Architectural engineering's lighting program celebrates International Year of Light

Architectural engineering's lighting program celebrates International Year of Light

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The Durham School will celebrate the International Year of Light 2015 with events on Thursday, November 5.
The Durham School will celebrate the International Year of Light 2015 with events on Thursday, November 5.
The United Nations General Assembly 68th Session proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies.

To honor its Architectural Engineering lighting program, The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction on Thursday, November 5, will host a celebration of the International Year of Light at the Peter Kiewit Institute on the College of Engineering's Omaha Campus. 

Events will begin at 2 p.m. with a local Award of Merit Project visitation and a walking tour of local lighting projects, followed by student resume and portfolio reviews, the IES Awards of Merit presentations and tours of PKI and the Lighting Lab.

A reception follows, including a celebration presentation featuring student and program successes.

In proclaiming 2015 an International Year focusing on the topic of light science and its applications, the UN has recognized the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Lighting and associated technologies have revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continue to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.

Programs associated with the IYL 2015 promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world and celebrate noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.