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The Optical Society (OSA) today announced new editors-in-chief for two of its journals and revealed the new branding for of its highly-reputed subscription-based journals.

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) today announced the successful completion of the Paul A. Bonenfant Memorial Scholarship fundraising campaign, surpassing the total fundraising goal of $190,000. The need-based scholarship will enable undergraduate students enrolled in engineering or physical science programs to attend semester-abroad programs offered through their college or university.

The nighttime twinkling of fireflies has inspired scientists to modify a light-emitting diode (LED) so it is more than one and a half times as efficient as the original. Researchers from Belgium, France, and Canada studied the internal structure of firefly lanterns, the organs on the bioluminescent insects’ abdomens that flash to attract mates.

The International OSA Network of Students (IONSTM) will host the IONS-13 conference in Zurich and Lausanne, Switzerland Jan. 10-12. The conference, organized by OSA Student Chapters at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich) and Lausanne (EPFL), will feature technical sessions and programming for students in the field of optics and photonics.

Tingye Li, an OSA Past President and Fellow Emeritus renowned for his contributions to lightwave technology and optical fiber communications, died on 27 December 2012 - in Snowbird, Utah, USA. He was 81.


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