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Program TitleLight & Health: An Update [Register]
Time, LocationFebruary 26 (Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm) San Francisco--PEC
Also OfferedFebruary 26 (Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm) Internet
DescriptionJointly presented by the Illuminating Engineering Society(IES) - San Francisco and the PG&E Pacific Energy Center. There is an increasing amount of evidence that light in our spaces impacts not only how well we see, but our whole biological system in ways we are just beginning to understand. Our speaker, Mariana Figueiro PhD, has researched a variety of non-visual effects of light on circadian rhythms, on sleep, on alertness, as well as how these affect older adults. She will provide an update on the state of research on light and human health, and summarize the results that will have an impact on the way we choose to light in the future. Mariana is Director of the Light and Health Program at the Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. The seminar is an IES Intermediate class and is eligible for 2.5 AIA Lus/IES credits.

This lecture is one of a series on Lighting and Human Factors that the Pacific Energy Center (PEC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society SF section (IES SF) are developing collaboratively.
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Instructor(s)Mariana Figueiro, Ph.D.
Dr. Figueiro is the Light and Health Program director and associate professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She holds a bachelor’s in architectural engineering from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, a master’s in lighting and a doctorate in multidisciplinary science from Rensselaer. Her master’s and Ph.D. dissertation research focused on the area of human circadian response to light. Mariana is the recipient of the 2007 NYSTAR James D. Watson Award, the 2008 Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, and the 2010 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute James M. Tien ’66 Early Career Award for Faculty.

Her research interests are in Photobiology, energy efficient lighting (market transformations), lighting applications, human factors in lighting, non-visual effects of light, circadian phototransduction, effects of light on sleep, effects of light on alertness, and lighting for older adults.
CostNo fee for this program for California businesses and residents.

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