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. 43, No. 2, Fall

A Bright Future: New Institute Links Hospitality, Design, and Health Administration to Improve Patient Care
To address challenges of modern health care, the College of Human Ecology and the School of Hotel Administration have launched the Cornell Institute for Healthy Futures. Billed as the first such academic center in the country, IHF combines hospitality,...
Brooklyn Bridges: Urban Semester Places Students in Low-Income NYC Neighborhoods to Live, Learn, and Serve
It's nearing noon at the Diana H. Jones Senior Center in Bushwick, a working-class neighborhood in North Brooklyn. The center mostly attracts African-American, Latino, and Chinese community members, and on this warm July day, several dozen seniors...
Burning Questions: College's First Jacobs Professor Studies Tobacco Regulation
Since the 1960s, the percentage of Americans who smoke has dropped from 40 to 17 percent. Despite the decline, people low on the socioeconomic ladder have been slower to kick the habit than more educated and wealthier Americans. How to reduce smoking...
Citizen U Teen Earns Top 4-H Award
A native of South Sudan, Binghamton teen Nosa Akol recalls how middle school classmates bullied her about her dark skin color, causing her to become insecure and isolated. Through CITIZEN U in Broome County, Akol overcame these challenges by gaining...
Community Connections: Bronfenbrenner Center Launches Faculty Fellows Program
Pairing faculty members with community members and extension staff, the college's Bronfenbrenner Center for Translational Research this year named three professors to two-year terms as Faculty Fellows. The new program, funded in part by a gift from...
Global Good: Mike and Kathryn Pisco Lead a Volunteer Travel Venture
Mike Pisco '06, policy analysis and management, and his wife Kathryn, CALS '05, resigned from their corporate jobs on the same day. A month later, in February 2013, they used their savings for business school to embark on a nine-month trip around the...
Gurus of New York: CIPA Grads Oversee Billions Spent on Big Apple Infrastructure
They met weekly at the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs Colloquium, hearing insights from government officials, public policy researchers, and nonprofit leaders. Now they see one another every day, working for the New York City Office of Management...
In Memoriam
Jayne Van Alstyne, professor emerita, Bozeman, Mont. Elizabeth (Myers) Martin Slutz '35, Ithaca, N.Y. Lillian (Cook) Hunt '38, King Ferry, N.Y. Helen (Brew) Rich '38, Venice, Fla. Priscilla (Buchholz) Frisbee '39, Stuyvesant Falls, N.Y. Dorothy Sennett...
Investing in Success: Cuffie Gift Boosts Research by Undergraduates
After graduating from a magnet high school in Newark, Cynthia Cuffie '74, MD, (shown above) arrived at Cornell planning to major in chemistry. But when she took a nutrition course in Human Ecology her sophomore year, she switched to nutritional sciences....
Lighting a Fire: 4-H Programs Spark New York Youth to Pursue STEM Careers and Higher Education
Under a warm July sun, Diondra Dyer, carrying a backpack and smiling bright, strides across North Campus. Finished with Cornell Summer College classes for the day, she's headed to play volleyball with new friends. It's a completely different experience...
Los Milagros
I started in Asesoria Nutricional para el Desarrollo Armonico (ANDA), which is a beautifully decorated alternative health clinic and community center that our mentor and professor, Dr. Angel Pichardo, created for the barrio. You're faced with brightly...
Market Movers: Matt and Lexi Nastos Guide Web Strategy for Fashion Labels
Among the clothing designers crowding New York City's Garment District, Matt '10 and Lexi '12 Nastos stand out as the hard-charging whiz kids who lead Maison MRKT. Since co-founding the e-commerce agency in early 2014, the brothers, fiber science and...
Message from the Dean
With the return of students to campus and the inauguration of Elizabeth Garrett as the university's 13th president, there's a powerful reminder of the way a college education can transform lives. "'Education is an inspiration, a taking hold of a...
Mister Met: Daniel Kershaw Sets the Stage for Great Art
Though millions look upon Daniel Kershaw's work, he hopes it doesn't attract too much attention. As senior exhibition designer for The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Kershaw '78 plans environments for up to a dozen shows each year. "My primary mission...
Past Presents
In the underground depths of Carl A. Kroch Library, Cornell history comes alive. The University Archives, in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, contain private papers of faculty, students, staff, and alumni; university and student publications;...
Protein Powering: Undergrad Tackles Malnutrition and Health Disparities in Ghana
Edgar Akuffo-Addo '16 is dreaming big in order to bring health equity to his native Ghana and other developing countries. Last year, his vision came closer to reality when Projects for Peace funded his grassroots program, Enhancing Child Nutrition...
?Que Es Esto?
There's learning at every turn in the Dominican Republic--as students navigate clogged city streets, interact with host families and local residents, or conduct public health research. The program, students say, offers a 24/7 education in medicine,...
Seeds of Change: Dye Garden Promotes Sustainable Fashion
Denise Green '07, assistant professor in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design, was teaching her students about natural dyeing last spring when she noticed scilla siberica, a small perennial with blue bell-shaped blooms, growing on campus,...
Sister Act: Alice, Nancy, and Tiffany Goh Share a Passion for Helping Others
As the youngest of three, Tiffany Goh '07 didn't spend too long on her college search. After all, she'd already visited Cornell, and seen the breadth of experiences her sisters Alice '97 and Nancy '04 had found in Human Ecology and where it was taking...
The DR Is In: Global Health Students Dive into Medicine, Policy, and Research in Dominican Republic Summer Program
At an orientation in Samana, Dominican Republic, two dozen participants sit in a circle while Dr. Angel Pichardo leads a group reflection in Spanish. An overhead fan moves the humid, salty air, and mosquitoes whine at the window screens. It's the first...
Uncommon Threads: Remembering Scholar, Fiber Artist, and Curator Charlotte Jirousek
Like many of my peers, I moved through Cornell's apparel design program in awe of Charlotte Jirousek. Her intelligence was obvious and her knowledge infectious, but we were inspired by her: the life she lived, her weaving, textile printing, and dyeing...
Vengan Aca
It's a rainy day in the barrio, one of the first real rains since we arrived two weeks ago. Not the kind that trickles down stingily but one that floods the streets, drenching everything. The sound of pouring rain fades into the background as Annie...
Washington Wizard: PAM Professor Advises the Obama Administration
As he walked out of the room where President Barack Obama had just signed a new executive order, a group of cheering labor activists asked Jordan Matsudaira to take their photo. After he snapped the shot, they asked about his connection to the order,...
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