Human Ecology Magazine

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Serious About STEM, Vol. 41, No. 2, Fall 2013

Technology is central to the college's multidisciplinary mission. Highly advanced tools and labs like the Cornell MRI Facility enable researchers to explore unknown areas. The Cornell Institute of Fashion and Fiber Innovation joins fiber scientists, apparel designers, and industry leaders to create next-generation smart clothing. College researchers are imagining innovative uses for everyday technology, employing smartphones and tablets to aid in health, nutrition, and economic development. And unique outreach approaches are leading to better education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for thousands of children and teens across New York.


Human Ecology is a publication of the New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. 

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Past Issues of Human Ecology Magazine
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Thought For Food, Vol. 41, No. 1, Working in communities and clinics, Cornell dietetic students learn to blend research and practice to promote healthy eating. The highly regarded Dietetic Internship program, preparing students for careers as registered dietitians, and a new combined PhD/RD degree that emphasizes translational research train students to apply evidence-based methods to nutrition and health, food policy, and other key areas. Also inside: Intypes, a long-running project to develop a lexicon for the discipline and practice of interior design; college economists study the scope of government in enforcing rules and providing services; and the Dean's Fellowship in Home Economics, offering two decades of research on the history of women's education and domestic science.

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Keeping Teens on Track, Vol. 40, No. 2, Human Development professors examine the many challenges kids and teens face growing up in an increasingly complex society, where the right approach can make the difference between thriving or failing as adults. Fiber science and apparel design faculty members teach fashion with eyes on the global garment-making network and the diverse cultural influences driving modern styles. Demographers, nutrition experts, economists, and developmental psychologists study the challenges facing working mothers. Students report on summer research projects and internships from around the globe. Also: A look at the college's commitment to diversity under Cornell's "Toward New Destinations" approach.

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Fortifying 4-H with Research, Vol. 40, No. 1, Scientists in the Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research are studying every facet of 4-H, the largest youth development organization program in New York, to maximize its positive impact on youth. Nutrition experts are remaking statewide nutrition education programs to help low-income families eat better and save money. Also: Policy Analysis and Management faculty examine education economics and policy; Design and Environmental Analysis courses offer design interventions for community partners.

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New Building & Innovative Spaces, Vol. 39, No. 2, Fall 2011. Faculty and students fully engage in their work in the new Human Ecology Building, where multidisciplinary collaborations, interactive teaching, and student-led activities thrive. Fiber science and design advance in the high-tech facility. 'Living-Learning Lab' lets DEA students create the Human Ecology Commons Area. Scientist develops revolutionary plant-based composites. New Bronfenbrenner Center links research and policy. Also: Cornell Cooperative Extension celebrates 100 years, Iscol Program marks 10 years, and new faculty provides diverse expertise.

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Weill Medical Research Connections, Vol. 39, No. 1, Spring 2011. Cross-college partnerships lead to medical patents and scientific progress. Human Ecology's social science expertise pairs with Weill's clinical research to drive the development of biomaterials for human body repair, public health education efforts addressing obesity in NYC, and a nutrition program improving maternal and child health at Cornell's GHESKIO clinic in Haiti. Also: PAM Faculty head new institute on health policy and FSAD students develop clothes to trap poisonous gases.

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The Ecology of Aging, Vol. 38, No. 2, December 2010. Human Ecology applies a multidisciplinary approach to investigate myriad issues facing the aging population. Students and faculty study: the impact of the built environment on older adults, the psychological and neurological effects of aging with a focus on dementia, and the economics of Social Security, Medicare, and support programs. Also: custom-designed apparel, devices, furnishings created to enhance lives of seniors, new gerontology minor introduced, students reach out to local seniors.

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Translational Research, Vol. 38, No. 1, May 2010. Human Ecology uses translational research to move research findings into creative applications that advance and improve the human experience. Faculty help thousands of NYC seniors cope with chronic pain, a nurse-family partnership encourages healthier living for low-income mothers, obesity prevention assists rural upstate counties, and youth development programs develop in Latin American communities. Also: Bronfenbrenner Conference investigates ways to translate research into policy and practice, featured blogs on research and mental health.

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Overcoming Poverty, Vol. 37, No. 2, November 2009. Human Ecology sustains a range of programs that examine and address the ecology of poverty. Professor Burkhauser researches numerous aspects of U.S. poverty policy- from income inequality to welfare reform. Faculty use surveys to understand economics and environments perpetuating poverty in Africa and developing nations. Nutrition educators help low-income families in NYC, and graduate students tackle food systems. Also: studies find mental health problems contribute to food insecurity, and childhood poverty leads to brain impairments.

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Outreach and Impact, Vol. 37, No. 1, June 2009. Outreach and extension programs in the College of Human Ecology make a major difference in the lives of New Yorkers. Workshops on financial management, energy efficiency, and food budgeting are helping thousands of families to make the most of each paycheck. Senior citizens are being mobilized as environmental stewards – helping themselves and their communities. Also featured: helping teens with sexual health and novel workplace interventions to boost exercise and fight obesity.

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Multidisciplinary Research, Vol. 36, No. 2, October 2008. Human Ecology works within a context of distinct disciplines to discover where its missions intersect and to achieve a meaningful impact on the world. Professor Chu works with Cornell researchers to develop artificial body tissues. Faculty evaluate complex organizations to help them address societal issues. Student interns study challenges like breast cancer and textile recycling facing central NY. Also: experts lead symposium on AIDS in Africa, researchers find investment in nutrition programs lowers health care costs.

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Outreach and Impact, Vol. 36, No. 1, May 2008. Human Ecology continues its founding goal of applying the principles of art, psychology, and economics to better human life. New LEAD curriculum creates improved living conditions for older adults. Another program seeks to reduce childhood obesity and educate about healthy lifestyles. CURxED Program guides seniors through Medicare procedures. Biodegradable composites used to create eco-friendly skateboards and job opportunities. Also: economist analyzes national transportation, researchers use Bandura Model to generate public knowledge.

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Health and Public Policy, Vol. 35, No. 2, November 2007. Human Ecology shapes dialogue, understanding, and practice in multiple fields to advance human health. Ergonomic expert looks at workstations to prevent repetitive motion injuries. Researchers find the power of advertising to encourage smokers to quit. Fiber scientists engineer clothing to protect high action personnel. Spaces designed for dementia patients and visitors to enhance communication. Also: the diet needed for a healthy planet, medical research deliverance, study of health care reform.

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Outreach and Impact, Vol. 35, No. 1, May 2007. Human Ecology’s science and scholarship, as well as its relationships with the Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and community partners, enable it to improve lives. Effort built to solve global health problems. Materials provided to help Army families cope with stress. CCE educators design programs to fight NY obesity trend. Also: experts test mold and mildew remediation after floods, professor analyzes Medicare drug plans for seniors, science curriculum developed for minority youth.

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Technology and Innovation, Vol. 34, No 2, November 2006. Human Ecology embraces technology for research, instruction, and outreach. Textile researchers develop nanofibers that act as biological sensors. Study uses digital assistants to reconfigure health care spaces. Professor utilizes new Human Metabolic Research Unit to study the human body’s use of minerals. DEA outreach programs look toward healthy, energy-efficient homes. Also: how physicians adopt new medical procedures, the use of MRI machines to study human learning, the building of a behavioral-neuroscience faculty.

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Leading Toward a Better World, Vol. 34, No. 1, May 2006. Human Ecology focuses on fostering and promoting leadership. Initiative teaches students how to build teams, trust others, and take risks. Urban Semester program immerses students in NYC’s diversity. Sloan cultivates leaders in the health care industry. Family Life Development Center mentors marines to prevent sexist behavior against women. Also: graduate students given freedom to take the lead, featured alumni that became leaders in their fields.

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Ecology of Obesity, Vol. 33, No. 3, December 2005. Reports from a Human Ecology conference on obesity shapes plan for making the epidemic a problem of the past. Modification of home, workplace, school, and community environments could improve our health choices. The economics of obesity is studied, including its costs, causes, and controls. Researchers view obesity from a life course perspective. Strategies formed for reducing youthful obesity. Also: obesity shows socioeconomic and ethnic disparities, Cornell website aids community practitioners.

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Shaping Policy Development, Vol. 33, No. 2, August 2005. Human Ecology emphasizes putting research, design, and learned methods into action at the governmental and community levels. Professor shapes judicial policy on the testimony of children. Students become facility strategists in simulations with real companies. New body scanner makes positive changes to apparel for consumers and workers. Project analyzes pharmaceutical and tobacco advertising. Cornell Cooperative Extension team enhances Treasury’s financial literacy. Also: new policies that could benefit the poor and hungry.

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Impact of Human Ecology Research, Vol. 33, No. 1, April 2005. Human Ecology research seeks to inform its teaching and its outreach, as well as develop innovative methods to protect the interests and fulfill the needs of people everywhere. Faculty member explains the process of turning scholarship into policy. Fiber scientist electrospins renewable materials as a green alternative for textiles. Nutritionist maps food-choice strategies to make healthy behavior easier. Also: the 2003-2004 Annual Report.

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Healthy People, Families, Communities, Vol. 32, No. 3, March 2005. Human Ecology forms uniquely combines disciplines with the mission to help build healthy families and communities. Professor explains how design is a tool for leadership and social change. Iron is found to play major role in nutrition. Archive provides scholars with data on child abuse. Professor studies effects of health insurance regulation. Also: students prepared to work with troubled children, study on adult attachment, the problem of elder abuse.

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Youth Development, Vol. 32, No. 2, October 2004. Human Ecology departments, the Cornell Cooperative Extension, and the Family Life Development Center work to better the well-being of children. Youth prepare food to learn about nutrition knowledge firsthand. Professor designs the Child Care Programs of Excellence. Children’s relationship to their physical environment studied. Human Development faculty dissect the process of youth reasoning. Parent-child communication found as tool for youth health. Also: 4-H development, Textile and Apparel outreach, youth development resources.