FSU Hosts International Year of Light Exhibition

FSU Hosts International Year of Light Exhibition

Oct 7, 2015

The Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center has brought a new international exhibit to Framingham State University that showcases the incredible variety of light-based science being researched today across a wide-range of scientific disciplines and technological platforms.

Called “Light: Beyond the Bulb,” the exhibit is hosted in the atrium of Hemenway Laboratories, a 68,000-sqaure-foot science addition that opened at Framingham State this fall.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light to recognize the importance of raising global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agricultural and health.

“Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century,” says Dr. Irene Porro, director of the McAuliffe Center. “It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society.”

The Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and SPIE (the international society for optics and photonics) are the leading organizers of “Light: Beyond the Bulb” for the International Year of Light 2015.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.