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Photonics Spectra
Mar 2014
Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher, karen.newman@photonics.com

Maybe you came for a meeting with a member of our team, or to tell our Light Matters newscast crew how you got your start in the industry. Perhaps you happened upon our Photonics Buyers’ Guide 60th-anniversary celebration, heard our president, Tom Laurin, speak about the company’s early days and then stayed for a piece of cake.

Or maybe you came by to say a few words about one of our publications, or to play our Light Masters trivia game. Whatever the reason, we enjoyed greeting all who paid us a visit during SPIE Photonics West in early February.

Before the doors opened on BiOS, the biophotonics component that kicks off SPIE’s Photonics West annual conference and expo, the Photonics Media away team had set up camp in space No. 8701. And it was in that same space that we could be found for the duration of Photonics West. Equal parts showroom, office, news studio and living room, our trade show booth is a good place to find us and perhaps get to know us beyond the pages of the magazines, websites, directories and other media you regularly see from us.

The team from Photonics Media – along with all the amazing folks back at the home office – had a lot to celebrate this year. From the Buyers’ Guide’s 60th to the 20th anniversary of BioPhotonics and the launch of our latest title, Industrial Photonics, it was great to be there in San Francisco to mark these milestones with so many of our readers and friends. We also were showing off the redesign of Photonics.com. If you have subscribed to, purchased or advertised in any of our publications over the past 60 years, you are part of our celebration, and we thank you.

Speaking of celebrating, we were in the room when the 2014 Prism Award winners were announced. We are grateful to all who entered the annual competition that showcases photonic products that break with conventional ideas, solve problems and improve life through the application of light-based technologies. We are excited for the finalists and absolutely thrilled for the winners. You can read about the winning companies and technologies/products in an article beginning on page 16. Photonics Media was pleased to once again join SPIE in producing the awards.

After you read about the Prism Award winners, I hope you will enjoy the rest of the issue. Please send your comments to me at karen.newman@photonics.com


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