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The OSA Foundation (OSAF) is pleased to announce the finalists of the Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition, which recognizes the innovation, research and presentation excellence of graduate students attending the Optical Society's (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO). The finalists will present their work during FiO 2011, taking place Oct. 16 – 20 in San Jose, Calif.

A team of researchers from the University of Toledo in Ohio has developed a low-cost, portable technique that is able to quickly and reliably detect specific proteins in a sample of human blood. This innovative technique, described in the Sept. 1 issue of the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal, Biomedical Optics Express, could help in a wide range of medical sensing applications, including diagnosing diseases like cancer and diabetes long before clinical symptoms arise.

To serve remote areas of the world, doctors, nurses and field workers need equipment that is portable, versatile, and relatively inexpensive. Now researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have built a compact, light-weight, dual-mode microscope that uses holograms instead of lenses.

The Optical Society (OSA) presented its 2011 Advocate of Optics recognition to Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy, Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy today. Senator Conroy was chosen as OSA’s 2011 Advocate of Optics for his "extraordinary work and dedication in championing a National Broadband Network (NBN) for Australia that will establish fiber optic communications directly to 93 percent of Australian homes, schools and businesses."

Current advanced femtosecond laser systems offer myriad possibilities to modify materials, from implementing new optical functionality to improving existing materials properties.

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