Angela Stark
The Optical Society

The Optical Society Releases Statement on Shooting of
U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10—The Optical Society (OSA) today released the following the statement from CEO Elizabeth Rogan regarding the shooting that occurred in Tucson, Ariz. on Jan. 8:

“All of us at OSA were stunned and saddened to hear of the tragic shooting that occurred in Tucson over the weekend.  Rep. Giffords, OSA’s 2010 Advocate of Optics, is a dedicated public servant who has worked tirelessly to promote science and technology issues in the U.S. Congress, with a particular emphasis on solar technology.  She is a friend to the optics community, as evidenced by her leadership on the House Science & Technology Committee and her recent work on the Solar Technology Roadmap Act.  We wish Rep. Giffords the best as she fights for a swift recovery.  Our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this horrific event.”

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