OSA Member Newsletter

January 2021 Issue
 
OSA Ambassadors Podcast
#WeAreOSA is a new series of podcasts, blogs and articles featuring inspirational stories from scientists & engineers. In this #WeAreOSA podcast, OSA Ambassadors share how they inspire & mentor optics & photonics students across the world.
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CEO Pledge
OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan has pledged to support CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion. The pledge is an action to advance diversity and inclusion within the workplace.
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Message From Ursula Gibson (2019 OSA President)
The Art of Working In A Virtual Environment
In some regards, the move to video mirrors the transition from telephone calls and physical letters to email; a plunge into a new paradigm, with sociological norms far behind the technology. However, the video transition has been faster and more pervasive, and the short time frame involved has driven remarkable change, both positive and negative. While participation by larger numbers of people is possible, the quality of participation is hugely varied. It is not enough to accept this and anticipate a return to the 'old normal' – some elements of the video world are here to stay, and it is essential that we learn to utilize them in the best possible ways.
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Honoring the Optics Community
A Special Thanks
We extend our gratitude from the society to Alexander “Sandy” Sawchuk who has served the OSA Foundation Board as a volunteer since 2009 and as Chair since 2015.
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Women & Science
11 February is the International Day of Women & Girls in Science. Post a tribute today to a teacher, colleague, supervisor, or a scientist who whose life and career inspired you.
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Community Matters
Call For Papers
Paper submissions are due soon for three OSA Meetings: Biophotonics, 2 Feb; European Conferences on Biomedical Optics, 16 Feb; and Optical Design and Fabrication, 23 Feb.
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OIDA's Predictions
We have often been asked, do you ever check your forecasts? Of course we do. We didn't forecast the pandemic, but what about our forecast before the pandemic? And after?
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Lumentum Acquiring Coherent
OIDA members Lumentum and Coherent are merging to create a diversified photonics technology company.
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Recognition of Distinguished Professionals
New Editor-in-Chief
OSA Publishing is pleased to welcome Gisele Bennett as the new Editor-in-Chief of Applied Optics.
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Fellow Spotlight
2017 Fellow Andrew Forbes advises young scientists to “Be creative, take risks, dream, and think differently from everyone else.”
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Stay Connected With OSA
 
Innovation School
During this 5-day bootcamp, you will discover how to identify high potential ideas, validate them using key tactics of customer discovery and evidence. Learn More.
 
Become a Senior Member
Recognize an outstanding professional with a nomination to become a Senior Member. Applications and references are due 28 February. Learn More.
 
Great Talent At Your Finger Tips
As a niche online job board, WORKinOPTICS.com more efficiently connects employers, job seekers and consultants within the optics and photonics community compared to broader job boards. Read More.
 
In the January 2021 OPN
This month, read about progress in on-chip frequency combs; photonic nanojets; Polaroid’s 1970s “experiment in South Africa”; and more. [Image: Brian Long / UCSB] Read More.
 
Couillaud Prize Application Open
The Foundation and Coherent, Inc. have partnered to create the Bernard J. Couillaud Prize. One early career professional will receive a merit-based award. Read More.
 
 
 
 
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