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First Herbert Walther Award Winner Named


OSA and the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG) are proud to announce that David J. Wineland of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has been awarded the inaugural Herbert Walther Award for his seminal contributions to quantum information physics and metrology, and the development of trapped ion techniques for applications to basic quantum phenomena, plasma physics and optical clocks.

Established in 2007, the award was named for Herbert Walther. It recognizes the influence of his innovations in quantum optics and atomic physics, and his wide-ranging contributions to the international scientific community. The award is given for contributions in quantum optics and atomic physics, as well as leadership in the international scientific community. OSA and DPG will present the award in June 2009 during the LASER World of Photonics meeting in Munich, Germany.

OpticsForKids.org Wins Award

OpticsForKids.org, the OSA-hosted educational Web site for pre-college students, educators and parents, has received an award from the Parent’s Choice Foundation, an organization that focuses on helping parents identify quality Web sites for their children. Earlier this year, OpticsForKids.org won an iParenting award.

Member Wins APS Award

Philip J. Wyatt, the CEO and founder of Wyatt Technology Corporation, has been awarded the 2009 Prize for Industrial Application of Physics by the American Physical Society (APS). The prize, sponsored by the General Motors Corporation and established by the APS Executive Board, recognizes industrial applications of physics. Wyatt will receive the award at the APS March 2009 annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pa., U.S.A.

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Significant Others


OSA Holds Event for Optics Spouses and Families

OSA’s first spouse and family event was a river walk led by Betsy Fantone, chair of the OSA External Relations Advisory Group and wife of OSA Treasurer Stephen Fantone. The walk through the scenic parks along the Genesee River took place on Tuesday, October 21, 2008, during the 2008 Frontiers in Optics meeting in Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A. It is part of what will be a continuing series of events designed for OSA spouses, family and friends.

Education News


Peruvian Chapter Brings Optics to High School

Members of the Peruvian student chapter have been bringing optics education to students in Lima. They have demonstrated some basic optics concepts by having the students create their own optics experiment kits.

OSA Posters Distributed to Turkish Students

OSA distributed 130 sets of its Optical Phenomena Poster Series to the Hands-On Science Center at Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. Students who visit the center will receive a poster set translated into Turkish. Visit http://osa.org/educationresources/ to view the posters and their guidebooks.


Welcome New Editors

OSA is pleased to announce that Michelle Povinelli of the University of Southern California has agreed to serve as an associate editor for Optics Express. Also, William Wadsworth of the University of Bath has joined the editorial board of JOSA B. We thank these members of the optics community for their support of OSA journals.

Susannah Lehman is OSA's publications coordinator.

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