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 Wu (Retail Merchandising) will investigate consumer preferences for and behavioral intentions toward experimental visual display applications through a co-design process in a 3D virtual apparel store.
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