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Emeritus LAND prof’s book offers new approach to landscape design

Emeritus LAND prof’s book offers new design approach

posted February 15, 2017
In his new book, “Landscape Architecture Theory: An Ecological Approach,” Michael Murphy, Texas A&M professor emeritus of landscape architecture, focuses on fostering health and vitality for humans and nature through design.
Prof investigating best way to visualize data-driven decisions

Prof investigating best way to depict data-based decisions

posted December 14, 2016
Decision-making based on large, complex and often unwieldy datasets is a perplexing process that Eric Ragan, professor of visualization at Texas A&M University, is working to illuminate through visualization in a National Science Foundation-funded project.
Visualization prof heading STEM study in two colonias schools

Viz prof heading STEM study in two colonias schools

posted December 7, 2016
Six Hispanic high school students residing in South Texas colonias — impoverished, relatively undeveloped villages on the U.S. side of the Texas-Mexico border — are learning engineering basics in a study led by Francis Quek, a professor of visualization.
Textbook on mind-body research co-edited by visualization prof

Viz prof co-edits book of mind/body research reviews

posted November 16, 2016
A new edition of a book touted as an exhaustive overview of the latest research findings in psychophysiology — the scientific study of the interaction between mind and body — was co-edited by Louis Tassinary, professor of visualization at Texas A&M.
ELS developing A/C system that cools with half as much energy

ESL researchers' A/C system cools with half as much energy

posted November 16, 2016
An incredibly efficient evaporative cooling technique that requires half the energy of today’s air conditioning systems isn’t just a concept — it’s currently being tested by the Texas A&M University team that developed it.
Grad student studying effects of  physician, nurse interactions on level of emergency room care

Study eyes effect of ER doctor-nurse interface on patients

posted November 16, 2016
Arsalan Gharaveis, a Texas A&M architecture Ph.D. student, is investigating the impact of physician-nurse interactions on emergency room patient care with help from a $7,500 Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation Legacy Fellowship.
LAND prof’s study correlates amount of tree shade with heat-related ambulance calls

LAND prof studies tree shade’s impact during heat waves

posted November 10, 2016
Not only do shady landscapes offer relief from the summer heat, they can also reduce heat-related medical emergencies, according to a study undertaken by Robert Brown, professor of landscape architecture at Texas A&M, and four colleagues.
Prof’s new book explores theory and practice of serene urbanism

Prof’s new book explores theory of serene urbanism

posted November 2, 2016
In his new book, Philip Tabb, Texas A&M professor of architecture, explores the theory of serene urbanism and how he brought it to life as the master planner for Serenbe, an environmentally friendly development near Atlanta.
Hazard researchers eye disaster effects on food distribution links

HRRC eying how disasters influence food distribution

posted October 11, 2016
Texas A&M University researchers are collaborating on an NSF initiative aimed at identifying links between the U.S. food distribution system and the nation’s energy, water and transportation networks that are most likely to be disrupted in a natural disaster.
Environmental researchers' outreach initiatives seek life enhancing solutions

Texas A&M research transforming urban school, community

posted October 11, 2016
After each heavy rain last spring on the streets of an impoverished, east Houston industrial neighborhood, students from nearby Furr High School trained by Texas A&M graduate planning students mapped and tested the toxicity of storm floodwaters.
Ph.D. student’s new algorithms hasten virtual fire simulations

Student's algorithms expedite virtual fire scenario simulations

posted October 4, 2016
New algorithms that dramatically shorten the time it takes to perform virtual building fire simulations developed by Chengde Wu, a Ph.D. architecture student at Texas A&M, can help architects make data-driven decisions to improve fire safety in their building designs.
Viz prof’s project to determine if storytelling aids science learning

Viz prof to learn if storytelling aids science learning

posted September 30, 2016
Researchers will learn if the storytelling prowess of fourth-grade students aids their understanding of science concepts in a National Science Foundation project led by Sharon Lynn Chu, Texas A&M assistant professor of visualization.
Research symposium keynote speaker detailed how design affects office climate, culture

Symposium keynote eyed design’s effect on office culture

posted September 26, 2016
Author Rex Miller, an expert in workplace team performance, discussed design as a key element of office culture in “How Engaging Workspaces Lead to Transformation and Growth,” the keynote address of the 18th annual faculty research symposium.
Annual college symposium showcased faculty research

Annual symposium showcased faculty research projects

posted September 26, 2016
Faculty presented a wide array of projects at the college’s 18th annual research symposium, “Natural, Built, Virtual,” Oct. 24, 2016, at the Langford Architecture Center on the Texas A&M College Station campus.
Healthcare design expert named to head college research center

Healthcare design expert tapped to lead research center

posted September 1, 2016
Ray Pentecost, one of the nation’s foremost advocates and practitioners of healthcare facility evidence-based design, has been named director of the Texas A&M Center for Health Systems and Design by Jorge Vanegas, dean of the university’s College of Architecture.