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. 1, March

Breathe Easy: Antioxidants May Be an Effective and Inexpensive Way to Maintain Healthy Lungs and Lower the Risk of Chronic Disease
Seattle residents like to joke that they don't tan, they rust. In a way, they're not so far from the truth, although rainy weather has nothing to do with it. The same basic process of oxidation that causes cars to rust happens inside our bodies...
Conceptualizing the World: Marianella Casasola's Studies with Infants Are Helping Determine If Words Play a Role in the Formation of Spatial Concepts
I'll be standing in the hallway holding a baby," says Marianella Casasola, assistant professor of human development, "and someone will walk by and see me and say, 'You've got the best job in the world!' And I'll think, yes, it's true. I do." ...
Green Spaces Boost Children's Attention. (Brief Reports: Design and Environmental Analysis)
WHEN CHILDREN'S COGNITIVE functioning was compared before and after they moved from poor- to better-quality housing that had more green spaces around, profound differences emerged in their attention capacities even when the effects of the improved...
Migrant Farmworkers Featured in Educational Exhibit. (Brief Reports: Human Development)
WHO PICKS AND PACKAGES the fruits and vegetables in supermarkets? To learn more about the faces and lives behind the produce we eat, teachers and youth leaders can obtain free teacher resources and lesson plans developed by the Cornell Migrant Program...
New Book Explores Problems of Health Coverage and Income Security of Aging Workforce. (Brief Reports: Policy Analysis and Management)
HOW CAN THE United States ensure that health and income security programs are adequate for an aging workforce as retirement approaches? What risks do older workers face? What if they lose their jobs or become disabled or ill? How should public policy...
Our Land Grant Mission in the Twenty-First Century
The land grant university system initiated by the Morrill Act of 1862 was radical in its intent to broaden the access of Americans to higher education. From the beginning, the nature of this access was not merely opening our classrooms to those...
Overweight White Working Women Make Less Money. (Brief Reports: Policy Analysis and Management)
WOMEN WHO WEIGHED 65 pounds more than other women in a sample of 1,442 white female workers earned on average 7 percent less than their slimmer colleagues when other factors were controlled for statistically. That difference in income is roughly...
Relationships: What Factors Affect the Occurrence of Interracial and Interethnic Relationships among Adolescents? Social Demographer Kara Joyner Is Focusing on This and Related Questions, Paying Close Attention to the Social Structure of Schools
What factors affect the occurrence of interracial and interethnic relationships among adolescents? Social demographer Kara Joyner is focusing on this and related questions, paying close attention to the social structure of schools. Remember the...
Researchers Look at Food Insecurity in the Elderly. (Brief Reports: Nutritional Sciences)
MANY ELDERLY AMERICANS do not get enough to eat simply because they lack the mobility to prepare their own meals. Others lack the funds to purchase nutritionally adequate meals. As a result of such problems, the health and nutritional status of...
Research on Children to Benefit Policy: Decisions and Policies That Affect Children's Lives Too Often Are Made without the Research-Based Knowledge That Could Better Inform the Process. Two Researchers Hope Their New Institute Will Help Bridge the Gap between Science and Policy
With the aim of providing sound scientific research to educators, legislators, and policy makers across the country, two Cornell professors have begun establishing a research institute focused on issues related to children that will bridge the gap...
The Consumer Economics of Health Care Coverage: Health Services Researcher Jennifer Schultz Is Investigating How and Why Purchasers of Health Care Insurance Make Their Choices
Employers and government officials looking for better ways to deliver quality health care while controlling costs might well look to the work of health services researcher Jennifer Schultz, who turns to consumer surveys, cost-benefit analyses, and...
The Greening of Design: Jack Elliott Believes Interior Designers Can and Should Play a Major Role in Preventing Environmental Degradation, That Sustainability Should Be Central to All Design Decisions
It was summertime and Jack Elliott's interior design students had scattered across the country. Soon their e-mails started coming in. One after the next, they wrote in behalf of their summer employers asking for suppliers of green materials: low-VOC...