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  • The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors voted to confirm the appointment of George Bayz as Treasurer, an officer role of the Society, starting Jan. 1, 2014.

  • The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors voted today to rename the OSA Distinguished Service Award to the Stephen D. Fantone Distinguished Service Award.

  • The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Alan E. Willner of the University of Southern California, USA as its 2014 vice president. Three directors at large were also chosen during this year's election: Anne Tropper of the University of Southampton, UK; Adam Wax of Duke University, USA; and Xi-Cheng Zhang of the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester, USA.

  • Italian researchers have developed a novel idea for an inexpensive, portable breathalyzer whose color would change from green to red with higher alcohol concentrations. But unlike current color change-based devices, this sensor would be reusable and could also provide a precise digital readout.

  • When you shine ultraviolet light (UV) through water polluted with certain organic chemicals and bacteria, the contaminants measurably absorb the UV light and then re-emit it as visible light. Many of today‚Äôs more advanced devices for testing water are built to make use of this fluorescent property of pollutants; but the walls of the channels through which the water travels in these devices can produce background noise that makes it difficult to get a clear reading.

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