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Emerging Spring 2009Designing processes to improve health care
At the Center for Design in Health, Kathleen Harder considers problems like the following: How do you stop surgeons from operating on the wrong limb? How can we prevent the loss of specimens? Is there an alternative to the heavy lead aprons medical professionals sometimes need to don in the middle of a surgery? What about finding ways to eliminate errors in administering blood or medications? Full story


Radon mitigation needed for healthy homes
Indoor radon kills 70 times more people annually than accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in U.S. homes. Yet most people are more aware of carbon monoxide poisoning tragedies because they make the news. Full story


The link between the body's dimensions and improved health
Researchers in the Human Dimensioning Lab (HDL) explore the links between the body's physical dimensions and improved health. Researchers are currently studying the shape, size, and posture of the human body as related to health and well-being, with project goals ranging from encouraging weight loss to improving body image. Full story


What if... health care facilities could prevent injury and disease?
Increasingly, health care environments are designed to promote healing and reduce stress. Health sciences and environmental health research also points to ways in which infection, illness, and injury can be prevented through good design. Full story


Adequate housing integral to well-being
Adequate housing is integral to the well-being of individuals and communities, be they senior citizens in Hong Kong or residents of rural America, as research under way by Associate Professor Ann Ziebarth and her colleagues shows. Full story


Students create hospital plan in Malawi
In May 2008, School of Architecture professor Leslie Van Duzer spent one month with students in Malawi, a landlocked country in southeast Africa, designing a campus plan for the University of Livingstonia and a hospital building for the Mission Station. The hospital serves the population on the remote northern plateau of Livingstonia and the surrounding villages. Full story


Greenlight and theater company trade skills
One of Minneapolis's most venerable theaters, the Brave New Workshop (BNW), is getting ideas for a green makeover to its Hennepin Avenue facility, thanks to a creative collaboration with the student group Greenlight. The group, based in the College of Design, aims to inspire future design leaders to shape our physical environments in an ecologically innovative, healthy, and sustainable way. Full story


Hurricane Ike creates multiple opportunities
In keeping with the University of Minnesota's commitment to community service, nine students from the School of Architecture spent spring break 2009 rebuilding a home damaged by Hurricane Ike in Surf Side, Texas. Sishir Chang (MArch '98), a member of Architecture for Humanity Minnesota (AFH MN), helped find a meaningful construction project for the students -- rebuilding the home of a 70-year-old former circus performer named Audrey. Full story


Designer/politician is third CDes commencement speaker
The College of Design's third commencement speaker, state representative Jeremy Kalin, has anything but a typical political background. He has a bachelor of fine arts degree from the University of Minnesota with a ceramics emphasis. Before doing graduate work in architecture at the University of New Mexico, Kalin made his living selling his one-of-a-kind functional pottery and teaching high school and college. Full story


Healing-contemplative spaces on campus
Biologist and naturalist Edward O. Wilson hypothesized an instinctive bond between humans and other living systems called biophilia. Exposure to natural living environments, Wilson surmised, triggers an evolved relaxation response. Full story



Here's to hyour health
Almost every aspect of the teaching, research, and outreach that goes on in the College of Design relates to the health of people and of the planet in some fashion. Whether it involves stronger communities, healthier ecosystems, safer environments, more durable structures, more affordable housing, more suitable apparel, more appealing retail, or more effective communications -- our work affects the well-being of people in fundamental ways. Full story


Around the college
Graduating clothing designers' work "Exposed"... Here comes the Icon Solar House...Full story


Awards... Appointments... Grants... Publications... Exhibitions and presentations... Students... Alumni... Deaths... Full story


Split Rock Arts Program... New presidents for Alumni Society & Student Board... New stadium for the "Ultimate Homecoming" 2009... Career Fair... Full story


Shovel-ready opportunities for support... Solar Decathlon... Full story



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