New York, NY, May 5, 2006 – The Nuckolls Fund for Lighting Education has announced that it will present two $20,000 grants and a $5,000 Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award in 2006. The grants and award will be presented during the Fund’s annual luncheon which will be held this year at the Las Vegas Convention Center on May 30 during LIGHTFAIR INTERNATIONAL.

Ball State University, located in Muncie, Indiana, will receive a $20,000 grant to develop a graduate-level required course in the College of Architecture and Planning’s Sustainability Concentration. The course, entitled “Daylectric Lighting,” will emphasize innovative approaches to combining electric and daylight sources in the illumination of building interiors. It will be offered as one of five required courses in the graduate concentration focusing on sustainable design in architecture.

The University of Washington, Seattle, will use its $20,000 grant to develop and deliver a new lighting course entitled “Computational Lighting Design and Analysis.” To be offered through the Department of Architecture, the graduate-level course will draw from recent developments in lighting simulation, visualization, pre-pixel data measurement and analysis techniques.

The $5,000 Jonas Bellovin Scholar Achievement Award, presented this year for the fourth time, will go to Megan Gover, a junior in the interior design program at Texas Christian University. The Bellovin Award rotates among the six United States colleges that offer a full lighting education program. Students are nominated by their faculty.

The speaker for this year’s luncheon will be Paul Gregory of Focus Lighting who will discuss the role of the IALD Education Trust and its work with schools of architecture. His presentation will outline the importance of beginning at the student level by educating architectural students in the fundamentals of lighting design in order to raise interest and appreciation in the value of high-quality lighting design.

Now in its 17th year, the Nuckolls Fund was established in memory of the lighting designer and educator Jim Nuckolls, who had a special ability to inspire interest in, and commitment to, the field of architectural lighting design. With this year’s grants, the Fund has made a total of $445,000 in awards drawn from the income generated by an endowment. The endowment is entirely the result of continuing financial support from a wide spectrum of the lighting community.