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Troy, NY -  9/23/2002

Lighting Research Center to Examine Issues and Options in Lighting the Bennington Battle Monument

Representatives of the Lighting Research Center (LRC), part of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, will attend a public forum in Bennington, Vermont to discuss issues surrounding the idea of lighting the Bennington Battle Monument. The forum will be held at 7:00pm on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at the Bennington Fire Station. LRC Acting Director Russell Leslie will acquaint residents with the Lighting Research Center and will explain the LRC's role in exploring the issues involved in lighting the 306-foot Revolutionary War monument.

"What we want to do initially is to allow citizens to voice their opinions and ask questions," says Professor Leslie. Rather than take a position on the idea, the LRC will examine the social, political, economic, and technical issues surrounding any plan to light the monument. "We will listen to concerns and questions, then set about finding the answers," said Leslie, who is also a Bennington area architect. "We will study the idea and offer Bennington citizens the information they need to make an informed decision."

Two LRC graduate classes will be involved in the project. Professor Leslie's "Lighting Workshop" class will gather concerns and questions presented at Wednesday's meeting. The students will then study the issues raised and prepare a presentation to be made at a second forum, tentatively scheduled for November 20. Meanwhile, students in Professor Janet Lennox Moyer's advanced course in lighting design will develop one or more lighting designs to demonstrate what the monument would look like if it were illuminated. Professor Moyer is an internationally acclaimed lighting designer.

The LRC became involved in the project at the suggestion of Bennington Town Manager Stuart Hurd earlier this year. The LRC's involvement is designed to serve as an educational opportunity for its graduate students, and as a source of objective information for Bennington residents.

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 light and human health, transportation lighting and safety, solid-state lighting, energy efficiency, and plant health. 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. Learn more at

About Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is America's first technological research university. Rensselaer encompasses five schools, 32 research centers, more than 145 academic programs, and a dynamic community made up of more than 7,900 students and more than 100,000 living alumni. Rensselaer faculty and alumni include more than 145 National Academy members, six members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six National Medal of Technology winners, five National Medal of Science winners, and a Nobel Prize winner in Physics. With nearly 200 years of experience advancing scientific and technological knowledge, Rensselaer remains focused on addressing global challenges with a spirit of ingenuity and collaboration.