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OSA Celebrates Volunteer Month

From today's volunteer leaders, to the early career ambassadors preparing to lead us into the future, volunteers shape the entire fabric of The Optical Society. Read about ways to get involved with the society and hear current volunteers share their experiences.

Added:16 Apr 2021


U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics Caucus Aims to Raise Awareness of Light-based Technologies

The newly formed U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics (O&P) Caucus hosted a virtual public launch event on 24 February 2021 with remarks from co-chairs and leading researchers. Caucus co-chairs include U.S. Representatives Joe Morelle (D-NY) and Brian Mast (R-FL) and Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). 

Added:26 Feb 2021


Leveraging OSA’s Government Relations to Promote Your OIDA Member Company

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) programming, research, and analyses often look closely within topics of interest to our membership. But our cluster, the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance (MPIA) also provides excellent resources for reaching outside our community to influence policies, funding, and strategic initiatives that directly impact optoelectronic science and technology.

Added:11 Feb 2021


Government science outreach through OSA (Virtual) Congressional Visits Days!

In September 2020, I participated in the OSA Congressional Visits Day program and met with staff from U.S. Congressman Joe Morelle (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) offices.  Looking back on the experience, I’m proud of what I learned and the connections I gained. 

Added:14 Jan 2021


Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy Recognition: Reflections from the 2019 Winners

The Diversity & Inclusion Advocacy Recognition was created to acknowledge an individual and company, university, agency or organization that is working to foster greater appreciation, advancement and celebration of diversity and inclusion in the optics and photonics community. To apply or submit a nomination, fill out the application/nomination portal before the deadline of 13 July. In...

Added:08 Jul 2020


Covid-19 Impact on Optical Communications

The telecom market is expected to experience minimal growth by end of year despite a downturn due to the covid-19 pandemic. Lisa Huff, senior principal analyst, optical components, Omdia, UK. posits that the likelihood that the crisis will linger and trigger a global downturn in the sector is remote.

Added:17 Jun 2020


The Future of Ultrafast Lasers in the U.S.: CLEO Special Event Panel Discussion

The Brightest Light Initiative and the future of intense ultrafast lasers in the U.S. was the focus of a special event held Tuesday, 12 May during the all-virtual CLEO Technical Conference. More than 1,000 participants across the globe joined the panel discussion.

Added:12 May 2020


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


Applied Industrial Optics Meeting: An Enlightening Day 2 in Review

Day 2 of Applied Industrial Optics (AIO) jumped right into a highly interactive tutorial offered by Sujatha Ramanujan, managing director of Luminate, an optics and photonics accelerator. Her insight into key components required to start a successful business were put directly into practice by the audience with multiple team activities.

Added:10 Jul 2019


Creating an Inclusive Environment in Science

Scientists come from all different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences. There is no demographic restriction to scientific study; the only thing that truly matters is one's knowledge and motivation. Ideally scientists should recognize the importance of diversity on a level that would allow it to transcend barriers other disciplines may not have the opportunity to, although in reality...

Added:11 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


Opening New Doors

I’m delighted and honored to take up the role of OSA President. I know that I follow many illustrious holders of this office, not least my immediate predecessor, Eric Mazur (Harvard University, USA), who has left his mark on the governance, diversity and global character of The Optical Society. I thank him for his service and estimable contributions to the organization.

Added:01 Jan 2018


Quantum Technology: The Business Side

One of the meeting’s three “Visionary Speakers” keynote talks on Wednesday included plenty of interesting science, but also focused on the business and political issues emerging as quantum technology drives toward real applications. The speaker was OSA Fellow Wilhelm Kaenders, the cofounder of TOPTICA Photonics AG, Germany, and he stressed that he intended to provide a...

Added:20 Sep 2017


The Dilemmas of a “Post-fact” World

Given what seems an ever more polarized and uncertain political environment, scientists increasingly grapple with the need to persuade policymakers and the public about the importance of the work that science does. In a morning session at the 2017 Frontiers in Optics meeting, Rush Holt, the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), suggested that scientists...

Added:20 Sep 2017


Keys to Successful Proposals for Research

Program officers and senior officials with four major funding agencies in the United States and Europe gave FiO 2017 attendees an inside look at their programs, and at some of the keys to putting in a successful proposal for optics and photonics research.

Added:20 Sep 2017