Laquatra Named Hazel Reed Extension Professor in Family Policy: Appointment Recognizes Efforts for New York Families and Communities

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JOSEPH LAQUATRA, professor of design and environmental analysis, has been named the Hazel E. Reed Human Ecology Extension Professor in Family Policy. The professorship was established in 1998 in honor of the late Hazel Reed, professor emerita of the college and Cornell Cooperative Extension, to provide leadership in policy issues affecting families and communities in New York State.

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With more than 25 years of experience working with the building industry in the areas of housing technology and environmental design, Laquatra is a national and state leader of programs designed to educate the public about ways to improve the indoor environment. His research focuses on the technical and socioeconomic aspects of housing, with major emphases on energy efficiency, indoor air quality, housing affordability, and environmental issues.

Laquatra's outreach efforts involve practical applications of his research to the work of extension educators, housing professionals, home buyers, and government agencies, among others. His continuing education programs for builders and remodelers, showing how the materials and techniques they use can affect indoor air quality, has put Laquatra at the forefront of what has been called the "healthy homes" movement. He is co-author of the consumer education program Healthy Indoor Air for America's Homes, which is distributed nationwide through the Cooperative Extension System. This is a partnership program of the U. …

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