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Researchers have developed the first sensor capable of objectively identifying inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and distinguishing between its two subtypes. The device represents a substantial achievement toward a more personalized approach to diagnosing and treating IBD, a chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract affecting more than 1 million Americans.

The Optical Society (OSA) congratulates New York Photonics on its selection of the Eastman Business Park as a new research hub for integrated photonics. Announced on Wednesday, 14 December by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, the facility will be used to test, assemble and develop silicon-based photonic components. For a century, the research world and consumers alike have enjoyed a dramatic expansion of light-based technologies, and Rochester was its birthplace.

Researchers have developed a new type of light-enhancing optical cavity that is only 200 nanometers tall and 100 nanometers across. Their new nanoscale system represents a step toward brighter single-photon sources, which could help propel quantum-based encryption techniques under development.

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) elected 15 members of The Optical Society as NAI Fellows on 13 December 2016. With the election of the 2016 class, NAI notes that there are now 757 NAI Fellows, representing 229 research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes. The 2016 Fellows are named inventors on 5,437 issued U.S. patents, bringing the collective patents held by all NAI Fellows to more than 26,000 issued U.S. patents.

The OSA Foundation (OSAF) announced today that entrepreneur, Milton Chang and his wife Rosalind have donated $1 Million USD to create a professional development program through the OSA Foundation. This new offering will highlight the potential career opportunities for technical professionals outside of the traditional role of industry, government or academic researcher.

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