Category Archives: Faculty

School of Architecture lighting catalysts featured in Architectural Lighting

In an article entitled “Architecture Students Experiment With Light and Material,” Elizabeth Evitts Dickinson, writing for Architectural Lighting, covers how the college’s Architecture students are experimenting with light to understand “how this transient, yet critical, property functions.” It’s an extensive article, accompanied by a slideshow.

Dickinson quotes Blaine Brownell (Architecture) musing on the disconnect in his own education: “Lighting was something that we talked about but never studied on its own. The idea of [the] catalyst [course] is that within one week students can take a break from their current coursework and they can focus on one thing. And that one thing can be experimental and high risk.”

Dickinson notes that Brownell has developed two catalyst courses around lighting: Light as Material and The Shape of Light.

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Graduate students, alumni, faculy receive 2010 ITAA awards for research

The International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) made several awards for outstanding research papers to College of Design graduate students, alumni, and faculty at its annual meeting last month.

  • Jung Mee Mum (PhD candidate), Kristy Janigo (MS candidate), and Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising) for their paper “Tatoo and Self” in the social psychology category
  • Hye-Young Kim (Retail Merchandising), Ji Young Lee (PhD candidate), Dooyoung Choi, (MS candidate) Juanjuan Wu and Kim Johnson (both Retail Merchandising)for their research on “Perceived Benefits of Retail Loyalty Programs: Their effects on program loyalty and customer loyalty” in the merchandising category
  • Juanjuan Wu (Retail Merchandising), HaeWon Ju (PhD candidate), Jieun Kim (PhD candidate), Cara Damminga (MS candidate), Hye-Young Kim, and Kim Johnson (both Retail Merchandising) for their research on “Fashion product display dominant by color, visual texture, and style coordination: An experiment with mock shop” in the visual merchandising category
  • Minjeong Kang (MS Retail Merchandising, 2006; PhD Retail Merchandising, 2009) and Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising) for their research on “Retail therapy: Scale development” in the consumer behavior track
  • Sharron Lennon, JaeHa Lee (BS Retail Merchandising, 2004; MS Retail Merchandising, 2006; PhD Retail Merchandising, 2008), Minjeong Kim, and Kim Johnson (Retail Merchandising) received Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business research award for outstanding research addressing social responsibility and sustainability issues for their research “Consumer Misbehavior on Black Friday: Individual and situational antecedents”
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Ziebarth to preside at Housing Education and Research Association meeting

Ann Ziebarth (Housing Studies) will preside as 2010 president for the annual Housing Education and Research Association meeting in Portland, Oregon November 3-6, 2010. Ziebarth will also present research findings at the international Age-Friendly Cities conference in Hong Kong on November 19-20, 2010.

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Angell invited to chair WHO session, receives awards

William Angell (Housing Studies) has been invited to chair a session on radon risk communication for building professionals at a joint World Health Organization- and International Atomic Energy Agency-sponsored symposium in Geneva, Switzerland in early November. He will also chair a program on the radon remediation and prevention aspects of the development of national radon programs especially in small and developing countries.

Angell also received the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists‘ Award for his work within the radon community. Angell recently completed two terms as President of the association.

In early October 2010, Angell received the Health Physics Society North Central Chapter’s Wissink Memorial Lecture Award for his presentation on radon risk, risk communication, and radon risk reduction strategies.

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Graphic Design faculty participate in UCDA conference

Several Graphic Design faculty members participated in the University and College Designers Association’s (UCDA) fortieth anniversary conference, held in Minneapolis October 2-5, 2010. Daniel Jasper was on a regional design education panel; Carol Waldron, James Boyd Brent, and Steven McCarthy led a “University of Minnesota Day” with workshops in letterpress, silk screen, and graphic design authorship history, respectively; and McCarthy gave a lecture, “Twenty-five Years of Design Authorship: Expression, Communication and Activism” (scroll down to item 26).

Carol Waldron, left, with a UCDA designer using a Vandercook letterpress
Carol Waldron, left, with a UCDA designer using a Vandercook letterpress.

James Boyd Brent, second from left, demonstrates screenprinting with UCDA designers
James Boyd Brent, second from left, demonstrates screenprinting with UCDA designers.

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McCarthy to present on typography at Belgian conference

Steven McCarthy (Graphic Design) will present “Typography’s role in design authorship: Product, process or tool?” at Design and Craft: A History of Convergences and Divergences, the seventh Conference of the International Committee for Design History and Design Studies in Brussels. The conference takes place September 20-22, 2010 at the Paleis der Academien.

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Krinke unveils temporary public art work: Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain

Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture) has created a new, temporary work of outdoor public art, called Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain that is traveling to several parks in Minneapolis this summer. The project creates the setting and the opportunity for the public to map where in Minneapolis-St. Paul they have experienced joy and pain. The project’s sculptural setting includes a unique table-like object that contains a custom, wooden map of the Twin Cities. The scale map has streets clearly labeled to provide easy orientation for mapping, and visitors have the opportunity to literally add color to this map — gold where they have felt joy and gray for pain. Members of the project team will be on hand in each location to talk with anyone interested about the project and invite them to add their experiences to the map.

Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain challenges conventional ways of seeing the Twin Cities”, says Krinke. “The project has the potential to be revealing, even cathartic.” Krinke is partnering with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board in her project. Diane Moe, Cultural Arts Administrator for the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board was immediately excited with this proposal, saying, “We at the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board are thrilled to be a partner in this process. We are confident it will bring individuals of all ages to the parks to view and participate in this fabulous idea.”

Left to right: Michael Dorfman (student), Justin Kindlespire (W.L. Hall Workshop), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture)
Left to right: Michael Dorfman (student), Justin Kindlespire (W.L. Hall Workshop), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture).

The project is the first step in what Krinke envisions as a continuing exploration of pain/joy through public art and the community engagement. Bringing the project to the national, even international level is planned. In 2011, she plans to designate a day for cities, public art programs, and individuals to create a setting/event for The Mapping of Joy and Pain in their city.

Left to right: Michael Dorfman (student), Yamuna Golden (student), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture)
Left to right: Michael Dorfman (student), Yamuna Golden (student), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture).

College of Design students Yamuna Golden, David Kerber, and Michael Dorfman assisted Krinke in this project. Kevin Groenke and Justin Kindlespire of the college’s W.L. Hall Workshop provided lasercutting and woodworking expertise. In addition, University student Joseph Cronick is producing a video documentary on the project. The University’s Imagine Fund and Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) provided funding for this project.

Left to right: Yamuna Golden (student), Justin Kindlespire (W.L. Hall Workshop), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture), Michael Dorfman (student)
Left to right: Yamuna Golden (student), Justin Kindlespire (W.L. Hall Workshop), Rebecca Krinke (Landscape Architecture), Michael Dorfman (student).

Schedule for the Mapping of Joy and Pain project:

Friday, July 23, 2010, Father Hennepin Bluffs Park, Minneapolis, 3-7 p.m.

Special Location: Saturday, July 24, 2010, Walker Art Center, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Saturday, July 31, 2010, Gluek Park, Minneapolis, 3-7 p.m.

Friday, August 6, 2010, Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis, 3-7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010, Mears Park, Saint Paul, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Thursday, August 19, 2010, Como Park (near Lakeside Pavilion), Saint Paul, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Friday, August 27, 2010, Minnesota State Fair (Crossroads Building, University exhibit), 5-9 p.m.

Saturday, August 28, 2010, Minnesota State Fair (Crossroads Building, University exhibit), 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Additional parks/dates are being planned; see Krinke’s website for updates. Also see Krinke’s blog on the project for additional information.

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