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Optical Society of America Bestows 17 Awards

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The Washington-based Optical Society of America (OSA) has announced the names of the 17 scientists and engineers who will receive the society’s prestigious awards. The nominees have made a significant contribution to the field of optics and photonics, providing innovation, leadership, expertise, service and quality research. They are evaluated by a selection committee for the various honors, each of which has its unique criteria. Many of the awards will be presented at the OSA’s annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics, in San Jose, Calif., in September.

The winners are: Daniel Kleppner, Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Endowment; M.J. Soileau, Esther Hoffman Beller Medal; Luigi Lugiato, Max Born Award; Stephen D. Fantone, Distinguished Service Award; J. Roger P. Angel, Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize; Connie J. Chang-Hasnain, Nick Holonyak Jr. Award; Charles R. Munnerlyn, Edwin H. Land Medal; Jonathan Tennyson, Ellis R. Lippincott Award; Shanhui Fan, Adolph Lomb Medal; J. Gary Eden, C.E.K. Mees Medal; Pierre Agostini, William F. Meggers Award; Arpad A. Bergh, OSA Leadership Award-New Focus/Bookham Prize; Kenneth Chau, OSA-New Focus/Bookham Student Award; James L. Fergason, David Richardson Medal; Serge Haroche, Charles Hard Townes Award; Emmanuel Desurvire, John Tyndall Award; and Bahram Jalali, R.W. Wood Prize.

In other news, the OSA Foundation’s board of directors has awarded three grants that will serve students from the primary school to the graduate level. Allotments will be given to consolidate and redesign the OSA education Web sites OpticsforKids and OpticsforTeens and to translate the new portal into Spanish, to expand student professional development programming at the Frontiers in Optics meeting and to fund student travel to OSA conferences. The organization funds programs to advance youth science education, and it supports students of optics and photonics in developing countries and provides educational resources to underserved populations.

Photonics Spectra
Aug 2007
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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