Patrick Ravines & H. David Sheets
Thursday April 1st 6:00-7:00 PM
Patrick Ravines has been director and associate professor in the Patricia H. and Richard E. Garman Art Conservation Department at Buffalo State since 2010. Before that he was a senior project conservator and research fellow from 2007 to 2010 at George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. He was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation (2005-2007) at the Eastman Museum, and from 1986 to 2005 was in the Conservation Office, Baha’i World Centre, Haifa, Israel. His research interests are in the material science of 19th century photographic systems, natural water-soluble polymers and surface metrology applied to cultural heritage.
H. David Sheets has a wide range of research interests, all based on the study of dynamical processes, from a mathematical and statistic perspective. This has included the study of the growth and diversification of biological organisms, such as long-term change within lineages, as well as large scale patterns of biodiversity changes, particularly mass extinctions. Some of this work has also led to an involvement with forensics, where Dr. Sheets has been a strong critic of forensic bitemark analysis, and has served on a national level scientific panel charged with establishing best practices in forensic handwriting analysis.
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