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Creating an Inclusive Environment in Science

Scientists come from all different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. There is no demographic restriction to scientific study; the only thing that truly matters is one's knowledge and motivation. Ideally scientists should recognize the importance of diversity on a level that would allow it to transcend barriers other disciplines may not have the opportunity to, although in reality...

Added: 11 Jul 2018


Rainbows: From Science to Activism

In 1978 Gilbert Baker created the first rainbow flag as a symbol for LGBT+ Pride. Baker wanted a flag that could be a symbol of the global LGBT+ community and he chose the rainbow because he believed the various colors were a good representation of the diversity in the community. Baker believed this natural and beautiful symbol had an undeniable power and was certain of the design from the very...

Added: 05 Jul 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 4

The final day of AIO began with...

Added: 29 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 3

Day 3 was topic diverse. The first AIO session was...

Added: 28 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 2

Out of the box would be the way to describe day 2 of the Imaging and Applied Optics Congress. The day began with...

Added: 27 Jun 2018


Applied Industrial Optics Day 1

Lights, camera, action. The 2018 Imaging and Applied Optics Congress kicked off with...

Added: 25 Jun 2018


Stretch Assignments: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

The reason many of us became scientists and engineers is because we enjoy solving hard problems.  Whether it is experimental design, hardware implementation or data analysis, we relish heading home at the end of the day (or night!) feeling like we thought a lot and made progress toward our goals.  As early career professionals, tackling difficult problems at the edge or just outside...

Added: 23 Jun 2018


AIO 2018: Interesting Facts about Orlando, Florida

Orlando, Florida: 10 Interesting facts and 5 things to do   

Added: 20 Jun 2018


Advice from an Industry Professional: OSA Ambassador Interview Series

​Jelena Pesic, 2018 OSA Ambassador, conducts interviews with researchers in the field of industry. She asks a wide-range of questions regarding their inital interest in science, why they chose optics, to why industry is important. The third interview is with Sébastien Bigo, leader of the IP and Optical Networking Research Group at Nokia Bell Labs in France. 

Added: 13 Jun 2018


AIO 2018: Another New Exciting and Interactive Dimension to Applied industrial Optics 2018

Applied Industrial Optics 2018 continues its tradition of having a program presented by individuals from widely varying sectors. New to AIO 2018 will be demonstrations of the technologies presented as part of the program. Attendees will have the chance to see a cryogenic system, a VECSEL laser, adaptive lenses, an optical coherence tomography system, fiber optic sensing systems, sensor probes...

Added: 11 Jun 2018