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Troy, N.Y. -  5/9/2017

Rensselaer Professor Mariana Figueiro to Present at LIGHTFAIR

Professor Mariana Figueiro, Light and Health Program Director at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer will give two presentations at LIGHTFAIR International, the world’s largest lighting trade show and conference.  She will present "Circadian Light for Your Health: Light, Not Laughter is the Best Medicine" on May 10 with Bryan Steverson of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and Todd Evans of the U.S. Department of State. This session will highlight results from the LRC’s multi-year study of circadian light in office buildings in the U.S. and in Polar Regions, in collaboration with the GSA and the U.S. Department of State. The speakers will discuss how circadian light can improve mood and alertness during the workday and sleep quality at night compared with standard lighting.
On May 11, Dr. Figueiro will present "The Indoor Ecosystem: Lighting for humans and plants in the built environment" with Dr. Neil Mattson, Associate Professor of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell University. Those who design and manage office buildings, hospitals and other indoor environments have a unique opportunity to sustain and even to improve the health and wellbeing of building inhabitants by providing lighting which supports the human circadian sleep-wake cycle, and to improve indoor air quality, not to mention aesthetics, through strategic use of plants. Effective methods to provide optimal lighting for both humans and plants will be discussed. 

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."