Helios is the story of Eadweard Muybridge, the man who captured time. He was a pioneering 19th century photographer whose efforts to freeze time and motion established the basis for cinematography.
Hired by Governor Leland Stanford to settle a wager as to whether a galloping horse ever has all four feet off the ground simultaneously, Muybridge employed a battery of cameras that sequentially captured the horse in full stride.
Viewing a world in motion through the confines of his narrow lens, Muybridge failed to see his young wife's adultery until, confronted by the realization that he was not the father of his newborn son, he cold-bloodedly murdered his wife's lover. In a controversial and celebrated trial, Muybridge was acquitted on the grounds of justifiable homicide, only to discover that Stanford had taken credit for his work. Helios is the tragic story of an artist who could only see the world through his camera...who could arrest time and motion, but never force them to move backwards. Dr. Rosenfeld wrote this story in a play format that will be performed as a staged reading by several actors, with Muybridge's photography embedded throughout the play.
Dr. Ron Rosenfeld is Professor and Chair (emeritus) of Pediatrics, Oregon Health & Science University and President, STAT5, LLC. He received his BA, summa cum laude, from Columbia University in 1968 and his MD with Honors from Stanford University in 1973. He joined the faculty at Stanford in 1980, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1985 and to Professor in 1989. In 1993, he left Stanford to accept the position of Chairman of Pediatrics at Oregon Health Sciences University, where he served for nine years. In 2003, he returned to Stanford as the Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs of the Lucile Packard Foundation. In 2008, he established STAT5, LLC, to provide specialized consultation services in endocrinology and pharamacogenomics, while maintaining his research laboratory at OHSU.
Dr. Rosenfeld is an internationally renowned authority on the endocrine basis of growth and development and has been at the forefront of understanding the biology of growth hormone and growth factors for over 30 years. His work has elucidated physiological, pathological, cellular and molecular aspects of mammalian growth, as well as the role of growth factors and their receptors in the fetus, newborn, child and adult in health and disease.
The author of over 660 publications, eight edited books and three plays, Dr. Rosenfeld has received numerous awards, including a Mellon Foundation Fellowship, Basil O'Connor Award from the March of Dimes, an NIH Career Development Award, and 30 years of continuous NIH grant support. He is the recipient of the Kaiser Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford; the Joseph St. Geme, Jr. Award from the Society for Pediatric Research for pediatric education; the Ross Award for Research from the Society for Pediatric Research; The Clinical Endocrinology Trust Medal from the Royal Society of Medicine; the Maureen Andrew Mentor Award from the Society for Pediatric Research; the 2008 Transatlantic Medal as the outstanding North American endocrinologist from the Society for Endocrinology; the 2008 Robert H. Williams Distinguished Leadership Award from the Endocrine Society; the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from Stanford University; the European Society for Pediatric Endocrinology International Award (2013); the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Human Growth Foundation (2014); and the Judson J. Van Wyk Award from the Pediatric Endocrine Society (2014).
In addition to Helios, Dr. Rosenfeld is the author of two other plays, Survival of The Fittest (based upon the competition between Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace) and Fixation (based upon the life of the German Nobelist, Fritz Haber, the inventor of chemical warfare).
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