Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 23, No. 2, Spring

Biological Cycles Affect Development of Fetuses, Infants
Research on fetal and infant behavior leads to a better understanding of the complexities of early human development. This knowledge is the basis for future advances in the identification, prevention, and treatment of developmental disorders. Sometimes...
Designers Size Clothes to Reflect Different Body Proportions
To help the American apparel industry become more competitive, a Cornell professor is developing a revolutionary sizing system that would more accurately fit the population than the traditional system does. The new sizing system is organized much like...
Designing on Screen
Computer-aided design is changing the way designers in many different industries work. Faculty members and students in the College of Human Ecology also are exploring different uses for this rapidly growing technology. Muthu Govindaraj isn't given to...
Diet, Weight Affect Reproductive Health
Research conducted by a nutritional sciences undergraduate presents more damaging evidence against high-fat diets and obesity. The findings implicate high fat intake and overweight as contributing factors in reproductive problems. In the study, female...
Flexible Staffing Grows in Corporate Popularity
By the end of the century, businesses may be as likely to lease employees as they do furniture. Downsizing of the workforce saves costs for business by cutting back on the number of employees. And when workloads increase, those employers may hire temporary...
Neurobiology's Role in Personality and Emotion
New findings show a strong relationship between personality traits and the biology of the brain. Knowing the behavioral effects of certain brain chemicals may someday have important applications for helping humans develop to their fullest potential....
What Are the Nutritional Needs of Premature Infants?
The research of nutritionist J. Thomas Brenna on fatty acid metabolism has helped shed light on the relationship between fats and cardiovascular disease. An unexpected personal crisis expanded his focus to include the role of fats in the nutrition and...
Who Killed the Princes? 500-Year-Old Mystery Provides Insight into Human Reasoning
Did England's King Richard III arrange for the murder of his two young nephews, or did his successor, King Henry VII, rewrite history to cover up his own responsibility for the crimes? Elizabeth Allen '95 used this fifteenth-century mystery in a research...