Academic journal article Human Ecology

Diving into Research and Outreach

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Diving into Research and Outreach

Article excerpt

Camp Bristol Hills was not the only place where Human Ecology students received an education in real-world research and outreach this summer.

Thirteen Cornell Cooperative Extension interns supported community projects throughout the state--from the hills of central New York to the streets of New York City. Another 15 students conducted research alongside faculty members through the Human Ecology Undergraduate Summer Research Awards program, offered to immerse students in labs.

At right, four students share more about their summer experiences.

Caroline Donelan '16

Fiber Science & Apparel Design

Addressing heat stress, particularly for firefighters, soldiers, and farmworkers, Donelan aided Assistant Professor Huiju Park's development of cooling textiles that use the body's natural thermoregulation.

"My favorite experience has been conducting testing with the thermal manikin," Donelan says. "We can use a fully functional, sweating manikin to test various qualities of textiles we use every day."

Jon Galati 15

Human Biology, Health, and Society

Under Professor Kimberly O'Brien, Galati studied how iron transfers from mothers to fetuses during pregnancy, examining two proteins involved in the process. Understanding these mechanisms will aid in treatments for iron deficiency during pregnancy.

"The topic is highly relevant since iron deficiency and anemia continue to be a worldwide problem for women and children," Galati says. …

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