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    FUNDING Search for grants, awards, and other funding opportunities. Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Details Institute of Museum and Library Services Details National Endowment for the Humanities Details National Science Foundation Details The Richard Lounsbery Foundation Details Back to Categories

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    JOBS Track jobs as they are posted. Research Associate, NEH Grant [End-dated] You will perform scientific analytical development and optimization tailored to the collaborative interrogation of complex cultural heritage materials under the supervision of a Research Scientist. You will develop, implement, and evaluate novel mass spectrometric (MS) approaches for the study of composite samples from artworks for the explicit purpose of identifying chia oil. You will be in a one-year full time position funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit the hiring page. Explore Conservator of Works of Art on Paper, Philadelphia Museum of Art The Conservator of Works of Art on Paper will perform conservation examinations and treatments on the museum’s collection of art on paper which spans the history of art from the fifteenth century illuminated manuscripts through Contemporary works in all mediums. The museum has major holdings in American, European, South Asian, and East Asian works including prints, drawings, photographs, illuminated manuscripts, artist illustrated books, as well as Asian scrolls and screens. Explore Back to Categories

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    WORKSHOPS + COURSES Keep current on the latest research and techniques! Conservation Science Tutorials, AIC & FAIC With the support of the Getty Foundation, FAIC has created a series of self-paced modules that review key science principles in conservation. Explore Tenth MaSC Workshop and Meeting The 10th Workshop and Meeting of the Users’ Group for Mass Spectrometry and Chromatography (MaSC) will take place in Bordeaux, France, from Monday 26th – Friday 30th September 2022. The three-day workshop will provide a unique opportunity for participants to experience multidisciplinary training in advanced mass spectrometry techniques applied to protein characterization in artistic, archaeological and paleontological objects. Explore Back to Categories

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    EVENTS Expand you network and have some fun! Back to Categories “Non-invasive” techniques: X-ray tomography of Congolese Wooden objects Sofie Dierickx, Research Assistant at Royal Museum for Central Africa March 16th, 2023 11AM EST/3PM GMT In an effort to research the wealth of tropical wood species present in the Congolese art collection, the conservation team of the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Belgium set up the TOCOWO project (Tomography of Congolese Wooden Objects). In collaboration with the University of Ghent, X-ray micro-computer tomography could be used on the objects to obtain wood identifications non-destructively. Over the past two years, over a hundred objects have been scanned at very high resolutions. These scans provide an unprecedented insight into the objects in our care, helping us better understand their material and history. On the other hand, this unrestricted insight into every inch of the objects demands we ask ourselves whether possible privileged or sacred knowledge, kept hidden by the objects all these years, is really ours to uncover. In this short talk, both the possibilities and challenges of scanning African heritage objects will be illustrated by the uniquely large dataset of their 3D renderings. Explore Validating a Novel Lipid Extraction Method for Historic Parchments Sam Johns, Doctoral Student at University of Bristol November 17th, 2022 11AM EST/4PM GMT Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Sam Johns, Doctoral Student at University of Bristol. Sam’s presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members. For more information, click “Explore” below to view his abstract. Explore Archaeological Perspectives on Worked Animal Materials in the Greek World Adam DiBattista, PhD, Archeology Hirsch Fellow at American School of Classical Studies, Athens, Greece December 17th, 2022 11AM EST/4PM GMT Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Adam DiBattista, Hirsch Fellow at American School of Classical Studies. Adam is an archaeologist researching the creation and use of objects made from animal materials (e.g., bone, antler, ivory) in the Iron Age Mediterranean. His presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members. A recording of this talk is available exclusively for ABM members, which can be accessed via Slack. Explore Compound Specific Radiocarbon (14C) Dating of Our Colorful Past: from Theory to Practice Laura Hendriks, Branco Weiss Fellow at the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR), Switzerland April 20th, 2023 11AM EDT/3PM GMT Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Laura Hendriks, Branco Weiss Fellow at the School of Engineering and Architecture of Fribourg (HEIA-FR), Switzerland. Laura’s presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members. For more information, click “Explore” below to view her abstract. Explore Characterization of an unusual coating on Egyptian funerary portraits Dan Kirby, Conservation Scientist, MFA, Boston and Private Practice January 19th, 2023 11AM EST/4PM GMT An unusual, never before seen coating on 1st – 3rd CE Romano-Egyptian funerary portraits has been characterized by Peptide Mass Fingerprinting and Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry, as well as other techniques. Radiocarbon dating of the coating from two of the portraits indicated that the coating is approximately 2,000 years old--it is not a modern conservation intervention! Most interesting, however, is not discovering what the coating is, but trying to discover why it is there. This talk will briefly introduce the materials and practices of funerary portraits, summarize the examination and analytical characterization of this unusual coating, and offer speculation as to its original purpose. Explore Silk and Science: Collaborative research into a knitted waistcoat associated with Charles I Jane Malcolm-Davies (Project Leader, Knitting in Early Modern Europe), Beatrice Behlen (Senior Curator, Fashion and Decorative Arts, Museum of London), and Paula Nabais (Junior Researcher at LAQV-REQUIMTE Research unit) May 18th, 2023 11AM EDT/3PM GMT Since 1924, the Museum of London has had an undergarment, knitted of fine silk, said to have been worn by King Charles I at his execution in 1649. Several attempts have been made to analyse stains on the front of what would then have been called a waistcoat, and to fill gaps in its provenance. A new research project has brought together a curator, a knitting historian, a conservator, scientists, and expert craftspeople, including knitters. Different methods have been used to broaden knowledge of this rare garment: detailed object examination and description, comparison with other extant garments, radiocarbon dating, various dye analysis techniques, and silk sample knitting. In this talk, the challenges and advantages of this work will be discussed: from discoveries that can be made by looking at objects together to the difficulties of grappling with science for those unfamiliar with laboratory techniques. Click "Explore" below to learn more about the project! Explore Minimally invasive analysis, what can it tell us? The application of proteomics to ivory Catherine Gilbert, Doctoral Student at Université de Bordeaux October 20th, 2022 11AM EST/3PM GMT Join us for a 20-minute presentation by ABM member Catherine Gilbert, Doctoral Student at Université de Bordeaux. Catherine’s presentation will be followed by a discussion/Q&A with current ABM members. For more information, click “Explore” below to view her abstract. Explore

  • Rachel Popelka-Filcoff

    Rachel Popelka-Filcoff Rock Art Australia Minderoo Chair in Archaeological Science School of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science University of Melbourne Previous Next Melbourne VIC, Australia MEMBER INFORMATION Poster Presenter 2021 Archaeomicrobiology: Method Development to “Fingerprint” Australian Cultural Ochre Using Microbial DNA Analysis Professor Rachel Popelka-Filcoff is the Rock Art Australia Minderoo Chair in Archaeological Science in the School of Geography, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Melbourne, where she leads archaeological science initiatives. Her laboratory integrates advanced characterisation, spectroscopic and statistical-driven approaches, in the areas of archaeological science and cultural heritage chemistry. Her research is to the first comprehensive integrative characterisation of Australian natural mineral pigments on cultural heritage materials by several analytical methods to answer questions about provenance and composition. Rachel holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Missouri as a National Science Foundation Research Fellow and completed a National Research Council postdoc at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Read Abstract All members

  • Glennis Rayermann

    Glennis Rayermann Visiting Assistant Professor, Conservation Science Institute of Fine Arts, New York University Previous Next New York, NY, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Steering Committee 2023 ​ Glennis Rayermann is a cultural heritage scientist. Currently, she the Visiting Assistant Professor of Conservation Science in the Conservation Center at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She earned her Ph.D. in physical/materials chemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research is multidisciplinary, spanning materials degradation, development of a novel instrumental technique, biophysical chemistry, and cultural heritage conservation. During the 2020–2021 academic year, she taught the Conservation Science: Inorganic Materials in Art & Conservation lecture and laboratory courses and conducted research in the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department at SUNY Buffalo State. Previously, she was a Research Associate with the Netherlands Institute for Conservation+Art+Science+ (NICAS) project ‘A Global Infrastructure for Heritage Science’, made possible by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. All members

  • Lisa Bruno

    Lisa Bruno Conservator Carol Lee Shen Chief Conservator Brooklyn Museum Previous Next New York, NY, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2021 ​ Lisa Bruno is the Carol Lee Shen Chief Conservator at the Brooklyn Museum. She is an objects conservator by training with a MS in Art Conservation from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Museum. Interests are in materials identification to understand the construction and deterioration of art materials. Past research projects analyzed materials used in ancient Egyptian mummification practices and currently the lab has begun a project to examine and identify materials used to construct Kachinas. All members

  • Sarah Scaturro

    Sarah Scaturro Chief Conservator Cleveland Museum of Art Previous Next Cleveland, OH, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2021 ​ Sarah Scaturro is the Eric and Jane Nord Chief Conservator of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Previously, she was the Head of Costume Institute Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art. She received her training in textile and fashion conservation, curating, and history at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2006. She is currently a PhD candidate at Bard Graduate Center, writing her dissertation on the professionalization of costume conservation. All members

  • Monica Grasty

    Monica Grasty Laboratory Assistant Yale University Previous Next New Haven, CT, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2021 ​ Monica Grasty is the laboratory assistant at Yale’s Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage, where she supports research operations among their laboratory groups. She also works as a research technician on grant work in collaboration with the Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry department at Yale, utilizing her background in molecular biology and genomics to recover and characterize trace amounts of DNA from historical objects. All members

  • Niv Allon

    Niv Allon Associate Curator Department of Egyptian Art Metropolitan Museum of Art Previous Next New York, NY, USA MEMBER INFORMATION Participant 2021 ​ Associate Curator in the Department of Egyptian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he focuses on art of the Ramesside Period (ca. 1295-1070 B.C.) and on textual objects throughout Egyptian history. He earned his MA from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem in Biblical Studies and his PhD in Egyptology from Yale University and has published on scribes, literacy, and concepts of violence in ancient Egypt. All members

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