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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. 36, No. 1, May

An Instuitive Approach to Risky Decision Making in Adolescence
Would you put a substance into your body that skills most people? Would you do something that your brother and two of the most important adults in your life did that resulted in their deaths? The answer is clearly "no" to both of these questions, if...
Biodegradable Composites Make Eco-Friendly Skateboards-And Create Local Jobs
Prize-winning company offers green alternatives Decks produced by Comet Skate boards look a little different these days. Instead of slick opaque finishes in bright colors, they have a transparent topcoat that shows the wood core below--either sustainably...
Bringing Research to the Real World
Real Hands-on Outreach One of the longest-running and most productive research-extension programs in Human Ecology's Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design involved both science and design. The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) program...
Choose Health!
A new program seeks to reduce obesity among children and to provide education about healthy lifestyles. For 12 days this past summer, 360 4-H club members strapped on pedometers and logged 5,923 miles tromping around the New York State Fair in Syracuse,...
Choosing Health Is Simple
"Today, to eat healthfully in America, you have to eat abnormally. Unhealthy eating and nonactive lifestyles are the norm," said Wendy Wolfe of the underlying causes of today's obesity epidemic among children. Wolfe, a research associate in the Division...
Creating and Sharing Knowledge
In 1923, College of Human Ecology founder Martha Van Rensselaer described the then emerging discipline of home economics as "a valuable means of applying the principles of science, of art, of psychology, and of economics to vital questions whereby...
CURxED Program Guides Seniors through Medicare Maze
New resource helps unravel the mysteries of prescription drug coverage An effort to help New York senior citizens wade through the myriad of choices in Medicare's prescription drug benefit has expanded from a pilot project in only five counties...
Economist Brings Scholarly Perspective to National Transportation Policy
It doesn't take an economist to know we're getting whacked at the pump. When it comes to the billions in federal gasoline and diesel fuel tax revenues, one associate professor of policy analysis and management knows precisely where they are going--down...
LEAP Curriculum Leads to Improved Living Conditions for Older Adults
Across the College of Human Ecology, students in different departments are coming up with innovative designs for senior living. The entranceway of the McGraw House senior apartments in downtown Ithaca used to be dark and drab-looking. A single-file...
Obesity Research in the College
"Faculty in the College of Human Ecology are increasing their research activites so as to provide cornell Cooperative Extension with more knowledge regarding the causes, prevention, and impact of obesity," said Josephine Swanson, assistant dean and...
Putting Research into Practice: Cornell Tries the "Bandura Model"
The type of research-based outreach being done in the College of Human Ecology not helps more people, it generates new knowledge. The simplicity of the message belies the sophistication of the public health campaign that rents the roadside billboards:...
Undergraduate Internships Unite College Initiatives
Human Ecology students work independetly to help solve local challenges. A new summer internship program recruits undergraduate students to apply the findings of Human Ecology research to communities in New York--ultimately bringing together the...