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The Board of Directors of the Optical Society (OSA) announced today that Donald B. Keck has been elected as the society’s newest Honorary Member. Keck was chosen for his “breakthrough contributions to the field of optical communications, including the invention of the first low-loss optical fiber, and for a history of service to OSA.”

As a human fetus develops, its heart has to keep pace with the new body’s ever-growing demands. Much of this is controlled by following genetic blueprints, but the embryonic heart also matures in response to the intense stresses of pumping blood. For the first time, researchers have been able to visualize in 3-D the stresses induced by flowing blood in an embryonic heart.

The Optical Society (OSA) today praised the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) decision to adopt a resolution declaring 2015 the International Year of Light.

The Optical Society’s (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics 2012, wrapped up Rochester, N.Y. yesterday, featuring nearly 900 presentations over five days—96 years after OSA was founded in this very city. Collocated with the American Physical Society Division of Laser Science’s annual meeting, Laser Science XXVII, FiO brought together more than 1,700 attendees—a significant increase over last year—covering the latest advances in all areas of optics and photonics – from adaptive optics and optical sensing to silicon photonics and quantum information science.

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to announce that its members have elected Philip Russell of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany as its 2013 vice president. Three directors at large were also chosen during this year's election: Susana Marcos of Instituto de Optica, CSIC, in Spain, Lynn E. Nelson of AT&T Labs in Middletown, N.J., and Gregory J. Quarles of B.E. Meyers and Co., Inc. in Redmond, Wash.

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