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. 29, No. 3, Summer

Clever Clothing
Smart used to mean chic. Now there's clothing that adapts to your physiology. Cutting-edge research involving "phase change" materials are infusing textiles with brainpower. Imagine clothing that extends your comfort by automatically providing heat...
Creating Our Future
Our year-long celebration of the centennial of human ecology at Cornell University ended officially on June 9, 2001. In concluding our celebration, our focus moved from "Valuing Our Past" to "Creating Our Future." In this issue of Human Ecology, you...
Health Care: The Next Fifty Years
Today's trends tell us a lot about our changing lifestyle and present new challenges for policymakers. The more things change the more they stay the same, says an old French proverb. That may not hold true in the area of health care policy: we could...
How Research Informs Policy
What can researchers do to increase the chances that results of their work will influence or be incorporated into real-world policies? In the past decade it has become more important to make that link for researchers and policymakers alike, since...
How Retirement Affects Marriages
THE TRANSITION TO retirement is particularly stressful, especially when one spouse retires before the other, says a new study. During this time, couples fight much more and are significantly less satisfied with their marriages. Once both spouses are...
Hungry Children Have Poorer Health
HUNGER IS ASSOCIATED with poor health among low-income children in the United States, conclude nutritionists from Cornell and the University of Michigan in the first national study to determine if the level of food deprivation that occurs in the United...
Looking Ahead
Even in a world of robots and genetic engineering, the need for human contact will not diminish. Imagine it's the year 2080 and you're just getting out of bed. A digital chip under your skin senses the change in chemicals associated with wakefulness...
Nutrition Labels Deter High-Fat Food Choices
AFTER MORE THAN six years of mandatory food labeling, consumers are becoming savvier about high-fat foods on grocery shelves, says Alan D. Mathios, associate professor of policy analysis and management. He found that sales of high-fat dressings significantly...
Nutrition Works for You
A new web site lets you chat with nutrition experts, take courses, link with professionals, and more. One hundred years ago, home economics at Cornell was born with the hiring of Martha Van Rensselaer and her first bulletin, Saving Steps, an early...
The Coming of Age of Home Economics
It never was your mother's way of doing things. A century ago, the science of home economics was innovative and new, as the knowledge gained from then] cutting-edge experimental science was applied to the household. Nearly 70 years later, its reputation...
The Legacy of Learning: Four Deans Speak Out
David C. Knapp (1968-1974) steered the college through its reorganization in 1969 and its name change. The Division of Nutritional Sciences was also established during his tenure. While dean, Knapp served as acting provost for six months and was appointed...
The Right to Health Care
Henry Faster urges a public health approach to social issues that are often disguised as medical problems. When Henry Foster finished Friday evening's address, he stepped off the podium and stood smiling as students flocked to his side. Clearly,...
The Scoop on Plant-Based Diets
THE LONG-TERM health benefits to Chinese and other Asian people who have traditionally existed on a primarily plant-based diet might be lost as more people in Asia switch to a Western-style diet that is rich in animal-based foods. That conclusion...
The Shape of Design
An interactive workshop clarifies how innovations emerge and disappear. Mary Ann Rolland 61, a design and environmental analysis alumna, came back for the Centennial Celebration to enjoy herself. She hardly expected to get involved. But that's what...

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