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The Optical Society (OSA) today presented the 2016 OSA Advocate of Optics recognition to Dr. John Holdren, director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). The Advocate of Optics award recognizes Dr. Holdren’s leadership in the field of optics and photonics, especially his work on the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative and in helping to create the Integrated Photonics Innovation Manufacturing Institute (IP-IMI), now known as AIM Photonics.

Mid-infrared light, which has a wavelength longer than visible light but shorter than microwaves, has many important applications in remote sensing and communication technologies. Researchers in Japan have demonstrated the successful operation of several new photonic components that can effectively guide the passage of mid-infrared light.

The science of light improves most every facet of modern life. The United Nations-proclaimed International Year of Light (IYL2015) will be brought to an official close with a ceremony to be held in Mérida, Mexico 4-6 February 2016. Ahead of the official closing, on 2 February the United Nations will host a program on Ibn Al-Haytham’s seminal contributions to optics and light in New York, New York, USA.

The Optical Society (OSA) celebrates its 100th anniversary with the Light the Future speaker series at eight international events in 2016. The events are open to conference attendees, invited guests and the local community. The program features visionaries, futurists and Nobel Prize winners who will provide an opportunity to look forward to optics and photonics innovations. The series begins on Tuesday, 9 February at OSA’s Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

All the world's data – pictures, video, sounds, and text – has to traverse complex networks of optical fibers that crisscross cities, regions, and countries. To better handle the glut of information, a research team from NOKIA Bell Labs, have developed a new device that could become a crucial component of new flexible and optimized networks.

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