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  • OSA Re-Launches OPTICSforKIDS.org
    OSA Re-Launches OPTICSforKIDS.org
    07 July 2008
    The Optical Society (OSA) has unveiled a redesign of its optics education Web site, OPTICSforKIDS.org. Developed to encourage interest in optics and photonics, the site includes new and updated features such as an optics history timeline, a gallery of optical images, more than 30 experiments, a variety of tutorials and a career quiz.

  • OSA and EESI to Host Congressional Caucus Briefing on Solar Energy in America
    OSA and EESI to Host Congressional Caucus Briefing on Solar Energy in America
    01 July 2008
    Solar power is both a clean and abundant energy source, producing electric power from photovoltaic cells and through large-scale thermal technology known as concentrating solar power. Experts believe the United States has the potential to greatly expand the use of this alternative energy source, while also creating jobs and strengthening energy security.

  • New Technology May Help Olympic Sailing
    New Technology May Help Olympic Sailing
    30 June 2008
    A team of researchers at the Ocean University of China has developed and tested a mobile lidar (light detection and ranging) station that can accurately measure wind speed and direction over large areas in real time -- an application useful for aviation safety, weather forecasting and sports.

  • OSA Foundation Wins Award from Association of Educational Publishers
    OSA Foundation Wins Award from Association of Educational Publishers
    23 June 2008
    The OSA Foundation (OSAF) is the recipient of a 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). Honored for its collaborative project with the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), Lighten Up! Discovering the Science of Light took top honors in the Curriculum, Science Instruction Book, Grades 6 – 8 category.

  • Optics Letters, Optics Express Top-Rated Journals in 2007
    Optics Letters, Optics Express Top-Rated Journals in 2007
    20 June 2008
    The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that based on "impact factor," or the number of citations compared to the number of papers published, its journals Optics Letters and Optics Express are the most heavily cited journals in optics and photonics. According to the 2007 Journal Citation Report®, the Thomson Reuters rankings for journal citations, these two publications received the highest impact factor rankings of all optics journals.

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