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Troy, N.Y. -  12/2/2015

Light & Health Program Director Featured in NLB Circadian Lighting Video

Professor Mariana Figueiro, Light & Health Program Director at the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer, was recently featured in a panel discussion video on the topic of circadian lighting with Kevin Kampschroer, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of the Office of Federal High-Performance Green Buildings, and Mary Beth Gotti, Director of the GE Lighting Institute. The video was produced by the National Lighting Bureau (NLB). 

Since 1996 Figueiro has been conducting research on the effect of light on human health. She is the Principal Investigator for two multi-year R01 grants from the National Institute on Aging aimed at understanding how light can improve sleep in older adults, including those with Alzheimer’s disease. In 2015 she was awarded a four-year R01 grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention focusing on lighting interventions to reduce circadian disruption in shift workers. In 2013 Figueiro launched the Light & Health Alliance, a collaborative initiative to bridge the science of light and health to practical applications. Light & Health Alliance members are Acuity Brands, Cree, GE Lighting, Ketra, OSRAM Sylvania, Philips Lighting, Sharp, and USAI Lighting. Her research is regularly featured in national media including The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalForbesThe Economist, and NPR. 


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."