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Weight relates to dating, marriage and marital satisfaction, Cornell studies find

ITHACA, N.Y. -- Although high school women are more concerned about their weight than men are about theirs, the women are more willing than men to date an overweight person. Once married, obese husbands are less happy with their marriages than other men, but men who have lost weight report fewer marital problems than obese or average-weight men or men who have gained weight during marriage. Obese wives, on the other hand, are happier with their marriages than average-weight wives. While newly-married women gain more weight than other wives do, or men do proportionately, few gain a lot during their first year of marriage. These are some of the recent findings of Jeffery Sobal, a Cornell nutritional sociologist who studies the sociology of obesity and the relationship between obesity and dating, marriage and marital satisfaction.

Gaypril '97 celebrations will include Day of Silence and mini-conference

The Cornell lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is planning a broad range of cultural and educational programs throughout 'Gaypril.'

Dopamine linked to a personality trait and happiness

Researchers have long suspected that the chemistry of the brain largely influences personality and emotions. Now, a Cornell clinical psychologist has shown for the first time how the neurotransmitter dopamine affects one type of happiness, a personality trait and short-term, working memory.

William Julius Wilson discusses consequences of ghetto joblessness

William Julius Wilson was the opening speaker Oct. 19 at a symposium titled "American Society: Diversity and Consensus," honoring another heavyweight sociologist, Cornell's Robin M. Williams Jr., the Henry Scarborough Professor of Social Sciences Emeritus.

Timber wolves separate myth from reality at Oct. 6 Cornell presentation

Some of North America's most misunderstood animals, the timber wolves, will try to set the record straight in a live appearance Sunday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. in Cornell University's Statler Auditorium.

Human-like ability, categorical perception, found in insects Cornell biologists' experiments show how crickets tell love songs from bats' ultrasound

Humans and other "higher" animals aren't so special when it comes to making life-or-death decisions in an instant, a Cornell University study of insect hearing has found. Even the lowly cricket employs a sophisticated capability, called categorical perception, when its life (or love life ) is at stake.

ew $3 million institute at Cornell to focus on working families

A new $3 million institute at Cornell University will look at how families are coping with changes in all stages of life and work.

Women have access to executive jobs only when other women already hold such jobs, Cornell study finds

Researchers found that even a small increase in the number of women who have passed through that door to a managerial position dramatically increases other women's chances of being hired or promoted into that position. The result: a Catch-22 situation with important implications for the movement of women into management, as well as for the national affirmative action debate.

Spider silk inspires new model for super fibers of future

Scientists hoping to produce super-tough, bio-inspired fibers are a step closer with a new model for the molecular arrangement of spider silk, proposed by Cornell University researchers in the Jan. 5 issue of the journal Science.