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The Optical Society (OSA) issued the following statement on the passage and signing of the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act, which promotes investment in research and development innovations that will better allow U.S. companies to compete in the international marketplace. In addition, the bill includes a provision calling for increased partnership among federal science agencies, academia and industry to advance optics and photonics technologies.

Researchers have developed a microscope that can chemically identify individual micron-sized particles. The new approach could one day be used in airports or other high-security venues as a highly sensitive and low-cost way to rapidly screen people for microscopic amounts of potentially dangerous materials.

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.

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.


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