Dr. Isabel Pedersen, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Digital Life, Media and Culture, who has been named one of the inaugural 91 members of the Royal Society of Canada’s (RSC) College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Dr. Pedersen, Associate Professor, UOIT Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, conducts research that broadly questions the way in which future-proposed technology affects human identity and culture. Digital technologies are often predicted, invented, adopted and even celebrated before we fully understand their societal impacts. While most research in the realm of digital media investigates the technological aspects of digital innovation, Dr. Pedersen’s work uniquely focuses on understanding the impacts of the digital age on our lives, culture, art and social practices. She is interested in how popular film, mainstream journalism, inventors’ writings and social media outlets persuade society to adopt these gadgets Dr. Pedersen and the other members of the RSC’s inaugural cohort will be formally recognized at a ceremony in Quebec City in late November. For more information on Dr. Pedersen's work or to arrange an interview please refer her detailed expert profile.