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Traveling Lecturer: Meeting Dr. Sorger

The Traveling Lecturer Program through our OSA Student Chapter (UArk Laserbacks) was a great success. Dr. Sorger's visit was productive, as he was able to spend time meeting various professors and students throughout the University of Arkansas Physics Department, and his talk was very relevant and interesting to many researchers on campus. Students and faculty also benefitted from the...

Added: 02 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Traveling to New and Unknown Places

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.   

Added: 27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Late Night Conversations turn to Collaboration

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...

Added: 27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: An Experience to Remember

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...

Added: 27 Feb 2017


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

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...

Added: 17 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: A Discussion with Professor David J. Hagan

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...

Added: 13 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: On the Trail of the Wild Hog

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.

Added: 13 Feb 2017


2017 Special Program Grant Recipients - Round 1

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...

Added: 05 Jan 2017


Escaping The Weather To Learn More About Optics

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...

Added: 14 Dec 2016


Day 2 of the Future Microscopy Incubator

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...

Added: 14 Dec 2016