Summer 2010 Field School in Italy


There are still a few places open for the following programs this coming summer in San Gemini, Italy.

Ceramics Restoration and Conservation Program:
May 23 – June 19, 2010

This four-week program’s objective is to familiarize students with the materials of ceramics and the practices of restoration and conservation of archaeological ceramics. The program includes classroom study and fieldwork. Students will have the opportunity to work on archaeological artifacts from the excavation at the Roman Baths of Carsulae.

  • Introduction to Conservation of Archaeological Ceramics
  • Workshop on Ceramics and Ceramics Conservation

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Excavations of the Public Baths of Carsulae (2nd century BCE)
June 13- July 24, 2010

This is the fifth season of excavations at the Public Baths of the ancient city of Carsuale. The Umbrian city, founded along the via Flaminia in the late third century BCE, is located near the town of San Gemini. This area has been associated with healing waters since pre-Roman times. Work includes: field excavation, documentation of the site and of the archaeological artifacts collected.

The excavation is a project of Valdosta State University with the collaboration of the San Gemini Preservation Studies, and is directed by Prof. Jane Whitehead.

For more information visit this website:

It is possible to attend both programs.

CFP: Fine GigaPan International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science

 The CREATE Lab, Carnegie Mellon University with the Fine Family Foundation, is pleased to announce the first Fine GigaPan International Conference on Gigapixel Imaging for Science to be held November 11–13, 2010 on the campus of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. 

The conference aims to explore innovative use of gigapan in the classroom, the field and the laboratory by leading scientists. The main purpose of the event is to bring together students, researchers, scientists, teachers and practitioners to present and discuss their latest techniques, ideas, applications and research findings related to various aspects of gigapixel imaging for science. The conference program will consist of keynote speakers, tutorials, workshops, technical presentations, poster presentations, lightning talks, birds of a feather sessions and a juried exhibition of GigaPan prints (see 

Sessions may cover – but are not limited to – the following topics that address the theme of GigaPixel Imaging for Science:  

  • Classroom education, Crowdsourcing / Public Participation, Data exploration, Exploring remote sites, Field work documentation, Geolocation, Presentation methods, GIS, HDR, Journalism, Macro Gigapan, Nano Gigapan, Out of school learning, Phenological Research, Spatial Analysis, Stereo & 3D GigaPan, Time Lapse GigaPan
  • Agriculture, Anthropology, Archaeology, Biology/Life Sciences, Botany, Climate Research, Ecology, Entomology, Forestry, Geology, Geomorphology, Health, Linguistics, Paleontology, Sustainable Design, Urban Planning, and many other fields


Submit a Paper 

Prospective authors are invited to submit full-length, 4-6 page papers, including annotated gigapans where applicable.  We expect gigapixel images to play a critical role in each paper. You will have access to special tools for including these images which we’ll announce shortly. Accepted papers will be published under an open access policy. In order to feature as many scientists’ efforts as possible, we will accept a subset of submissions for full conference presentation and a subset of submissions for poster presentations and short talks. Submission details forthcoming.  Paper proposal deadline June 14. 

Submit a Workshop Proposal 

Prospective workshop leaders are invited to submit a detailed proposal including title of the workshop, instructor(s) and their credentials, learning objectives, scope, full description, and prerequisite knowledge. Submission details forthcoming.  Workshop proposal deadline April 12. 

For full and up-to-date information:

Important Dates

April 12, 2010  Workshop proposal deadline
May 10, 2010  Gallery submission deadline
June 14, 2010  Paper submission deadline
August 6, 2010  Paper, workshop and gallery show acceptance notification
August 23, 2010  Revised paper upload deadline
September 13, 2010  Early registration deadline

“Windows into Early Science and Craft” Opening at the Hay Library on Friday, March 12

Windows into Early Science and Craft: Selections from the Persian Manuscripts of the Minassian Collection

Curated by Dr. Elaheh Kheirandish, Harvard University

This exhibit presents the subject of early science and craft through a selection of Persian manuscripts from the Minassian Collection, a rich treasury of artistic and textual items donated to Brown University by Adrienne Minassian, the daughter of Kirkor Minassian, the active art collector and dealer of Central Asian origin. Two themes predominate in the selections: the science of the stars and the technology and craft of warfare. In this they mirror several of the other major collections of the John Hay Library dealing with the history of science and the military. Here we see these themes examined in the context of medieval Persian book arts with its traditions of manuscript calligraphy and miniature paintings. The display includes a number of folios from the famous Persian epic, the Shahnameh of Ferdowsi, also known as the “Book of Kings.”

The cataloging of the Minassian manuscripts was undertaken in 1999 by the present curator of this exhibit in collaboration with the late Professor David Pingree of Brown University as part of a project sponsored by the American Committee for South Asian Manuscripts (ACSAM). This exhibit is the first display of any part of the vast and rich Persian manuscript collection, and is presented in conjunction with courses in Comparative Literature and Medieval Studies. Several of the contributors to text of the exhibit are by area students.

For more on the Minassian collection and its collection of Persian, Indian and Moghul miniatures please visit: