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. 28, No. 3, Summer

Critical Analysis
During the nine years that Tom Brenna has taught the course Methods in Nutritional Sciences, he has had his students tour the clinical laboratory at Cayuga Medical Center, often as a culmination of the course's 28 laboratory assignments. "By the...
Empty Seats
Never has it been easy to determine how to educate our youth. But in a globally competitive environment, educators and state legislators across the nation are keen to find specific ways to improve their schools and to measure academic success. One...
Exploring the Depths of Policy Analysis
Every time children are injured in a school bus accident, political pressure mounts to require the use of seat belts on school buses. Common sense would say that because seat belts are required by law in automobiles in New York State, they should be...
Green Design
The students in Jack Elliott's senior interior design studio never expected they'd have to gather their own course materials, particularly in quite this way. With rope and sled alone, one man and fifteen women had "skidded" a 1,000 pound cherry log...
High Home Prices Are the Result of Bigger Houses and More Amenities
CONTRARY TO POPULAR belief, buyers of new homes should know that the costs of supporting environmental protection don't boost the prices of new houses, a Cornell University housing expert concludes. The average cost of a new home in the United States...
Interactive Discovery
One of the most difficult tasks of a teacher is to get students to think "outside the box," to come to a new way of seeing. Six Human Ecology faculty members have gone beyond the usual classroom strategies to offer learning experiences like none other....
LEARNING-From Infancy to Adulthood
GREETINGS! This issue of Human Ecology focuses on learning--from early cognitive development in infants to the excitement of adult learners in real-world settings. Learning has become the topic of much discussion and research in universities as we...
Practice Makes Perfect Dietitians
When Anne Kendall, the director of the Cornell University Dietetic Internship Program and a lecturer in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, thinks of the value of experiential learning, she recalls an assignment she gave her undergraduate dietetics...
Reading the Pages of Adolescence
What tickled Joan Jacobs Brumberg the most about her class was the amount of chattering that went on. "It was really fun to listen to the students talk among themselves," says Brumberg of her course Female Adolescence in Historical Perspective. ...
Real-World Learning
The College of Human Ecology offers its students multiple opportunities to take knowledge outside the classroom and learn through experience in real-world situations. In the process students explore careers, broaden their perspective, and gain skills...
Research in Child Development Then and Now
Observational research in the field of human development had its beginnings early in the history of the college when the nursery school program begin. The nursery school offered a living laboratory for faculty and students studying child behavior psychology,...
State Child Support Policies Work Best for Unwed Mothers
ALTHOUGH CHILD support policies can help enforce child support payments and increase the level of awards, their effects are very different, depending on whether the children are born to unwed parents or to divorced or separated couples. A new Cornell...
Study Suggests Connection between Maternal Cocaine Use and Attention Dysfunction in Children
A STUDY BY RESEARCHERS at Cornell University and the University of Kentucky suggests a connection between cocaine use during pregnancy and attention dysfunction in children. The study finds that rat fetuses exposed to cocaine levels comparable to...
The Legacy of Learning
"I am very proud of students who end up with minds of their own doing their own things. I've learned as much from them as they from me." The mutual reward of teacher-student relationships comes when the life work of the teacher inspires the student...
What Makes a Leader?
Take a group of people, all of relatively equal intelligence and learning as measured by academic success. Why do some go on to shine as leaders while others do not? Every new MBA knows that, to get ahead, she must support her boss and further the...