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. 31, No. 2, December

Effecting Cultural Change
From a researcher or policymaker's point of view and on an international scale, policy analysis and management professor Andrea Parrot stresses that ethics are culturally and historically determined. When members of one culture try to impose their...
Ethics in the Human Ecology Curriculum
Discussion of ethics is woven throughout the academic program in the College of Human Ecology. In all of the college's units, instructors and students examine issues that range from environmental ethics and sustainable design to ethical business practices...
Freshmen Weight Gain Has National Obesity Implications: Cornell Nutritionists Report That College Freshmen Gain an Average of 4.2 Pounds during Their First 12 Weeks on Campus
"SIGNIFICANT WEIGHT gain during the first semester of college is a real phenomenon, with breakfast and lunch at all-you-can-eat dining facilities accounting for 20 percent of the weight gain." says David A. Levitsky, professor of nutritional sciences...
Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and History (HEARTH); an Online Archive at Cornell Documents the History of Home Economics
MORE THAN 1,500 volumes published between 1850 and 1950 are featured in an online archive provided through Cornell's Albert R. Mann Library to document the history of home economics. The titles in the Home Economics Archive: Research, Tradition, and...
Human Ecology
A New York Times article (1) in October asked "Are More People Cheating?" Concerns about ethics and our behavior have grown after a number of recent highly public and costly corporate scandals. While our public attention may be heightened now, ethical...
Making Judgments about Improving Nutrient Deficiencies
Division of Nutritional Sciences associate professor Robert Parker conducts basic research on the bioavailability of vitamin A. Because of its essential role in human health, vitamin A is at the center of some of the most ethically complicated issues...
Modifying Temperament and Personality: Where to Draw the Line
Human development professor Richard Depue studies the structure and neurobehavioral foundation of temperament and personality and the resulting implications for treatment of personality disorders. His research raises ethical considerations about what...
Preventing Childhood Obesity at School, at Home, and in the Community: Cornell Nutritional Sciences Expert Presents Legislative Testimony on the Childhood Obesity Epidemic in the State
WENDY WOLFE, A RESEARCH associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, testified in June before the New York State Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm, and Nutrition Policy. She spoke primarily on the role of state policy in preventing childhood...
Research Protocols Grounded in Ethics
Elaine Wethington, associate professor of human development, is a pioneer in social science research that requires asking human subjects for private, sometimes painful details of their personal lives. She has become an expert in developing research...
The Science and Ethics of Clean Water
Elements of the natural world sustain human existence on Earth. To ensure an unending supply of resources for their own survival and that of future generations, humans have both a practical and ethical obligation to sustain the natural environment....
Using Design to Advance Environmental Stewardship
In his research, writing, teaching, and artwork, Jack Elliott is one of a small number of design professionals in the country focused on realigning aesthetics and ethical values. This architect and assistant professor in the Department of Design and...