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College of Human Ecology

The scientist who remade the field of human development

The scientist who remade the field of human development

Fifty years after the launch of Head Start, Urie Bronfenbrenner -- a guiding force of the federal program that's gone on to reach 32 million poor families -- is remembered as a giant in his field in the spring 2015 issue of Human Ecology magazine. Former students, research partners, and Cornell faculty members share their thoughts on the late Bronfenbrenner's legacy as a scholar, mentor, researcher, and champion for youth and families.

Also in this issue: A tour through 150 Years of Big Red fashion; gerontologist Karl Pillemer's latest book, sharing elder wisdom on love and marriage; long-running, legendary courses in the College of Human Ecology; alumni and campus updates and special sesquicentennial content.

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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

Psychologist Anthony Burrow discusses his research on life purpose for Morgan Freeman's "Through the Wormhole."
New research by Dan Lichter, director of the Cornell Population Center, estimates that more than 1 in 10 working Americans …
Neuroscientist Adam Anderson says, "Emotions are not only about how we feel about the world, but how our brains influence …
Demographer Matthew Hall tells The Washington Post how widespread closures in the late 2000s slowed racial integration …
Writing in the New York Times, PAM professor Laura Tach describes the "joyful anticipation" Earned Income Tax Recipients …
Ergonomics professor Alan Hedge speaks to NPR Marketplace about how open offices are making a comeback.
New study led by Tamar Kushnir, associate professor of human development, probes the origins of free will.
Widespread obesity raised medical-care costs by $315.8 billion in 2010, according to John Cawley, professor of policy …
Gerontologist Karl Pillemer found that the golden years of life can be a prime time for success and major accomplishments.
Ritch Savin-Williams, professor of human development, questions the notion of "separate but equal" schools for LGBT students.
Demographer Jan Vink in the Cornell Population Center says that an aging population and economic factors are driving NY …
Tom Brenna, professor of nutritional sciences, said that coconut oil is more likely to raise cholesterol levels if it has …
Maria Donovan Fitzpatrick, assistant professor of policy analysis and management, said that governments could avoid …
Valerie Reyna, professor of human development, said the psychology of risk is at play in current reactions to Ebola.
The late Charlotte Jirousek, associate professor of textiles and apparel, contributed to the Intag Project in Ecuador.
Jordan Matsudaira, assistant professor of policy analysis and management, found that students who attended summer school …
A study by Kelly Musick, associate professor of policy analysis and management, found that family dinners don’t …
David Levitsky, professor of nutritional sciences, said the lifestyle of college students encourages weight-gaining habits.
Anthony Burrow, assistant professor of human development, found that in one generation white Americans will no longer be …
A study by Matt Hall, assistant professor of policy analysis and management, found that during the recession of 2008 black …
Richard Burkhauser, Sarah Gibson Blanding Professor of Policy Analysis, said eliminating Social Security tax for older …
Rick Geddes, associate professor of policy analysis and management, said that state officials are finding new ways to fund …
Nutrition researcher Richard Canfield found that airborne lead particles in polluted areas result in lower IQ scores in …
Maria Fitzpatrick, assistant professor of policy analysis and management, found that men have a higher pay disparity …
A study by DEA professor Alan Hedge found that you should move around every 20 minutes at work to prevent negative health …
John Cawley, PAM professor, found that so-called "fat taxes" may be ineffective in changing eating habits.
Christopher Wildeman, associate professor of policy analysis and management, says more research is needed regarding …
Rana Zadeh, assistant professor of design and environmental analysis, found that nurses are happier and healthier working …
Jane Mendle, assistant professor of human development, said finger-pointing after violent crimes is an attempt to make …
The Cornell Institute of Women and Science found that the percentage of PhDs awarded to women rose drastically to 30% in …
Associate FSAD professor Juan Hinestroza discusses t-shirts that never need to be washed.
Nutrition professor emeritus Malden Nesheim says a new study on the pollution in the beef industry is valid.
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.
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New from Human Ecology

The Cornell Institute of Fashion and Fiber Innovation spring symposium showcased emerging fiber and material technologies …
Children born to Hispanic parents who emigrate to rural communities without support networks face a difficult road out of …
Partnering with Manhattan borough leaders, Cornell Cooperative Extension-New York City (CUCE-NYC) will help to sow …
Loss of early childhood language skills, rather than those skills attained later in life, might be a predictor for …
The College of Human Ecology and Center For Teaching Excellence hosted a daylong Teaching and Learning Workshop on the …
Artist Jack Elliott looks at trees and sees relationships between nature and human forms, architecture and culture.
A new study by Cornell psychologists suggests that science and engineering faculty preferred women two-to-one over …
These clothes soon may be all the rave: Fiber science and physics students have teamed to create fashionable “smart” …
Student fashion designers are sketching and making patterns, finding and fitting models, and cutting and sewing fabrics …
A new sesquicentennial exhibit, “The History of the Home Economics Fellowship: Reflections on an Evolving Field,” in Mann …
In the war against ebola, Cornell University and two partners will rethink, reimagine and re-engineer protective suits for …
A five-year, $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will help Cornell researchers plan to test a recipe …
New York high school student Nosa Akol has received the 2015 4-H Youth in Action Award. Akol was selected from more than …
In a panel of new proposed federal dietary guidelines in Washington, D.C., March 18, two Cornell professors look at their …
Expert witness and Professor Emeritus James Garbarino spent 20 years "Listening to Killers," the title of his new book, …
Decision-making tools for cancer treatment should incorporate patient's 'essential bottom line,' according to Valerie F. …
A Cornell study finds that toddlers notice subtle social clues to figure out what actions of others may be socially or …
Cornell Students for Hunger Relief are hosting a monthlong Thanksgiving Turkey Donation Drive through Nov. 16.
A new Kroch Library exhibition of documents, images and memorabilia covers 150 years of Cornell history with displays on …
A proposal for research to detect racial bias in the research peer review process has earned a second-place prize from the …
Cornell’s Translational Research Institute for Pain in Later Life has received a five-year, $1.95 million renewal grant …
A newly published examination of reasons for female academics’ ongoing underrepresentation in math-intensive fields …
Students at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and SUNY-Cortland are …
The Cornell Center for Materials Research’s JumpStart program, funded by New York state, helps small businesses solve …
The Cornell Center for Materials Research’s JumpStart program, funded by New York state, helps small businesses solve …
Cornell's Northeast Regional Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Center of Excellence has won a $856,250 award to …
Six Cornell professors – each with distinctive areas of study – provided 10-minute presentations on the university’s …
More than 200 Cornellians gathered at the College of Human Ecology’s sesquicentennial dinner Oct. 9 in New York City.
New research at Cornell shows that engaging areas of the brain linked to such activities as mind-wandering and reminiscing …
A new study finds that teaching adolescents to think more simply and categorically about risks helps them make healthier …
María Pacheco, M.P.S. ’90, a Fulbright scholar, consultant to the United Nations Foundation, founded Wakami, a company …
To help introduce new members of the university's faculty to the Cornell community, the Cornell Chronicle is …
Envisioning an increasingly diverse America causes anxiety for a lot of white people, except, that is, whites with a …
College of Human Ecology legend Urie Bronfenbrenner, who taught at Cornell for 50 years and died in 2005, was the subject …
A new study finds that working-class men and women who struggle to plan for and access reliable contraceptives while …
More than 30 Human Ecology students, staff and faculty have signed on to become Green Ambassadors who will lead a …
Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, focused on shifting priorities in the federal budget in a …
The Cornell Council for the Arts 2014 Biennial will showcase the work of artists, Cornell researchers and students in …
For massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that help dieticians and nutritionists around the world understand the latest …
In his new edited volume, 'The Modern Land-Grant University,' Professor Robert Sternberg says the land-grant …
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Student Successes

Students from a variety of Cornell majors presented patient-centric ideas for a proposed expansion of Hospicare and …
Owen Lee-Park, a senior in the College of Human Ecology, won the Maribel Garcia Community Spirit Award for his work with …
Studying everything from potential medicine to the aromatic properties of popular beverages, about 120 undergraduates put …
For their advocacy for people with learning disabilities, Brian Meersma ’18 and Mara Schein ’18 will each receive the …
Students at Cornell’s College of Veterinary Medicine, the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs and SUNY-Cortland are …
Students presented findings from their Cornell Cooperative Extension summer internships that directly benefit New York …
The Barbara L. Kuhlman Foundation’s ninth Fiber Arts and Wearable Arts Exhibition, a collection of Cornell student …
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 -- …

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