Nancy Wells Gives Next Hyde Lecture

Nancy Wells Gives Next Hyde Lecture

By Kerry McCulloug...

January 29, 2018

Nancy Wells

The College of Architecture is pleased to announce Nancy Wells will be the next Hyde Series speaker giving a lecture entitled "The Natural Environment: Human health, health equity and sustainability".

For this lecture, Wells will explore the research evidence linking the natural environment to human health, functioning and well-being. Drawing research findings from epidemiology, public health, environmental psychology, leisure and recreation studies and cognitive neuroscience, she ponders the question “how and why does nature matter in human health”. In addition, Wells will consider the role of the natural environment in terms of income and race-based health disparities and the connection of green infrastructure to sustainability. Lastly, the lecture will examine programs, policies and projects aimed at bolstering community health and reducing health inequity.

Wells is a professor of design and environmental analysis with the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University. Wells earned a joint Ph.D. in psychology and architecture from the University of Michigan and completed her postdoctoral training with the University of California, Irvine before joining the Cornell faculty. As an environmental psychologist, Wells studies the effects of the built and natural environment on human health, well-being and health behaviors. Her studies have examined the effects of housing quality on mental health; the influence of neighborhood design on walking; the effects of nature views on cognitive functioning and psychological well-being; and the influence of school gardens on children’s health behaviors. At Cornell, Wells teaches courses in environments and health, health impact assessment, and graduate research methods.

The College’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed, public program. Each year the College hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.

The lecture will be held February 9th at 4 pm at the Union Auditorium at the Nebraska Union.

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