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Celebrating the International Day of Light Can Illuminate the Future

The student chapter of The Optical Society (OSA) from Changchun University of Science and Technology, China, will celebrate the International Day of Light on 15 May and have designed a multitude of special events celebrating light. 

Added: 17 Apr 2019


A Taste of Grassroots Advocacy for NPI's Congressional Visits Day Participants

April can be a perfect time to visit Washington, D.C., U.S.A. and to see the city’s famed cherry blossoms. For a group of 37 advocates for science including members of The Optical Society (OSA), who participated in a Congressional Visits Day (CVD), 2 to 3 April, the draw was more than the blossoms.

Added: 10 Apr 2019


Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland Highlights Award-Winning Research at OSA Leadership Conference

At The Optical Society's (OSA) 2019 Leadership Conference, 2013 President, OSA Fellow and Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland is featured as the 2019 "Light the Future" plenary speaker. Donna discsued the fundamental science behind her co-invention of chirped pulse amplification (CPA) and highlighted her experiences surrounding the Nobel announcement.  

Added: 04 Apr 2019


OSA Leadership Conference Tackles Thorny and Complex Anti-Harassment Issue

The Optical Society’s (OSA) 2019 Leadership Conference, during a 2 April 2019 plenary session, tackled a pressing and complex subject facing scientific societies: Implementing anti-harassment policies that address sexual and gender harassment as well as bullying behaviors.

Added: 02 Apr 2019


AIO 2019: What is Applied Industrial Optics?

Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) is a multidisciplinary meeting that focuses on innovative photonics research and its commercial impact.  The meeting is largely comprised of high quality invited speakers from diverse backgrounds speaking on a variety of topics.While the program committee strives to... 

Added: 26 Feb 2019


Girls (also) wanna have fun in the lab! Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland dixit.

The United Nations (UN) #February11 commemorates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, in an effort to attract girls and women to STEM areas. Yes, girls are curious about science, the same way boys do too. Yet why are there fewer women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)? Why are the numbers not changing as fast as we would like?

Added: 12 Feb 2019


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 fourth interview is with Annachiara Pagano, member of the technical staff/Senior Technology Expert at TIM in Italy.

Added: 12 Nov 2018


Day 2: Defects by Design Incubator

As the program came to a close it was clear that this Incubator has brought about a great amount of collaborative effort to tackle the challenges in this field, as well as highlighting new directions for further study.

Added: 30 Oct 2018


Day 1 – OSA Incubator Defects by Design: Quantum Nanophotonics in Emerging Materials

At the OSA Incubator: Defects by Design at the OSA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., top researchers in the field of optically-active material defects gathered to discuss efforts to predict and identify potentially useful quantum defects in new materials. Lending the incubator its subtitle “Quantum Nanophotonics in Emerging Materials.” Lee Bassett (University of Pennsylvania...

Added: 29 Oct 2018


A Global, Diverse and Inclusive OSA: Challenges and Opportunities

As a researcher I travel quite often. This year in particular, was my first year as an OSA Ambassador and I had the opportunity to travel much more than usual, to places where I had never been before.  This role as OSA Ambassador has allowed me to expand my network dramatically and gave me the incredible opportunity to connect with a great number of colleagues, mostly students, around the...

Added: 26 Oct 2018