New blog bridges the gap between research and real life.
Subject: Weblogs (Service introduction)
College teachers (Works)
College teachers (Beliefs, opinions and attitudes)
College teachers (Public relations)
Human ecology (Study and teaching)
Human ecology (Media coverage)
Pub Date: 05/01/2010
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: May, 2010 Source Volume: 38 Source Issue: 1
Topic: Event Code: 366 Services introduction; 290 Public affairs Advertising Code: 57 New Products/Services Computer Subject: Company service introduction; Company public relations
Persons: Named Person: Pillemer, Karl; Pillemer, Karl; Pillemer, Karl
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 230063978
Full Text: For almost all of human history, people have faced a singular problem: a lack of information about how to cope with the challenges of daily living. But over the past 20 years, and especially in the past live years with the explosion of digital media, people now have more information than they are able to process.

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Professor Karl Pillemer and Senior Extension Associate Rhoda Meador have created a new blog called "Evidence-Based Living" that addresses that problem, and helps Cornell Cooperative Extension professionals and the general public sift the science from the fluff.

"Now more than ever, people need help separating the good scientific information from the bad," Pillemer said. "We are all about assessing the scientific evidence on human problems and looking at how to use it every day."

Pillemer is the Hazel E. Reed Professor of Human Development and the associate dean for outreach and extension in the College of Human Ecology. He also holds positions as a faculty member at the Weill Cornell Medical College and as the director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging. Meador is the Associate Director for Extension and Outreach in College of Human Ecology.

The idea for the blog emerged out of Pillemer's more than 20 years of focusing on outreach.

"As a professor with responsibilities in the Cooperative Extension system, I've always thought about ways to move scientific findings from universities out to people and communities who can use them," he said. "Today, the field is called translational research. It is all about taking basic research and 'translating' it into interventions and educational programs to improve people's lives."

In the blog, Pillemer and Meador delve into research findings, media stories, and anecdotes from their own life experiences to explore:

* the relationship between research and real-life,

* how to create a better marriage between science and service,

* how professionals are using research to Improve the human condition, and

* how their work can improve both your work and your life.

For Pillemer, the topic is personal as well as professional.

"For as long as I can remember, 1 have been interested in how research can be applied to human problems in the real world," he said. "I'm the kind of person who goes straight to the self-help aisle in the bookstore. My family rolls their eyes when I read them the most recent study reported in the newspaper. And I do try living 'the evidence-based life' whenever I can."

You can read Pillemer's and Meador's reflections on evidence-based living--on such topics as reaching youth through their electronic devices, brushing up on your "research readiness," deciding what to eat, and even using evidence to better understand basketball--at http://evidencebasedliving.human.cornell.edu.
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