Faculty Research Symposium
Social Sciences Faculty Research Symposium
The Social Sciences Faculty Research Symposium is a semesterly event designed to introduce attendees to a specific research topic, the scholarship of our faculty, and the process of social-science research, more generally.
Tossing the Test: Using Renewable Assignments to Increase Student Engagement
Dr. Jody Resko, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education, QCC-CUNY
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 from 12:10-1pm in LB29
In this presentation, Dr. Jody Resko, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at Queensborough Community College-CUNY, will present an aspect of her pedagogical research on student engagement. According to the literature, students are either willing or unwilling learners depending on how they are taught and they are likely to differ in the instructional techniques that they find most engaging (Komarraju and Karau, 2008). As a result, instructors are often searching for ways to develop assignments that are interesting and relevant for their students. Both Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Open Pedagogy are two ways to engage students (Smith, 2012; Seraphin et al., 2019). In Introductory college courses, instructors often rely on disposable assignments (e.g., quizzes, papers). Renewable assignments have been recommended as one way to increase student engagement and ultimately promote a deeper level of learning (Seraphin et al., 2019). Dr. Resko will add to this literature with results that show how students who completed renewable assignments were more engaged than those who completed traditional quizzes. These findings suggest that renewable assignments are an effective tool for increasing student engagement and may ultimately lead to better learning outcomes.
An Earnest Struggle: Antiracism in a “post”-Trump America
Dr. Trevor Milton, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice
March 15th, 2023 from 12:10-1pm in LB29
In this symposium, Dr. Trevor Milton, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice, will present on his direction of An Earnest Struggle, a documentary film that focuses on the roots of institutional racism in the United States, modern forms of that racism, and four community-based organizations that are struggling to dismantle that racism. Dr. Milton will highlight his findings on the work of antiracism organizations and the techniques they use to inch closer to the goal of “ending racism.”
Looking Expensive: Experts’ Valuation of Paintings is Influenced by Context
Dr. Qin Li, Assistant Professor of Psychology
October 26, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Video of recorded event to come
In this presentation, Dr. Qin Li will present research on the valuation of paintings. Many factors influence the price of art work, with opinions of experts and the reputation of the artist weighing heavy on price outcomes. Few studies have focused on context as an influence on price despite its impacts on how people experience and evaluate art. Dr. Li ’s research looks at key factors li ke expertise and context to determine their influence on price. More specifically, Dr. Li ’s research tests whether novices, quasi-experts, and experts price artwork differently if setting is manipulated, and it looks at how style and reputation of artwork affect their value. Contrary to expectations, Dr. Li ’s research finds that experts are most influenced by setting manipulation when determining prices, despite their reported familiarity with the established paintings shown. Experts and quasi-experts are also more li kely than novices to price paintings according to reputation. Dr. Li ’s research also finds a significant three-way interaction between expertise, reputation, and style, whereby those with greater expertise are aptly influenced by reputation and style when pricing art.
Juvenile Justice Policy Goals: A Qualitative Inquiry into Purpose Clauses
Dr. Emily Pelletier, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, QCC-CUNY
March 9, 2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
In this presentation, Dr. Emily Pelletier, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Queensborough Community College, will discuss juvenile justice systems across the US. While these systems have a common history of rehabilitative ideals and Constitutionally required due process protections, each state maintains the responsibility to create and amend state statutes governing its juvenile justice system. Differences among state statutes and statutory changes over time give rise to the inquiry of whether juvenile justice systems in the US hold similar goals and what these goals specifically entail. This presentation will identify thematic goals of state juvenile justice systems in the United States using data from a qualitative content analysis of the purpose clauses in state juvenile justice legal codes.
Weakening the Immigrant Children’s Rights During the Trump Administration
Dr. Gabriel Lataianu, Assistant Professor of Sociology, QCC-CUNY
October 20, 2021 12:10 PM - 1:00 PM
In this presentation, Dr. Gabriel Lataianu, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Queensborough Community College, will discuss the Trump administration's family separation policy and subsequently proposed Family Detention Centers. He will also shed light on how these policies bluntly violated the Flores Agreement, the most important legal act protecting immigrant children in the U.S., leaving thousands of immigrant children in legislative limbo as apprehended minors are protected neither by the U.S. Constitution nor the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child (the U.S. being the only U.N. member that is not part of the Convention).
What Could a Robot Know About? The Discovery of the Mind in Language
Dr. Patrick Byers, Assistant Professor of Psychology, QCC-CUNY
March 17, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The development of deep neural networks (DNNs) has significantly advanced artificial intelligence, with machines now able to carry out complex tasks that, in some cases, appear to exceed human ability. However, the underlying operation of DNNs is opaque (not readily interpretable), and—despite being generally reliable--prone to somewhat unpredictable and possibly serious errors. This has resulted in significant efforts to develop systems that can provide meaningful explanations of their functioning, so-called “explainable AI”. Such systems would account for their behavior like human beings do, i.e., in terms of reasons involving beliefs/knowledge, attitudes and/or desires. Discourse analysis work reveals profound challenges facing these efforts. Ascriptions of what others know/believe, think, feel or want have a clear meaning only in relation to certain assumptions about how people can be expected to behave (and not behave). These assumptions are prominently reflected in judgments about whether a person’s behavior reflects genuine understanding, or merely rote training. A number of recent cases of DNN behavior suggest that the assumptions in question do not hold for these systems.