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Laser Dynamics and Nonlinear Photonics
Meeting in Uruguay

image Participants in the fourth Rio de la Plata Workshop in Uruguay.

The fourth “Rio de la Plata” Workshop on Laser Dynamics and Nonlinear Photonics was held in Piriapolis, Uruguay, from December 8 to December 11, 2009. The workshop was attended by 34 participants from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Spain, the United States, the United Kingdom and Uruguay. It was a great success. There were 32 talks on varied topics related to lasers, nonlinear optics, optical materials, nanophotonics and other areas.

Young Professionals


Calling All Grads: Join OSA’s Young Professional Network

Attention recent grads! Join the OSA Young Professionals Program and take advantage of the career-building, networking and volunteer opportunities tailored to your areas of technical interest. Volunteering is a great way to make contacts and gain experience. For more information or to sign up, visit the membership section of OSA.org or e-mail us at yp@osa.org.

In Appreciation


Thank You Leadership Volunteers

OSA thanks the dedicated volunteer leaders who traveled to the 2010 Winter Leadership Meeting in Washington, D.C., during a major blizzard that broke all snowfall records for the area. Members overcame extraordinary challenges to get to the meeting, enduring airport layovers as long as 50 hours, traveling to New York and other cities to pick up trains to Washington, hiring taxicabs to drive to D.C. from nearby cities, and arriving at the meeting days early to avoid flight cancellations. Many of those unable to travel participated via telephone in meetings lasting as long as 7–8 hours. Thank you all for your outstanding commitment to the Society!

Welcome New Board Members

The OSA Board of Directors welcomed seven new members at the 2010 Winter Leadership Meeting: Tony F. Heinz, Columbia University, New York, N.Y., U.S.A., 2010 Vice President; Michael D. Duncan, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., U.S.A., Chair, Board of Editors; Ursula Keller, ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Director at Large; Thomas L. Koch, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pa., U.S.A., Director at Large; Michael G. Raymer, University of Oregon, Eugene, Ore., U.S.A., Director at Large; Charles E. Synborski, CVI Melles Griot Inc., Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A., Chair, Corporate Associates Committee; and Ian A. Walmsley, University of Oxford, United Kingdom, Chair, Member and Education Services Council.

Honors & Awards

Singh Receives ASM Award

Congratulations to OSA Fellow N.B. Singh, a manager of materials science and technology at Northrop Grumman Corp. in Linthicum, Md., U.S.A., who received the 2010 ASM Engineering Materials Achievement Award given by AMS International: The Materials Information Society. Singh and his team were recognized for the development of material for an acousto-optic tunable filter-based hyperspectral imager.

OSA Fellows Elected to NAE

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) recently announced the election of 68 new members and nine foreign associates, two of whom are OSA Fellows. Election to the NAE is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. David A.B. Miller from Ginzton Laboratory of Stanford University was recognized for his contributions to the physics and application of semiconductor nanostructures. In addition, Xiang Zhang, with the department of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, was awarded for pioneering contributions in metamaterials and for creating the first optical superlens with resolutions beyond the fundamental diffraction limit.

Mark Kahan Receives Steve Benton Memorial Award

The New England Section of the Optical Society has awarded Mark Kahan, director of electro-optical systems engineering at Optical Research Associates, the Steve Benton Memorial Award for his contributions to the optics community. The award acknowledges Kahan’s long-standing commitment and dedication to nurturing science education in schools and local communities, as well as his many contributions to professional societies, including OSA and SPIE. The Steve Benton Memorial Award was established in 2004 to recognize sustained and substantial contributions to the optics community in New England.

OSA Foundation News

OSAF “Galileoscope Challenge” Gets a Boost at Leadership Conference

Snowy skies did not prevent OSA’s leaders from showing generous support for the OSA Foundation (OSAF) at the “Galileoscope Challenge” during the February Leadership Conference. Led by OSA President Jim Wyant, who generously pledged to match all donations made during the conference, attendee contributions helped bring the campaign to more than 50 percent of its fundraising goal. The OSAF appreciates all the support this campaign has received and extends special thanks to Gary Bjorklund, John Bruning, Charles Munnerlyn and Jim Wyant. The Galileoscope is an easy-to-assemble, high-powered telescope that provides valuable learning experiences for students of all ages. Visit www.osa-foundation.org/scope to sponsor a scope.

Congratulations 2010 Corning Competition Finalists

The following students were selected from a pool of more than 425 applicants as the 2010 Corning Student Paper Competition finalists: Jonas C. Geyer, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany; David Hillerkuss, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany; Sergejs Makovejs, University College London, United Kingdom; David Sinefeld, University of Jerusalem, Israel; and Quoc Thai, CNRS FOTON, University de Rennes, France. They presented their papers to the OFC/NFOEC Program and General Chairs in a private review session during the March conference. One top winner and two honorable mentions will be announced at a later date.

OSA Benefit Highlight

Waiving Member Dues

OSA members who are transitioning between jobs may request a one-year waiver of their membership dues. To request a dues waiver, or for more information, please contact OSA Member Services at member@osa.org.

Lynne Sturtz is OSA’s contributing editor.

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