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  • OSA Fellow Dr. John Fourkas, University of Maryland, College Park, will lead a discussion on Optical Phenomena at an upcoming D.C. Science Café on Tuesday, 19 January 2016 at Busboys and Poets, Washington, D.C. The “D.C. Science Café” is a regular series supported by the D.C. Science Writers Association. The goal of D.C. Science Café is to provide the public with an engaging and lively discussion about the technologies that help fuel our world and the scientific discoveries that propel us forward.


  • The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) elected 15 OSA members to its 2015 NAI Fellows on 15 December 2015. The award recognizes innovators that have made positive contributions to the world and U.S. economy. The newly elected fellows will join 153 other scientific luminaries to be recognized, and will be formally inducted on 15 April 2016 at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.


  • The Optical Society (OSA) congratulates Senator Chris Coons, Democrat from Delaware for recognizing the International Year of Light. The statement reaffirms the crucial role optics and photonics play in the U.S. economy and everyday life. It also recognizes the importance of continued investment in fundamental optics and photonics research and applauds the people of the United States for participating in the International Year of Light through local programs, activities, and ceremonies.


  • Checking on bird embryos might just have gotten easier. A research team from Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology (DGIST), South Korea, have demonstrated a new way of monitoring the blood flow of bird embryos still in their eggs, which could provide poultry farmers with a relatively simple and cheap technique to track the health of their livestock.


  • Color-image based systems are excellent at locating people in aerial search and rescue operations, but fall short when it comes to discerning between actual human skin and objects with similar hues. To remedy this, researchers at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) have developed a novel two-dimensional feature space which uses the spectral absorption characteristics of melanin, hemoglobin and water to better characterize human skin

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