Human Ecology Forum

Articles from Vol. 24, No. 1, Winter

Fiber Scientist Invents a Nontoxic Sterilization Process for Biomaterials
A researcher in the Department of Textiles and Apparel has made two breakthroughs to help the health care industry and medical patients: a nontoxic method for sterilizing biodegradable medical materials and devices and an innovative chemical process...
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Housing Costs Burdensome for Some Groups
Although the cost of housing has increased in recent years, some groups are more likely to pay excessive housing costs than others, report Peter S. K. Chi, professor of consumer economics and housing, and Joseph Laquatra, associate professor of design...
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Improving Community Nutrition
Despite the best efforts of nutritionists, many Americans still consume too much fat and not enough fruits and vegetables. An innovative, community-based project being carried out in Rochester, New York, may serve as a model for future food and nutrition...
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Learning to Serve
Students in the College of Human Ecology are essential participants in two ongoing local community service initiatives. Through these service-learning projects, the student volunteers gain invaluable hands-on experience and practical insight into what...
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New Model Helps One County Become "Heart-Healthy."
David Pelletier's new monitoring model has turned traditional nutrition monitoring on its ear. Rather than collect data indiscriminately and then distribute it to policymakers and other audiences, researchers now first determine what problems need to...
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Partnership Brings Health Care to One Rural New York County
For health care professionals looking for a better way to reach rural residents, there's a lesson to be learned in New York's Tioga County. With a largely rural population, the county has many residents who for years rarely, if ever, received medical...
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Plant Food Project Creates a Win-Win-Win Situation
There are all sorts of winners in the Rochester Plant Food Project, says Bo Yerxa, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Monroe County. "First of all, we think what we're doing is a real plus for the broader extension system," he says....
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Rethinking Nutrition Monitoring
Nutrition monitoring has been used to analyze the nutrition problems of nations and communities for more than twenty years. But researchers have found that the data are rarely used effectively. A new approach to the process may provide better results....
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Students Plan Special Playground
Designing a safe and enticing playground for children is challenging enough, but Assistant Professor Lorraine Maxwell gave a group of students a much more daunting task: to develop guidelines for a children's playground at a family camp for sight-impaired...
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Students Return to Urban Neighborhoods to Work with Teens
For many Cornell students, last summer's vacation meant relaxing at the beach. For a dozen intrepid minority students from New York City, however, summer meant working for pay in their old neighborhoods as interns in a special program to enrich the literary...
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The Undergraduate Experience: Exploration in Human Ecology
The College of Human Ecology is distinguished by its community contacts, extension programs, and land-grant mission to the state, all of which enrich its academic programs immeasurably. New Human Ecology students are introduced to these and other aspects...
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