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About Us

SRI Advisory Committee Members:

BEN CORNWELL is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. His research focuses primarily on social networks of individuals and organizations, and how these networks change over time. Most of his work uses large-scale survey data to examine the implications of social networks for individual and organizational outcomes, the production of social capital, and the reproduction of social stratification. He has documented the role of social networks and the sequencing of everyday social contacts in a wide variety of processes, including delinquent behavior, risky sex practices, health changes, and the decline of unions in America. His ongoing work with the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), which is funded by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on how older adults' social networks change in the context of life transitions. His research on the dynamic nature of social networks in later life has been covered in dozens of media outlets, including CNN, The Huffington Post, MSNBC, The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and LA Times.

DAN COSLEY is an assistant professor in information science at Cornell University who does research around human-computer interaction and social media. His high-level research goal is to build systems that leverage people's pre-existing behavior in digital media to create new individual and social goods. These include SuggestBot, a recommender system that uses Wikipedia editing behavior and link structure to help contributors find articles they are interested in and that the community has marked as needing work, and Pensieve, a system that reminds people to reminisce and write about the past by sending them prompts based on content they have created in social media. This work is supported by a 2009 NSF CAREER grant. Along the way, he has studied a number of domains, including recommender systems, tagging, mobile interaction, museum informatics, and online communities. He values interdisciplinary research, sees research experience as a core component of undergraduate as well as graduate education, and prefers work that makes contributions both to academia and to society more broadly. He received his PhD in computer science in 2006 from the University of Minnesota under the guidance of advisors John Riedl and Loren Terveen.

PETER ENNS is Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. His research and teaching interests focus on public opinion, representation, and quantitative research methods. In particular, he is interested in whose policy preferences change, why, and whether government responds to these changes. This research has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation and has been published or is forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. He is also co-editor of the book, Who Gets Represented? Peter is former Faculty Director of Cornell's Prison Education Program and has held fellowships at Princeton University's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and Cornell's Institute for the Social Sciences.

JEFF HANCOCK is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Communication and Information Science, and co-Director of Cognitive Science at Cornell University. He is currently Chair of the Information Science Department. He is associate editor for the journal Discourse Processes. His work is concerned with how social and connective media affect psychological and linguistic dynamics, with a particular emphasis on deception, interpersonal communication, and the psychological effects of online interaction. His research is supported by funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. and his work on lying online has been frequently featured in the popular media, including the New York Times, CNN, NPR, and the BBC. Dr. Hancock earned his PhD in psychology at Dalhousie University, Canada, and joined Cornell in 2002.

KARL PILLEMER is the Hazel E. Reed Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology and the Associate Dean for Outreach and Extension in the College. His scholarly interests center on human development over the life course, with a special emphasis on family and social relationships in middle age and beyond. Most of his studies involve large-scale surveys. A major program of research is on intergenerational relations in later life, with a focus on determinants and consequences of quality of adult child - parent relationships. He is now conducting a large-scale longitudinal study of this issue, with funding from the National Institute on Aging. A second major program of research focuses on the nature and dynamics of family care giving for impaired elderly relatives, also funded by NIA. Pillemer conducts survey research on other topics in aging, including improving the quality of care in long-term care facilities and on abuse and neglect of older persons. Pillemer is interested in promoting translational research, exploring ways to speed the transfer of findings from basic research into scientifically tested interventions.

CARY REID is the Irving Sherwood Wright Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, where he directs Cornell's NIA-funded Roybal Center (Translational Research Institute on Pain in Later Life) and Cornell's Center of Excellence in Geriatric Medicine. He is a geriatrician and clinical epidemiologist whose research focuses on the epidemiology and treatment of persistent pain in older adults. His work has involved quantifying the impact of pain on relevant endpoints in geriatric populations (e.g., functional decline), elucidating risk factors for poor outcomes, quantifying the benefits and risks of pharmacologic interventions in older populations, as well developing and testing nonpharmacologic interventions for use by older adults who suffer on account of persistent pain. He is a section editor of Pain Medicine and is a member of the American Geriatrics Society's Panel on Persistent Pain in Older Adults. He has garnered numerous research awards, including a Paul Beeson Physician Faculty Scholar in Aging Award and a Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar Award. In addition to maintaining an active portfolio of research projects, he delivers clinical care in both the hospital and outpatient setting and teaches medical students, residents and fellows on diverse research topics to include grant writing and research methods and design.

RON SEEBER is a Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and the Vice Provost for Land Grant Affairs at Cornell University. He received his B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Iowa State University in 1975. He attended the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from which he received his A.M. (1977) and Ph.D. (1981).

Professor Seeber was appointed to the faculty at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University in 1980, and became the Associate Dean and Director of Extension in 1987, a position in which he served until the end of 1999. He is now also the Director of Research at the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution. He was appointed Vice Provost for Land Grant Affairs in 2005.

Professor Seeber has taught and conducted research on a wide variety of topics related to labor-management relations, negotiations and dispute resolution. He is the author or editor of seven books and monographs on labor relations and dispute resolution, as well as numerous scholarly articles and book chapters.