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. 28, No. 1, Winter

Abuse, Violence, and Risky Behavior among Youth
NEW YORK GOVERNOR George E. Pataki recently awarded $425,000 to the Family Life Development Center (FLDC), in collaboration with the University of Rochester Division of Adolescent Medicine and the Upstate Center for School Safety, to administer a component...
Ask the Nutrition Expert
LOW-CARBOHYDRATE, HIGH-protein diets may trigger a quick weight loss, but it's only temporary and largely due to water loss, not body fat. Such a diet on a long-term basis also would probably promote chronic diseases. So says a nutritional sciences...
CONNECTING Research to Outreach
Cornell University has a rich tradition as the land-grant university of New York State. Increasing the access of the population to higher education, generating new knowledge, and extending that new knowledge to enhance the quality of life of children,...
Control Yourself!
SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILL DEVELOPMENT IN PRESCHOOLERS Out of the corner of her eye, a preschooler spies puppets, jets, games, electronic keyboards, and other toys that make children's hearts race. The playthings beckon from the shelves of a bookcase,...
Culture Counts
IT IS THE CONTEXT IN WHICH CHILDREN ARE RAISED AND TAUGHT Early childhood expert Katrina Greene is looking at how the beliefs and practices of African American families affect the social and cognitive development of their children. Her three-year...
Designing for Need, Not Form and Function
Students in two classes--human behavior and interior design--collaborated to design and build learning and play areas for child care facilities. They based their designs on the developmental needs of preschool children. This approach to learning focuses...
Ergonomist Provides Online Guidance for Children to Avoid Injury at Computer
AMERICAN CHILDREN typically spend between one and three hours a day at a computer. And that puts them at high risk for wrist, neck, and hack problems, says a Cornell ergonomist. The problem is their sitting position. The rule of thumb is that knees...
Human Ecology Undergraduate to Intern at the U.S. Supreme Court
YURIJ PAWLUK '01 WAS SELECTED as one of two undergraduate students from around the country to take part in the Judicial Internship Program at the U.S. Supreme Court in the spring semester. Pawluk is working full time at the court. The Judicial Internship...
It's Depressing
Losing a job and being out of work is downright depressing. So found Cornell researchers when they studied the effects of unemployment on mental health. Now they are looking at the effects of several social support services on the mental and overall...
Nursing Assistants in Long-Term Care Facilities
BEING A NURSING assistant in a long-term care facility is one of the most demanding jobs in America, says Cornell gerontologist Karl Pillemer. These professionals require emotional strength and interpersonal skill as they confront on-the-job suffering,...
Overweight?
Cut the Snacks and Get More Exercise THE MAIN REASON SOME people get fat isn't because of genetics or how much they eat, says a Cornell University obesity researcher. It's because compared with thinner people they snack more often during the day...
RISK REDUCTION STRATEGIES for No Community Water Suppliers
It doesn't take much to pollute groundwater, says water quality expert Ann Lemley. Her new program promotes a better understanding of risks and prevention methods for small water suppliers in New York areas not served by community water systems. ...
Working Couples Make Time for Their Families
ABOUT THREE-QUARTERS OF middle-income, dual-earner couples in a study in upstate New York--and almost all of those couples raising children-"resist the demands of a greedy workplace" by scaling back their work commitments for the sake of their families...
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