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  • Higgs Boson Researcher Al Goshaw to Speak at Frontiers in Optics 2012 Plenary Session
    Higgs Boson Researcher Al Goshaw to Speak at Frontiers in Optics 2012 Plenary Session
    17 August 2012
    Al Goshaw, a James B. Duke Professor at Duke University in North Carolina, will give a keynote presentation at the plenary session of the Optical Society’s (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2012, taking place in Rochester, N.Y., Oct. 14-18. Goshaw is a member of one of the two independent research teams that announced the likely discovery of the elusive Higgs boson particle last month.

  • The Optical Society Saddened by Loss of Jarus Quinn
    The Optical Society Saddened by Loss of Jarus Quinn
    16 August 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) expresses its condolences at the passing of the Society’s first executive director, Jarus W. Quinn, who died Aug. 11 in North Carolina. He would have been 82 on Aug. 25.

  • OSA Webcast on Landmark NAS Report: Optical Science Trends for the Future
    OSA Webcast on Landmark NAS Report: Optical Science Trends for the Future
    15 August 2012
    The Optical Society (OSA) is live webcasting a roundtable discussion at Stanford University devoted to the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) recently-released report, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. Several members of the NAS Harnessing Light committee will discuss their findings, as well as current and future global innovations and technological opportunities enabled by optical science.

  • Hearing the Telltale Sounds of Dangerous Chemicals: New Photoacoustic Technique Detects Multiple Nerve Agents Simultaneously
    Hearing the Telltale Sounds of Dangerous Chemicals: New Photoacoustic Technique Detects Multiple Nerve Agents Simultaneously
    14 August 2012
    To warn of chemical attacks and help save lives, it’s vital to quickly determine if even trace levels of potentially deadly chemicals—such as the nerve gas sarin and other odorless, colorless agents—are present. U.S. Army researchers have developed a new chemical sensor that can simultaneously identify a potentially limitless numbers of agents, in real time. A paper describing the system has been published today in the Optical Society's (OSA) journal, Optics Letters.

  • OSA Commends Landmark National Academy of Sciences Report on Enabling Nature of Optics
    OSA Commends Landmark National Academy of Sciences Report on Enabling Nature of Optics
    13 August 2012
    OSA applauds the release of a U.S. National Academy of Sciences report on optics and photonics, which discusses the current state of optical sciences and goals for the future.

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