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. 45, No. 2, Fall

4-H Event Boosts Youth Confidence in Future Studies, Careers
More than 400 middle and high school students from 45 New York state counties and extension programs made their way to Cornell's Ithaca campus in June. On their collective to-do list: investigate the mysteries of the cosmos, perform physical exams...
A Big Red Family
Having not joined a sorority or received a good housing lottery number, Gail Sherman '82, a Design and Environmental Analysis undergraduate at the time, decided to move into a friend's Collegetown rental after her freshman year. "I moved in along...
Alumni Gift Marks Milestone
Alumni Georgianna (Schuyler) Fernandes '67 and her husband, Tony, Hotel '67, recently marked a milestone in their lives in one of the most thoughtful ways possible: by making a generous gift of $50,000 to the Human Ecology Annual Fund. "Cornell...
Asante Quintana '18 Wins Elsie Van Buren Rice Award in Public Speaking
Asante Quintana '18, credits an unexpected skill for his public speaking prowess: rapping. Both rapping and public speaking form a relationship between performer and audience, Quintana explained, requiring the performer to tap into their understanding...
Ceci to Receive G. Stanley Hall Award
Stephen Ceci, Helen L. Carr Professor of Developmental Psychology in the Department of Human Development, has been selected to receive the American Psychological Association's (APA) 2018 G. Stanley Hall award for distinguished contributions to developmental...
COHABITATION NATION: Professor's Book Investigates Pre-Marriage Living Arrangements
More young unmarried Americans are living together than ever before, but not much is known about why couples decide to take on this romantic rite of passage and how socioeconomic status affects their decisions. More young unmarried Americans are...
COMPREHENSIVE VISION: Architect Lori Kupfer '86 Puts People First
Whether she is designing facilities for universities, re-envisioning a restaurant or renovating a private residence, you can be sure of one thing: Lori Kupfer '86 is always thinking about "textures, color, lighting and to connect spaces to a greater...
DRIVERLESS FUTURE: Auto Plan Earns Final Four Spot at International Competition
Professor Denise Ramzy's Disruptive Design Competition Studio often asks students to think outside of the box. Last spring, Lily Shi '17 M.S. '18, Yodai Yasunaga '17 and Jiaming Zhang '17 M.S. '18 did not just step beyond their right-angled confines--they...
EMPOWERING PARENTS: Alumna's Bracelet Design Helps Save Lives
A simple bracelet designed by Lauren Braun '11 is saving the lives of children across the globe. Braun developed the idea of a bracelet to remind parents to vaccinate their children during a 2009 summer internship at a public health clinic in Cusco,...
ENDURING LEGACY: A Retrospective on the Tenure of Dean Alan Mathios
June 30, 2018 will mark the end of an era. It's the last day of the tenure of Alan Mathios as the Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean of the College of Human Ecology. During his time at the helm, Mathios has influenced, encouraged and uplifted countless...
FASTING GIRLS: Professor Emerita's Book on Anorexia Receives Honor
Earlier this year, Book Riot named professor emerita Joan Jacobs Brumberg's acclaimed 1988 book "Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa" as one of its 100 Must-Read Books About the History of Medicine. Nearly 30 years after the book was published,...
GLOBAL EXPERIENCE: Human Ecology Students Participate in New Women's Leadership Program
Four Human Ecology students worked at internships across the globe this summer as part of the first-ever Global Cornell Women's Leadership Program, a joint project by the Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs and the President's Council...
Heaa Alumni Awards
Each year at Reunion, the College of Human Ecology Alumni Association (HEAA) honors a select group of students and alumni, recognizing their outstanding work and potential. We're pleased to announce this year's winners of the Helen Bull Vandervort...
Heaa President's Corner
Did you know that as a graduate of Human Ecology, you are automatically a member of the Human Ecology Alumni Association (HEAA)? That's right! The HEAA Board is comprised of over thirty alumni volunteers from around the country who are working on...
HISTORIC DONATION: Janet Reno '60 Dress Latest Gift to Costume, Textile Collection
The Cornell Costume and Textile Collection has received a historic donation: a beautiful purple sheath dress with tailored jacket worn by the late Janet Reno '60, the first woman to serve as Attorney General of the United States. Reno, an Arts &...
In Memoriam
Lucy M. Maltby '21, Corning, NY Norma (Phelps) Andrus '30, Lake Worth, FL Edna (Botsford) Hollis '34, Georgetown, CO Ruth Cornelius Weeks '36, Troupsburg, NY Ludmilla A. (Uher) Jenkins '37, Honolulu, HI Genevieve (Dziegiel) Dixon '38,...
Kathleen Rasmussen Honored for Public Service in Nutrition
Kathleen M. Rasmussen, professor of Nutritional Sciences, was honored by the American Society for Nutrition on April 23 with the Conrad A. Elvehjem Award for Public Service in Nutrition. The award recognized Rasmussen's distinguished service to...
LOVE THE JOURNEY: Mother-Daughter Collaboration Helps Guide High Schoolers on Trek to College
As the daughter of a college counselor, Amanda Madenberg '20 has been visiting colleges for as long as she can remember--on family vacations, weekend road trips and school holidays. "We'd go, we'd drive around, we'd talk to students, and this is...
MATE FAN: Kelsey Sklar '17 Conducts Research on the Road
In early 2016, Kelsey Sklar '17 did something she'd never done before: she took her research skills on the road. Sklar spent the spring semester in Argentina through the School for International Training's Public Health in Urban Environments program....
Message from the Dean
Each fall and spring, I have the privilege, here, to introduce our latest issue of Human Ecology magazine. As usual, our editors have worked hard to bring you closer to what is happening inside the College as well as its impact on the world. The production...
MIXED FEELINGS: Why Having a Variety of Positive Emotions Is Good for Your Health
Proud. Relaxed. Cheerful. Enthusiastic. Determined. Amused. These are feelings anyone would welcome on a daily basis. Now, new research by Human Development Professor Anthony Ong demonstrates that experiencing a wide range of positive emotions every...
MVR BUILDING: Redesign and Renovation
Beginning in the summer of 2018, the College of Human Ecology building complex will enter the third and final phase of a multi-year renovation project. The Martha Van Rensselaer (MVR) building, originally built in 1933, will begin a $48 million redesign...
NEW HEIGHTS: Human Development Student Pursues Lifelong Passion
It's morning at Cornell's Lindseth Climbing Center, and Sarah Aiken '18 is encouraging special education students from Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (TST BOCES), to keep going as they face and conquer Cornell's indoor...
NUTRITION INTERVENTION: Institute Focuses on Global Nutrition Policy Impact
Cornell's Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS), a shared unit of Cornell's College of Human Ecology and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, hosted the 4th annual WHO/Cochrane/Cornell University Summer Institute for Systematic Reviews in Nutrition...
ON A MISSION: James Pitaro '91 Focuses on the Everyday Magic of Disney
James Pitaro '91 chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI), is a man on a mission. "At DCPI, it's our mission to bring the magic of Disney into the daily lives of families and fans around the world," said Pitaro, who oversees...
ONE UNIVERSITY: Evan Cagner '95 Gives CIFI Students a Boost
Fashion students are getting a big boost from a seemingly unlikely source: Evan Cagner '95, who earned his bachelor's from Cornell in economics with a minor in computer science. Cagner and his wife Michele established the Evan Cagner and Michele...
PALLIATIVE CARE RESEARCH: Researchers Identify Strategies to Improve End of Life Quality
Globally, 20 million people per year receive palliative care, and a new study by Cornell researchers has identified strategies that could help improve the quality of life for both recipients and their families. The team surveyed 133 staff and volunteers...
PUBLIC HEALTH IMPACT: A Background in Science and a Cornell Ph.D. Help Susan Mayne '87 Excel at FDA
Susan Mayne '87 knows the importance of getting the puzzle pieces to fit together. Take, for instance, a staff of nearly 1,000 employees and a budget of $300 million. Then throw in programs and policies responsible for nothing less than the safety,...
ROOTS IN SERVICE: George Ferrari '84 Defines Dedication to Community
George Ferrari '84, who earned his undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies, began his academic life at Cornell in a place that could not have been more different from the Human Ecology program: The School of Engineering. "I...
Shepley Receives Changemaker Award for Health Care Design Impact
Mardelle Shepley, professor of Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell's College of Human Ecology, has been named the 2017 Changemaker Award recipient by The Center for Health Design. The annual award honors individuals or organizations that...
SOCIAL SHAMING: Professor's Research Explores Online Actions
What does socioeconomic status have to do with online shaming? Plenty, according to research by Human Development Professor and Department Chair Qi Wang. Wang teamed up with colleagues at Peking University and the University of Hong Kong to study...
TALK TACTICS: New NYC-Based Partnership Hopes to Give Children a Head Start
Cornell researchers are leveraging critical new connections with Head Start centers and day schools in New York City to promote the development of spatial skills and language acquisition in preschool children--both at school and in the home. Marianella...
THE HIGH COSTS OF CHEAP FASHION: Graduate Student Studies the Market for Ethical Clothing
Clothing manufacturing and the fashion industry at-large have significant, devastating impacts on the environment, workers, and communities around garment factories, according the experts. However, the movement to buy ethical fashion lags far behind...
THE VISUAL BRAIN: New Research Could Help Grow Awareness, Legitimacy of Debilitating Syndrome
Search for Answers Associate professors Adam Anderson and Eve De Rosa, from the Department of Human Development, are leveraging Human Ecology's fMRI capabilities to conduct innovative and potentially impactful research into Irlen Syndrome, a proposed...
UNION MADE: Exhibit Showcases Labor, Fashion History
The College of Human Ecology's Cornell Costume and Textile Collection and the Kheel Center for Labor-Management Documentation and Archives recently celebrated 20th-century fashion trends and the history of organized labor and union garment labeling...
YOU HAVE IT MADE: Krieger '88 Nabs James Beard Foundation Award
Ellie Krieger '88, TV host and national expert on healthy eating, earned a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award this year for her new cookbook "You Have It Made: Delicious, Healthy, Do-Ahead Meals." The book features healthy meals you can prepare...
Young Alumni Council Turns Five
This year, the Human Ecology Young Alumni Council (HEYA) celebrates its fifth anniversary as a voice for young alumni from the College of Human Ecology. HEYA, which was formed by the Human Ecology Alumni Affairs and Development Office, keeps the college's...
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