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Physicist to discuss painting, motorcycles, May 7-8

Physicist Charles Falco, whose interests range from optical sciences to Renaissance painting to motorcycles, will present two lectures on campus Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7-8.

He will speak on "Through a Looking Glass: The Art of the Science of Renaissance Painting" on Tuesday and "The Art and Science of the Motorcycle" on Wednesday. Both lectures begin at 8 p.m. in McCosh 50.

Falco is a professor of optical sciences at the University of Arizona, where he holds the UA Chair of Condensed Matter Physics. He is a fellow of both the American Physical Society and the Optical Society of America, has published more than 250 scientific manuscripts and co-edited two books, and has seven U.S. patents.

His first lecture will describe research he has conducted with British portrait painter David Hockney. The two have worked together to prove that artists as early as the 1400s used lenses to help them paint -- 200 years before scientists began using lenses.

In his second lecture, Falco will examine the interrelationship of technological, cultural, sociological, aesthetic and gender-related factors over the past century that have resulted in standard production motorcycles. A longtime motorcycle enthusiast, Falco co-curated an award-winning exhibit in 1997 at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City on "The Art of the Motorcycle."

Falco's talks are designated as Louis Clark Vanuxem Lectures and are part of the University's Public Lectures Series. They will be Webcast. For viewing information, see the "Lecture" listing on the Web Media page.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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