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  • The Optical Society (OSA) congratulates Steve Chu, OSA honorary member and award winner, for his nomination to secretary of energy by President-elect Barack Obama.

  • The Optical Society (OSA) Board of Directors has selected two new honorary members of the society. Roy J. Glauber and Theodor Wolfgang Haensch were chosen for their extraordinary contributions to the field of optics.

  • The Optical Society’s (OSA) youth education Web site,, recently received the Recommended Award by the Parents’ Choice Foundation for the Fall of 2008.

  • A research team led by Fetah Benabid, University of Bath, has observed for the first time the simultaneous emission of two resonant dispersive waves by optical solitons (waves that maintain their shape while traveling at constant speeds).

  • The Optical Society (OSA) and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) are proud to announce the inaugural Herbert Walther Award will be presented to David J. Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for his seminal contributions to quantum information physics and metrology, and the development of trapped ion techniques for applications to basic quantum phenomena, plasma physics and optical clocks.

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