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Andrzej Piotrowski, Sauman Chu, and Juanjuan Wu Receive Grant-in-Aid Funding

Three faculty members from the College of Design received Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research. GIA funds are awarded in the belief that the quality of faculty research or artistic endeavors is a major determinant of the overall vitality of University. In most cases grants act as seed money for developing projects to the point of attracting more complete, external funding. Professor Andrzej Piotrowski (Architecture) will study how architecture has recorded religious and cultural exchanges along the western part of the Silk Road (pictured above); Associate Professor Sauman Chu (Graphic Design) will evaluate the rhetorical appeals of visual information to improve healthy nutrition in individuals with obesity or pre-diabetes condition; and Assistant Professor Juanjuan…

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Brad Hokanson Receives Grant to Study Creativity in Children

Associate Dean for Research and Outreach Brad Hokanson (Graphic Design) received funding from the Metropolitan Consortium and the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs to study creativity as a major component of workforce readiness. Hokanson's research and teaching focuses on the development of creativity skills and their application in problem solving. "Creativity is three times more indicative of future achievement than is intelligence," said Hokanson. "Central to the research is the long term understanding of creativity in the metropolitan area." He cites studies that find creativity has declined among school children since 1991. The grant, "Creativity and achievement: Running backwards," will include testing the creativity of children in a metropolitan school district and correlating the findings with their Minnesota achievement…

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Center for Sustainable Building Research Launches CommercialWindows.org

Today, the Center for Sustainable Research (CSBR), in conjunction with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), the Alliance to Save Energy and the U.S. Department of Energy, officially launched www.CommercialWindows.org – a state-of-the-art website that provides critical information and performance data on the energy efficiency, interior environment, and technical considerations that influence commercial window design decisions. According to LBNL research, it is estimated that windows are responsible for 39% of commercial heating energy use and 28% of commercial cooling energy use – almost 1.5% of all total U.S. energy consumed. CommercialWindows.org features a number of comprehensive resources including a first-of-its-kind Fa├žade Design Tool – an interactive, online tool that allows users to choose, early in the design process, various…

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