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. 2, October

4-H Youth Development: Connecting Kids to Cornell, Learning, and Leadership
4-H is the youth development program of Cornell Cooperative Extension, linking the resources of Cornell University to young people. Nationally--as well as in New York State--4-H Youth Development creates educational opportunities for youngsters to...
A Place of Their Own: Children and the Physical Environment
Whether or not it takes a village to raise a child, it is certain that communities shape a child's development. Lorraine Maxwell, associate professor of design and environmental analysis, studies the relationship between the physical environment and...
Child Care Programs of Excellence: It Is an Accepted Tenet in Biological and Physical Sciences Research That Novel Approaches Appear at the Point Where Differing Disciplines Meet. Child Care Programs of Excellence Emerged from Such an Intersection-Conversations among Economists, Child Care Experts, and Child Development Experts
"These talks made child development experts realize that they should take the market into consideration when thinking about how to make day care better for children," says H. Elizabeth Peters, a professor of policy analysis and management. She was...
Cooking Up Fun! Promoting Mastery and Empowerment among Youth: For Young People to Make Healthful Food Choices Now and in the Future, Nutrition Knowledge Alone Isn't Enough. They Need Successful Firsthand Experiences in Preparing Foods
"When people know little about food composition and have few preparation skills, they have no alternative but to rely on others for what they eat," says Carole Bisogni, a professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences whose research examines the...
Dissecting the Process of Reasoning
When Sir Isaac Newton published his theory of gravitation in Principia Mathematica in 1687, he prefaced the work with a disclaimer: "Therefore let the reader beware of thinking that by words of this kind I am anywhere defining a species or mode of...
From Laboratory to Living Room: Researchers and Educators Explain the Complex Science of Everyday Objects
Faculty members in the Department of Textiles and Apparel (TXA) are engaged in several interdisciplinary outreach efforts that translate the wonders and technologies of materials science for school-age children. One project--a part of Internships for...
Parent-Child Communication: A Tool for Youth Health
Decades of research in youth development have shown that while young people enjoy and value their friends, it is relationships with caring adults that form the foundation for their maturing. A warm and stable connection cemented through on-going dialogue...
Youth Development
As I settle into my deanship of the College of Human Ecology, I am consistently impressed by the dedication of our faculty, staff, and students to the betterment of the human condition, particularly to the health and well-being of children and youth....