Welcome, Jasmine and Carmen!

To kick-off the new school year, SONIC is excited to introduce our two new SONIC members, Jasmine and Carmen. Jasmine is joining SONIC as a first-year Ph.D. student in Media, Technology, and Society (MTS) whereas Carmen is joining SONIC as a lab manager.

Jasmine (Yutong) Wu is a first-year Ph.D. student in Media, Technology, and Society (MTS). She graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Information Science and Communication. Her research interests include social network analysis, teamwork, and intergroup bias. Jasmine is excited to apply advanced computational tools to understand team processes in research and industrial settings to further improve management and team performance. In SONIC, she will work on the Enterprise Social Media and Scientific Workforce projects. Outside of work, she enjoys running, swimming, photography, and exploring theaters and art museums in Chicagoland.

Carmen Chan holds a B.S. with Distinction in Research in Communication from Cornell University. She is interested in the intersection of social media, mental health, and interpersonal communication, and is excited to learn ways to apply a social network perspective to further examine online social support for mental health. She will serve as a project manager for the enterprise social media project and support ongoing research at SONIC. Outside of work, she enjoys reading, fashion, going to museums, and exploring coffee shops and brunch places!

Fun fact: Jasmine and Carmen worked at the same research labs (Cornell Group and Interpersonal Communication Lab & Cornell Virtual Embodiment Lab) during undergrad and walked together during graduation! They’re thankful for the opportunity to work with each other again and are already making plans to explore Chicago together!

We would also like to especially wish our SONIC alumni the best of luck with their new careers! Brent Hoagland, former lab manager, is joining Rutgers University as a first year PhD student in Sociology. Marlon Twyman II, graduated in June, is joining the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism as an assistant professor. Michael Schultz, former postdoctoral fellow, is joining Indiana University as an assistant professor at the Department of Sociology. We’ll miss them!