The second panel discussion in the 3-part Social Media and Democracy seminar series sponsored by the School of Information Studies (iSchool) and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications will feature three scholars who will focus on fake news, language analysis, and online influence.

Moderated by iSchool faculty member Lu Xiao, the panelists are Rosanna Guadagno, researcher at Stanford University’s Online Social Influence Lab; Lillian Lee, professor of computer science and information science at Cornell University; and Victoria Rubin, professor of information and media studies at the University of Western Ontario.

Guadagno’s research interests focus on the confluence of three main areas: social influence and persuasion, mediated communication, and gender roles. Her forthcoming book is entitled Psychological Processes in Social Media: Why We Click.

Lee’s research areas lie in natural language processing, social interaction, computational social science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. She is interested in connections between natural language processing and social interaction.

Rubin specializes in information retrieval and natural language processing techniques that enable analyses of texts to identify, extract, and organize structured knowledge. In her lab, she examines complex human information behaviors that are expressed through language such as deception, uncertainty, credibility, and emotions.

The seminar will be held on Tuesday, October 16 at 6 p.m. in the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Newhouse 3. The event is open to the campus community. For more information, contact Lu Xiao at

Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be available at the event. If you require accomodations, please contact Jon Glass at or (315) 443-8612 by Friday, October 12.