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College of Human Ecology

Outstanding in the Field

Outstanding in the Field

From its earliest days, the College of Human Ecology has strived for a global impact by leading research, developing programs, and guiding students at home and abroad. Following World War I, the college's founding directors, Martha Van Rensselaer and Flora Rose, traveled to Belgium to lead a child nutrition survey and advise its government on women's education. In this same spirit, the college carries out research programs, student exchanges, and field trainings with partners around the globe -- sharing ideas that prompt new discoveries, facilitating student learning, and fulfilling Cornell's broad outreach mission. 

In the spring 2014 issue of Human Ecology magazine, discover how the college challenges students to go abroad and work on international issues to gain firsthand experience solving problems in health, development, and more. At their side are the college's faculty members, who go beyond our borders to partner with scholars in fiber science, human development, nutrition, policy, design, and other areas.

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Human Ecology's Mission

Improving lives by exploring and shaping human connections to natural, social, and built environments

The college seeks to advance and improve the human experience by integrating academics, research, and outreach in the areas of nutrition and health, design and technology, human development, and public policy. Human Ecology's multidisciplinary units provide a distinct research and learning environment, one that fosters collaboration across Cornell's academic units, contributes to its disciplinary strengths in design, social, and natural sciences, and addresses the critical human challenges of the 21st century.

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Human Ecology's Strategic Vision

The College of Human Ecology discovers, teaches, and applies practical solutions to challenges facing people across New York State and throughout the world. By 2015 we will become the leading institution in higher education that integrates the social sciences, natural sciences, policy, and design to explore how humans interact with their environments and extend that knowledge to others.

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Our Priority Areas

Support for the College of Human Ecology will transform its ability to apply multidisciplinary strengths toward solving complex human problems and shaping leaders who are catalysts of positive change. The college looks forward to unprecedented possibilities with the convergence of Cornell’s sesquicentennial and significant new research, teaching and engagement opportunities. 

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Our Goals and Plan

By 2015 we will become the leading institution in higher education that integrates the social sciences, natural sciences, policy, and design to explore how humans interact with their environments and extend that knowledge to others. To achieve our vision, the college has articulated clear goals. Our highest priorities are to:

  • Replace a full 20 percent of the professorial faculty between the years 2010 and 2015
  • Increase scholarships and fellowships to attract top students from diverse experiences
  • Advance our global health, translational research, and health administration programs

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Human Ecology in the Media

Robert Sternberg, human development professor, said bacteria are the most dominant creatures on earth.
Rick Geddes, associate professor of policy analysis and management, says a mileage-based alternative to gas tax is more …
Daniel Lichter, the Ferris Family professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, said rural theory needs …
Wendy Williams, professor of human development, said that although female researchers are likely to experience sexual …
Barbara Lust, professor of human development, weighs in on a new study that finds babies practice language well before …
Associate nutrition professor Zhenglong Gu found that even in healthy individuals, mutations in mitochondrial DNA are found.
Per Pinstrup-Andersen, professor emeritus, said the relatively low cost of food in the US contributes to food waste.
A study by DEA professor Alan Hedge found that chilly offices lead to less productivity.
Highway funding policy is trailing behind automobile innovation, according to associate professor of policy analysis and …
Robert Sternberg, professor of human development, said love comprises three components: intimacy, passion, and commitment.
Kelly Musick, associate professor of PAM, weighs in on why married men are more likely to get health screenings.
Nutrition professor David Levitsky recommends plenty of rest and fluids for a "food hangover" caused by overeating.
Policy Analysis and Management professors Samuel Kleiner and Michael Lovenheim say increased Medicaid coverage benefits …
Human Ecology's Program on Applied Demographics indicates that Staten Island has an increasingly large population of …
The Los Angeles Times points to findings by economist Richard Burkhauser that most minimum wage jobs are held by teens and …
Bloomberg News cites research by design professor Lorraine Maxwell about limiting background noise in offices.
National Public Radio interviews transportation funding expert Rick Geddes about fiscal pressure on the highway trust fund.
Ergonomics expert Alan Hedge gives CNNMoney advice on maintaining an appropriate work area.
Professor Robert Sternberg speaks to Wisconsin Public Radio about steps to improve intelligence measures.
Economist Maria Fitzpatrick called extended childcare hours through public or community programs “a necessity for working …
Demographer Dan Lichter tells USA Today that unmarried pregnant women are three times more likely to cohabit than marry--a …
The Guardian details work by apparel design professor Tasha Lewis and colleagues to remake old garments into chic new …
Transportation funding expert Rick Geddes speaks to Bloomberg TV about private investment in public infrastructure.
Ergonomics expert Alan Hedge share his skepticism of standing desks with the BBC.
Research scientist Sera Young talks to NPR about pica, human cravings for dirt, ice, clay, and other non-foods.
Economist John Cawley talks to USA Today about a new study estimating the lifetime costs of childhood obesity.
Neuroscientist Nathan Spreng describes for NPR his research to better understand how the brain functions and changes as we …
Stephen Hamilton, professor of human development, discusses issues associated with the youth unemployment crisis.
Fashion researcher Tasha Lewis discusses with The Guardian what it will take for wearable tech to become fashionable.
FOX News details aqua-farming labs overseen by Philson Warner, Cornell University Cooperative Extension New York City …
Gerontologist Karl Pillemer interviewed nearly 1,500 older adults for his book “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True …
Elaine Wethington, professor of human development, discusses the aging in place trend with Yahoo! Finance.
DEA professor Alan Hedge discusses with the Wall Street Journal the necessary factors for finding the right fit of a phone.
Human Ecology undergraduates Justine Lee '14, Kelechi Umoga '15, and Timothy Smith '14 are counted among Cornell's most …
Ritch Savin-Williams, professor of human development, describes his research on the human sexuality continuum for The New …
The Los Angeles Times reports on new findings by neuroscientist Adam Anderson on the optical origins of facial expressions.
The New York Times Magazine quotes ergonomist Alan Hedge on the potential health drawbacks from standing desks.
Economist Rick Geddes pens a piece for The New York Times arguing for public-private partnerships to shore up U.S. …
Demographer Sharon Sassler finds that the how long couples are romantically involved prior to moving in together is …
Bloomberg View quotes fashion design professor Susan Ashdown about the "incredible variation" in human body shapes and sizes.
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New from Human Ecology

A new study finds growing racial inequality in the ability to remain a homeowner among African-Americans, due in part to …
A new book edited by human development professor Valerie Reyna tackles the biological origins of economic decisions in the …
Ithaca's downtown business incubator has a new name, newly launched website and is taking applications for membership.
Hundreds of New York state high school students came to campus to explore college and specific fields at Cornell …
A new study by Cornell neuroscientist Adam Anderson finds that the human brain turns feelings into a "standard …
Experts are at Cornell July 7-18 for training in World Health Organization procedures to inform WHO’s recommendations for …
For the first time, researchers have discovered that disease-causing mutations in mitochondrial DNA are common in healthy …
To determine effective tobacco warning labels, five Cornell faculty members will receive a five-year, $3 million federal …
The Research Navigator Initiative workshop brought together faculty with extension educators to talk about new ways to …
Students, faculty and administrators from Cornell Tech, Weill Cornell Medical College and Cooperative Extension …
The Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design has added a B.S. degree in fiber science and updated its curriculum …
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering named fiber scientist C.C. Chu to its College of Fellows, an …
The 2014 Geospatial In-Service workshop taught 4-H leaders about global positioning systems and other related tools, which …
A new study contradicts previous findings that the onset of puberty alone influences sexual behavior in young women and …
A new study finds that neighborhood poverty rather than family poverty contributes to obesity among poor and minority …
A Cornell study offers clues to a little known area of research: how Western diets, which have driven an epidemic of …
Several Cornell faculty members shared their research on youth with Cooperative Extension county leaders, 4-H educators …
Medals awarded to College of Human Ecology founders Martha Van Rensselaer and Flora Rose by the Belgian king in 1925 will …
Psychologist Valerie Reyna and colleagues have developed a computer-based system using artificial intelligence to mimic …
Nearly 300 middle school and high school 4-H members gathered in Syracuse last month at a three-day summit about learning …
Beginning July 1, policy analysis and management professor Sharon Tennyson will direct the Cornell Institute for Public …
Undocumented workers do dangerous jobs without premium pay, and no compensation when they're hurt.
Faculty members Andrea Bachner, Victoria Beard, Saurabh Mehta and Daniel Selva will start three-year terms this summer as …
A Cornell graduate student's educational computer game is getting positive reviews from teachers and students in …
Khin Mar Cho, senior extension associate at Cornell University Cooperative Extension - New York City, accepted national …
Jennifer Tiffany, Ph.D. ’04, is the new executive director of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension of New York City.
John E. (Jack) Little, Anita Racine, Wolfgang Sachse and Julia Thom-Levy will receive 2014 Kendall S. Carpenter Memorial …
A Cornell graduate student's educational computer game is getting positive reviews from teachers and students in …
At 7 percent of the population, newly identified minority on the sexual-orientation continuum, the mostly heterosexuals, …
In the heat of competition, these sporty clothes help keep you cool. Cornell students in fiber science and apparel design …
Student and faculty service-learning projects were honored on campus April 17.
Your earliest childhood memory might be earlier than you think, cognitive psychologists say after interviewing American …
The 30th Cornell Fashion Collective runway show incorporates use of futuristic materials that detect heat and glow in the …
Unlocking ways to monitor a key nutrient, new Cornell research unveils a potentially sensitive method to test for zinc …
Cornell has selected next year’s massive open online courses – MOOCs – through which students anywhere will explore the …
Paging Nora Ephron: Where Harry met Sally matters more than when, 62 couples tell sociologists.
Two Cornell experts in food and childhood obesity presented their findings related to how small changes in school …
The library has acquired more than 100 items from the latter half of the 19th and the 20th centuries; items include sashes …
The 2013 Dean’s Fellow in the history of home economics in the College of Human Ecology gave an account of Flemmie …
Children in schools with vegetable gardens got 10 minutes more of exercise than before their schools had gardens, reports …
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Student Successes

Hundreds of New York state high school students came to campus to explore college and specific fields at Cornell …
Monet Bell '14, a human development major, was honored for her civic and academic successes.
Community engagement is the key for an energetic team of Cornell undergraduates working to build an inclusive-education …
Big Red men's heavyweight rowers are sporting new swag after partnering with Cornell fiber science and apparel design …
For creating her own line of convertible and sustainable apparel and accessories for women, fashion design major Justine …
About 140 students presenting 115 research projects gathered for the Cornell Undergraduate Research Forum April 16, while …
Rachel Powell '17 produced winning artwork that will grace the cover of the Showtime Directory & Guide.
Noticing the lack of portraits of women around campus, Jordana Gilman '14 assembled an exhibition of 250 notable Cornell …
Graduate student Arielle Levy took part in a design "camp" to help the Chinese city of Shenzhen develop an identity …
Timothy Smith ’14 is working with people in Cameroon to create an organic cocoa teaching and research farm to help cocoa …
Cornell faculty and students discussed the transformative potential of educational and research experiences abroad and …
Kelechi Umoga ’15 spent this past summer leading the construction of a health care clinic in the Jeida village of Abuja, …
Senior fashion design major Justine Lee received a $30,000 Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship for her design of a …
Four students in the Textiles, Apparel and Innovation course have designed products and apparel that ease pain but don't …
Through internships, jobs and courses, students in the Didactic Program in Dietetics gain practical, hands-on experience …
Established and would-be social entrepreneurs gathered on campus Nov. 15-17 to exchange ideas on building businesses with …
Students in a new service learning course study the public health impacts of such hot-button local issues as the county …
In the new course Policy Meets Design, students respond to changing policies and cost reductions in health care to ensure …
More than 150 people, including many students, helped make hygiene kits to ship to girls around the world by the …
Owen Lee-Park ’15, a native of South Korea, made a rare visit to North Korea in September. He spoke to doctors and medical …
President Emeritus Hunter Rawlings applauded the work of current and former undergraduate research scholars at the first …
Twenty-six students from the colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Human Ecology presented their summer research …
Seven students from the College of Human Ecology have unveiled their creations in “Maladjusted,” the Barbara L. Kuhlman …
As part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Summer Internship Program, three rising juniors went to a 4-H sleep-away camp …
Students throughout the College of Human Ecology participate in summer research that deepens their understanding of …
Helen and Nidia Trejo are pursuing their interests in fiber chemistry and apparel design in the College of Human Ecology.
Undergraduate research assistants presented their project results at a forum hosted by the Bronfenbrenner Center for …
On May 22, the Cornell Merrill Presidential Scholars Program honored 32 outstanding graduating seniors and the high school …
Human Ecology alumna Marihug Cedeño, a 2013 Cornell Law graduate, says her "meager beginnings" taught her valuable lessons …
Apparel design students created a plus-size mannequin and a clothing collection to reach an overlooked market.
Fiber Science and Apparel Design senior Matilda Ceesay has her sights on telling the story of a distinctive African …
A number of Human Ecology students are among the recipients.
PATCH -- an organization for pre-health undergrads guided by Human Ecology students Sharjeel Chaudhry and Kathy Tin -- …
From atmospheric pressures to zoological inquiries, about 140 undergraduates put posters of their projects on display at …
The 2013 conference focused on youth empowerment and leadership development.
With projects ranging from local archaeology to the philosophy of causation, eight students presented their research in …
A trio of Design and Environmental Analysis students won the student category of the 2013 Burningman Airport Terminal …
Drawn to the widespread influence of prep style, Anu Lingala '13 has extensively researched since her freshman year in …
Fiber Science & Apparel Design students Megan Rodrigues ‘15 and Lily Wolens ‘15 are among finalists in the national City …
DEA student Kelton Minor '12, M.S. '13, helped lead an award-winning team in a Cornell business idea competition.

Contacts

Communications Development

John McKain
Assistant Dean for Communications
jam343@cornell.edu

Marybeth Tarzian
Assistant Dean, Alumni Affairs & Development
mt85@cornell.edu

 

 

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