A multidisciplinary approach.
Subject: Human ecology (Study and teaching)
Interdisciplinary approach in education (Management)
Author: Mathios, Alan D.
Pub Date: 11/01/2008
Publication: Name: Human Ecology Publisher: Cornell University, Human Ecology Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Science and technology; Social sciences Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 Cornell University, Human Ecology ISSN: 1530-7069
Issue: Date: Nov, 2008 Source Volume: 36 Source Issue: 2
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United States Geographic Code: 1USA United States
Accession Number: 231021627
Full Text: As we go to print on this issue of Human Ecology, President-elect Barack Obama is working on the transition to his administration after an historic election in America. On January 20, 2009, he will inherit a pivotal leadership role in a global society faced with challenges and opportunities that are increasingly complex and interconnected.


Our ability to respond effectively, as a society and as institutions, relies ever more On our ability to understand and analyze these problems from a variety of perspectives, and then to forge solutions which integrate those perspectives and leverage the resulting synergies.

As it has been throughout our history, this remains the foundation of the College of Human Ecology's approach to advancing our three missions of academics, research, and extension/outreach. Working within a context of strong, distinct disciplines, we seek out the places where those disciplines intersect and the missions integrate to achieve lasting and meaningful impact on the world around us.

This magazine explores many of our current endeavors in this light, both within the college and across Cornell and the Cornell Cooperative Extension system. From global health, poverty, and nutrition to the justice system, tissue engineering, and the rapidly shifting demographic make-up of the world we live in, Human Ecology faculty, researchers, students, and extension professionals are engaged in vital multidisciplinary collaborations.

In the classroom, I've always told my students that the best way to advance your own understanding of the world is to explore different approaches and different disciplinary perspectives in order to address today's most pressing issues. That is what the College of Human Ecology is all about and I believe strongly that this approach will yield the innovative breakthroughs that will impact our lives.

The new year will undoubtedly bring new challenges and opportunities to our doorstep. At the College of Human Ecology, we will continue to tackle them with a multidisciplinary approach, an entrepreneurial spirit, and an abiding sense of community.


Alan D. Mathios

Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean

College of Human Ecology
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