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2017 Special Program Grant Recipients - Round 1

OSA would like to congratulate the following student chapters and local sections on receiving the Special Program Grant. This grant awards up to $1,500 USD for high impact youth education/community outreach or professional development events. Chapters and sections went through a vigorous application and review process and we are thrilled with this first round of winners and their...

Added: 05 Jan 2017


Escaping The Weather To Learn More About Optics

The University of Oregon Student Chapter of the OSA lit up the University of Oregon campus on Saturday, December 3rd for the first ever Optics Holiday Bash. Student members organized an outreach event to celebrate The Optical Society’s 100th anniversary in 2016 with funding from the Centennial Special Events Grant. The purpose of the outreach activity was to engage the community by...

Added: 14 Dec 2016


Day 2 of the Future Microscopy Incubator

After settling in for day two of the Future Microscopy Incubator, the participants were divided into two groups for breakout discussions. For two hours, each group discussed the challenges and strategic aims to make future techniques in microscopy either “Faster & Smaller” or “Broader & Deeper.” By the end of the morning, the participants reconvened to present...

Added: 14 Dec 2016


Stereoptics: a 3D-OSA

‘Stereoptics: a 3D-OSA’ was born as an attempt to make an interactive and attractive workshop to show different ideas: stereoscopic vision, linear and circular polarization, and 3D-cinema technologies. With this main target, we developed a workshop where different notions were explained in order to build a whole story about light perception, visual optics and polarization. We...

Added: 13 Dec 2016


Sir David Payne on the Power of Light

OSA’s Centennial Light the Future speaker series concluded with Photonics India in Kanpur on 5 December 2016.  Professor Sir David Payne gave a special presentation dedicated to the Guglielmo Marconi and Charles Kao. Nobel prize winners 100 years apart, Marconi (1909) and Kao (2009) moved optical communications forward in ways yet to be imagined during their time. Payne’s Light...

Added: 13 Dec 2016


OSA Incubator Explores the Future of Microscopy at the Royal Society, Edinburgh

The first international OSA Incubator - Future Microscopy: Merging Adaptive & Computational Imaging - took place today at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scotland, under the stern gaze of the nearby statue of James C. Maxwell. This meeting aims at discussing the future and challenges of emerging adaptive and computational imaging techniques in modern microscopy.  

Added: 13 Dec 2016


Engaging CCNY with Photons

On December 5th, I visited the OSA City College of New York (CCNY) Student Chapter in New York, USA. The visit was hosted by CCNY OSA Student Chapter advisor Professor Robert Alfano, president Nicholas Proscia. Furthermore, I had the great opportunity to had 1:1 meetings with professors Robert Alfano, and Vinod Menon before and after my talk. We shared the latest academic/industrial trend...

Added: 09 Dec 2016


"Ask Me Anything” and They Did! Light in a Twist with Miles Padgett, University of Glasgow

I am often asked to give presentations around the world describing the work of my team on orbital angular momentum. A first for me was participating in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” with The Optical Society and its members. Questions ranged from my research, to professional development and career changes. 

Added: 07 Dec 2016


Branching Out and Making Connections

One of the main reasons that I pursued an academic position is my passion for mentoring and encouraging students in engineering and science. Unfortunately, the further that I progress in my career, the less time I have to spend time with students outside of my research group. Conferences can be very rushed, making it challenging to really connect with new colleagues. While Department seminars...

Added: 06 Dec 2016


Celebrating the OSA Centennial with the Lightwave Roadshow

The Lightwave Roadshow is the University of Southampton chapter's student-led outreach education programme. The Roadshow traces its root back to 1998 when it was established to provide hands-on optics experiments for young children under the age of 10 in classes or fairs for families. More recently, the programme has expanded its scope to work with school pupils up to the age of 18, as well...

Added: 06 Dec 2016