The Art of Optics Outreach

By Danuta Sampson, 2017 OSA Ambassador, Australia | Posted: 30 May 2017

Science outreach is fun, not only for the participants, but also for the educators as well. Science draws out our curiosity and we all have natural curiosity. When you design and conduct an outreach event, you have to think carefully about how to turn science, optics for example, into something interesting and understandable for others; making it a good test of how well you know a topic.

At an outreach event, sometimes you lead a team of people and at other times you follow a leader. It teaches you how to be a good leader as well as a good team member and these skills are highly important for your career and in other areas of your life.

When you are able to participating in an outreach event, it can be a very rewarding experience. You get to see the big smiles, the enthusiasm, and the joy that you cannot help but smile yourself. It makes it all worth it when you receive thanks at the end of the event and it makes you believe that what you do is important, valued, and worth continuing.

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Lab Visits - An Investment That Is Worth It

By Chad Husko, Argonne National Laboratory | Posted: 2 November 2016

Dear OSA members,
This is the fourth in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. You can find earlier posts on visits to Barcelona and Quebec, and OSA FiberTech in Sydney.

In this post I will discuss a recent trip Down Under to visit our colleagues at the University of Queensland and Griffith University in Brisbane. This follows on from attending the OSA conference in Sydney.

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Coming Back to the Down Under

By Chad Husko, Argonne National Laboratory | Posted: 26 October 2016

​Hey there!
This is the third in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. You can find earlier posts on visits to Barcelona and Quebec.
In this post I will discuss a recent trip Down Under to attend the OSA Photonics and Fiber Technology conference in Sydney. I worked at the University of Sydney for four years, so this was a bit of a homecoming for me.

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Light Up the Outback - Bright Lights for Bright Minds

By Macquarie OSA Student Chapter | Posted: 30 September 2016

In August, two physics PhD students from Macquarie University, Australia spent a week visiting regional and rural high schools around New South Wales. Eight different schools were visited over the course of 5 days, in a loop of almost 2000 kilometres. Over 450 students and their teachers participated in the sessions. Each visit to the schools had three parts. A short talk on optics or laser and communications was given first. The students then got the chance to interact with a range of optics experiments, including a thermal camera, Schlieren camera/mirror assembly, laser telephone, laser minigolf, laser music player, laser ray optics, diffraction grating glasses, and hand-held spectrometer. Just about every school had a different ‘favourite’ experiment, with students and teachers all getting involved. 

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A Lecture Series Filled with Opportunity

By QUT OSA Student Chapter | Posted: 20 May 2016

The graduate students in the school of Optometry and Vision Science at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have an immense passion in exploring the application of optics in their research activities. With this passion, The Optical Society (OSA) QUT Student Chapter was established in the year 2012. This year QUT OSA Student Chapter organized their first ever OSA lecture series to mark the Centennial year of OSA. This event was a joint collaboration between QUT OSA student chapter and QUT school of Optometry and Vision Science. The objective of the event was to educate and spread the awareness of a wide field of application of optics and light based technologies in science, engineering and other health research. In addition to that, we also wanted to highlight the achievements of our team and the challenges faced by the chapter. These were made clear to the audience in the Chapter President’s welcome speech. 

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