In the news: Human ecologists share insights to improve public understanding of key issues

At the core of Human Ecology’s work is improving the quality of life of all people. In 2023, faculty and graduate students published research findings that are enhancing our understanding of key societal issues, from …

Hunting in hot pink may be safer, but men aren’t having it (The Wall Street Journal; Sarmadi)

Professor Emeritus Majid Sarmadi is quoted about the use of “blaze pink” in hunting gear and the continuing resistance to wearing it by some male hunters. While a Design Studies professor, Sarmadi and hundreds of his students conducted research into this shade of pink, finding that it can improve hunters’ safety.

Seeing the invisible: Learning to accommodate neurodivergence at work (The Cap Times; Erin Hamilton and Deniz)

Assistant Professor of Design Studies Erin Hamilton and Design Studies PhD candidate Hande Burcu Deniz are quoted about universal design, which involves designing built environments to make them accessible and useful for the maximum number of people. This includes designing functional work spaces for neurodivergent people in a way that doesn’t draw attention to disability.

Human Ecology welcomes new faculty and instructional staff

We are excited to welcome eight new faculty and three new instructional staff to campus this fall. Each department will add at least two faculty or instructional staff members, bringing a wealth of expertise and …

Why Your Grandparents Might Move to Your College Campus (The Daily Beast; Shin)

Design Studies Department Chair and Professor Jung-hye Shin explains how intergenerational living, a recent trend on some college campuses, is actually not all that new. Shin also discusses the elements intergenerational housing should ideally have to accommodate all of its residents, as well as the potential outcomes of this type of housing.