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The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, continues the tradition of the Light the Future speaker series. The speaker series, which began in OSA’s centennial year, was created to shine light on the special contributions and innovations in optics and photonics. Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, DC, USA, will host the first Light the Future speaker series of the year.

One hundred years elapsed between Albert Einstein’s prediction of gravitational waves and the stunning observation of the phenomenon, by a worldwide collaboration of more than 1,000 scientists using incredibly sensitive antennas built of mirrors and lasers. As is the case with many scientific achievements, this recent milestone in our understanding of the fabric of space-time draws upon innumerable theoretical, observational and technological innovations and iterations made along the way.

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) announced today that entrepreneur, Milton Chang and his wife Rosalind have donated $1 Million USD to create a professional development program through the OSA Foundation. This new offering will highlight the potential career opportunities for technical professionals outside of the traditional role of industry, government or academic researcher.

The Optical Society (OSA) announced today that its headquarters building will be named for Dr. Jarus W. Quinn, who served as OSA's first Executive Director and guided the growth of the Society from 1969 through 1994. The Optical Society, which celebrates its Centennial in 2016, has recently renovated its building located in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington D.C.

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading global professional association in optics and photonics, will host its final centennial Light the Future speaker series on Monday, 5 December, 17:30 – 18:00 (IST) during the Photonics India 2016 Conference in Kanpur, India. OSA Fellow and Director of the Optoelectronics Research Centre, Southampton, United Kingdom, Sir David Payne CBE FRS FREng, will give the special keynote presentation.

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