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By Sogol Borjian | Posted: 27 July 2016

AIO Young Professional, Sogol Borjian, interviews Nicole Reader about the intersection of fashion and optics. Ms Reader is an invited speaker at AIO 2016.

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Applied Industrial Optics Day 2

By Sogol Borjian Borojeni | Posted: 27 July 2016

The first session of AIO on Day 2, “ID Photonically”, was opened by...

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Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

By Arlene Smith, Ph.D. | Posted: 25 July 2016

OSA’s Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with the...

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Successful meeting in Vancouver. Looking forward to seeing you in Advanced Photonics 2017 in New Orleans.

By Howard Lee | Posted: 25 July 2016


It is great to attend a meeting with specific focus on certain topics as Advanced Photonics, since it is... 

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Working In Optics

By Aline Dinkelaker | Posted: 25 July 2016

The career event “Working in Optics in Berlin” took place on 15 June at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and was funded by the OSA Ambassador Program. It was organized by Aline Dinkelaker, OSA Ambassador, and the student chapter BerlinOptik. More than 80 participants registered to attend the event, with participants from each of the three universities in Berlin as well as from other cities. 

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Exposing Science to Those All Around

By Oxford Optics and Photonics Student Society (OxOPS) | Posted: 19 July 2016

The Oxford Optics and Photonics Society (OxOPS) joined forces with the Oxford Hands-on-Science (OxHOS) society to realise an unprecedented Science roadshow in the UK. A tour in Oxfordshire (first week) and South Wales (second week) visiting schools and public venues with plenty of Science experiments was carried out with massive success! Thanks to the OSA Centennial Special Events Grant, the total cost of this big event running through two weeks, several locations, with many volunteers and plenty of enthusiasm was totally fundraised; this in turn allowed the whole event to run as planned, and even better. OxHOS, also a student society at Oxford University, was leading the activity and raised most of the money. They were in charge of the administration processes and the coordination of over 80 volunteers including all the members of our OSA chapter. The whole setup included demonstrations on all the fields of science: from Kiwi DNA, fruit batteries, blood pressure, membrane vibrations, air convection, to the dynamo, conservation of angular momentum and, of course, very cool optical experiments; all together in the same rooms or street with plenty of interested public, mostly children. 

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Keeping a Tradition

By New England Section of OSA | Posted: 19 July 2016

Each year the NES/OSA participates in several outreach events to demonstrate the role optics plays in everyday life. Sharing knowledge of optics applications has been an ongoing effort since the mid-1970s evolving over time. Our current approach is to join public STEM EXPOs and Science Fairs. Massachusetts has a statewide system of science fairs split into six regions. Each region hosts middle and high school fairs with winners eligible to compete in the annual statewide fairs. The local section provides funding to each fair to cover overhead and prizes, and attended 3 fairs with optics demonstrations. 

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Capture Science

By University of Otago | Posted: 19 July 2016

We ran a community photo competition called “Capture Science - Earth, Space and Weather” as a sequel to the IYL “Luminescence” photo competition, where we asked entrants to explore the science of the incredible world around us through a photo and accompanying caption explaining the underlying scientific concept(s). Almost 200 entries were received across four age categories, coming from all over the Otago/Southland region. The winning entries were then displayed for one week in an exhibition at the Otago Museum, as part of the New Zealand Science Festival. 

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Advanced Photonics Conference in Vancouver

By Howard Lee | Posted: 19 July 2016

Advanced Photonics 2016 - Vancouver, Canada - Day 1 

I am attending Advanced Photonics in Vancouver. I was also at the past Advanced Photonics Conference in Boston 2015 but this year is really special as ....

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A Gaze at the Moon

By Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosi OSA Student Chapter | Posted: 15 July 2016

During Science Week, along with the “Instituto de Investigación en Comunicación Óptica” (IICO) and the Science Faculty we carried out various activities related to the centennial of The Optical Society.
Our OSA chapter organized an astronomical night and a telescope workshop with the participation of children, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as teachers of the Institute. The activity consisted of a conversation about astronomy and radio-astronomy by Astrophysical Hugo Jasso, which ended with the observation of the Moon and a dinner (pizza).
This activity took place on Tuesday 18 April, starting with the talk of Astronomy at 19:00 hours followed by the telescopes workshop from 20:00 to 21:30 and ending with the observation of the moon at 21:30 and dinner following, the telescopes elaborated in the workshop were used.

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