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imageThomas Koch (left) and James Wyant.

College of Optical Sciences Names New Dean

OSA Fellow Thomas L. Koch, director of the Center for Optical Technologies at Lehigh University, U.S.A., will serve as the second dean of the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, U.S.A. He will replace founding dean James C. Wyant, OSA 2010 president, who has served 13 years as both director and dean.

Koch's research interests have focused on semiconductor optoelectronics and optical fiber communications, including photonic integrated circuits and recently silicon photonics. He is a member of OSA and the National Academy of Engineering, and is a Fellow of OSA, IEEE and Bell Laboratories.

"I look forward to supporting the college and the University of Arizona in advancing the basic science of optics and in creating and commercializing new technologies," Koch said.

"Tom Koch is the caliber of dean that I dreamed we would get," Wyant said of his successor. "Like many of our faculty, he holds both academic and industry experience that will prove invaluable."

Honors and Awards

imageWilfrid I. Ndebeka receives his first place award from Eric Van Stryland, CREOL/University of Central Florida, U.S.A.

imageSecond place award winners from left to right, along with the invited speakers (not named) for the Summer Session program: Hongbo Zhu, Liang Zhu, Liang Zhang, Samaneh Rezvani and Rajib Ahmed.

CIOMP/OSA Summer Session Student Presentation Awards

Congratulations to the following students for being recognized with a Best Student Presentation Award during the First International Summer Session on Lasers and Their Applications, sponsored by OSA and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP) in Changchun, China. First place award winners include: Eryn C. Cook, University of Oregon, U.S.A., for the "Development of an Ultra-Stable, Low-Cost, Diode Laser System"; and Wilfrid I. Ndebeka, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, for "Efficiency of Tm3+-Doped Silica Triple Clad Fiber Laser." Second place winners include: Rajib Ahmed, the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, "Design & Analysis on Silicon Based Optical Micro-Ring Resonator Sensor Device for Biomedical Applications at µm Wavelength;" Samaneh Rezvani, Zanjian University, Iran, "Optical Test of Aspheric Surface by Moiré Technique;" Liang Zhang, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China, "A PON and RoF Converged System Simultaneously Providing Triple Play Services and Wireless Data;" Hongbo Zhu, Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics, China, "808 nm Fibre Coupled Diode Laser Module for Fiber Lasers Pumping;" and Liang Zhu, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China, "Efficient 1645 nm Er:YAG Laser Pumped by 1532 nm Diode Laser with Narrow Band."

Global News

imageOSA Vice President Donna Strickland at the Student Member Lunch in Puebla, Mexico.

imageDays on Diffraction attendees, St. Petersburg, Russia.

OSA Leaders Attend Meeting
in Mexico

OSA President Chris Dainty, OSA Vice President Donna Strickland and OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan attended ICO-22 in Puebla, Mexico, in August. In addition to participating in the technical conference and the ICO General Assemblies, the OSA group hosted a student member lunch and OSA member reception. They also presented three student awards over the course of the conference.

Russia Hosts International

OSA co-sponsored and supported the annual international conference, "Days on Diffraction—2011," which was held 20 May to 3 June 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia. The focus of the conference was on diffraction and the propagation of waves, and it attracted about 200 attendees from nearly 20 countries. Read more about the conference at www.imi.ras.ru/~dd/index.php.


Welcome New Editors

We are happy to announce that Gualtiero Nunzi Conti of the Institute of Applied Physics, Germany, and Jae-Hyeung Park of Chungbuk National University, South Korea, have agreed to serve as new topical editors for Applied Optics. We'd also like to welcome John D. Minelly of Coherent Inc., Australia, and Frank Vollmer of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Germany, to the editorial board of Optics Express.

In addition, we are pleased that the following individuals have agreed to serve second three-year terms as topical editors for Optics Letters: Gabriella Cincotti of the University of Rome, Italy, Sailing He of the Royal Institute of Technology and Zhejiang University, China, and Yikai Su of Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China. Wieslaw Krolikowski of the Australian National University has also agreed to serve a second term as as a topical editor for JOSA B. We thank these members of the optics community for their support of OSA journals.

Free Access to Key Journal Content through Spotlight on Optics

OSA provides open access to select journal articles through its Optics InfoBase page via Spotlight on Optics. Spotlight was established in July 2009 with the aim of showcasing the breadth and quality of the work being published in OSA's journals. Initially, chief editors selected two articles for posting to the Spotlight page, along with the standard comment field to allow readers the opportunity to offer input on the content.

In 2010, Spotlight's second stage began with the creation of the Spotlight on Optics panel. This group consists of 16 regular panelists and 26 contributors—outstanding scientists from four continents—commissioned to provide brief, insightful summaries highlighting the importance of the spotlighted articles. These opinion pieces are written to engage the broader optics community. The first summary of this type, by John E. Heebner from Los Alamos National Laboratory, U.S.A., appeared in March 2010. Since then, nearly 100 summaries have been published to the Spotlight page, with a recent item from Optical Materials Express garnering impressive attention (www.opticsinfobase.org/spotlight/summary.cfm?uri=ome-1-1-85).

OSA Membership Highlights


Emeritus Membership

If you are fully retired and have been an OSA individual member or Fellow for at least 10 years, you may be eligible for OSA emeritus membership. This status requires an individual's age plus the number of years of OSA membership to total 75 or greater. For emeritus members, dues are optional for one- and five-year terms, and lifetime dues are discounted. For details, visit the "membership" section of OSA.org.

Toward Entrepreneurship: A Great Read and a Good Deed

The newly released book, Toward Entrepreneurship: Establishing a Successful Technology Business is based on Milton Chang's fascinating and successful personal experience. It provides insightful strategies and practices for every stage of a business—from identifying an idea, to launching, managing and selling a company.

The retail price of the book is $35 USD, but for a limited time, OSA members may purchase it for $20 through the OSA Foundation. (Greater donations welcome.) All proceeds will be donated to the Foundation, and 100 percent will be matched by OSA. To order online, visit: www.osa-foundation.org/bookoffer, or call: +1-202-416-1449.

In Gratitude

Young Professionals Helm FiO Student Programming

OSA wishes to thank the young professional members who volunteered to serve as the first-ever planning committee for the 2011 Student Leadership Conference (16 October/Hilton San Jose): Brooke Hester, Appalachian State University, U.S.A.; Chris Holmes, University of Southampton, U.K.; Yoshi Okawachi, Cornell University, U.S.A.; Giovanni Volpe, Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems and Laura Waller, Princeton University, U.S.A. Thanks also to those who developed the inaugural Entrepreneurs International Network workshop (18 October/St. Claire Hotel): Brooke Hester and Daniel Rogers, Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A., and former OSA President Tom Baer, Stanford University, U.S.A., who helped conceive the idea and who will serve as a speaker. Their time, effort and new ideas contributed greatly to the development of both events.

Hannah Bembia (hbembia@osa.org) is OSA's publications administrative assistant.

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