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. 4, Fall

Breaking Free
Computer technology cuts loose new ideas in interior design and allows students to expand their creativity in directions never before taken. It's the first week of class and Kathleen Gibson still hasn't finalized a textbook for her course Virtual...
Companies Are Turning to Tents, Trailers to Meet Changing Space Needs
WHEN MONSANTO NEEDED a fast solution to building space for 40 researchers, it erected a tent. Or, more accurately, it turned to a temporary tentlike structure that took only 28 days to erect. A year later, to Monsanto's surprise, 89 percent of employees...
Consumer Protection-Or Overprotection?
For more than a decade Alan Mathios has been investigating how the regulation of nutrition information affects consumer knowledge and behavior. What he's found is surprising. One of the hottest news stories going these days is the controversy over...
Crowded Homes Are Stressful, Regardless of Culture
DISPELLING WIDELY HELD myths about various ethnic groups' tolerance of crowding, a new study finds that Asian Americans and Latin Americans are just as uncomfortable in crowded homes as are Anglo Americans (Americans of European descent) and African...
Experience Doesn't Count in This Surgical Procedure
A SURGICAL PROCEDURE to prevent strokes, involving the removal of plaque from the carotid artery, has a greater chance of ending in the death of the patient when the surgery is performed by surgeons who have been in practice the longest, according...
Fact Sheet on Radon in Schools Advises Parents and Administrators
IT HAS BECOME FAIRLY commonplace for homeowners to test their houses for radon, the colorless, odorless, and tasteless radioactive gas that seeps from the ground and can cause lung cancer. But schools, where a child can spend 14,000 hours by the time...
Genes
Discoveries in genomics have raised important questions for nutrition researchers: How does genetics determine nutrition needs? And how does diet influence gene expression? Just one drop of blood, taken at birth. That alone could provide enough...
Home Economics Was a Gateway for Women into Higher Education, Science Careers
AS THE COLLEGE OF Human Ecology celebrates the centennial of the field of home economics with events throughout the year, its faculty and administration are reflecting on the college's role as the gateway for women into higher education and scientific...
It's All in Your Head
What does brain chemistry have to do with differences in people's emotional behaviors--in the ways they experience and respond to fear, anger, affection, and pleasure? As it turns out, plenty. There are some among us who would leap out of airplanes,...
Low Body Iron Makes Exercise and Physical Work Difficult for Women
WOMEN WITH LOW BODY iron, yet who are not anemic, have a much harder time sustaining exercise and adapting to training, concludes a new Cornell University study. But after a period of training, iron-deficient women who boost their body iron by taking...
Mann Library to Digitize Historical Home Economics Literature
TO PRESERVE AND MAKE available worldwide the most important and influential volumes on the history of home economics, Albert R. Mann Library at Cornell University will digitize the top 1,500 documents--some 450,000 pages--in the field, making them...
Safer Foods through Irradiation-But Will They Sell?
JUST BECAUSE THE USDA approved the process of irradiation for raw meat and meat products in December 1999 and the FDA permitted using the technology for fresh shell eggs starting last July, consumers shouldn't expect to see their local supermarkets...
So What Do You Think?
Opening Communication on Genetically Engineered Foods Many Cornell researchers and extension educators are actively involved in addressing concerns about genetically engineered foods. But what are their personal thoughts about the risks and benefits...
Technology and Human Ecology
TECHNOLOGY SURROUNDS us and touches every aspect of our lives. We can safely predict that technology, biotechnology, and nanotechnology will continue to drive an ever-increasing rate of change in the new millennium. What Foods we eat, how we access...
Textile Transport
Hospital patients whose immune systems are weakened by illness or therapeutic drugs are at increased risk from infection by fungi. Transmitted by spores, fungal diseases can be severe, if not fatal. Textile scientists are looking at the role of clothing...