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Oct 2020

Light finds a way

DANIEL MCCARTHY, SENIOR EDITORUncertainty is part of life in any year. But the uncertainties arising from 2020’s global pandemic have literally remapped daily life. In a climate of such ambiguity, our brains tend to seek patterns or milestones — a tendency I was reminded of recently as I began mapping out the first Photonics Spectra issues of 2021.

The planning process forced me, for the first time in over half a year, to stop thinking of January and February as the last time I boarded a plane, or lingered inside a restaurant, or unself-consciously shook hands at an industry trade event. Instead, I found myself regarding these months as the first time I’ll be able to truly put my imprint on Photonics Spectra’s editorial direction and content.

Life goes on. We adapt to change. We find workarounds in uncertain times. We innovate. Often, difficult times make us even more innovative.

For all the uncertainty that COVID-19 injected into supply chains, professional collaborations, and work settings, we haven’t seen much decline in scientific activity, technical advancements, or commercial developments. The industry continues to evolve in the face of uncertainty.

Photonics Media is evolving in kind. This January, we are inaugurating the first-ever, online Photonics Spectra Conference (PSC): a five-day event encompassing technical presentations, product demonstrations, and company exhibitions.

Scheduled to run from January 19 to 22, the conference will feature about 60 online presentations arranged into four tracks covering lasers, optics, spectroscopy, and biomedical imaging. Each track is divided into three sections to focus on applications, trends, and advancements in component and system design. Registration is free.

We are still assembling the conference agenda and will begin to unveil it in early October. I cannot give too much away now, but we have had remarkable success in attracting highly recognized industry-leading presenters on virtually every key topic we’ve pursued. Stay tuned to for more details.

The year 2020 will be remembered as a time of trials and uncertainty for the photonics industry. We’re looking forward to starting 2021 stronger, wiser, and more innovative.

Mike Wheeler
As editor-in-chief, Michael Wheeler oversees Photonics Media's editorial operations — spanning print, web, and podcasts. He also serves as editor of Vision Spectra, chronicling advancements in the rapidly expanding machine vision/inspection sector.
Dan McCarthy
Senior editor Dan McCarthy manages editorial content and production for Photonics Spectra. An award-winning writer and editor, he has communicated the progress and practical value of advanced technologies for over two decades.
Doug Farmer
Senior Editor Douglas Farmer has been a journalist for nearly 20 years, winning awards for health and education reporting. He has a master's degree in journalism from Ball State University. He is editor of EuroPhotonics and BioPhotonics magazines.
Sarah Weiler
As Webinar & Social Media Coordinator, Sarah Weiler organizes and produces all Photonics Media webinars and manages social media content. With a background in writing and editing, she also contributes to the print publications.
Valerie Coffey
Science writer Valerie C. Coffey holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s in astronomy. She has covered optics, photonics, physics, and astronomy for a variety of industry and academic publications since 2000.
Hank Hogan
Contributing Editor Hank Hogan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Texas at Austin. He worked in the semiconductor industry and now writes about science and technology.
Marie Freebody
Contributing Editor Marie Freebody is a freelance science and technology journalist with a master’s degree in physics and a concentration in nuclear astrophysics from the University of Surrey in England.
Farooq Ahmed
Farooq Ahmed has covered the physical and biological sciences for over a decade. He has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Brown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Columbia University.
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