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Light InSight Lecture Series

The International Year of Light (2015) is a global initiative of the United Nations General Assembly that will increase awareness of the importance of light and light-based optical technologies in our lives. As part of this initiative, the New England College of Optometry (NECO) presented a speaker series to celebrate the International Year of Light called The Light InSight Lecture Series.

Held at NECO, 424 Beacon Street in Boston, this lecture series hosted speakers from the areas of visual arts, architecture, visual neuroscience, eye care, sleep disorders, circadian rhythms and aging, among others. The Light InSight Lecture Series ran on selected Tuesday evenings at 5 pm from March 2015 to October 2015. One hour of Mass CE credit will be offered.

Light InSight Lecture Series Schedule, Tuesdays, 5 pm - 6 pm

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: “Color: Neuroscience and Art Practice”

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: “Understanding and Improving Vision Through New Optical Technologies”

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: “Probing RPE with Light”

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

International Year of Light, United Nations

Activities for the International Year of Light have been 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 enables 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 occurred on January 19-20th, 2015. Learn more about the UN’s International Year of Light,

Light InSight Organizing Committee at NECO:

Intl Year of Light

Join us at the Light InSight Lecture Series March-October 2015.

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