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PDBE Student Spotlight

Deborah Wingler, MSD-HHE, EDAC

Deborah is a third-year doctoral student in the Clemson PDBE program. She holds a Master of Science and Design in Healthcare and Healing Environments from Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Northern Arizona University. Her dissertation examines the impact of using an induction room vs. the operating theater for anesthetic induction on child and parent anxiety for children who are undergoing an ambulatory surgical procedure and their parents. By eliciting real-time data from both child and parent physiological and affective responses, Deborah’s dissertation study extends upon and merges neuroscience and healthcare architecture research. Her study will provide new insight into the role of design in supporting the child and parent experience during the ambulatory surgical process.

During her time at Clemson, Deborah has studied under Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC in the Architecture + Health concentration, and held a graduate research assistantship with the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing. She has worked on multiple large grant funded projects, co-authored and published three peer reviewed journal articles, multiple industry publications, and disseminated the findings of her collaborative and individual research through over twenty national and international presentations. Deborah is well known as a patient and family advocate for healthcare design and also serves as a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals and industry competitions.



PDBE Alumnus Spotlight

Galen Newman

Dr. Galen D. Newman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University (TAMU). At TAMU, he also serves as Associate Department Head, Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning Program, Associate Director of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center, and Discovery Lead for Community Resilience for the Institute for Sustainable Communities. Dr. Newman graduated from the Planning, Design, and the Built Environment PhD program at Clemson University in 2010. At TAMU, he teaches undergraduate and graduate landscape architecture and planning studios, landscape architecture history classes, and advanced visualization courses. His research interests include urban regeneration, land use science, spatial analytics, community flood resilience, and community/urban scaled design. His current research focuses on the integration of urban regeneration (the reuse of vacant properties in shrinking and growing cities) and urban flood resilience. His work has been published in many high quality peer-reviewed outlets including the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA), Landscape Journal, Environment and Planning B, Landscape Research, and Cities. His work has been funded through numerous internal and external funding sources including the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. He has also won many awards for his research. Some selected awards from his individual research and publications include the Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the Best Paper Award from JAPA, the Lightning Talk Award at the annual GeoDesign Summit, and several Best Poster Awards at multiple conferences. For his teaching efforts, his has also led many efforts to provide service learning opportunities which have also won national and state awards. Selected awards from his teaching efforts include in three American Society of Landscape Architects National Awards (ASLA), twelve ASLA, Texas Chapter Awards, and being designated as a Service Learning Faculty Fellow at TAMU. For his own professional work, he was also part of a design team which received a Tri-State Professional Design Award, from the ASLA, North Carolina Chapter.