Human Ecology

Reports news and information of particular interest to the faculty and alumni of the New York State College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Features short, signed articles written by the college?s faculty and students, and coverage of the college?

Articles from Vol. 29, No. 4, December

Americans and Chinese Recall Memories Differently. (Human Development)
HOW AMERICAN ADULTS and preschool children recall their personal memories are consistently different from the way indigenous Chinese do, reports Qi Wang, assistant professor of human development. These cultural differences are important, she says,...
Ensuring Security and Safety for Our Families, Our Community, Our Nation, and Ourselves
Our safety and the security of our families, communities, and nation remain a pressing concern for each of us in the aftermath of the horror of the attacks in New York City and Washington on September 11. Even in the midst of the holiday season and...
Family Turmoil Affects Children into Middle Age. (Human Development)
THE EFFECTS OF CHILDHOOD family disruptions--such as parental divorce, long-term separation from biological parents, parental abandonment, and foster care--can reverberate into later life, says Elaine Wethington, associate professor of human development...
Heavy Metal: It Doesn't Take Nearly as Much Lead as the CDC Thought to Lower a Child's IQ
Richard Canfield can hardly believe it himself. If what he has found holds true, more than twice as many American children as previously thought are suffering significant cognitive damage from lead poisoning. Preventing such loss of intellectual capital...
Higher Paid, Better Educated More Likely to Use FSAs. (Policy Analysis and Management)
HIGHER-PAID and better-educated workers are much more likely to use medical flexible spending accounts (FSAs) than are lower-income and less-educated workers, conclude researchers. The accounts allow consumers to pay for medical care with pretax dollars....
Pesky Pesticides: Designed to Cling to a Leaf, Pesticides Can Become a Lot More Mobile on a Pair of Shoes or Gloves and Pose Indoor Health Concerns
Most people are grateful not to reside with rats and to buy fruits and vegetables that aren't half-eaten by insects. No doubt, the use of pesticides to address public health issues and improve food production has had its benefits over several decades....
Raising Their Voices: Through Theater and Community Outreach, Teens Teach Peers and Parents about Critical Issues Facing Youth Today
Generations ago, giving young people the tools to strengthen their communities would likely consist of putting a hammer or toolbox in their hands and leading them over to the nearest barn raising or church groundbreaking. But today, teaching young...
The Brain on Lead: Animal Models Are Helping Researchers Understand the Effects of Lead Exposure in Children. They Are Finding Direct Correlations between Lead Exposure and Cognitive Function
To look at the comely black and white rats, you could never tell the difference between those who had nursed on lead-laden mother's milk and those who had not. Thirty days after they were weaned, the levels of lead in the bloodstreams of all the rats...
Undergraduate Education: Living and Learning
CARSON CHANG '03 Carson, from Los Angeles, California, is majoring in textiles and apparel with a concentration in apparel design. His work has been featured in the Cornell Design League's Annual Fashion Show. "I really like making garments--taking...
Water for Sale: Why Are We Paying Four Times What We Pay for Gasoline for Something That's Practically Free?
How about this for a pervasive millennium image: A female pro tennis player sits between sets on a low-slung bench at center court at the U.S. Open let's say she is a top-ranked player, someone with the face recognition of, say, Pablo Picasso or...
Welfare Benefits May Not Keep People Healthy. (Policy Analysis and Management)
WHILE UNEMPLOYMENT payments can help protect recipients against health deterioration during forced unemployment, welfare benefits don't, finds an international study by Eunice Rodriguez, associate professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and...