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Troy, N.Y. -  3/16/2015

Mariana Figueiro to Deliver Keynote at Light Symposium 2015

Rensselaer Professor Mariana Figueiro, Light and Health Program Director at the Lighting Research Center, will be a keynote speaker at Light Symposium 2015, March 20 in Stockholm, Sweden.

There will be two keynote speakers at the event, Figueiro and Satchin Panda of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Figueiro and Panda were featured together last year in the May/June cover story of The Economist: Intelligent Life magazine as the two visionary leaders who are pushing forward the field of light and health today.

Light Symposium 2015 will be part of and contribute to the International Year of Light, an initiative of a large consortium of scientific bodies together with UNESCO to raise awareness of the potential of light and light-based technologies to provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. The focus of Light Symposium 2015 is lighting design for future healthy architecture.

Recognizing the impact of light on the individual and on a global scale, the United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light, citing that "light plays a vital role in our daily lives", "it has revolutionized medicine", and "light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health."

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."