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. 34, No. 2, November

Finding Space to Learn, Room to Heal: A New Study Uses Personal Digital Assistants to Look at Ways to Reconfigure Health Care Spaces to Benefit Medical Teams and the Patients They Serve
Most viewers of television medical dramas suspect that the personal interactions that occur among fictional doctors and nurses in the halls of hospitals don't really portray the behaviors of their own health care providers. But there could be one similarity...
Further Adventures of the Incredible Plastic Brain; Human Development's Elise Temple Leads Kids Where Some Researchers Feared to Tread: Into MRI Machines to Discover How Humans Learn
The photos--given from a motherly looking neuroscientist to youngsters who endured weeks of remedial training (for dyslexia) and survived trips through a scary environment (a magnetic resonance imaging [MRI] machine) while mapping arbitrary symbols...
Nano-Textiles Are Engineering a Safer World: Juan Hinestroza and Margaret Frey Are Pushing the Textile Frontier by Developing Nanofibers to Act as Biological Sensors and Shields against Viruses, Bacteria, and Hazardous Particles
Stone, bronze, and iron have transformed human civilization so dramatically that major time periods are identified with them. Juan Hinestroza, an assistant professor in the Department of Textiles and Apparel (TXA), believes that nanotechnology will...
New Ph.D. Combines Law, Psychology, and Human Development
Charles Brainerd, professor of human development, is the coordinator of a new graduate concentration called Law, Psychology, and Human Development. The goal is to prepare scholars who will contribute original research in human development and the law,...
Students Take Top Awards in Textile Digital Print and Product Design Competition
It was as real world an experience as a student could get: the contest was sponsored by the nation's leading trade association, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, and developed by its Computer Integrated Textile Design Association....
Toward Healthy, Energy-Efficient Homes
Educational outreach programs from Human Ecology's Department of Design and Environmental Analysis (DEA) take aim at two serious problems for homeowners and renters today: unhealthy indoor environments and rising energy bills. Led by Joseph Laquatra,...
Weightless or Pregnant: Maximizing Mineral Metabolism; Kimberly O'Brien Uses the College's New Human Metabolic Research Unit to Find out How Humans Metabolize Calcium and Other Minerals-Whether They Are Pregnant Teens or Weightless Astronauts
Kimberly O'Brien, an associate professor in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, has been concerned about the nutritional needs of children since she began to understand that there was a huge gap in that knowledge, especially about how minerals are...
What Determines the Rate of Adoption of Technology in Health Care? Sean Nicholson Investigates How Rapidly Physicians Adopt New Medical Procedures, Drugs, and Devices
Few topics make the news more consistently than the spiraling cost of health care, most of which is driven by new technologies--each new device, drug, procedure, or treatment protocol usually costs more than the one it replaced. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...