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Workshop on Laser Dynamics and Nonlinear Photonics

The 5th "Rio de la Plata" Workshop on Laser Dynamics and Nonlinear Photonics was held in December 2011 in Piriapolis, Uruguay. It was supported by OSA and organized by Cristina Masoller from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Spain, Igal Brener from Sandia National Lab, U.S.A., and Alejandro Giacomotti from Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France. It attracted 45 attendees from 16 countries. The topics of the presentations included novel lasers (random lasers, nanospin lasers), nonlinear optics, optical chaos and complexity, novel optical materials and nanophotonics (metamaterials and plasmonics), nonlinear spectroscopy and biophotonics.

OSA to Cosponsor Sessions at JSAP Meeting

OSA will cosponsor between six and eight joint sessions of the 73rd Japan Society of Applied Physics (JSAP) Autumn Meeting. It will take place on 11-14 September 2012, at Ehime University/Matsuyama University, Japan. The joint sessions are part of an effort to promote international participation in the JSAP fall meeting. OSA members are invited to submit to these joint sessions via the JSAP website (www.jsap.or.jp/english/meeting-events/annualmeeting.html) before 1 June 2012. All presentations in the joint symposia must be in English. A limited number of travel awards for participating international students are available. For more information, please email technical-meetings@jsap.or.jp.


OSA's Recent Graduate Member Category

OSA offers a Recent Graduate membership category that provides special discounts and career-building benefits. If you have completed your degree within the last three years, be sure to select the "Recent Graduate" option when renewing your OSA membership. For all professionals under 40, OSA offers a Young Professionals Program that provides unique networking and volunteer opportunities. Please visit the "Communities" section of OSA.org for more details.


Welcome New Editors

We are happy to announce that Peter Andersen of the Technical University of Denmark has agreed to serve as a new deputy editor for Optics Letters. Valentin Petrov of the Max-Born-Institute, Germany, has also recently become a new topical editor for Optics Letters. In addition, we'd like to welcome Erik Vartiainen of Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, and Hiroshi Yoshikawa of Nihon University, Japan, to the editorial board of Applied Optics. Finally, we're pleased to announce that Harilaos Ginis of the University of Crete, Greece, and Mariola Ramirez of the Universidad Autonoma Madrid, Spain, have recently joined the editorial boards of JOSA A and Optics Express, respectively. We thank these members of the optics community for their support of OSA journals.



Honors & Awards

OSA Fellow Honored by NAE

Congratulations to OSA Fellow James J. Coleman, who has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Coleman oversees research using metalorganic chemical vapor deposition of III-V semiconductors to explore applications in lasers, quantum dots and other optical structures. He is a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois, U.S.A., and also the Intel Alumni Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
He is among 66 new members and 10 foreign associates credited by the NAE. Election to the NAE is one of the highest professional honors an engineer can garner.

OSA's Optics and Photonics Congress Student Awards

In March, three student presenters were recognized for their outstanding paper or poster at OSA's Optics and Photonics Congress "Research in Optical Sciences" in Berlin, Germany. For the International Conference on Ultrafast Structural Dynamics Meeting, Denis Anielski, Max Planck-Institut fur Kernphysik, Germany, was acknowledged for "Time-Resolved Photoelectron Diffraction on Laser-Aligned Molecules." For the High-Intensity Sources and High-Field Phenomena Meeting, Bastian Borchers, Max Born Institute, Germany, was noted for "Carrier-Envelope Phase Double Stabilization Setup with sub-10 Attosecond Timing Jitter." The Quantum Information and Measurement Meeting recognized Shlomi Kotler, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.

Congratulations to OSK Student Paper Awardee

At the February 2011 Optical Society of Korea (OSK) Winter Meeting in Daejeon, South Korea, Yong-Sung Park of Dankook University was selected as the recipient of the OSA-OSK best student paper award. He was recognized for his paper "X-ray Diffraction from X-ray Waveguide Arrays for Generation of Coherent X-ray." Robert Byer, Stanford University, U.S.A., represented OSA at the OSK meeting. Byer, who was OSA president in 1994, also visited several OSA student chapters in South Korea during his visit.

Career Transitions

OSA Fellow Becomes CEO

OSA Fellow Gregory Quarles was named the new CEO of B.E. Meyers & Company, Inc. Quarles has been president and chief operating officer at B.E. Meyers, a manufacturer of optoelectronic devices used in defense and law enforcement applications since May 2010. Prior to joining the company, Quarles served as the director of corporate research, development and technology for II -VI Incorporated.

Hannah Bembia is OSA's publications administrative assistant.

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