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Let the river of: a confluence of art and science November 2-4.

The sessions, special events and theme of this year's annual conference all come together, just as the host city's 400-plus bridges unite Pittsburgh. "We're using the context of the 'City of Bridges' and its confluence of rivers to epitomize how excitement, energy and change happen at the confluence of art and technology," says Ardra Zinkon, IES Conference Steering Committee chairperson.

Bringing Out the Big Guns

A curator for one of the world's most renowned museums, a scientist turned TV star, a record-setting adventurist, and a lighting industry icon round out the line-up of keynote speakers at this year's conference. They are:

Paola Antonelli, senior curator of architecture & design, director of research & development, for the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, will address attendees during the Integration Keynote lunch on Monday, November 3. Antonelli's work investigates design's influence on everyday experience. A frequent lecturer at high-level global conferences, Antonelli was recently rated as one of the top 100 most powerful people in the world of art by Art Review.

Sponsored by Acuity Brands Lighting.

Neil deGrasse Tyson will deliver the Imagination Keynote address at dinner on Monday, November 3. Tyson holds a BA in Physics from Harvard and his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia. Tyson's research interests include star formation, exploding stars, dwarf galaxies and the structure of our Milky Way, and he hosts the television show Cosmos. The author of 10 books, Tyson is the recipient of 18 honorary doctorates and the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal, the highest award given by NASA to a non-government citizen. On the lighter side, Tyson was voted the "Sexiest Astrophysicist Alive" by People magazine in 2000. Sponsored by Eaton's Cooper Lighting and IES.

Adventurer and author Julie Angus will deliver the Inspiration Keynote at the Women's Leadership Breakfast on Tuesday, November 4. Angus is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland. During the worst hurricane season in history, she and a teammate spent five months rowing unsupported across 10,000 km of unforgiving seas, reaching shore in 2006. National Geographic honored her with the Adventurer of the Year for her accomplishment. In addition, Angus is a molecular biologist, filmmaker, photographer and the author of three books. Sponsored by GE Lighting.

Kit Cuttle, the lighting educator, designer and author, will close the conference with an Illumination Keynote address on Tuesday, November 4. Cuttle's career has ranged from illumination engineering to lighting design, research and education, and has taken him from the UK to the U.S. and Australasia. He currently teaches Advanced Lighting Design at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, and he engages in consultancy specializing in museum and art gallery lighting. Cuttle, an IES Fellow, is also the author of two books. Sponsored by Lutron Electronics.

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Date:Sep 1, 2014
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