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Mohamed Boubekri Links Architectural Design with Better Sleep
Office workers who are exposed to natural light report more restful sleep and a better overall quality of life than their counterparts with no access to daylight. Associate Professor Mohamed Boubekri and Ph.D. candidate Chia-Hui Wang in the School of Architecture investigated connections between the workplace and health with researchers from Northwestern University in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Participants wore wrist devices to monitor their activity and measure light levels and also responded to questionnaires about their general health and sleep patterns. The research team concluded that design choices such as locating office spaces close to windows could have a profound effect on workers’ well-being.
FAA Students and Alumni Earn Fulbright Grants
This year’s collection of Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant awardees includes four FAA representatives. Doctoral candidate in ethnomusicology, flutist, and pianist Liliana Goldman Carrizo will investigate social commentary in Iraqi-Jewish women’s songs in Israel. With a minor in German and a major in music education, alumna Karin Lee will teach English in Germany. Rebecca Nathanson, who received a master’s degree in urban and regional planning, will continue her exploration of cross-cultural communication and education as she teaches English in Bosnia and Herzegovina and mentors students on community service projects. Stephanie Timm, who is currently working toward a PhD in regional planning, will focus on how culture affects sustainable water systems in Singapore. Fulbright grants for students offer opportunities for immersing in a country, interacting with its people, and engaging in projects that promote mutual understanding.
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