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Just in AIO 2017: Two panel sessions, “The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photo

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker and Panelist, Dr. Anna Rissanen about her experiences in development and commercialization of novel sensing applications.  This year we will host two panel sessions. Greg Quarles (OSA Chief Scientist) will introduce the first session (“The View from the Ladder: Perceptions on the Future of Photonics&rdquo...

Added: 13 Jun 2017


“Ask Me Anything” and They Did! Top 5 Astrophysics Takeaways from Joss Bland-Hawthorn, ARC Laureate

After 15 years, the first Australian-built satellites were launched from Kennedy Space Center to the International Space Station. It was a uniquely proud moment for our country and my research team at the Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney. I was pleased to participate in this Reddit Science Ask Me Anything with The Optical Society (OSA) and share my recent experiences with...

Added: 01 Jun 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Arsen Hajian, Hindsight Imaging Inc, USA

AIO Committee YP, Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Arsen Hajian about his experiences at optical spectroscopy as the founder and CEO of Hindsight Imaging. Dr. Hajian will present at AIO on Monday, June 26 at 11am.  

Added: 31 May 2017


The Art of Optics Outreach

Science outreach is fun, not only for the participants, but also for the educators as well. Science draws out our curiosity and we all have natural curiosity. When you design and conduct an outreach event, you have to think carefully about how to turn science, optics for example, into something interesting and understandable for others; making it a good test of how well you know a topic. At an...

Added: 30 May 2017


​Just in AIO 2017: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tish Shute, Futurewei (Huawei), USA

AIO 2017 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Tish Shute, the Director, AR/VR, Corporate Technology Strategy, Futurewei (Huawei USA) will talk about XR and the future of communications: from silicon to human photonics. Dr. Shute will present at AIO on Tuesday, June 27.

Added: 24 May 2017


Finding My Home at OSA

The idea of writing this post came from an informal conversation with OSA President, Eric Mazur, during Winter Leadership Meeting this past January. This is about how my good friend Dr. Alvaro Casas Bedoya and I were able to turnaround a difficult situation and finish our physics degrees, using the advantages of OSA’s student membership. 

Added: 18 May 2017


AIO 2017: Focus on Dr. Brian Pogue, DoseOptics, LLC, USA

Cushla McGoverin, interviews AIO 2017 Invited Speaker Dr. Brian Pogue, the president of DoseOptics, about his experience at radiation therapy imaging and Cherenkov radiotherapy dosimetry. Dr. Pogue will present at AIO on Wednesday, June 28.

Added: 09 May 2017


My First Trip as an OSA Ambassador

I arrived in Beijing on 20 April after a 23 hour long trip. While I was tired from the travel, I met with Aixin Zhang, PhD student at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physics (IOP) and President of the OSA Student Chapter who took me to IOP. I was welcomed by Professor Ling-An Wu, Chapter Advisor, and was impressed by the huge building and hospitality of all the professors and...

Added: 08 May 2017


The Future of Transportation is Built with Optics Inside

The race to develop and deploy an autonomous vehicle is fast and furious. Enabling and empowering the next-generation of transportation is optics and photonics. Optical technologies have become essential in automotive applications such as head-up and inside vehicle displays. Luminar Technologies, Inc., a new company headed by CEO Austin Russell and OSA Fellow and CTO Jason Eichenholz, have...

Added: 04 May 2017


Optics Luminaries Honored at 2017 National Academy of Sciences 154th Annual Meeting

Optical Society (OSA) members and guests honored the accomplishments of OSA members Stanley Whitcomb, Gabriela González and David Reitze for their contributions to the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) and the discovery of gravitational waves in 2015. For their research achievements, Dr. Whitcomb received the Henry Draper Medal and Dr. González and Dr. Reitze were...

Added: 04 May 2017