Meet Our Rising Stars and Distinguished Scholars

Lucy.bmpAt the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) Conference last month, College of Design faculty and students took home many of the top awards. ITAA is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators, and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education.

Apparel Assistant Professor Lucy Dunne was awarded the ITAA Rising Star award for her demonstrated excellence in teaching and research in the area of textiles and apparel. Dunne, who is the director of the apparel design program at the College, is internationally renowned for her work in the field of wearable technology. Dunne also directs the Wearable Technology Lab where the research focuses on translating the theoretical potential of smart clothing and wearable technology into products that function: from specialized applications like pervasive medical monitoring to mass-market applications like device interface, sports and fitness. Dunne was also awarded the ITAA Lectra Innovative Teaching Award.

Retail Merchandising Professor Kim Johnson was Kim.bmphonored with the ITAA Distinguished Scholar Award for her continuous and valuable contributions to the field. Johnson is known for her teaching and research in two areas : the social psychology of dress and consumer behavior as it relates to apparel. She was made a fellow of ITAA in 2002. Earlier this year, Johnson received the University of Minnesota Senate Committee on Educational Policy's award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education. At the ITAA Conference, Johnson was also part of a team won a Paper of Distinction Award for a piece she collaborated on titled: "Predicting risky appearance management behaviors in young women: A comparison between the US and South Korea."

Missy.bmpApparel Professor and Department of Design, Housing & Apparel Head Missy Bye was awarded a ITAA Lectra Innovative Research Award and a Paper of Distinction Award for her part in a collaborative piece with Ph.D recipient and University of Missouri assistant professor Myunghee Sohn (M.S. DHA '09, Ph.D. Design '12)  titled "Analysis of Upper Body Measurement Changes in Motion using Motion Capture System."

Retail Merchandising Assistant Professor Juanjuan Wu was given the Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Business Award for Research for her work "Collaborative Redesign of Used Clothes as a Sustainable Fashion Solution: Exploring Consumer Interest and Experience."

Retail Ph.D student Ji JuanJuan.bmpYoung Lee was awarded the Joan Laughlin Fellowship. Ph.D recipient and current retail assistant professor at the University of Hawaii Ju-Young Kang took home the Student Best Paper Award. Apparel design senior Jennifer Voth was honored for the Best Solution to a Patternmaking Challenge.

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Congratulations, Dr. Lucy Dunne, for this ITAA Award. We so enjoyed your presentation and the exhibit of the Wearable Technology Lab students at our Convergence® 2012 fiber conference.

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