Keynote Speakers

FAYA CAUSEY is a scholar, lecturer and educator whose interests range from the Paleolithic to the present. Currently a Scholar at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, she recently retired as the head of academic programs at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. During her tenure at the Gallery, she also served for two years as Associate Dean at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA). At the Gallery, she oversaw the museum’s internship and fellowship programs and its public programs by specialists—including lectures, conferences presented by guest artists, conservators, collectors, art historians and curators. While her field of specialization is ancient art, with a focus on Italian art and archaeology (with publications on Greek, Etruscan, Italian, and Roman art, and on amber generally), Causey has also lectured on and published on museums, Michelangelo, Paul Cézanne, Sigmar Polke, Wu Guangzhong and I.M. Pei. Her best-known publications are the 2012 Amber and the Ancient World volume and the online scholarly catalogue, Ancient Carved Amber in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Her latest research project is on Amber and Africa, Past to Present.
SARJIT KAUR earned a B.S. in medical technology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a M.S. in chemistry from Vassar College. After working several years as a medical technologist in clinical chemistry at a private laboratory in Poughkeepsie, she continued her education to earn a Ph.D. in chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Sarjit Kaur joined the chemistry faculty at Vassar College as a staff member in 1995. Her interest lies in the area of polymers, and the study of fossil resins. As co-director of the Amber Research Laboratory (ARL), Ms. Kaur and Ms. Edith Stout (retired) work closely together to analyze fossils resins (ambers and pitch/tars) received from archaeologists, entomologists, museums and private gem collectors from the US and abroad (Europe, China, Ethiopia, and Dominican Republic). For more information about ARL, visit
JOSEPH B. LAMBERT is an educator, physical organic chemist, archaeological chemist, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopist. He grew up in San Antonio, TX, and graduated from Alamo Heights High School in 1958. After his education at Yale (1962, summa cum laude) and Caltech (1965), he joined the faculty of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he rose through the ranks and in 1991 became Clare Hamilton Hall Professor of Chemistry. In 2010, he retired after 45 years at Northwestern and moved to Trinity University in San Antonio to assume his current position as Research Professor of Chemistry. In 1973, he was a Guggenheim Fellow at the Research Laboratory of the British Museum, and, in 1976, he received the National Fresenius Award. In 1989, he received the Fryxell Award from the Society for Ameri¬can Archaeol¬ogy in re¬cog-ni¬tion of his chemical contributions to archaeology. He was the 1998 recip¬ient of the Frederic Stanley Kipping Award in Silicon Chemistry of the Ameri¬can Chemical So¬ciety (ACS) and in 2012 was named a Fellow of the American Chemical Society. He received the Carol and Harry Mosher Award of the Santa Clara Valley Section of the ACS in 2003 and the Sidney M. Edelstein Award for Outstanding Achievements in the History of Chemistry by the ACS in 2004. He has been the author of fifteen books and over 395 publications in scientific journals. His book Traces of the Past was a selection of the Natural Sci¬ence Book Club. He was the founder of the Journal of Physical Organic Chemistry and served as editor-in-chief for 23 years. He is past chairman of the ACS Subdivision of Archaeological Chemistry, past presi¬dent of the Soci¬ety of Archaeological Sciences, past chairman of his department, past chairman of the ACS Division of the History of Chemistry, and past chairman of the San Antonio Local Section of the American Chemical Society. A strong advocate of the combination of research and teaching, he has won a number of teaching awards, including the James Flack Norris Award of the American Chemical Society (1987), the E. Leroy Hall Award of the College of Arts and Sciences of Northwestern University (1991), the National Catalyst Award of the Chemical Manufacturers Association (1993), and the Northwestern University Alumni Award (1994). From 1999 to 2002 he was Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern. His major scientific contributions include the creation of the first silyl cation (the silicon analogue of the carbocation), elucidation of the mechanism of -silyl stabilization of carbocations, discovery of inductive enhancement of solvolytic participation, creation of new methods of conformational analysis by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (the R value), understanding the conformations of cyclic molecules containing heteroatoms, application of chemical methods to examine archaeological materials, and development of NMR spectroscopic methods for studying amber.
VINCENT PERRICHOT was born in Brittany, France, in 1976. He obtained his Ph.D. in biology at the University of Rennes in 2003, on the study of Cretaceous amber deposits from France. He spent two years at the Natural History Museum of Berlin as a Humboldt research fellow, working on the paleoecology of resin-producing forests through the study of arthropods and microorganisms fossilized in amber. He then became a postdoctoral fellow at the Paleontological Institute of the University of Kansas, where he studied the evolution of hymenopteran insects. In 2009 he returned to the University of Rennes as a full time assistant professor. Since then he has been studying the paleobiota and paleoenvironments of various Mesozoic and Cenozoic ambers, with a particular focus on ants which led him to curate the fossil sections of AntWeb and AntCat. He is also studying modern resin-producing forests in order to understand the processes involved in the trapping of organisms by tree resins.