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. 1, Winter

Awareness of AIDS Can Help Prevention
A CORNELL UNIVERSITY parent-education program has shown it can triple the likelihood that parents will discuss risk reduction and related information about H1V, the AIDS virus, with their children. The program also significantly increases the likelihood...
Early Education for New York Children
In 1991 one-third of the children entering New York's kindergartens were not ready to learn. A statewide pre-K program was initiated to boost early education. Now in its third year, the program must prove its worth. In the summer of 1997, New York...
For Good Measure
Public health officials and advocates worldwide will soon have two new tools to assess child health. The first five years of data are in, and it shows just what Cutberto Garza expected: children around the world grow much the same from birth to...
How Have Children Fared under Welfare Reform?
College researchers are looking at the effect of welfare reform on child protective services during the early 1990s. Their findings could guide policy as states implement welfare programs. Economic and Social Well-Being--Then and Now Promoting...
New Policies Would Put Young People with Disabilities in Workforce
RICHARD V. BURKHAUSER, the Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Policy Analysis and chair of the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, told the U.S. House of Representatives' Subcommittee on Social Security on July 13 in Washington, D.C., that...
Nurse Home Visits Reduce Child Neglect
VISITING NURSES have helped reduce child abuse and neglect by up to 80 percent over a 15-year period among a group of low-income, unmarried women visited during their pregnancies and the first two years of their babies' lives. This is the conclusion...
Quiet Zones for Learning
Noise is annoying, bothersome and interferes with concentration. So children in noisy environments learn to tune it out. But will they learn to listen to their teacher, to talk with their classmates, and acquire appropriate language skills--essential...
Safe Schools
Very few studies have asked high school students to describe the atmosphere in their school and whether they feel safe. Researcher Ellen deLara surveyed students in one rural New York high school, and what she learned may surprise parents, teachers,...
Students Create Playscapes for Head Start Program in a Senior Residence
THESE UNDERGRADUATE students didn't just do research, consult with professionals in the community, make presentations, and write a term paper for an assignment on planning child care learning and play activity centers for a Head Start program in a...
Taxing Questions
Economist Donald Kenkel believes taxes can be used as an effective policy tool to promote public health. But he allows that there are tricky trade-offs, especially when considering the specific groups of people affected. It's long been recognized...
THE HAPPINESS AND Welfare of Children
HAPPY NEW YEAR! As we celebrate the centennial of human ecology at Cornell University this year, this issue of Human Ecology focuses most fittingly on children and youth. From the earliest days when Martha Van Rensselaer was recruited to the New York...
The Legacy of Learning
The mutual reward of teacher-student relationships comes when the lifework of the teacher inspires the student to pursue and add to that field of study. In the field of consumer economics, Professor Emerita Gwen Bymers not only has had a significant...
Working to Learn
For many teenagers, school is impractical and irrelevant. So they often become more engaged in dead-end, low-paying after- school jobs. Two researchers have initiated opportunities for youth to combine school and work in preparation for careers. ...