It is with great pleasure I write to announce the winning proposals in a new, two-year pilot initiative to apply CDes faculty research toward meeting the mission of University of Minnesota Extension to serve the citizens of Minnesota.
A bit of background for those who are hearing about this for the first time: we have taken funding traditionally allocated to salaries for partial extension-specialist faculty positions and made it available as four block grants for faculty across the college. We received 13 worthy proposals. The reviewers, who included Extension staff, selected:
- Denise Guerin (Interior Design) -- Digital Course Development by Minnesota Extension Educators to Meet Extension Initiatives: Expanding an Existing Outreach Tool
- Dewey Thorbeck (Rural Design) and Lee Anderson (Architecture) -- Digital Town: Helping Rural Communities Get on the Map. A Citizen Education and Training Program
- Tasoulla Hadjiyanni (Interior Design) -- Culturally Sensitive Housing: Facilitating Healthy Nutritional Practices Among Minnesota's Diverse Communities
- Hye-Young Kim and Kim Johnson (both Retail Merchandising) -- Latino Retail Entrepreneurs in Minnesota: Strategies for Success
The quality of the proposals submitted greatly impressed our Extension colleagues, which bodes well for the continuation of this initiative beyond the two-year period. My sincere thanks to all who took time to submit and congratulations to those who have won this first round of funding.