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. 3, March

Archive Provides Scholars with Data on Child Abuse
When 150 school children were murdered by terrorists in Russia last September, their brutal and untimely death caused worldwide indignation and mourning. It was a tragic loss of unfulfilled lives. Ten times that many children die each year in the United...
Design as a Tool for Leadership and Social Change
Design and understanding of the design process can make people better leaders. That is a belief held by Sheila Danko, the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Personal Enterprise in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis....
Healthy People, Families, Communities
What does it mean to be healthy? The subject of health and even the word itself can be vague. Is a healthy person physically fit? Does he or she have a happy home life? A good job in a comfortable setting? Access to excellent health care and insurance?...
Iron Plays a Major Role in Nutrition
From infant formula to flour, iron-fortified foods are so commonplace on U.S. grocery shelves--and have been since the 1940s--that few Americans realize iron deficiency is one of the most prevalent forms of malnutrition, affecting more than one-fifth...
Making Green Composites a Reality
AUTOMOBILE MANUFACTURERS STAND OUT among American companies eager to adopt green, or environmentally friendly, technologies. Composites made of biodegradable, primarily plant-derived materials are light and can be as strong as conventional plastics....
Preparing Students to Work with Troubled Children
In all five of Jeffrey Haugaard's courses he emphasizes a single, two-part principle. To be genuinely useful to people in distress, he says, you must command solid, research-based knowledge and you must have the ability to apply it with a "strong sense...
Studying the Effects of Health Insurance Regulation on Workers and Employers
Kosali Simon, an assistant professor of policy analysis and management, begins her courses in health care policy by drawing a circle in the center of the board. "What are we ultimately concerned about here?" she asks students in both the undergraduate...
Warm Offices Linked to Higher Productivity
WARM WORKERS WORK better. Chilly workers not only make more errors, but cooler temperatures could increase a worker's hourly labor cost by 10 percent, estimates Alan Hedge, professor of design and environmental analysis and director of Cornell's Human...