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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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MDC 2010 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship recipients exhibition

The 2010 Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship recipients from the Metropolitan Design Center (MDC) are featured in an exhibit of their research work from November 8-December 17, 2010 in Rapson Hall’s lower level gallery.

2010 fellows include:

  • Michael Nickerson, Political Discourse in Ecuador’s Public Spaces
  • Zhongtian Yuan, Cultural Landscape: A Journey to Investigate Suburbanizations in China
  • Emily Zeug-Robertson, Affordable Housing in Stockholm, Sweden
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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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CSBR to develop green training curriculum

The city of Saint Paul has received a $50,000 “green training” grant from the Minnesota State Energy Sector Partnership. The College of Design’s Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) will develop a curriculum to train developers, architects, contractors, city staff, and others on how to comply with the sustainable-building policy. Bill Clements covers the grant for Finance & Commerce, but his report is behind the publication’s paywall.

Update: September 28, 2010: InsightNews.com also has a story about the grant.

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Nokia announces funding for Dunne's human factors course

Nokia has announced the recipients of its US University Collaboration funding program for the second half of 2010. Lucy Dunne‘s (Apparel Design) research project, Exploring New Mobile Phone Interfaces Through Human Factors in Design Class, received funding. Recipients of unrestricted research funds through the Nokia program are first nominated by a Nokia employee, and then carefully selected as the most promising research agendas driven by top researchers in the field. The nomination submission process is very competitive (only eight projects were funded) and only a few nominations are accepted based on Nokia’s criteria of business relevance and social responsibility. Dunne’s research will be carried out in her DES 5185 (Human Factors in Design) course.

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College of Design events — week of September 6, 2010


Bird Protection and Millinery: Exploring the Role of Fashion Media in the Debate
Wednesday, September 8, 2010, 3 p.m., 33 McNeal Hall
Amy Scarborough, PHD Department of Design and Human Environment, Oregon State University will present research from her doctoral dissertation on the role of media in protecting species within the fashion industry. Her talk with illustrate women’s roles in activism against the feather trade and is given in conjunction with the Goldstein’s exhibition Flights of Fancy: A History of Feathers in Fashion.


Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library

Time Frames and Other Stories
Through October 16, 2010
Architectural plans create the pragmatic framework for a complex narrative of built space in the exhibition of work by Tom Rose (Art).

Goldstein Museum of Design

Flights of Fancy: A History of Feathers in Fashion
Through September 12, 2010
Historical and contemporary use of feathers in Western fashion, including the origins of feathers commonly used in clothing, the international feather trade, activism and laws designed to protect endangered bird populations, and the psychological appeal of wearing feathers.

HGA Gallery

Andrea Cochran: Landscapes
Through October 24, 2010
Cochran’s work draws boundaries with a controlled palette of materials, creating permeable edges that blur the line between the natural and built environment.

Questions? Contact Laura Walton at 612-626-6385 or lwalton@umn.edu.

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Singh leads research team for Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley school greenhouse

Virajita Singh (Center for Sustainable Building Research), Jess Roberts (BS Architecture, 2004; MArch, 2006), and Molly Eagen (MArch, 2010) are the research team for a proposed Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley school greenhouse. For two years, the school’s students have grown vegetables in the community-school garden for the local senior-citizen meal program. A greenhouse attached to the school would significantly extend the community-school garden growing season. Singh and her team presented their plans for the greenhouse project at a July 19, 2010 meeting of the school board. The Clinton newspaper, the Northern Star, covered the presentation (no link available) in a July 29, 2010 article, “University Staff Present Greenhouse Plans, Options to CGB School Board.”

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Carmody to co-lead initiative on home energy efficiency

John Carmody (Center for Sustainable Building Research) will co-lead a public-private partnership selected by the US Department of Energy to develop cost-effective solutions to dramatically reduce the average energy use of housing while improving comfort and quality. Carmody’s project, one of 15 nationally, is part of the “Building America” program and is titled the NorthernSTAR Energy Efficient Housing Research Partnership Team. The project will use a holistic approach to achieve multiple performance outcomes of energy efficiency, durability, indoor air quality and low environmental impact.

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College community conducts performance-based housing and infrastructure research at UMore Park

Faculty, staff, student, and alumni research and education projects that contributed to UMore Park planning and development activities were recognized at a May 2010 event hosted by the UMore Park Academic Mission Advisory Board.

Two undergraduate Design, Housing & Apparel (DHA) students are working as summer interns compiling data and case studies on opportunities for affordable housing. Their analyses include affordable housing financing programs, models for maintaining affordability over time, energy-saving
technologies utilized in affordable housing construction, and highlights of the related consumer education programs. The DHA activities are part of a program funded by the University’s Office of Public Engagement and UMore Park.

During the fall 2009 semester, 18 undergraduate Architecture students worked on neighborhood concepts and residential building designs for UMore Park in design studio. Utilizing the concept master plan for UMore Park as the springboard for plans, the students’ work encompasses a variety of housing and building models that demonstrate unique ideas.

College of Design researchers explored the impacts for housing and community design of integrated energy and water systems to achieve sustainability goals for the future community at UMore Park. John Carmody (Center for Sustainable Building Design) and Louise Goldberg (Energy Systems Design Program) were the principal investigators; Richard Strong (Center for Sustainable Building Research) and Peter MacDonagh (BLA, 1981) comprised the rest of the project team.

The research identified an approach to neighborhood development that maximizes energy conservation while maintaining comfort for individual residents and economic viability for the development and was conducted in two components.

The first component, sustainable utility infrastructure at the neighborhood scale, compared the integrated impacts of community infrastructure design, including land use, energy, water, stormwater and wastewater, using three infrastructure types — conventional, autonomous, and district.

The second component, net-zero energy systems quantitative scoping analysis, included a quantitative energy systems engineering evaluation of residential building envelope energy conservation (demand) and renewable energy generation (supply) with the objective of producing a net-zero energy community in an economically viable manner.

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