The International Year of Light is coming to Dedham Square!
UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has declared 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies. Its goal is to raise "global awareness about how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. 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." (From www.light2015.org)
A photographic exhibit illuminating many different aspects and applications of light and light-based technologies is now on display in businesses throughout Dedham Square and the Main Library through the end of October (courtesy of the Chandra X-ray Center/Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and SPIE – the International Society for Optics and Photonics).
Browse all the posters describing the nature of light and its many uses at these locations:
Dedham Public Library Main Branch-43 Church St.
Eggs & Thai Restaurant-2 Kings Court
Discover Music and Art-597 High St.
La Luce Bakery-591 High St.
Armando Cassano-367 Washington St.,
Paradise Cafe-565 High St..
Kouzina Estiatorio Restaurant-557 High St.
Ron's Ice Cream-559 High St..
Salon 561-561 High St..
Dedham Community Theatre-580 High St..
,Heart of the Square-574 High St
A New Gopen Optical-584 High St.
At the end of October, Ralf K. Heilmann, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Space Nanotechnology Laboratory and Principal Research Scientist at MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research will give a free presentation on the subject at the Dedham Middle School. The Dedham Public Schools are generously sponsoring the presentation. This is an incredible opportunity to hear from and have access to an esteemed member of the science community.
For more information about the 2015 Year of Light, go to http://lightexhibit.org.