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A Century of Pioneering Publishing

As scientific publishing has evolved, one thing has remained constant: OSA is a pioneer and a long-standing curator of trusted and authoritative peer-reviewed content. While there are many noteworthy stories in our publications history, this article looks at a few examples of how OSA enabled its members to experiment and test novel ideas with its diverse community.

Added: 02 Mar 2021


U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics Caucus Aims to Raise Awareness of Light-based Technologies

The newly formed U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics (O&P) Caucus hosted a virtual public launch event on 24 February 2021 with remarks from co-chairs and leading researchers. Caucus co-chairs include U.S. Representatives Joe Morelle (D-NY) and Brian Mast (R-FL) and Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). 

Added: 26 Feb 2021


Leveraging OSA’s Government Relations to Promote Your OIDA Member Company

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) programming, research, and analyses often look closely within topics of interest to our membership. But our cluster, the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance (MPIA) also provides excellent resources for reaching outside our community to influence policies, funding, and strategic initiatives that directly impact optoelectronic science and technology.

Added: 11 Feb 2021


Tackling COVID-19 with Light

#WeAreOSA is a new series of podcasts and blogs featuring inspirational stories and perspectives from scientists and engineers improving the world.

Added: 04 Feb 2021


Nurturing Talent

We Are OSA is a new series of podcasts, blogs and articles featuring inspirational stories from scientists & engineers.  In this We Are OSA podcast, OSA Ambassadors share how they inspire & mentor optics & photonics students across the world.

Added: 26 Jan 2021


Government science outreach through OSA (Virtual) Congressional Visits Days!

In September 2020, I participated in the OSA Congressional Visits Day program and met with staff from U.S. Congressman Joe Morelle (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) offices.  Looking back on the experience, I’m proud of what I learned and the connections I gained. 

Added: 14 Jan 2021


The Path Forward for Science under a New Administration

As President-elect Joseph Biden fills key positions to address global challenges from COVID-19 to climate change, the scientific community is optimistic he will prioritize research and development. The Optical Society requests that President-elect Biden continue to expand government support for these key industries made possible by optics and photonics, the science of light.

Added: 11 Jan 2021


Exploring Optics At Home

Looking for fun family friendly optics related activities that you can do at home? You can explore optical illusions, make a pinhole viewer or experiment with lasers with OSA’s Optics At Home webinar series and find more experiments and activities at Optics4Kids. 

Added: 18 Dec 2020


OSA Industry Member Profile - Zurich Instruments

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) member Zurich Instruments, Switzerland, is a test and measurement developer and manufacturer that puts customer service first. Founded in 2008 as a spin-off company, Zurich Instruments has grown into a successful and independent business. Jan Benhelm, the company’s CMO, offers insight into the company’s success and future growth.

Added: 16 Dec 2020


Marketing Optical Technologies in a Virtual Environment – the OIDA Technology Showcase

During the 2nd Virtual OIDA Technology Showcase held 1-3 December 2020, 29 companies, members of the OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) presented their cutting-edge technologies under six themes –instrumentation and metrology, imaging and microscopy, fiber optics and communications, services, precision optics and components and precision sources.

Added: 15 Dec 2020