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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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Shortly after the Hubble Space Telescope went into orbit in 1990 it was discovered that the craft had blurred vision. Fortunately, Space Shuttle astronauts were able to remedy the problem a few years later with supplemental optics. Now, a team of Italian researchers has performed a similar sight-correcting feat for a microscope imaging technique designed to explore a universe seemingly as vast as Hubble’s but at the opposite end of the size spectrum—the neural pathways of the brain.

New optics research by a team of South Korean investigators offers the prospect of glasses-free, 3-D display technology for commercial theaters. Their new technique, described in a paper published today in the Optical Society’s (OSA) open-access journal Optics Express, can bring this added dimension while using space more efficiently and at a lower cost than current 3-D projection technology.

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