Public engagement efforts in the college break down boundaries between basic research, intervention research and outreach to accelerate the application of research to people's lives. The College of Human Ecology uses a translational research model to better link social and behavioral science research to public engagement, creating a more seamless link between science and service. This linkage between research and practice presents opportunities for researchers, community-based organizations, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) associations, policymakers, industry and New York citizens to engage in mutually-beneficial partnerships which result in practical solutions to complex real-world problems.
The Division of Nutritional Sciences hosts interdisciplinary faculty, researchers, staff and students that study the broad determinants of human health from cellular networks to agriculture and food systems. The division aims to benefit society through rigorous research and the training of future public health professionals and clinicians.
The Department of Design and Environmental Analysis engages the public in activities related to facility planning and management, waste management, family economics and resource management, sustainability, children and family support issues connected to the built environment, and more.
The Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design actively engages with the public via exhibitions from the Cornell Costume and Textile Collection, a high school design competition and a natural dye garden. It also offers resources for consumers and youth educators on an array of topics related to understanding, use and care of textile fibers and clothing.
The Human Development Public Engagement program leverages technology to communicate the results and real-world implications of faculty research to extension educators, community partners, volunteers, policymakers and others in New York State and beyond. It involves students in research-public engagement activities, fostering learning opportunities for students while providing needed services in our communities. The program also cultivates research-community partnerships, facilitating exchange and collaboration among researchers and stakeholders so that the tools that research produces are informed by and incorporated into practice in a significant way.
Policy Analysis and Management faculty conduct rigorous, applied research on policy-relevant topics and use the results of their work to inform the formulation, implementation and management of policies and programs at the local, state and national levels. The department seeks to contribute to the well-being of citizens by applying knowledge gained through careful research studies to address real challenges in communities.
To achieve its goal of improving service in healthcare, wellness and senior living, the institute develops and supports multidisciplinary educational programs, sponsors and disseminates research, and hosts conferences, roundtables, meetings and practicum projects.
Particular focus is in the areas of functional fibers, performance apparel, smart clothing and sustainable fashion. A major goal is translation of innovative research into implementable technologies and products for the benefit of the fiber, textile and fashion industries.