GB Cornucopia has been an avid amateur astronomer, as well as a teacher of astronomy for all of his adult life. He has been a park ranger in Chaco Culture National Historical Park for 30 years. GB first came to Chaco to view the night sky and to study the ancient people’s practices of astronomy. He was instrumental in creating Chaco’s Night Sky Program and establishing the first astronomical observatory in the National Park System. This has culminated in Chaco being designated an International Dark Sky Park in 2013.
As a park interpreter GB is sensitive to the natural environment and the many cultural issues in presenting complex stories of many different perspectives to the visiting public. There are the findings of researchers encompassing over a century of studies, as well as a tapestry of “myths”, stories, and cultural memories that are still very much present in the canyon. GB has lived in the canyon longer than any other Park Service employee, and perhaps longer than anyone who wasn’t born there. This has given him a unique perspective on both the long history of people’s involvement in the canyon as well as the challenges posed by the modern world. GB’s proudest achievement is being able to provide visitors with real knowledge about the history of Chaco while offering an experience of the magical feeling of living in a space that has impacted people for thousands of years.
Rosie Grayburn, PhD
Rosie Grayburn is an Associate Scientist within the Conservation Department at Winterthur Museum, Delaware. Rosie received an MSci in Chemistry from Imperial College London in 2010, and a joint PhD in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Ghent (Belgium) and Warwick University (UK) in 2015. During her doctoral research she studied the deterioration and conservation of cultural heritage metals: lead, bronze and silver. From 2015 to 2017 she held a postdoctoral fellowship in conservation science at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, conducting scientific and archival research into outdoor bronze sculpture conservation, in collaboration with the J. Paul Getty Museum. At Winterthur, Rosie carries out materials and treatment research focused on the decorative arts. Current research includes mercury-amalgam mirrors, and the conservation and identification of silver-plated ware. She is also an Affiliated Assistant Professor within the Winterthur/University of Delaware graduate program in art conservation, where she teaches science to future conservation professionals. A very enthusiastic teacher, Rosie has also held teaching fellowships in the Department of Art History, University College London, and in the Department of Physics, Warwick University. In all cases, she enjoys communicating to a wide range of audiences about applying science to the decorative arts.
Lauren Weber, MFA, MM
Lauren M. Weber is a Lecturer of Theatre in Musical Theatre (Voice) at Baylor University. She has a Master of Fine Arts in Theatre (Musical Theatre) and a Master of Music (Vocal Performance) from Minnesota State Mankato and a certificate from the Contemporary Commercial Music Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory and trained in vocology at the National Center for Voice and Speech. Her undergraduate degree in Music was from the University of Oklahoma.
Paul F. Miller
Paul F. Miller has been Curator of The Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, since 1995. He is a graduate of The John Hopkins University and is a former Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles. Paul’s specialty is in the field of Gilded Age architectural interiors. In addition to multiple restoration projects in Newport and elsewhere, recent exhibitions he has curated include: “Redefining Newport Style, The Interwar Years” (2017), “Portraits of Interiors … Interior Illustrators in Newport Collections” (2014), and “Gothic Art in the Gilded Age” (2010). Paul’s most recent publications include: “Lost Newport” (2017), “Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, Arbiter Elegantiarum” in the Journal of the History of Collecting, Oxford University Press (2015) and “Handelar’s Black Choir” in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Journal. He has appeared in such documentaries as America’s Castles and lectured at the Louvre in Paris, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Dallas Museum of Art.
David A. Smith, PhD
By popular request, Dr. David A. Smith will return to Brazos Forum to offer closing remarks at the conclusion of Wednesday’s programs. David is a senior lecturer in American history at Baylor University where he has won several teaching awards. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas State University, and his PhD in modern American history from the University of Missouri. David is also a book author and writes columns on art, culture, and politics for the Waco Tribune-Herald, the Wall Street Journal, the Dallas Morning News, and many others. He has been featured on numerous regional and national radio shows, and is a much-in-demand public speaker.
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