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Celebrating Light and Life

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Karen A. Newman, Group Publisher,

Once again, we find ourselves on the threshold of a new year – and what a year it will be for the photonics industry and biophotonic technologies! The International Year of Light kicks off in January with festive opening ceremonies in Paris, but the calendar started filling some time ago. You can see the list of exciting events to be held around the world at the official website, Perhaps you and your organization have special commemorative activities planned that you would like to add?

Photonics Media is proud to be an IYL2015 media sponsor. We will cover IYL2015 in the pages of BioPhotonics and all of our other publications, as well as on our website at, where we will collect all the articles and images that we publish and that come our way.

Speaking of celebrating, in this issue we applaud a year’s worth of exciting trends in biophotonics. In our cover story, we present a roundup of the most popular stories of 2014, from all the attention on the brain to QCL-based glucose testing and hyperspectral imaging. Read the feature, “Top Biophotonics Stories of 2014,” beginning on page 19.

Also in this issue:

• “Global-Shutter vs. Rolling-Shutter Readouts,” by Dr. Robert LaBelle, QImaging and Photometrics, on page 25.

• “STED Microscopy Made Easy,” by Olaf Schulz and Marcelle Koenig, Picoquant, on page 29.

• “Collaboration Advances Intraoperative Assessment of Tumor Margins,” by Clémentine Bouyé, Tematys, and Carlos Lee, EPIC, on page 33.

We write in every issue about the latest in light-based technologies, but we’ve all heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words. The continuing story of light is one that we feel should also be told through images and video. That’s why we produce the Light Matters Weekly Newscast, found at If you haven’t seen Light Matters lately, you’re in for a treat. We have also begun adding video definitions to our Photonics Dictionary Plus, found along with a number of other popular resources at We are working with local schools and organizations to record demonstrations of photonics terms in lab settings with the latest equipment. Check it out, and if you would like to learn how you can contribute terms and video definitions to the Dictionary, please send me an email.

Enjoy the issue. As always, I invite you to contact me at And don’t forget to share your story of light and life with the world.

Dec 2014
hyperspectral imaging
Methods for identifying and mapping materials through spectroscopic remote sensing. Also called imaging spectroscopy; ultraspectral imaging.
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