Marc Walton Appointed NU-ACCESS Senior Scientist

Jul 25, 2013

Marc WaltonDr. Marc Walton has been appointed the inaugural Senior Scientist for the Northwestern University-Art Institute of Chicago Center for Scientific Studies in the Arts (NU-ACCESS) starting September 1. In this role, Marc will be responsible for providing intellectual and operational leadership to the Center. Marc will also assume the title Research Associate Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.

Marc is currently an associate scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute where he is responsible for the scientific study of antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum. In addition, he established and runs the analytical laboratory at the Getty Villa site, and serves as co-PI on a National Science Foundation Cultural Heritage Science grant on ancient Athenian pottery.  His research has focused primarily on trade and manufacture of ancient objects. Marc was trained in Chemistry and Art History at Clark University. He earned a D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in archaeological science following an MA in art history, as well as a diploma in the conservation of works of art, from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. After earning his Ph.D, Marc worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art for two years prior to joining the Getty Conservation Institute in 2005. 

"Marc not only has a formidable publication record, but he has also developed strong research collaborations across the globe involving universities and industry," says NU-ACCESS Co-Director Katherine Faber. "We feel extremely fortunate to have attracted someone of Marc's caliber to NU-ACCESS."

”Marc has the vision, talent and enthusiasm to propel this initiative forward,” echoes NU-ACCESS Co-Director Francesca Casadio. “He will capably harness the potential of science and technology being developed at Northwestern to bring new research and discoveries to the arts and to the cultural institutions that will partner with us through the external proposal track.”

NU-ACCESS is the first Center of its kind to make its resources open to both internal and external users via merit-review proposals, within the framework of pursuing both objects-based and objects-inspired scientific research in the arts. External proposals for the current calendar year will be accepted until September 15, 2013.  More information can be found at http://www.nuaccess.northwestern.edu/proposals/external-proposals.html

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