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Thursday, May 30 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
(Discussion Session) Conservation Research: Who, What, Where, How and Why Not? - Discussion of the AIC Scientific Research Needs Survey

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In the spring of 2012, the (Research and Technical Studies) group (RATS) distributed an online survey in order to better understand the current scientific practices of the conservation community. Goals of the survey included the following: learn more about the needs of AIC membership regarding scientific research and poll members on how AIC might assist members in meeting those needs; find out how members feel about working with both conservators and scientists on conservation research and gauge member interest in pursuing collaborations with conservators/scientists; and collect information that may be useful in facilitating collaborations via a new web resource sponsored by the NSF’s Chemistry Coalitions Workshops and Communities of Scholars (cCWCS) program.

A thoughtful review and discussion of the survey results has been undertaken by RATS and AIC to determine how to assist members in locating the resources needed to properly understand and care for heritage objects through scientific inquiry. To this end, a (Discussion Session) at the 41st Annual Meeting is proposed in which a panel of RATS members will present some of the major trends demonstrated by the survey and lead a discussion of those trends with audience members.

Members of the panel (Discussion Session) will include RATS founding member and head of the NCPTT Materials Conservation Program, Mary Striegel, Head of the Preservation Division of the Arizona State Museum and Professor at the University of Arizona, Nancy Odegaard, Senior Conservation Scientist at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gregory Smith, Professor of Chemistry at Millersville University, Patricia Hill, and Chief of the Preservation Research and Testing Division of the Library of Congress, Fenella France.

The perspectives of these scientists and professors combined with the viewpoints from the general AIC membership shared at this (Discussion Session) will be compiled after the meeting in order to form recommendations for possible future AIC initiatives, including workshops, webinars, or the formation of a specialized AIC network.

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Stephanie Porto

Owner & Paper Conservator, Niagara Art Conservation
Stephanie Porto is owner and paper conservator at Niagara Art Conservation (NAC) in Niagara Falls, Canada. Stephanie holds a Master of Arts and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State College (Buffalo, NY). In addition, she has gained conservation experience... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT
JW Marriott Meeting Room 204-205 10 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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