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Traveling Lecturer: Traveling to New and Unknown Places

By David Hagan, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, USA, OSA Fellow | Posted: 27 February 2017



When I was first contacted by NISER student chapter officer, Samir Kumar, to visit as a traveling lecturer, I must admit I have never even heard of NISER, or the city in which it is located, Bhubaneswar, India. I was glad that we were eventually able to find a date for me to attend.   

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Traveling Lecturer: Late Night Conversations turn to Collaboration

By Antigone Marino, Institute of Applied Sciences and Intelligent Systems, Italy | Posted: 27 February 2017

A few month ago I was in Rochester, NY for FiO2016. The meeting agenda was so busy, like always it is. Although tired, the day always ended with a group of us chatting in the hotel lobby about optics, science and life. As if all of us wanted to draw as much as possible on the opportunity of being there. A few months later, I received an invitation to visit the Lund OSA Chapter in Sweden. I had to arrive in Sweden to realize that the invitation was coming up from one of this moment in FiO, in which you meet someone new, without having the possibility to deepen into a topic or a friendship.

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Traveling Lecturer: An Experience to Remember

By Anderson S L Gomes, Universidad Federal of Pernambuco, Brazil, OSA Fellow | Posted: 27 February 2017



It was my first - hopefully not the last - experience as OSA traveling lecturer, which was very enriching both scientifically, personally and from the cultural pooint of view. Although I had been in India before, this time I interacted with students in different places (Mumbai, Chandigarh and Delhi). The students were very pro-active during the talks, as well as the professors who attended (about 25 people in the audience). I visited several labs where the students showed their ongoing work, som e of which was of mutual interest. I firmly believe this is one of the most important OSA programs, together with the Students Chapters program itself, since gives the students opportunity to discuss their research with more experienced people from abroad. For the OSA members, it is very important to know their local way of life both personal and scientific, which by the way was of very high standard. It was a fantastic experience.

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Great Innovators - How they collaborate and why their teamwork leads to more creativity

By Rebecca B. Andersen | Posted: 17 February 2017

The Optical Society (OSA) continued the tradition of the Light the Future speaker series on 8 February 2017. The speaker series, which began in OSA’s centennial year, was created to shine light on the special contributions and innovations in optics and photonics. Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute, detailed great collaborative efforts and innovations in science.

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Traveling Lecturer: A Discussion with Professor David J. Hagan

By NISER Bhubaneswar OSA Student Chapter, India | Posted: 13 February 2017

From 7th Feb- 9th Feb 2017- Professor David J. Hagan of University of Central Florida, CREOL (USA) visited NISER as a part of The Optical Society (OSA) Traveling Lecturer Program for the NISER Bhubaneswar OSA Student Chapter. Professor David J Hagan was accompanied by Dr. Ritwick Das and Dr. Ashok Mohapatra to visit our research labs as well as undergraduates teaching labs. He had also made in depth discussion with our school chairperson Professor Bedangadas Mohanty.

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Traveling Lecturer: On the Trail of the Wild Hog

By Volker J. Sorger, The George Washington University, USA | Posted: 13 February 2017

They call them the fly-over states. The middle of the country (US that is). But, that such a statement is clearly wrongly placed, I experienced first hand.

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2017 Special Program Grant Recipients - Round 1

By Jennifer Mehltretter, Education Program Manager | Posted: 5 January 2017



OSA would like to congratulate the following student chapters and local sections on receiving the Special Program Grant. This grant awards up to $1,500 USD for high impact youth education/community outreach or professional development events. Chapters and sections went through a vigorous application and review process and we are thrilled with this first round of winners and their accomplishments.
 

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Escaping The Weather To Learn More About Optics

By University of Oregon OSA Chapter | Posted: 14 December 2016



The University of Oregon Student Chapter of the OSA lit up the University of Oregon campus on Saturday, December 3rd for the first ever Optics Holiday Bash. Student members organized an outreach event to celebrate The Optical Society’s 100th anniversary in 2016 with funding from the Centennial Special Events Grant. The purpose of the outreach activity was to engage the community by having them actively participate and learn about the applications of optics in the past 100 years. Schools in the Eugene, Springfield and Bethel districts were sent a copy of the flyer and the event was published in local community calendars. An advertisement was placed in the Register Guard to encourage folks of all backgrounds to join in. People of all ages had the opportunity to interact with several light and optics demos, enter the dark room to learn more about light, and watch a live chemistry show. All children attendees were given a raffle ticket to win one of eight optics kits and a light-up OSA 100th Anniversary pin. The primary location of this event was hosted in Willamette Hall Atrium, a stunning open space decorated with sculptures and designs representing physics, chemistry, biology, and astronomy. 

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Day 2 of the Future Microscopy Incubator

By Ivo Leite, University of Dundee, UK | Posted: 14 December 2016

After settling in for day two of the Future Microscopy Incubator, the participants were divided into two groups for breakout discussions. For two hours, each group discussed the challenges and strategic aims to make future techniques in microscopy either “Faster & Smaller” or “Broader & Deeper.” By the end of the morning, the participants reconvened to present their conclusions from each breakout session.

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Stereoptics: a 3D-OSA

By Universidad de Valladolid Physics League | Posted: 13 December 2016

‘Stereoptics: a 3D-OSA’ was born as an attempt to make an interactive and attractive workshop to show different ideas: stereoscopic vision, linear and circular polarization, and 3D-cinema technologies. With this main target, we developed a workshop where different notions were explained in order to build a whole story about light perception, visual optics and polarization. We divided the workshop in two parts - first was an introduction of the main notions and the second part was the construction of a 3D projection system of photo and video.
 

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