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Celebrating Women in Science

On 11 February 2020, the world celebrated the International Day of Women and Girls in Science – a day dedicated to inspiring girls and engaging women in all STEM fields. The OSA Foundation (OSAF) was honored to once again participate in these efforts by providing 14 grants to OSA Student Chapters in Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Senegal, Spain, United Kingdom and...

Added:08 Mar 2020


OSA Mourns the Loss of Katherine Johnson – a True Pioneer

The Optical Society (OSA) and the STEM community pay tribute to NASA mathematician, pioneer for racial and gender equality and “Hidden Figure”, Katherine G. Johnson who died on 24 February 2020.

Added:02 Mar 2020


Building Stronger Connections as an OSA Intern

Throughout my semester-long internship with The Optical Society (OSA), I have enjoyed both growing my passion for S.T.E.A.M through interactions with various OSA programs and events, and learning more about the optics and photonics field.

Added:05 Dec 2019


Diversity: colors of unique thoughts, beauty of a painting

What is diversity and why  is it important for scientific communities? The Oxford Dictionary defines diversity as “a range of many people or things that are very different from each other.” If we start from this definition and try to link it to our society, we can see why diversity is vital for the healthy development of a scientific environment. 

Added:18 Jul 2019


The 15th International Gathering of Optics and Photonics Educators: ETOP2019

Since 1988, educators from around the world have met every two years at the international ETOP (Education and Training in Optics and Photonics) conference to share and learn best practices for teaching optics and photonics . This year’s ETOP, hosted by Université Laval and the Centre d’Optique, Photonique et Laser in Québec City, Québec, Canada, was attended by over 175 educators...

Added:19 Jun 2019


Laser Fun Day at University of Arizona

The OSA Student Chapter of the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona organized the ninth annual Laser Fun Day featured a number of optics and photonics demonstrations. 

Added:22 May 2019


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


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


2018 Siegman School; Enjoying Science in a Positive Atmosphere!

Italian guy, working in Poland, comes to Sweden for a summer school organized by OSA, a society founded in the USA. Really?! Is it actually true? Of course it is! Could it be more international than that? Probably, but at least this is my little story across Europe…I’m Mattia and in January I moved to Poland, to work as a Ph.D. student at Institute of Electronic Materials...

Added:31 Aug 2018


What More Can I do to Prepare for a Career in Industry

Committing to major career decisions can be tough in any stage of life, but especially for students. What field of optics do I want to study? Am I more interested in theory or experiments? What school should I attend? Which lab should I join? Should I switch labs? Should I pursue more education or a post-doc? Do I want to work in academia or industry?

Added:31 Jul 2018


Rainbows: From Science to Activism

In 1978 Gilbert Baker created the first rainbow flag as a symbol for LGBT+ Pride. Baker wanted a flag that could be a symbol of the global LGBT+ community and he chose the rainbow because he believed the various colors were a good representation of the diversity in the community. Baker believed this natural and beautiful symbol had an undeniable power and was certain of the design from the very...

Added:05 Jul 2018


Stretch Assignments: Getting Outside Your Comfort Zone

The reason many of us became scientists and engineers is because we enjoy solving hard problems.  Whether it is experimental design, hardware implementation or data analysis, we relish heading home at the end of the day (or night!) feeling like we thought a lot and made progress toward our goals.  As early career professionals, tackling difficult problems at the edge or just outside...

Added:23 Jun 2018


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 third interview is with Sébastien Bigo who is leading the IP & Optical Networking Research Group in NOKIA Bell Labs in France. 

Added:01 Jun 2018


Sharing My True Excitement for the Inaugural International Day of Light

The International Day of Light (IDL) is a global initiative that provides an annual focal point for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development, and in fields as diverse as medicine, communications, and energy. IDL is a worldwide event to help achieve the goals of United Nations Educational, Scientific and...

Added:31 May 2018


Kurt Bernardo Wolf on Being Adaptable in the Pursuit of Science

In this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Kurt Bernardo Wolf. Kurt is currently titular researcher in the Instituto de Ciencias Físicas, of the National University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), at the Cuernavaca campus. Prior to the Instituto de Ciencias Físicas opening in 1985, he had worked at the Applied Mathematics institute in Mexico City, and lectured...

Added:10 Apr 2018


Tina Kidger on Success Through Confidence

For this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Tina E. Kidger. Tina is currently European Events Consultant for Synopsys, and an emeritus member of the board of directors of the European Optical Society. Since 1982, she has also served as managing director of Kidger Optics Ltd. Tina is very active in the optics community and is a leading organizer and participant at international...

Added:29 Mar 2018


Pavel Peterka on the Importance of Collaboration

For this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Pavel Peterka. Pavel is currently a senior research scientist at the Institute of Photonics and Electronics of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Since 2007, he has taught a one-semester course on fiber lasers and amplifiers at the Czech Technical University in Prague.  

Added:27 Feb 2018


Joel Villatoro on Being Open to Opportunity

In this installment of Senior Member Insights we talk with Joel Villatoro. Joel is currently an Ikerbasque research professor at the University of the Basque Country, Bilbao, Spain. Prior to joining the University of the Basque Country, Joel was a research fellow in industrial photonics at Aston Institute of Photonic Technologies, Birmingham, U.K., and a researcher at the Institute of...

Added:27 Feb 2018


Judith Dawes on Juggling Leadership and Teaching

In this instalment of Senor Member Insights, we talk with Judith Dawes, professor of physics at Macquarie University, where she chairs the Faculty Women in STEM committee and is a member of the university senate. Judith has recently been elected treasurer of Science and Technology Australia, and until 2017, was a chief investigator of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for...

Added:13 Feb 2018


Driving Diversity, Closing the Gap: Celebrating International Day for Women and Girls in Science

The fourth industrial revolution dawns upon us and with that evokes a quintessential question, how do we, as women and girls in science, seek opportunities and be influential during this shift of science, technology and innovation? We are currently in an era where science and physical systems are fusing to develop emerging technology that is based on artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet...

Added:11 Feb 2018


Neset Akozbek on the Power of Persistence

For this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Neset Akozbek, a senior research scientist at AEgis Technologies Group Inc in Huntsville, Ala., USA, where he leads a small R&D group in applied research and advanced technology development in nanophotonics. In addition, Neset is a defense contractor at the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research and Engineering Center, supporting...

Added:30 Jan 2018


Kung-Hsuan Lin on Navigating a Research Career in Academia

In this installment of Senior Member Insights, we talk with Kung-Hsuan Lin, associate research scientist at Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica (IoPAS), Taiwan, and an adjunct deputy chief editor of the Taiwan popular-sciences magazine Science Monthlyand the newspaper SciTech Reports.  Before joining IoPAS, he held positions in the physics department of National Taiwan Normal...

Added:16 Jan 2018


The Importance of Science Communication

Science communication plays an increasingly important role in our society, but today’s PhD students have few formal training opportunities. The Communicating Science workshop for graduate students, formally known as ComSciCon, was created to help fill this gap by teaching science communication skills to graduate students from across a wide variety of scientific disciplines in an intensive...

Added:11 Oct 2017


Creating Thought Provoking Presentations at the 2017 Siegman School

Writing articles and giving presentations is the essence of scientific work. To make science is to communicate our findings to our peers and the public. But how do we do it in an efficient, understandable and friendly manner? This is a serious problem that a lot of scientists, young and old, struggle with. At the Siegman School on Lasers this year, in León, México, we had the opportunity to...

Added:02 Oct 2017


An Opportunity I'll Never Forget

Traveling to Centro de Investigaciones en Optica (CIO) in Leon, Guanajuato for the 2017 Siegman School on Lasers this August was a great experience.  There were about 70 of us from 20+ countries, and 11 luminaries sharing with us a wide range of applications and phenomena of lasers.  I arrived with a need to apply lasers for measurement and I left with new views on lasers, great...

Added:13 Sep 2017


Coming Back to the Down Under

​Hey there! This is the third in a series of blog posts I’m writing throughout 2016 in my role as OSA Ambassador. You can find earlier posts on visits to Barcelona and Quebec.   In this post I will discuss a recent trip Down Under to attend the OSA Photonics and Fiber Technology conference in Sydney. I worked at the University of Sydney for four years...

Added:26 Oct 2016


Highlights of the Siegman School in Barcelona

In July I had the opportunity to attend The Siegman International School on Lasers, held jointly by The OSA Foundation and the Technical University of Catalonia. To be more precise, the school was hosted by The Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) in Castelldefels, a beautiful town located 25 km away from Barcelona, which borders the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. 

Added:30 Aug 2016