In August, William Ginell, one of the GCI's longest-serving staff members, retired from his position as senior scientist. During his nearly 20-year tenure at the Institute, Ginell worked on a variety of projects, including identifying minimally abrasive materials for removal of tarnish from silver, developing a nondestructive method for determining subsurface defects in stone, conducting seismic studies of adobe and stone structures, and determining an acceptable storage environment for the Dead Sea Scrolls. In addition to his scientific research, Ginell was instrumental in the design of the laboratories at the GCI's former Marina del Rey facility.
Ginell intends to spend his retirement traveling, consulting, and working on a variety of long-delayed projects.
After more than 18 years with the Getty Trust, Wilbur Faulk retired in April. Faulk began his career at the Getty as head of security for the Museum, a position he later held for the entire Trust. For the last three years, he was a senior project manager with the GCI. While at the Institute, he worked with governments and cultural institutions throughout the world on issues of security and disaster preparedness through projects such as the Latin American Consortium, as well as comprehensive security seminars for major cultural institutions in Russia, Germany, and the United States.
He leaves the Getty to enter the private sector, where he will be providing consulting and security services for museums, libraries, and performing arts centers.
David Scott, the GCI senior scientist who has headed up the Institute's Museum Research Lab, resigned from his position, effective in August, to accept the post of director of the UCLA/Getty master's degree program in archaeological and ethnographic conservation. Scott will also join the faculty of UCLA as professor of art history and archaeology.
During his 16-year tenure at the GCI, Scott provided analytical and technical support to the conservation services of the Getty Museum. He also conducted research on metals (including Greek, Roman, and Renaissance bronzes) and in areas such as pigments, furniture, and historic photographs.
The master's program in archaeological and ethnographic conservation is a joint effort of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA and the Getty Trust. For further information, please visit the program's Web site at www.ioa.ucla.edu/conservation-program .