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Caltech Y Friends Dinner with Professor Katherine Faber

Where Art Meets Science: Solving Art's Mysteries

Dusting off 2,000-year-old mummy portraits from the Fayum region of Egypt to investigate artists’ materials, pinpointing the culprits behind the faded brilliance of Seurat’s oil painting “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte”, and classifying the provenance of Picasso’s bronze sculptures – puzzles that, when unraveled, expand our knowledge of art history and provide insight into how best to protect works of cultural heritage. The coupling of science, engineering, and art will be discussed through these examples. They demonstrate how bridges can be built across disciplines and between universities and museums, enabling a new kind of art history.  The focus will be on work performed through the Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts.

About the Speaker

Katherine T. Faber holds the positions of Simon Ramo Professor of Materials Science at the California Institute of Technology and Co-Director of the Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts at Northwestern University.  Her research interests include fracture of brittle materials, toughening mechanisms, ceramic composites and coatings, porous ceramics, and cultural heritage science. Educated at Alfred University with a BS in Ceramic Engineering, she earned a MS in Ceramic Science at the Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has held the positions of Invited Summer Employee at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Development Associate at the Carborundum Company and Visiting Professor of Materials at the University of California, Santa Barbara.  Prior to joining the faculty at Caltech in 2014, she was Assistant and Associate Professor of Ceramic Engineering at the Ohio State University (1982-87), and Associate Professor, Professor, and Walter P. Murphy Professor Materials Science and Engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University (1988-2014).  Her administrative positions at Northwestern have included Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research in the McCormick School and Chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Among Professor Faber's awards are the National Science Foundation's Presidential Young Investigator Award, Fellow of the American Ceramic Society and of ASM International, the Charles E. MacQuigg Award for Outstanding Teaching at Ohio State, the Society of Women Engineers Distinguished Educator Award, and the YWCA Achievement Award for Education. She is an ISI Highly Cited Author in Materials (2003), served as President of the American Ceramic Society (2006-07), and was elected to the 2014 American Academy of Arts and Sciences class of fellows.

Dinner Menu

First Course
Blue Cheese Wedge
Iceberg Letucce, Crisp Bacon, Shaved Red Onion, Tomato, Green Goddess Dressing

Citrus Marinated Salmon
Blood Orange Glaze, Lemon Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus


Chef's Seasonally Inspired Vegetarian Entrée

Fresh Berry Crème Brulee
Shortbread Cookie

Date: November 10, 2015
Time:6:00 PM
Place:The Athenaeum 551 South Hill Ave. Pasadena, CA


Regular Cost Friend/Student Cost
$85 per person $75 per person

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