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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 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.