PhD, Staff scientist, Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source
Louisa Smieska is a staff scientist at the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source in Ithaca, NY, where she supports a range of x-ray measurements with a focus on imaging methods. She is especially interested in applications of synchrotron radiation for the study of material cultural heritage. From 2016-2017 she held an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Scientific Research at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she examined paintings and other objects with the Museum’s Bruker XRF scanner. At Cornell, she has collaborated with researchers in art history, archaeology, and medieval studies to investigate objects in campus collections including the Cornell Library Rare and Manuscripts Collections, the Anthropology Collections, and the Johnson Museum of Art.