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NECO Hosts Light InSight Lecture Series

Speaker Series begins March 24, 2015 to honor the International Year of Light

To help honor the 2015 International Year of Light, a global initiative of the United Nations General Assembly, New England College of Optometry has created a lecture series called Light InSight. This series will highlight the role of light in our lives and host speakers from areas such as visual arts, architecture, visual neuroscience, eye care, sleep disorders, circadian rhythms, and aging.

The IYL Organizing committee includes Nancy Coletta, OD, PhD, Jane Gwiazda, PhD, Thanasis Panorgias, MSc, PhD, and Frances Rucker, PhD, MCOptom.

International Year of Light, United Nations

Activities for the International Year of Light are planned for people of all backgrounds so that they can understand and appreciate the role of light in their lives. Light has revolutionized medicine and communication (internet) and plays an important role in cultural, economic and political aspects of today’s society. The International Year of Light will enable scientists, engineers, artists, writers and others to interact, so as to learn more about the nature of light. Opening ceremonies for the program of international events will occur on January 19-20th, 2015. 

Speaker Series Schedule:

March 24, 2015: Functional Imaging of Single Cells in the Living Eye

David R. Williams, Center for Visual Science, University of Rochester

March 31, 2015: Vision and Visual Art

Bevil Conway, Dept. of Neuroscience, Wellesley College

April 7, 2015: Intrinsically Photosensitive Retinal Ganglion Cells

David Berson, Dept. of Neuroscience, Brown University

April 14, 2015: Light and Circadian Rhythms

Charles Czeisler, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

May 26, 2015: Light in Architecture

Zenovia Toloudi, Arts & Sciences, Dartmouth College

June 23, 2015: Light and Development of Refractive Error

Frances Rucker, New England College of Optometry

July 21, 2015: Aberrations of the Eye

Susana Marcos, Instituto de Optica, Madrid, Spain

August 25, 2015: Light and Lighting

Mark Rea, Lighting Research Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

September 8, 2015: Light as a Potential Treatment for Myopia in Children

Jane Gwiazda, New England College of Optometry

September 15, 2015: Lipofuscin and Light Hazards

Francois Delori, Schepens Eye Research Institute

September 22, 2015: Optogenetics in Retinal Degenerative Diseases

Richard Masland, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University

October 6, 2015: Circadian Rhythms and Emmetropization

Debora Nickla, New England College of Optometry

October 27, 2015: Art, Aging and the Visual System

John Werner, Ophthalmology & Vision Science, University of California, Davis