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Troy, NY -  1/21/2001

Lighting Research Center Staff receive Awards

Several Lighting Research Center staff members received awards recently at the annual Publication Competition of the Society for Technical Communication.

The Distinguished Technical Communication award (top honors) went to Peter Boyce, professor and group leader in Human Factors; Jennifer Brons, lighting research specialist; and Naomi Miller, for their work on DELTA Portfolio: McLean Village. Miller is a faculty member and operates Naomi Miller Design, in Troy.

The award of Excellence went to Jim Gross, production manager; Alma Taylor, editor; and Conan O'Rourke, lighting systems specialist, for their work on Specifier Reports: Electronic Ballasts. A second award of Excellence went to Dan Frering, manager of education, and Jim Gross for their work on Master of Science in Lighting Brochure.

Two awards of Merit went to LRC staff. Jennifer Brons, Naomi Miller, and Peter Boyce were recognized for their work on DELTA Portfolio: Staples. Jennifer Brons and Sandra Vasconez, DELTA program director, received the award for DELTA Snapshots: Electrodeless Lighting.

The Society for Technical Communication is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication. It is the largest organization of its type in the world with 25,000 members, including technical writers, editors, graphic designers, videographers, multimedia artists, Web and Intranet page information designers, translators, and others.

About the Lighting Research Center
The Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the world's leading center for lighting research and education. Established in 1988 by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), the LRC conducts research in solid-state lighting, light and health, transportation lighting and safety, energy efficiency, and plant pathology. LRC lighting scientists with multidisciplinary expertise in research, technology, design, and human factors, collaborate with a global network of leading manufacturers and government agencies, developing innovative lighting solutions for projects that range from the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to U.S. Navy submarines to hospital neonatal intensive-care units. In 1990, the LRC became the first university research center to offer graduate degrees in lighting and today, offers a M.S. in lighting and a Ph.D. to educate future leaders in lighting. With 35 full-time faculty and staff, 15 graduate students, and a 30,000 sq. ft. laboratory space, the LRC is the largest university-based lighting research and education organization in the world.

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, founded in 1824, is America's first technological research university. The university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in engineering; the sciences; information technology and web sciences; architecture; management; and the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Rensselaer faculty advance research in a wide range of fields, with an emphasis on biotechnology, nanotechnology, computational science and engineering, data science, and the media arts and technology. The Institute has an established record of success in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to the marketplace, fulfilling its founding mission of applying science "to the common purposes of life."