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. 35, No. 2, November

Advertisements, Public Policy, and Public Health: Human Ecology Researchers Have Determined That Exposure to Ads for Smoking-Cessation Products Encourages Smokers to Quit-Even If They Don't Buy the Products. Now, the Experts Are Looking at the Policy Implications
Do advertisements for nicotine patches, chewing gums, inhalants, and other smoking-cessation products make people want to quit? "We were able to show that when people see advertisements for products to help them stop smoking, they are more likely...
Designing Space for Dementia Patients and Visitors to Enhance Communication
Even if the remains of breakfast are still visible at assisted-living facilities when visitors come to call, questions like "So what are they feeding you here?" can frustrate residents who struggle with dementia and short-term memory loss. Those...
Diet for a Healthy Planet Includes Dairy and a Little Meat
A low-fat vegetarian diet is very efficient in terms of how-much land is needed to support it. But adding some dairy products and a limited amount of meat may actually increase this efficiency, Cornell researchers suggest. This deduction stems from...
Doctor Positive Will See You Now: Anthony Ong Tries to Find What's Right with People
Sometimes when Anthony Ong, a new faculty member in the Department of Human Development, is traveling, strangers will ask what he does for a living. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "I'm a psychologist," he replies. "So maybe you can tell what's wrong...
Electrospinning Form with Function: Fiber Scientists Are Engineering Clothing to Protect Farmworkers, First Responders, and Military Personnel. They Are Even Producing Nanofibers That Can Detect and Degrade Indoor Pollutants to Safeguard Us All
A couple of decades ago, if someone complimented your clothing as "smart," you'd be considered fashionable. Today, "smart" and "tailored" take on entirely different meanings. Kay Obendorf, professor of fiber science & apparel design, is partly...
Ergonomic Expert Keeps Pace with Computer Challenges; A Chair That Undulates, a Mouse That Vibrates, a Monitor That Moves: Alan Hedge, International Authority on Office Ergonomics, Takes a Serious Look at the Newfangled Workstations Designed to Prevent Repetitive Motion Injuries
Alan Hedge gets requests from companies all the time. Common among them are ones like this: "What kind of chair can I buy for my people that costs about $300?" Such a question represents a false economy, the fool-hardiness of which Hedge, a professor...
Human Health and Public Policy
The College of Human Ecology takes a distinct approach to understanding and addressing some of the greatest challenges we face today. Our research, outreach, and academics are organized around solving problems in the real world. Interdisciplinary collaborations...
Ling Qi Wants to Break the Link between Obesity and Type II Diabetes
Obesity and type II diabetes are inextricably linked. Biochemist and geneticist Ling Qi would like to break that connection. Finding just the right gene could do it. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] In...
Making Medical Research Available to More New Yorkers
In a major new effort to translate medical research into practical and accessible treatment, Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) will lead a new Clinical and Translational Science Center, creating a network for biomedical collaboration on Manhattan's...
Research for a New Age: Academic Researchers Bridge the Gap in Practice with Older People Suffering with Chronic Pain
Between 50 and 80 million Americans--as much as 25 percent of the U.S. population--suffer from chronic pain, a condition associated with osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis that disproportionately afflicts the elderly. Beyond the...