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For the last fourteen years, Pamela B. Vandiver has been Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Co-Director of the Program in Heritage Conservation Science, Head of the Laboratory for Cultural Materials, and Adjunct Professor in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. From 1985 through 2003, she was senior research scientist in ceramics at the Smithsonian Institution in the Conservation Analytical Laboratory. Prior to 1985, she spent thirteen years at M.I.T where she started the MSE Glass Lab, completed a S.M. and Ph.D. in MSE and co-authored the book Ceramic Masterpieces with W. David Kingery (a second edition is due to be published by Wiley in 2018).

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Courses
  • TFSG
    The Formation and Structure of Glass

  • ACMMSE
    Advanced Characterization Methods in Materials Science and Engineering

  • SEM
    Scanning Electron Microscopy

  • TOCMSAAO
    The Organic Chemistry and Materials Science of Art and Archaeological Objects

  • MSAAO
    Materials Science of Art and Archaeological Objects

  • RPP
    Research Proposal Preparation

Grants
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    Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award: Development of Trans-Asian Trade Route

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2019

    $24.9K
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    New thermally and photochemically removable epoxy adhesives for reversibly repairing ceramics and glass artifacts

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2012

    $389.4K
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    Enhancements for Xeroradiography Center at the University of Arizona

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2010

    $12.0K
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    Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant: Technological Change in Southwestern Asia: Metallurgical Production Styles and Social Values During the ...

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2009

    $10.9K
Technologies / Patents
      News
      • Mystery Surrounds 'Porcelain of the Southwest'

        2005

      • Engineers Resurrect a 900-year-old Technology

        2005

      • Engineers Help to Save and Reconstruct the Past

        2005

      • Graduate Students Host Archaeological Conference

        2004

      Publications (31)
      Recent
      • Chemical exposure in University of Arizona laboratory spaces

        2013

      • The earliest bead manufacture in the Americas at the Paleo-Indian Jones-Miller site, Wray, Colorado

        2011

      • Methods of faience manufacture in antiquity: Investigation of colorants and technological processes

        2011

      • Using optical coherence tomography to examine the subsurface morphology of Chinese glazes

        2009

      • Replications of critical technological processes and the use of replicates as characterization standards: An experiment in undergraduate education

        2008

      • A ceramic plaque representing a part of the Moses Panel by Lorenzo Ghiberti in the East Baptistery Doors (Florence, Italy)

        2008

      • Variability in copper and bronze casting technology as seen at Bronze Age Godin Tepe, Iran

        2008

      • The technology that Began Steuben Glass

        2008

      • Materials Research Society Symposium Proceedings: Preface

        2005

      • On recovering and re-discovering craft

        2005

      • Craft knowledge as an intangible cultural property: A case study of Samarkand tiles and traditional potters in Uzbekistan

        2005

      • Recovering and re-discovering craft

        2002

      • Symposium Proceedings: Symposium II Materials Issues in Art and Archaeology VI: Preface

        2002

      • Lustrous black fine ware at Gordion, Turkey: A distinctive sintered slip technology

        2002

      • The technological tradition of Korean black ware and the indigenous development of glaze technology in Korea during the first millennium A.D.

        2002

      • A 16,000 year-old ceramic human-figurine from Maina, Russia

        2002

      • Archaeo-materials research: An introduction

        2002

      • The role of materials research in ceramics and archaeology

        2001

      • Preserving art through the ages

        2001

      • Study of the role of heterogeneities in the initial stages of corrosion of glazes using dynamic imaging microellipsometry (DIM)

        1997

      • Pottery technology from Bukit Tengkorak, a 3000-5000 year old site in Borneo, Malaysia

        1997

      • Refractory ceramics from an iron age bronze melting workshop at Khirbet edh-Dharih, Jordan

        1997

      • Forward Recoil Energy Spectrometry (FRES) test of hydrogen reduction as a strategy for firing of Chinese ceramics

        1995

      • Continuity, adaptation and resistance: the cultural contexts of the manufacture, distribution and use of African American pottery in eighteenth-century Charleston, South Carolina

        1995

      • Ceramic technology at the crossroads

        1995

      • Microdots as a means of marking and tracking artifacts

        1995

      • X-ray microtomography of ceramic artifacts

        1995

      • Corrosion of synthesized glasses and glazes as analogs for nuclear waste glass degradation

        1994

      • The origins of ceramic technology at Dolni Věstonice, Czechoslovakia

        1989

      • SONG DYNASTY JUN (CHUN) WARE GLAZES.

        1983

      • Liquid-liquid immiscibility and phase separation in the quaternary systems K sub 2 /sub OAl sub 2 /sub O sub 3 /sub CaOSiO sub 2 /sub and Na sub 2 /sub OAl sub 2 /sub O sub 3 /sub CaOSiO sub 2 /sub

        1983

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