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Colloquium Series - Spring 2017 Schedule

Time: 1:30pm in 102 Mann (unless otherwise noted)

February 2017

March 2017

April 2017

May 2017

  • May 1st: ICA Preview Talks and Honors Thesis Presentations

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This talk addresses Personal Information Management (PIM) - the processes and technologies by which we manage our personal digital collections. Although each of us has vast, ever-growing personal digital collections, the most common way we organize our information is to use hierarchical folders, a technology that has been with us since the 1980s. There has been much criticism of folders over the years, leading to the development of new PIM technologies that aim to overcome folder limitations, including desktop search, tags and group information management. Each of these has strong intuitive benefits when compared with folders. This talk will describe multiple studies that compare using traditional folders with these alternatives, finding repeated benefits for folders. Drs. Ofer Bergman and Steve Whittaker will explain their counterintuitive results in terms of underlying cognitive and neuropsychology principles, showing that folders are cognitively less demanding. They conclude by introducing the user-subjective approach, which is the first design approach dedicated specifically to PIM, and one that builds on the benefits of folders rather than seeking to replace them. This talk is based on their new book, The Science of Managing Our Digital Stuff.


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New issue of COMMconnect

Mar 1, 2017
We're happy to announce the publication of the fall 2016/winter 2017 Department of Communication newsletter, COMMconnectRead more

Lee Humphreys publishes new edited collection, Digital Media

Feb 28, 2017
Lee Humphreys published a new edited collection, entitled Digital Media.
Blurb: The age of digital media has given rise to a new social world. It is a world in which the transmission of information from the few to the many is steadily being supplanted by the multi-directional flow of facts, lies, and ideas. It is a world in which hundreds of millions of people are voluntarily depositing large amounts of personal details in publicly accessible databases. It is a world in which interpersonal relationships are increasingly being conducted in the virtual sphere. Above all, this is a world that seems to be veering off in unpredictable ways from the trends of the immediate past. This book is a probing examination of that world, and of the changes that it has ushered into our lives.
In more than thirty essays by a wide range of scholars, this must-have second edition examines the impact of digital media in six areas—information, persuasion, community, gender and sexuality, surveillance and privacy, and cross-cultural communication—and offers an invaluable guide for students and scholars alike. With one exception, all essays are completely new or revised for this volume.” Read more

Jon Schuldt featured in the Chronicle

Jan 27, 2017
Jon Schuldt's recently published research, "Brief Exposure to Pope Francis Heightens Moral Beliefs About Climate Change," is featured in the Cornell Chronicle. The article was published online in the journal Climatic Change. Read more