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Traveling Lecturer: A Truly Rewarding Experience

After almost one year following the initial contacts with the OSA Student Chapter at Malaviya National Institute of Technology (Jaipur, India), I was finally able to take part in the OSA Traveling Lecturer Program. I must say that it really was a fascinating experience, which will probably have an impact on the future of several people. The only real issues I had to face were those related to...

Added: 03 Apr 2017


Boston University Celebrates International Women's Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the success women have achieved by empowering each other and have an opportunity to advocate for gender parity. Especially for women in Optics and STEM fields where women are unfortunately still underrepresented, this marks a special occasion to come together and express support, encouragement and inspiration to each other. On Wednesday, March 8,...

Added: 29 Mar 2017


Applied Industrial Optics 2017 (AIO) - Chair Dr. Arlene Smith shares her thoughts on the meeting.

What do you think makes AIO meeting a remarkable meeting?  The program is mostly invited talks, which enables the Committee to focus on enabling leaders in the field to share their knowledge. The Committee members display great dedication in working to make the meeting the best...

Added: 28 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Learning Beyond the Lab

Antigone presented her 'skill bill' lecture about the importance of developing additional skills during your education and career in order to further it. The reasons and the way of furthering were not the classical idea of financial gain or prestige but more about your personal best and what you as individuals would be happiest doing as well as how to further the quality of the work. 

Added: 02 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Meeting Dr. Sorger

The Traveling Lecturer Program through our OSA Student Chapter (UArk Laserbacks) was a great success. Dr. Sorger's visit was productive, as he was able to spend time meeting various professors and students throughout the University of Arkansas Physics Department, and his talk was very relevant and interesting to many researchers on campus. Students and faculty also benefitted from the...

Added: 02 Mar 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Traveling to New and Unknown Places

When I was first contacted by NISER student chapter officer, Samir Kumar, to visit as a traveling lecturer, I must admit I have never even heard of NISER, or the city in which it is located, Bhubaneswar, India. I was glad that we were eventually able to find a date for me to attend.   

Added: 27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: Late Night Conversations turn to Collaboration

A few month ago I was in Rochester, NY for FiO2016. The meeting agenda was so busy, like always it is. Although tired, the day always ended with a group of us chatting in the hotel lobby about optics, science and life. As if all of us wanted to draw as much as possible on the opportunity of being there. A few months later, I received an invitation to visit the Lund OSA Chapter in Sweden. I had...

Added: 27 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: An Experience to Remember

It was my first - hopefully not the last - experience as OSA traveling lecturer, which was very enriching both scientifically, personally and from the cultural pooint of view. Although I had been in India before, this time I interacted with students in different places (Mumbai, Chandigarh and Delhi). The students were very pro-active during the talks, as well as the professors who attended...

Added: 27 Feb 2017


Great Innovators - How they collaborate and why their teamwork leads to more creativity

The Optical Society (OSA) continued the tradition of the Light the Future speaker series on 8 February 2017. The speaker series, which began in OSA’s centennial year, was created to shine light on the special contributions and innovations in optics and photonics. Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute, detailed...

Added: 17 Feb 2017


Traveling Lecturer: A Discussion with Professor David J. Hagan

From 7th Feb- 9th Feb 2017- Professor David J. Hagan of University of Central Florida, CREOL (USA) visited NISER as a part of The Optical Society (OSA) Traveling Lecturer Program for the NISER Bhubaneswar OSA Student Chapter. Professor David J Hagan was accompanied by Dr. Ritwick Das and Dr. Ashok Mohapatra to visit our research labs as well as undergraduates teaching labs. He had also made in...

Added: 13 Feb 2017