh, D., Liao, T. & Lundie, D. (2015). “A Bibliometric Analysis of Privacy

Ethics in IEEE Security Privacy.” Ethics and Information Technology.  Tallapragada, M., Williams, K. & Dawn Schrader (in press). “Intellectual Safety: Does Your Personality Type Contribute to Whether or Not You Take Intellectual Risks in Classes? Classroom Research Working Paper Series.  Pearson, A. R. & Jon Schuldt (2015). “Bridging Climate Communication Divides: Beyond the Partisan Gap.” Science Communication.  Jon Schuldt, Katherine McComas & Sahara Byrne (2016). “Communicating about Ocean Health: Theoretical and Practical Considerations.” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society.  Lu, H. & Jon Schuldt (in press). “Compassion for Climate Change Victims and Support for Mitigation Policy.” Journal of Environmental Psychology.  Jon Schuldt, Chabris, C. F., Woolley, A. W., & Hackman, J. R. (2016). “Confidence in Dyadic Decision Making: The Role of Individual Differences.” Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.  Lu, H., & Jon Schuldt (2015). “Exploring the Role of Incidental Emotions in Support for Climate Change Policy.” Climatic Change Letters.  Jon Schuldt & Pearson, A. R. (2015). “Nutrient-Centrism and Perceived Risk of Chronic Disease.” Journal of Health Psychology.  Jon Schuldt, Guillory, J. & Geri Gay (2015). “Prejudice and the Plate: Effects of Weight Bias in Nutrition Judgments.” Health Communication.  Liao, W., Connie Yuan & Katherine McComas (in press). “Communal Risk Information Sharing: Motivations behind Voluntary Information Sharing for Reducing Interdependent Risks in A Community.” Communication Research.  Liao, W., MacDonald, P. & Connie Yuan (2016). “The Impact of Communication Behaviors on Expertise Recognition in Intercultural Collaboration.” In J. Treem & P. Leonardi (Eds.) Expertise, Communication and Organizing.

Miscellaneous Natalie Bazarova delivered a lecture to Cornell’s Information Science Colloquium entitled “Communicating Self in a Networked World.” Jodi Cohen was invited by the Education Ministry of India to teach a course on public communication at the Indian Institute of Management in Kozhikode, India. Sue Fussell will be co-chairing the 2017 CHI (the annual conferences of the Association for Computing Machinery’s Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction). Lee Humphreys delivered the keynote address at the 2015 NordMedia Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark: "The Qualified Self: Mobile Media and the Accounting of Everyday Life." Bruce Lewenstein has been elected to a three-year term as chair of the Section on General Interest in Science & Engineering of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Poppy McLeod was appointed to the editorial board of Small Group Research and as the 2017 conference program chair for the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research. Poppy is also featured on the newly launched office of research website Dawn Schrader will spend the spring 2016 semester in residence in Washington, D.C., where she is teaching “Ethics in New Media, Technology, and Communication” for the Cornell in Washington program.

Fall 2015 Newsletter  

News from Cornell University's Department of Communication

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