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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.
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    Feed Your Pet Right
    Nesheim, Malden; Nestle, Marion (2011-02-10)
    Marion Nestle and Malden C. Nesheim wrote Feed Your Pet Right, the first complete, research-based guide to selecting the best, most healthful foods for your cat or dog. The authors presented highlights from their comprehensive look at the science behind pet food and the current trends in the booming pet food industry and its marketing practices. As a road map to the most nutritious diets for cats and dogs, Feed Your Pet Right is sure to be a reference classic for pet owners for years to come
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    The Road to Renewal: Private Investment in United States Transportation Infrastructure
    Geddes, Richard (2011-10-20)
    Despite record levels of government spending, America's transportation system is plagued by traffic congestion, decaying infrastructure, and politicization of transportation funding—leading to calamities such as the 2007 collapse an interstate highway bridge over the Mississippi River and political fiascos such as Alaska's infamous "Bridge to Nowhere." In his new book, The Road to Renewal, Cornell professor of policy analysis and management Rick Geddes surveys the current state of U.S. ground transportation and finds that, like the roads themselves, transportation policy is in desperate need of repair. Professor Geddes discusses key highlights from the book to suggest promising new approaches toward road financing in America.
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    Craving Earth: Understanding Pica, The Urge to Eat Clay, Starch, Ice and Chalk
    Young, Sera (2011-11-03)
    Nutritional scientist Sera Young presents her new book, "Craving Earth." Pica--the urge to eat clay, starch, ice and chalk--has been a phenomenon among humans, particularly women, for a very long time. Dr. Young’s study seeks to answer why some people engage in this curious behavior , also shedding light on the properties that the non-food substances associated with pica possess. Touching on the history of medicine and drawing from a global body of literature, she constructs a bio-cultural framework for understanding pica, identifies its most avid partakers (pregnant women and young children), tests scientific hypotheses, and describes the potentially healthful and harmful effects. Merging history with detailed case studies, Dr. Young’s book offers a rich source of information—helpful to a broad variety of researchers and health practitioners—about a nutritional issue that is still only poorly understood.
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    The Oxford Handbook of the Social Science of Obesity
    Cawley, John (2011-10-27)
    The need to better understand the causes and consequences of obesity, and how to prevent and treat it, has become urgent worldwide. John Cawley discusses his new book, The Social Science of Obesity, highlighting insights from the specific approaches that each social science discipline uses to model human behavior, including diet and physical activity. Each of the chapters in the volume synthesizes the research findings on specific causes of obesity—including advertising, food prices, and peer effects—and consequences of obesity, such as lower wages, job absenteeism, and discrimination. The book also reviews the literature on obesity treatment and prevention, and provides researchers with important practical information on data and methods. Presenting a comprehensive survey of obesity-related research across the full range of social sciences, from anthropology to economics and psychology to government, Dr. Cawley’s book is a critical reference for public health officials, policymakers, nutritionists, and medical practitioners.
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    Food Policies for Developing Countries
    Pinstrup-Andersen, Per (2012-03-08)
    Nearly a billion people around the world still suffer from hunger and poor nutrition while a billion are overweight or obese. This imbalance highlights the need not only to focus on food production but also to implement successful food policies. Economist Per Pinstrup-Andersen discusses his new book, coauthored with economist Derrill Watson II of the American University of Nigeria. As a comprehensive road map for understanding how governments and markets shape food policies and production, “Food Policy for Developing Countries” addresses the complex challenges—from issues of poverty and climate change to demographic and dietary transitions—for reducing hunger and achieving better human nutrition.
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    The Adoloescent Brain: Learning, Reasoning, and Decision Making
    Reyna, Valerie (2012-03-01)
    In the second decade of life, young adults have endless choices, but the decisions they make depend on developing the power of the human brain to learn and reason. Cornell professor of human development and psychology Dr. Valerie Reyna introduces her new book, “The Adolescent Brain: Learning, Reasoning, and Decision Making” published by the American Psychological Association in 2012. Bringing together an interdisciplinary group of leading scientists, the volume examines how the adolescent brain develops and how this development impacts various aspects of reasoning and decision-making, from the use and function of memory and representation, to judgment, mathematical problem-solving, and the construction of meaning.
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    Why Calories Count
    Nesheim, Malden; Nestle, Marion (2012-09-06)
    Calories are the source of health problems affecting billions of people in today's globalized world and these units of energy are a mystery to many of us. Marion Nestle (Paulette Goddard Professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University and visiting professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell University) and Malden Nesheim (Cornell University Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of nutritional sciences) draw from their recent book, “Why Calories Count” to explain what calories are and how they work, both biologically and politically. While highlighting the ways that federal and corporate policies have together worked to create an "eat more" environment in the United States, “Why Calories Count” reviews the fundamental issues of dieting, weight gain, loss, and obesity, and provides readers with the necessary information to interpret food labels, evaluate diet claims, and understand evidence as presented in popular media.
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    Research for the Public Good: Applying the Methods of Translational Research to Improve Human Health and Well-Being
    Wethington, Elaine; Dunifon, Rachel (2012-09-27)
    Professors Elaine Wethington (Dept. of Human Development) and Rachel Dunifon (Dept. of Policy Analysis and Management) discuss their new publication, “Research for the Public Good: Applying Methods of Translational Research to Improve Human Health and Well-Being.” Helping to bridge the gaps among research, policy, and practice, the book demonstrates how emerging methods of translational research can help develop programs and policies that improve human health and well-being. This broader, more inclusive approach to translational research has gained popularity and is now being promoted by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control, medical centers, and university programs across the United States.
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    The Autobiographical Self in Time and Culture
    Wang, Qi (2013-09-17)
    Professor of human development Dr. Qi Wang examines the developmental, social, cultural, and historical origins of the autobiographical self—the self that is made of memories of our past. By analyzing everyday family storytelling, autobiographical writings in Western and Chinese literature, memory data from controlled experiments in the laboratory, and personal narratives on blogs and Facebook, Wang illustrates that our memories and sense of ourselves are conditioned by time and culture. She examines some of the most controversial issues in current psychological research of memory and analyzes the influences of the larger social, political, and economic forces on the autobiographical self
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    Fixing Family Problems Around the World: Home Economics at the Cornell School for Missionaries
    Schatz, Anna (2013-10-02)
    Anna Schatz, 2012 Dean's Fellowship recipient in the History of Home Economics, examines the history of the School for Missionaries at Cornell University. From 1930 through the 1950s, this program sought to unite the insights and methods of academia with the Protestant missionary movement. Focusing on the participation of female missionaries and home economists, Ms. Schatz’s talk explores the history of this unique and experimental program run by the Colleges of Agriculture and Home Economics and its significance as a point of intersection for the history of American women and the U.S. in the world.