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  • The Optical Society’s (OSA) optics youth education Web site,, recently won an iParenting Media Award for Outstanding Products of 2008. is an online community for parents and parents-to-be and is part of Disney’s network of family-focused Web sites. The award recognizes exceptional products for parents and their families in 20 categories. joins an impressive list of winning organizations all specializing in education Web sites.

  • The industry’s leading conference on lasers and electro-optics, CLEO/QELS & PhAST, took place in May. More than 350 exhibitors, including several OSA Corporate Member companies, were on hand displaying the latest products and innovations. This edition of Industry Newsmakers includes news from Lockheed Martin, Newport, New Focus, nLIGHT and more.

  • The Optical Society’s (OSA) Foundation Board of Directors recently approved new funding for programs taking place this year. These grants will help advance international optics-related education by renewing successful grants and introducing new programs. The grants and programs will benefit students and educators around the world by providing resources such as classroom sets, travel support and program funding.

  • Scientists have created an instrument designed to help determine the shapes and sizes of tiny ice crystals typical of those found in high-altitude clouds, down to the micron level (comparable to the tiniest cells in the human body), according to a new study in Optics Letters, a journal published by the Optical Society. The data produced using this instrument likely will help improve computer models used to predict climate change.

  • The Optical Society (OSA) has unveiled a redesign of its optics education Web site, Developed to encourage interest in optics and photonics, the site includes new and updated features such as an optics history timeline, a gallery of optical images, more than 30 experiments, a variety of tutorials and a career quiz.

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