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. 30, No. 4, December

Biodegradable Plastics Could Replace Landfills with Compost Heaps. (Brief Reports: Economic and Social Well-Being)
Instead of landfills clogged with computer and car parts, packaging, and a myriad of other plastic parts, a Cornell fiber scientist has a better idea--"green" composites that can be composted. THE KEY TO THIS ECOLOGICAL, or green, solution, says...
High Stress and Low Income: The Environment of Poverty
Several times a year Gary Evans leaves the quiet Finger Lakes town of Ithaca, New York, and heads to some of the world's noisiest and most crowded urban areas. When he talks about these trips, he speaks with an enthusiasm usually reserved for vacations....
Hunger and Poverty in Children Is Linked to Depression and Low Achievement. (Brief Reports: Economic and Social Well-Being)
Hunger and poverty in the United States are severe enough to significantly impair the academic and psychosocial development of school-age children and adolescents, according to two Cornell studies. "THE LEVEL OF FOOD deprivation in this wealthy...
It Takes an International Network: Improving Mother and Child Health
Knowing that infant malnutrition can be prevented by appropriate maternal health programs, researchers from Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences are teaming with colleagues in Bangladesh to analyze prevention strategies. They will look at...
Meeting the Challenges of Global Human Needs
This issue of Human Ecology focuses on global human needs from a multidisciplinary perspective. Daily, we encounter the driving forces of globalization--the interdependence of our economies and markets, the aging of our populations, the digital...
Muslim Influence in Contemporary Dress
Ask Americans today what's distinctive about Muslim women's dress and, to many, a single image comes to mind--a woman wearing a face covering. There is a Western preoccupation with what we see as the exotic elements of Muslim clothing, like the...
People Power Effects Change
Josephine Allen speaks softly but doesn't carry a big stick. In contrast to the familiar West African proverb, the associate professor of policy analysis and management prefers to work through research and outreach projects designed to help redistribute...
Potential Link Found between Lung Health and Levels of HDL. (Brief Reports: Nutrition, Health, and Genomics)
Good cholesterol is not only healthy for the heart but also could be beneficial for the lungs, Cornell researchers find. KEEPING GOOD CHOLESTEROL, or HDL, high--with plenty of exercise and a healthy body weight--is not only important for cardiovascular...
Social Support Networks Trump Number of Parents. (Brief Reports: Development and the Life Course)
Public policies promoting marriage may not benefit all children, Cornell social policy expert finds. OVERCOMING THE DRAWBACKS of growing up with a single parent, African-American children do as well, both academically and socially, as blacks...
Study-Abroad Programs: Living and Learning
GEORGIA KAYSER '00 Peace Corps Volunteer, Celen, Loja, Ecuador ONE MORNING NEXT MAY, Georgia Kayser and her dog, Jimmy, will climb to the roof of a ramshackle bus--those traveling with animals sit outside--for their last ride through the Andean...
Valkommen! Child Care Policy with a World View
The Swedish Practicum in Early Care, Education, and Family Policy, beginning its sixth year this spring, is a small study-abroad program that is having huge effects on its participants. The core of the program, which is administered by the Department...