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Troy, NY -  9/18/2002

Lighting Research Center Experts to present at International Lighting Research Symposium

Dr. Mark Rea, of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), will be keynote speaker at The Fifth International Lighting Research Symposium presented by the Lighting Research Office (LRO) November 3-5, 2002. The symposium, to be held at the Grosvenor Resort in Orlando, Florida, will address more than 20 topics, including "Using Light to Support Treatment of Alzheimer's and Other Mental Disorders."

Dr. Rea's address, "Light Isn't Just for Vision Anymore!," will lead the way for presentations by internationally known speakers, authors, lighting and medical researchers, and technical experts. They will discuss new medical applications of light, using light to support treatment of mental disorders, therapeutic lighting, human circadian rhythms, light and the aging eye, and the hazards of UV radiation.

Dr. Rea, the director of the LRC, is currently pursuing his interest in the biophysics of light by researching the impact of light on the human circadian system, while associate director Russell Leslie serves as acting director until June of next year.

LRC lighting researcher Mariana Figueiro will also attend the International Lighting Research Symposium to discuss her pilot study into the effects of light exposure on the rest and activity patterns of Alzheimer's patients. Ms. Figueiro will also present a poster entitled, "Daylight and productivity: A Possible Link to Circadian Regulation."

Lighting Research Office Executive Director Terry McGowan says while previous LRO Symposia have set the stage for new lighting products, recommendations, and standards, this Symposium will "create a unique opportunity for both the medical and lighting communities to exchange information and discover how best to apply the results of the latest research."

The Lighting Research Office is a service of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). A full list of topics and speakers and Symposium registration information is available online at

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."