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Subject: Workshop on XRF--addendum

Workshop on XRF--addendum

From: Aniko Bezur <aniko.bezur<-at->
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013
XRF Boot Camp for Conservators
Yale University
November 5-8, 2013

The Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage (IPCH) at
Yale University and the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) are
inviting applications for the first, jointly-organized, XRF Boot
Camp for Conservators to be hosted by Yale University in 2013.

Information about the XRF Boot Camp can be accessed by visiting:


The online application form can be directly accessed by visiting:


The XRF Boot Camp for Conservators is a professional development
opportunity tailored to conservators who have some experience with
the use of handheld x-ray fluorescence spectrometers. The objective
of the Boot Camp is to empower conservators to become advanced users
of XRF by providing in-depth training in the principles of x-ray
fluorescence spectroscopy as well as in the collection and
interpretation of data, focusing primarily on qualitative analysis.
Interactive lectures are paired with laboratory activities that
involve hands-on instrument use, data processing and interpretation.

Curriculum for the first three days of the XRF Boot Camp deals with:

    The dependence of analysis results on the nature of the
    excitation and the sample

    The impact of instrument components and operating parameters on

    Development of a consistent approach to spectral interpretation
    and data management

    The impact of sample matrices on results

    Selection of excitation and other instrument parameters to meet
    analytical goals

    Practical tips on dealing with proper setup of equipment

The optional fourth day of the XRF Boot Camp is dedicated to the
analysis of painted surfaces, focusing on the common challenges
faced by conservators of paintings, objects and works on paper when
dealing with multilayer coatings on a variety of substrates. These

    Challenges in the inference of pigments from elemental data

    Issues in positioning the instrument relative to target areas

    Interpretation of data from multilayered structures

    Appropriate data analysis and reporting

Invited instructors:

    Maggi Loubser (Group Chief Chemist at PPC Cement, South Africa)

    Alexander Seyfarth (Senior Global Product Manager for Handheld
    XRF at Bruker AXS)

    Chris McGlinchey (Sally and Michael Gordon Conservation
    Scientist at the Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Organizers and lab exercise facilitators:

    Aniko Bezur (Director of scientific research) and Erin Mysak
    (Conservation Scientist) at the Yale Center for Conservation and

    Karen Trentelman (Senior Scientist) and Lynn Lee (Assistant
    Scientist) at the Collections Research Laboratory, Getty
    Conservation Institute

The application deadline is June 3, 2013. Applicants will receive
notification of their acceptance status by July 3, 2013.
Registration for accepted applicants will be July 8-26, 2013. If
accepted applicants are unable to register for the workshop by July
26, 2013, their spaces will be offered to applicants on the waiting

The workshop registration fee for first three days is $360 per
person. Registration for the optional fourth day is an additional
$120 per person. (Registration fees for all four days total $480.)
Participants must complete the first three days in order to attend
the optional fourth day.

Registration includes the conference attendance, a conference work
booklet, continental breakfast at the workshop venue, coffee breaks,
and the Thursday evening reception. Lunches and dinners are not
included in the registration fee (lunch is available at the West
Campus cafeteria for $7 per person during the first three days).

For questions about the online application form, please contact Yale
Conference and Event Services at 203-432-0465 or confserv<-at->yale<.>edu.
Regarding questions about the XRF Boot Camp, please email

Aniko Bezur, PhD
Director of Scientific Research
Center for Conservation and Preservation
Yale University
PO Box 27393
West Haven CT 06516-7393

                  Conservation DistList Instance 26:46
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Received on Thursday, 18 April, 2013

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