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. 37, No. 1, June

Experts Help New York Improve Teen Sexual Health: ACT for Youth's Center of Excellence in the College of Human Ecology Uses the Principles of Positive Youth Development to Tackle Teen Pregnancy, HIV Infection, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Substance Use, and Violence
On February 5, 2009, Jane Powers, PhD '85, received a text message on her cell phone. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I just want to thank you so much for caring for people like me, and listening to us. Yesterday was an amazing experience that I will...
Helping Families Weather the Economic Storm: Cornell Cooperative Extension Workshops Lead Statewide Effort in Energy Use and Financial Education
Crystal Wyant is doing OK now. But a couple years ago, the single mother from upstate New York was forced to file for bankruptcy when she became overwhelmed by medical bills following neck surgery. Like thousands of people across the state, Wyant...
Helping Those Who Help the Community; Interior Design Students Revamp Local Nonprofits
Lecturer Rhonda Gilmore's sophomore interior design studio has been redesigning Ithaca--one nonprofit organization at a time--for over a decade. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Each spring, Gilmore chooses a local non-profit organization that needs help...
Lose the Weight, Lower the Risk: Human Ecology Program Fights Breast Cancer by Addressing Obesity
One in every eight women in the United States will have invasive breast cancer at some time during her life. Researchers still don't know what exactly causes this pervasive disease, but they have identified dozens of risk factors that appear to be...
Mobilizing Retirees as Environmental Stewards: Karl Pillemer's Volunteer Corps Will Help the Environment and Senior Citizens
Human development professor Karl Pillemer has identified a critical intersection of two trends in society--the aging of the baby boomers and the growing number of environmental problems--and he plans to capitalize on this unique connection. [ILLUSTRATION...
New Yorkers Want Health Insurance Reform
Most New Yorkers view health insurance and health care costs as important issues that should be addressed by New York's government leaders, and they are willing to pay higher taxes to reduce the number of uninsured, according to a new study by researchers...
Parenting a Second Time Around
As a faculty member with a research and extension appointment, I seek to use research to inform policies and programs in New York State. Additionally, the real-world experiences I have gained through my work with policy makers and practitioners inform...
Rolling Up Our Sleeves
Today's economic conditions, on campus and off, have forced us to tighten our belts and focus on efficient and effective stewardship of our mission. Our primary objective in responding to these circumstances is to protect and strengthen the undergraduate...
Student Innovations Improve the Lives of Senior Citizens
Human Ecology students were hard at work last semester trying to improve the lives of senior citizens. One group developed concepts for a portable machine that allows seniors to put on their pants without bending over, a winter coat that provides...
Working Wonders in New York: Extension Program Gives Young People the Resources They Need to Change Their Communities ... and Themselves
It's a unique idea that's working wonders in two New York counties: Give disadvantaged youth the resources to make meaningful changes in their communities and ask them to make a two-year commitment to doing good. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] That's...