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  • The Optical Society (OSA) today announced the launch of a new annual Advanced Solid State Lasers Congress (ASSL). The event combines OSA’s Advanced Solid State Photonics (ASSP), Advances in Optical Materials (AIOM), and Fiber Lasers and Applications (FILAS) Topical Meetings into a comprehensive conference and exhibition.

  • The Optical Society (OSA), in conjunction with the IEEE Photonics Society, SPIE and the American Physical Society (APS), is co-hosting a congressional briefing on the National Academy of Sciences’ (NAS) recently-released report, Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation. Leading optical scientists and engineers will discuss the report and the growing economic importance of optics and photonics.

  • The OSA Foundation announced today that University Science Books, the publisher of Anthony “Tony” Siegman’s well-known book Lasers, is donating 300 copies of the text to the Foundation for re-sale to raise money for the Siegman International Summer School on Lasers in memory of the author who passed away last year. The effort is part of an endowment campaign launched earlier this year to permanently fund the summer school, which aims to honor Seigman for the tremendous contributions he made to the scientific community and his passion for teaching while providing optics graduate students around the world with the opportunity to experience a program of lectures, networking opportunities, poster presentations, research sharing and more.

  • The Optical Society (OSA) has named the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) Lidar Team the winner of the 2012 Paul F. Forman Engineering Excellence Award. The award recognizes teams that have made major contributions to optical engineering. The team, whose members include Gary Gimmestad, David Roberts, John Stewart, Leanne West and Jack Wood, will be recognized for their 25-year history of making significant advances in atmospheric lidar technology to make it more cost effective, eye-safe, reliable, and capable of producing real-time data products. The group members will receive their award during the plenary session at OSA’s annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO), taking place Oct. 14-18 in Rochester, N.Y.

  • The OSA Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2012 Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition. The competition recognizes excellence in innovation, research and presentation of graduate students. The finalists will present their work at the Optical Society’s (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2012, which will take place Oct. 14-18 in Rochester, N.Y.

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