Surveillance leak first of many without system overhaul

WikiLeaks published thousands of documents this week, detailing tools the CIA allegedly uses to hack into smartphones, computers and other electronic devices. Fred Schneider is a Cornell University computer science professor who researches trustworthy computing and public policy, and co-chairs the Cybersecurity Working Group at Cornell. Schneider cautions that without the investment in more-secure systems, […]

Martha E. Pollack named Cornell’s 14th president

Media note: High-definition still images and video from today’s press conference are available at https://cornell.box.com/v/pollackannounce. Additional information and background materials can be found at www.cornell.edu/president-search.   Martha E. Pollack named Cornell’s 14th president U. of Michigan provost to start April 17, 2017   ITHACA, N.Y. — The Cornell University Board of Trustees today unanimously elected […]

Being more like men does not help women in STEM careers

ITHACA, N.Y. – Whenever Cornell University demographer Sharon Sassler talks about her latest research, she has to restrain herself from singing the lyric, “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?” from the musical “My Fair Lady.” Even when women were more like men 20 to 40 years ago, it didn’t help them get […]

In the fight against Alzheimer’s, online gamers can now get in on the action

Media Note: To access video, infographics, and other materials, visit http://hcjournal.org/wecurealz/press-kit. ITHACA, N.Y. – A new online game is inviting members of the public to look under a virtual microscope and contribute directly to Alzheimer’s disease research at Cornell University. Stall Catchers, a game launched this week by the Human Computation Institute (HCI), challenges users […]

Social interaction powers language learning game

ITHACA, N.Y. – Games are usually more fun when you play with other people, but if you’re playing an educational game, interacting with other players may help you learn more, according to Cornell research. Using a language-learning game called “Crystallize,” created by Erik Andersen,assistant professor of computer science, and his students, researchers found that when players are […]

The contented shall inherit the Earth. The glum? Not so much

Media note: A video of the researcher explaining the findings is available on YouTube, and can be downloaded along with the research paper at https://cornell.box.com/v/happiness   ITHACA, N.Y. The survival of the fittest might just be the survival of the steadfast instead. Having a positive attitude could be evolutionarily advantageous, according to Cornell researchers who […]

Selfie passwords tip of technological iceberg

Bart Selman, professor of computer science at Cornell University, says Amazon’s proposed ‘selfie’ password is not only feasible, but could lead to other technological possibilities. Bio: https://www.engineering.cornell.edu/research/faculty/profile.cfm?netid=bs54 Selman says: “This patent is another example of how advances in artificial intelligence technology are accelerating and are changing the technology landscape. The proposal relies on having highly […]