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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 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."