EXPOSURE: RADIOACTIVITY FROM MARIE CURIE TO TODAY

February 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Exposure

“In 1891, 24 year old Marie, née Marya Sklodowska, moved from Warsaw to Paris, where she found work in the laboratory of Pierre Curie, a scientist engaged in research on heat and magnetism. They fell in love. They took their honeymoon on bicycles. They expanded the periodic table, discovering two new elements with startling properties, radium and polonium. ”

Author and artist Lauren Redniss will present artwork and reporting from her new book Radioactive, the story of Marie and Pierre Curie and a look at the contemporary ramifications of the Curies’ research. The book features Lauren’s artwork using a process called cyanotype printing. Cyanotype is a camera_less photographic technique in which paper is coated with light_sensitive chemicals. When the chemically-treated paper is exposed to the sun’s ultraviolet rays, it turns a deep blue color. The book has received extraordinary attention including articles in the New York Times (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/22/books/22book.html) and Nature 9 http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v469/n7328/full/469029a.html).

Then we will hear from radiation oncologist and radiobiologist Dr. Florence Huguet, an assistant professor at the University of Paris where she used to perform her experiments Marie Curie’s laboratory bench. Working this year working at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Florence will speak with Lauren about the contemporary use of radiation in the treatment of cancer, and related topics.

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