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The Optical Society (OSA) today announced its journals have again generated the most citations and largest number of articles of any publisher in the optics category of the 2011 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters JCR, 2011). In addition, OSA’s newest journal, Biomedical Optics Express, which launched in August 2010, debuted on the optics list with an Impact Factor of 2.333, the highest of any new optics journal this year.

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) today announced Matthew N. Barnum of the University of Arizona and Anthony J. Visconti of the University of Rochester are the recipients of the 2012 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Travel Grant. The grant was established by Optical Research Associates (ORA®), now the Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys, Inc., as a memorial to ORA’s former President and Chief Executive Officer Robert S. Hilbert. The grant recognizes the research excellence of graduate students in the areas of optical engineering, lens design, and/or illumination design.

The Optical Society (OSA) announced today that Tom Hausken has joined the staff as senior advisor, engineering and applications. In this position, Hausken will support a number of OSA’s industry focused activities, including the programs of the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association (OIDA), a division of OSA.

When restoring damaged and faded works of art, artists often employ lasers and other sophisticated imaging techniques to study intricate details, analyze pigments, and search for subtle defects not visible to the naked eye. To refine what can be seen during the restoration process even further, a team of Italian researchers has developed a new imaging tool that can capture features not otherwise detectable with the naked eye or current imaging techniques.

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) today announced the details of programs it will fund in the second half of 2012. The initiatives include new and continuing grants that support optics education and outreach activities and forward the OSAF’s goal to inspire future generations of science, engineering and business leaders.

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