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    S. Kay Obendorf: An Integrating Vision
    College of Human Ecology (2016-09-08)
    The College of Human Ecology hosted a symposium and retirement celebration for S. Kay Obendorf, professor in the Department of Fiber Science and Apparel Design, on Sept. 8, 2016. Reflecting upon Obendorf's 50 years at Cornell, speakers from industry and academia addressed her significant contributions as a researcher, teacher, mentor and administrator, with a special focus on her integrating vision for the future of the College of Human Ecology. In the laboratory, Obendorf made breakthroughs related to the surface chemistry of fibers and their performance, with applications in the areas of protective clothing, detergency, human health, and functional textiles. As an administrator, she helped to transform the College of Home Economics into the modern College of Human Ecology, developing interdisciplinary curricula and programs that integrate the natural sciences, social sciences and design fields.
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    Another Modernism: Home Economics and the Conception of Domestic Space in the United States, 1900-1960
    Myjak-Pycia, Anna (2016-03-16)
    Focusing on the homemaker as the primary user of domestic interior, the Home Economics movement formulated a spatial model that differed from the dominant spatial ideal of architectural modernism in the first half of the twentieth century. Whereas the home economists' model was intended to protect the user from overexertion, assuming the engagement of the user's whole body, the dominant modernist model's intention was mainly to reward the spirit via the aesthetic experience transmitted by optic data.
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    Ergonomics in the Postwar Home: Collaborations between Cornell's College of Home Economics and the Center for Housing and Enivronmental Studies
    Penner, Barbara (2015-04-16)
    In architecture and design, the postwar period in America saw the rise of a new phenomenon: ergonomics research. The primary aim of ergonomics was to improve human environments by studying a wide range of factors that influenced use. These broad-ranging and ambitious studies, which covered everything from anatomical to psychological factors, could only be realized by bringing together large multidisciplinary research teams, including engineers, architects, planners, medics, engineers, home economists, and psychologists. This was a radical moment in the design sciences and nowhere was this multidisciplinary and user-centered mode of working embraced with more enthusiasm than Cornell University. Two projects exemplify the ergonomic turn: The Cornell Kitchen (1947-1953) and The Bathroom (1958-1965), both directed by Glenn H. Beyer from the Center for Housing and Environmental Studies, and supported by the expertise of Cornell’s Agricultural Experiment Station and the College of Home Economics. A lecture by Barbara Penner, the 2014 Dean's Fellowship recipient in the History of Home Economics and Human Nutrition in the College of Human Ecology focuses on the applied techniques that were deployed to investigate space, human use and behavior in The Bathroom and The Cornell Kitchen, and the broader ergonomic turn in postwar design culture – a culture which in its attentiveness to non-standard users (women, children, and the elderly) remains relevant today.
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    Human Ecology 150th Anniversary Celebration
    (Cornell University, 2015)
    The mission of the College of Human Ecology is "improving lives by exploring and shaping human connections to natural, social and built environments." This video explores the mission, history and future of the College of Human Ecology. The video features Alan Mathios, Dean of the College of Human Ecology; Helen Trejo, MS' 14, Apparel Design PHD Student; Valerie Reyna, Professor Human Development and Director of the Human Neuroscience Institute; Susan Kurz Snyder '81, Principal, Greene-Levin-Snyder Legal Search Group; Jacqueline Davis-Manigaulte '72, Senior Extension Associate, Cornell Cooperative Extension NYC; Blake Barr '15, Human Biology, Health and Society Major
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    A Conversation with Joan Jacobs Brumberg
    Brumberg, Joan Jacobs; Engst, Elaine D. (Internet-First University Press, 2014-10-16)
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    To Encircle the World
    Horrocks, Allison (2014-03-20)
    Allison Horrocks, 2013 Dean's Fellowship recipient in the History of Home Economics in the College of Human Ecology, traces Kittrell’s rise to prominence as an educator and nutrition expert, connecting her story to a diverse range of activists and academics working within the field. By looking closely at her work "at home" and abroad, she suggests new ways of thinking about the possibilities for women within the field of home economics.For her distinction of being the first woman of color to earn a Ph.D. in Home Economics, Cornell University alumna Flemmie P. Kittrell is often regarded as an exceptional figure in histories of the discipline and in higher education for minorities. After completing her Cornell degree, Dr. Kittrell went on to become the dean of women and head of the department of home economics at Hampton Institute and then head of the home economics department at the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D. C. Through her work Dr. Kittrell also gained wide prominence as an international nutrition expert.
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    Inside Human Ecology: A conversation with Kay Obendorf
    Obendorf, Kay (2014-05-02)
    Kay Obendorf was interviewed on April 1, 2014 by Steven Henick and Jane Pickney as part of the final project for a Directed Study on Leadership, HE 4000 led by Professor Pauline Morin In Spring 2014. The two students worked with Dr. Morin in an independent study project to develop and pilot test ideas for the new fall course, which they titled Reflective Leadership Studio. They identified readings, activities, and the syllabus for the course, and they tried out the proposed learning activities. They also identified a class project which involved interviewing a Human Ecology Leader and capturing the event on video which resulted in Professor Obendorf’s video recording.
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    A Conversation with Jean Robinson
    Robinson, Jean R. (Internet-First University Press, 2014-04-17)
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    Thinking at Every Desk: Four Simple Skills That Will Transform Your Teaching Classroom, School and District
    Colosi, Laura; Cabrera, Derek (2010-09-30)
    Frustrated that their university students arrive unable to think, Dr. Laura Colosi of the College of Human Ecology’s Family Life & Development Center at Cornell University and Dr. Derek Cabrera of the Research Institute for Thinking in Education set out on a journey to change schools by bringing the results of their research into the real world classroom environment. The book "Thinking at Every Desk" is a snapshot of their continued work with educators and schools across America. Drs. Colosi and Cabrera discussed some of the major themes of their book to highlight guidelines for the Patterns of Thinking method—four simple thinking skills that will have a ripple effect on everything educators do and provide students from PreK to PhD essential tools needed for success in the 21st century
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    Health Care Turning Point: Why Single Payer Won't Work
    Battistella, Roger (2010-10-14)
    Employer-based health insurance practiced in the United States today creates insecurity for American workers and saddles American companies with high costs that undermine their competitiveness against international firms. Few would argue the system needs serious reform, yet opinions on appropriate solutions differ widely. In his new book, Health Care Turning Point, health policy expert Roger Battistella warns that shortcomings inherent in a government-run insurance model would more than likely encourage overconsumption, drive up costs, and ultimately fail. Dr. Battistella argues the time has come for a pragmatic approach to health care reform based on sound market principles and greater transparency to encourage wise consumer choices that seek out good value.