Academic journal article Human Ecology

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Academic journal article Human Ecology

A Multidisciplinary Approach

Article excerpt

As we go to print on this issue of Human Ecology, President-elect Barack Obama is working on the transition to his administration after an historic election in America. On January 20, 2009, he will inherit a pivotal leadership role in a global society faced with challenges and opportunities that are increasingly complex and interconnected.

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Our ability to respond effectively, as a society and as institutions, relies ever more On our ability to understand and analyze these problems from a variety of perspectives, and then to forge solutions which integrate those perspectives and leverage the resulting synergies.

As it has been throughout our history, this remains the foundation of the College of Human Ecology's approach to advancing our three missions of academics, research, and extension/outreach. Working within a context of strong, distinct disciplines, we seek out the places where those disciplines intersect and the missions integrate to achieve lasting and meaningful impact on the world around us.

This magazine explores many of our current endeavors in this light, both within the college and across Cornell and the Cornell Cooperative Extension system. …

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