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. 32, No. 1, June

Cornell Costume and Textile Collection Represents Cultures of Seven Continents
While on tour in 1869, Mark Twain paused to his have photograph taken in Alexandria, Egypt. In honor of the occasion, he and Charles Langdon--Twain's future brother-in-law, whom he had met on the trip--donned dragoman's suits of Ottoman Turkish style....
Cultural Diversity in USDA's Land-Grant System
In 1998 the Change Agent States for Diversity Consortium (CASD) was established to build the capacity of the Cooperative Extension System and its research and university partners to function inclusively and effectively in a multicultural world, setting...
Diversity
In New York State and nationwide, we live in an increasingly diverse society. The richness of this diversity is exemplified by the differences of our intellectual disciplines, races and ethnicities, genders, ages, faiths, sexual orientations, political...
Ensuring Effective Learning Environments
CREATING A COURSE framework to engage students and meet their diverse learning styles is an evolving skill that improves with experience, says Rhonda Gilmore, a lecturer in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis who teaches four required...
Interpreting the Influence of Diverse Cultures on Fashion
Adecade ago when Van Dyke Lewis, assistant professor in the Department of Textiles and Apparel, began to study the nature of fashion, he followed what were then the accepted scholarly definitions. Those definitions no longer hold true, he says. ...
La Cocina Alegre
When Pilar Parra, a research associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, created a program some years ago in Rochester, New York, to educate Puerto Rican women immigrants about diet and chronic disease, she called it Partnership for Health....
My Memory, Myself: The Role of Culture in Memory and Self-Identity
Qi Wang, an assistant professor of human development, is breaking new ground at the interface of social and cognitive development by revealing the diverse paths by which children acquire memories and develop self-identity. Her research compares the...
Public Policies and Vulnerable Populations: In the Growth Years of the 1990s, When the Employment Rates Rose for Most Working-Age Americans, Economic Prosperity Was Not Shared by People with Disabilities. in Fact, People with Disabilities Experienced an Unprecedented Decline in Economic Independence
Between 1992 and 2000, the employment rates of men with disabilities fell by 23 percent, and for women with disabilities, they fell by 5 percent. These statistics are based on studies conducted by the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center for...
ReConceptualizing the Gay Teen
For more than 25 years Ritch Savin-Williams has been listening to young people talk about what it is like to grow up. His ground-breaking research on adolescent dominance hierarchies, self-esteem development, friendship patterns, and sexuality has...
Same-Sex Couples Plan Differently for Retirement
COMPARED WITH THEIR husbands, women tend to put less effort into planning for retirement, studies show. But lesbians tend to plan even less than other women, according to one of the first studies to look at the retirement plans of gay and lesbian couples....
Sociocultural Challenges of Feeding Infants and Small Children
The obligation to care for infants and very small children differs little between cultures and socioeconomic groups. Despite the dramatic differences in most aspects of their lives, parents in a remote village in Nigeria and their counterparts in any...
Time and a Chair: Teaching Design Theory
Seated on a Mission-style Napoleon chair, a gray-haired African American woman faces the camera. Well dressed, with an ease of bearing and a forthright gaze, she is not an image of turn-of-the-century American womanhood familiar to most college students....