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  • OSA Applauds Science Funding Levels Proposed in Obama Administration’s FY 2014 Budget
    OSA Applauds Science Funding Levels Proposed in Obama Administration’s FY 2014 Budget
    10 April 2013
    The Optical Society (OSA) released a statement in support of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 funding levels proposed today by U.S. President Barack Obama for science-related agencies. The proposed budget would fund federal research and development programs at levels consistent with, or slightly above, spending levels from FY 2012 and 2013 including: $7.6 billion for the National Science Foundation (NSF), $754 million for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), $5 billion for the Department of Energy Office of Science, and $2.9 billion for the Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

  • New camera system creates high-resolution 3-D images from up to a kilometer away
    New camera system creates high-resolution 3-D images from up to a kilometer away
    04 April 2013
    A standard camera takes flat, 2-D pictures. To get 3-D information, such as the distance to a far-away object, scientists can bounce a laser beam off the object and measure how long it takes the light to travel back to a detector. The technique, called time-of-flight (ToF), is already used in machine vision, navigation systems for autonomous vehicles, and other applications, but many current ToF systems have a relatively short range and struggle to image objects that do not reflect laser light well. A team of Scotland-based physicists has recently tackled these limitations and reported their findings today in the Optical Society's (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express.

  • OSA Applauds New White House Brain Mapping Initiative
    OSA Applauds New White House Brain Mapping Initiative
    03 April 2013
    The Optical Society (OSA) today released a statement in support of U.S. President Barack Obama’s proposed Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The program, announced yesterday as part of the president’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget proposal, is aimed at helping researchers and scientists find new ways to treat, cure, and possibly even prevent brain disorders and diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and autism.

  • OSA Student Chapters Top 300 Worldwide
    OSA Student Chapters Top 300 Worldwide
    02 April 2013
    The Optical Society (OSA) today announced its worldwide network of Student Chapters has grown to more than 300. Late last month, the OSA Student Chapter at the University of Victoria in Canada was established—bringing the total to 301 Student Chapters in 56 countries.

  • 2013 Corning Student Paper Competition Winner Announced at OFC/NFOEC
    2013 Corning Student Paper Competition Winner Announced at OFC/NFOEC
    01 April 2013
    The OSA Foundation and Corning Incorporated recently named Robert Palmer of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany the 2013 Corning Outstanding Student Paper Competition winner.

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