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We Are OSA


We Are OSA is a new series of inspirational stories and timely perspectives from scientists and engineers improving our world. This curated collection of podcasts and blog posts highlights the innovation, integrity, inclusivity and impact of our community worldwide.

OPN | Careers

Queer Representation in Science

The word “STEM” (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) traditionally evokes a mental picture of a white, heterosexual, masculine scientist—perhaps wearing a white lab coat and studiously examining a beaker containing a mysterious chemical concoction.

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OPN | Careers

Is Your Workplace Diverse? Why Not?

The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided a grant asking this very question. Now Joan C. Williams and Kate Massinger of the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California’s Hastings College of Law are posing a possible answer: harassment.

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PUBLICATIONS | JOSA A

Optics in Africa: introduction

Africa has a long history in optics, but decades of turmoil have seen optical science in Africa advance only slowly, punching far below its weight. But a younger generation of scientists hold promise for the brighter future, addressing continental issues with photonics.

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OPN | Feature

FiO+LS 2020 and Quantum 2.0

Aided by an upgraded, interactive interface, OSA’s long-standing annual conference—and a brand-new one focused on emerging quantum technologies—went all-virtual in September 2020.

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PUBLICATIONS

The Optical Society Launches New Conference Paper and Video Interface for OSA Meetings

The Optical Society (OSA) has developed a new integrated search and browse interface for OSA Meetings to display all of the conference video presentations captured during its 40 plus annual meetings alongside the associated conference papers.

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EVENTS | INDUSTRY

OIDA Technology Showcase

Join us online Tuesday 27 April - Thursday 29 April and get an in-depth look as OIDA member companies present and explain their cutting-edge technologies.

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Upcoming Webinar | We Are On

Career Insights & Advice from OSA Honorary Members Milton Chang and Erich Ippen

Don’t miss this opportunity to engage with OSA’s two recently elected Honorary Members, Milton Chang, Incubic, LLC, USA, and Erich Ippen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA, as they share career insights, advice and stories from their careers.

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PAST WEBINAR | WE ARE ON

Career Cycles: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Careers have a beginning, a middle and an end (and as people increasingly change careers during their lifetime, we will have more of these than ever before.) Learn how to recognize where you are on that career cycle, where you should be, and how to turn unexpected endings into new opportunities.

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OPN | Careers

How (and How Not) to Acquire a Mentor

The mentor–mentee relationship can’t be forced; it must develop organically. A former OSA President shares advice for cultivating this bond.

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Publications | Optics Express

Editorial: Optics Express - Now How Did That Happen?

Founding Editor-in-Chief Joseph Eberly tells how Optics Express was conceived as an entirely new kind of journal and the significant effort required to launch the first issue.

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opn | infographics

OPN Produces Innovative Infographics

A number of these pieces have been selected and won awards for design and content.

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OPN | History

Optics Letters: OSA Gets the Word Out on Optics—Fast

By the mid-1970s, the Optical Society had entered a relatively stable period: The Journal of the Optical Society of America (JOSA) was running about 1,700 pages per year and slowly growing, and Applied Optics (AO)...

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PAST WEBINAR | WE ARE ON

Insights from the Investment Community: Post Covid-19

Hear from investors and investment bankers in technology with long histories in the electronics, semiconductor, communications and photonics sectors.

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PUBLICATIONS | APPLIED OPTICS

Modeling UV-C irradiation chambers for mask decontamination using Zemax OpticStudio

Ultraviolet decontamination of personal protective equipment, particularly masks, is important in situations where mask reuse is practiced.

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OPN | INDUSTRY NEWS

Report: UV-C LED Market Set to Surge

In a recently published report, the market-research firm Yole Développement projects that the global market for UV-C light-emitting diodes (LEDs) could balloon from US$144 million in 2019 and US$308 million in 2020 to US$2.5 billion in 2025...

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PUBLICATIONS | APPLIED OPTICS

Construction and validation of UV-C decontamination cabinets for filtering facepiece respirators

We present evidence-based design principles for three different UV-C based decontamination systems for N95 filtering facepiece respirators (FFRs) within the context of the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak of 2019–2020.

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PAST WEBINAR | WE ARE ON

How to Avoid Burnout and Find Balance in Your Career

As academics, we are very passionate about our work. Our research becomes our lifestyle...

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PAST WEBINAR | WE ARE ON

Key Elements in Mentor Training

Mentoring is evolving beyond the usual mentor-mentee dialogue. To fully benefit from this powerful practice, it is key to go back to mentoring fundamentals and then update strategically the practice for 21st century needs.

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PAST WEBINAR | WE ARE ON

Key Elements in Mentee Training

Drawing wisdom from a mentor’s experience....

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