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  • The Optical Society (OSA) and SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, announced this week that R. Barry Johnson of Alabama A&M University is the recipient of the 2012 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Lens Design Fundamentals, Second Edition, a substantially revised and expanded update to the late Rudolf Kingslake’s 1978 First Edition.


  • The OSA Foundation (OSAF) is pleased to announce the 2012 recipients of the Newport Student Travel Grants and the Incubic/Milton Chang Student Travel Grants. The 15 recipients, from 10 countries, will present research papers this week at the Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO: 2012) in San Jose.


  • The OSA Foundation (OSAF), HRL Laboratories LLC, the IEEE Photonics Society and the APS Division of Laser Science are pleased to announce Jeffrey Driscoll of Columbia University, USA as the winner of the annual Theodore Maiman Student Paper Competition. Driscoll won for his paper “First Demonstration of Quasi-Phase-Matched Four-Wave-Mixing in Silicon Waveguides.”The grand prize and two honorable mentions were presented yesterday during the Plenary and Awards Ceremony of the Conference on Lasers and Electro Optics (CLEO: 2012) at the San Jose Convention Center.


  • The Optical Society (OSA) today announced the launch of several enhancements to its digital library, Optics InfoBase. Central to the new services that have launched is the reinvention of its journal article interface. With this new interface, users can more easily access and browse each article’s full-text, article-level metrics, interactive and embedded equations, and more than 200,000 images via the new Optics ImageBank product. Additionally, today’s initial launch allows OSA the opportunity to make functional adjustments to all of these innovative offerings based on user feedback. The goal is to refine each new offering over the next six months.


  • X-ray mammography is an important diagnostic tool in the fight against breast cancer, but it has certain drawbacks that limit its effectiveness. For example, it can give in false positive and negative results; it also exposes women to low doses of ionizing radiation, which – while accepted as safe – still carry some risk.

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