Impact of Human Ecology Research

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It is my great pleasure to provide you with the 2003-04 annual report of the New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. In my first year as dean, the college has seen great progress toward the improvement of facilities, the recruitment of new faculty, and the strengthening of collaboration among our own departments as well as with other Cornell colleges, including the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. All of us here in Human Ecology are optimistic and enthusiastic about the year to come.

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I am also delighted that we have been able to "bundle" this year's annual report with a mini-issue of our own Human Ecology magazine. I believe that you will find these articles to be complementary to the annual report, as they highlight issues that have been of particular significance for our college over the last year and that will undoubtedly be in the forefront of our efforts for many years to come. Among these are the growing epidemic of obesity and the health effects of poor nutrition on low-income Americans, sustainability, and the necessity of our faculty to approach their teaching, research, and outreach from a broad, multidisciplinary perspective. …