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LRC Scientists Receive Award for Best Lighting Research Paper
Several members of Rensselaer’s Lighting Research Center (LRC) have been awarded the 2007 Walsh-Weston Award for the best lighting research paper by the Society of Light and Lighting.

Professor and LRC Director Mark Rea, Senior Research Scientist John Bullough, and former LRC researcher Yukio Akashi won the award for their paper “Driver decision making in response to peripheral moving targets under mesopic light levels.”

Published last year in the journal Lighting Research and Technology, the paper described research conducted by LRC scientists to determine visual performance while driving in varying lighting conditions with exposure to light from either ceramic metal halide or high-pressure sodium lamps.

The study showed that driver response times — specifically braking and accelerating — are shorter when performing under a metal halide light source than when performing under a high-pressure sodium lamp of the same light level.

The award was presented in London on May 27. The Society of Light and Lighting is a division of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, based in the United Kingdom. This is the third time that Bullough has been given the Walsh-Weston Award for best lighting research paper, and the second time for Rea.

Rea, Bullough, LRC Professor Jean Paul Freyssinier-Nova, and LRC Professor Andrew Bierman won the award in 2004 for their paper “A proposed unified system of photometry.”

Bullough, Akashi, LRC Professor Emeritus Peter Boyce, and former LRC staff member Claudia Hunter won the award in 2003 for their paper “The impact of spectral power distribution on the performance of an achromatic visual task.”

The LRC is the leading university-based research center devoted to lighting and has built an international reputation as a reliable source for objective information about lighting technologies, applications, and products. The center also provides training programs for government agencies, utilities, contractors, lighting designers, and other lighting professionals.

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