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The Optical Society (OSA) and the IEEE Photonics Society today announced that Professor Evgeny M. Dianov, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), Russian Federation, is the recipient of the 2017 John Tyndall Award, an honor endowed by Corning, Inc. Dianov is being recognized “for pioneering leadership in optical fiber development and outstanding contributions to nonlinear fiber optics and optical fiber amplifiers.” The award, one of the top honors in the fiber optics community, will be presented to Dianov during the plenary session at OFC 2017.

CEOs from 29 science and engineering societies asked President-Elect Trump to appoint an Assistant to the President for Science and Technology to manage science policy in the new administration.

In today’s digital world it can be challenging to prevent photos, videos and books from being illegally copied and distributed. A new light-based technique is making it more practical to create secure, invisible watermarks that can be used to detect and prosecute counterfeiting.

For the first time, an optical clock has traveled to space, surviving harsh rocket launch conditions and successfully operating under the microgravity that would be experienced on a satellite. This demonstration brings optical clock technology much closer to implementation in space, where it could eventually allow GPS-based navigation with centimeter-level location precision.

The Optical Society (OSA) announced that John C. Mather was named an Honorary Member. Mather was chosen “The temperature of the Big Bang radiation was determined as 2.725 +/- 0.001K. According to the Nobel committee the COBE project can be regarded as the starting point of cosmology as a precision science.” The Optical Society’s Honorary Membership is the most distinguished membership status a society member may achieve and this status is confirmed by the OSA Board of Directors. Mather joins 48 distinguished Honorary Members.

         

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