Baylor Family and Consumer Sciences To Present Open House and Poster Session

Dec. 1, 2011

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Students enrolled in the Advanced Textiles class offered through the department of family and consumer sciences will present a poster session of their final projects and conduct tours of the new textiles labs, NX-16 Body Scanner and interior design program areas from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 2, in Baylor's Goebel Building, 1418 S. Third St.

The students will present the results of their semester-long textiles project in a "mini poster session" in Room 120 of the Goebel Building. For their projects this semester, students comparison-tested children's sleepwear, which is required by law to be flame resistant, said Dr. Rinn Cloud, the Mary Gibbs Jones Endowed Chair in Textiles at Baylor. Cloud said she had students follow the standard test procedure for children's sleepwear, but also had them test the effects of "laundering with fabric softener, contamination of fabrics with typical household substances like baby powder and apple juice and abrasion effects on flammability."

Textiles students usually only display their projects to the faculty, staff and other students in the department of family and consumer sciences, but this year the presentation will be on a larger scale.

"Since this is our first semester in our new textile labs, we are combining that event with an open house to show off our new labs and some of our new equipment like the body scanner," Cloud said. "So we have invited not only our own department faculty, but anyone else on campus who is interested."

The open house also will highlight the scientific aspect of apparel and textiles through demonstration of the NX-16 Body Scanner, which is high-tech alternative to the traditional dressing room and is considered the future of fashion.

"It's a sophisticated work in progress, and retail applications are in the early stage, but there are all kinds of possibilities, among them design of posture-improving clothes or protective clothing for those in the medical field," Cloud said of the body scanner.

"The students are excited to share the interesting things they have learned this semester about children's sleepwear and to show off the new labs which have expanded our testing and analysis capabilities, (and) we are very proud of our new textile labs that have expanded our ability to prepare students for positions in apparel product development and retailing," Cloud said.

For more information, contact Dr. Rinn Cloud.

by Carmen Galvan, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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