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The Optical Society Presents the Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize for 2018

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Bahram Javidi, University of Connecticut, USA, the recipient of the 2018 Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize. Javidi is honored for seminal contributions to passive and active multi-dimensional imaging from nano- to micro- and macro-scales. Once fully developed, this imaging technology could provide medical professionals with a fast and reliable new tool for the identification of diseased cells and other biological specimens even when working outside of a traditional clinical setting.

Added: 19 Apr 2018

The Optical Society Celebrates International Day of Light on 16 May

The Optical Society (OSA) supports the UNESCO endorsement of the International Day of Light on 16 May and is a founding member of the International Day of Light’s Steering Committee. OSA will celebrate the International Day of Light with a special plenary session at CLEO, teach-ins with local sections and student chapters and an innovative exhibition at ARTECHOUSE, Washington, D.C.

Added: 17 Apr 2018

The Optical Society Joins with Scientific Organizations to March for Science

The Optical Society (OSA) today announces plans to support the March for Science, planned for Saturday, 14 April. OSA will join the 200+ organizations, which are formally participating in the March for Science. Satellite marches planned in parallel around the world and OSA will support members who want to participate, wherever the march is located. For events being hosted in Washington, DC, OSA has partnered with the American Physical Society (APS).

Added: 12 Apr 2018

OSA’s BioPhotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics Congress Closes with Strong Attendance, Focus on the

The OSA BioPhotonics Congress: Biomedical Optics concluded in Hollywood, Florida with over 400 attendees and a robust technical program covering the ever increasing role of optics in biology and medicine. Today’s optical technologies can be used for imaging and sensing everything from molecules to man. The OSA BioPhotonics Congress was comprised of four topical meetings highlighting the role of optics in detecting, diagnosing, and treating diseases such as cancer and neurological disease.

Added: 11 Apr 2018

The Optical Society Hosts Special Networking and Member Events at CLEO 2018

The Optical Society (OSA), the leading professional association in optics and photonics, will host a variety of special events during the 2018 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California, from 13-18 May 2018. The events feature unique networking and professional development programs, industry discussions on rapidly growing technologies within the industry and a reception with OSA Publishing editors.

Added: 10 Apr 2018

New Camera Inspired by Butterfly Eyes Improves Image-Guided Cancer Surgery

By mimicking the intricate visual system of a butterfly, researchers have created a camera that provides surgeons with both a traditional color image as well as a near-infrared image that makes fluorescently labeled cancerous cells visible even under bright surgical lighting. The new camera is designed to help surgeons remove all the cancerous cells without damaging healthy tissue, making it less likely that the cancer will spread and reducing the need for multiple surgeries.

Added: 05 Apr 2018

The Optical Society Supports the Next Generation of Scientists at USA Science & Engineering Festival

The Optical Society (OSA), is pleased to announce its participation in the 5th USA Science & Engineering Festival, the first and only national science festival. The society will have an interactive edcuation booth at the biannual festival, which will be held on 7-8 April 2018 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Added: 04 Apr 2018

Researchers Develop Nanoparticle Films for High-Density Data Storage

As we generate more and more data, the need for high-density data storage that remains stable over time is becoming critical. New nanoparticle-based films that are more than 80 times thinner than a human hair may help to fill this need by providing materials that can holographically archive more than 1000 times more data than a DVD in a 10-by-10-centimeter piece of film. The new technology could one day enable tiny wearable devices that capture and store 3-D images of objects or people.

Added: 03 Apr 2018

The Optical Society Presents Nick Holonyak Jr. Award for 2018

The Optical Society (OSA) is pleased to name Dieter Bimberg, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany and King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia, the 2018 recipient of the Nick Holonyak Jr. Award. OSA honors Bimberg for fundamental discoveries on growth and physics of semiconductor nanostructures leading to novel nanophotonic devices for information science and communications.

Added: 03 Apr 2018

Astrophysicist Nergis Mavalvala to Deliver OSA Light the Future Keynote

OSA will host the latest in its Light the Future speaker series on 9 April, 5:30 – 6:30 P.M. ET during OSA’s Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. The Curtis and Kathleen Marble Professor of Astrophysics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a Fellow of The Optical Society, Professor Nergis Mavalvala will detail the launch of the new era of gravitational wave astrophysics.

Added: 28 Mar 2018

The Optical Society Congratulates National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee Ching Wan Tang

In 2014, Ching Wan Tang was awarded The Optical Society’s Nick Holonyak, Jr. Award, which is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to optics based on semiconductor-based optical devices and materials, including basic science and technological applications. Dr. Tang won the award for his pioneering work with OLEDs.

Added: 27 Mar 2018

Ultrathin Endoscope Captures Neurons Firing Deep in the Brain

Researchers have developed an endoscope as thin as a human hair that can image the activity of neurons in the brains of living mice. Because it is so thin, the endoscope can reach deep into the brain, giving researchers access to areas that cannot be seen with microscopes or other types of endoscopes.

Added: 26 Mar 2018