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Welcome New Editors 

We are happy to announce that Yanqing Lu of Nanjing University, China, was recently appointed as deputy editor for Optical Materials Express. Sergei Turitsyn of Aston University, United Kingdom, has recently joined the editorial board of JOSA B. We would also like to thank Guohai Situ of the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics, China, for agreeing to serve as an editor for Applied Optics.

Finally, we extend our gratitude to the following individuals for agreeing to serve second three-year terms as editors: Svetlana Lukishova of the University of Rochester, U.S.A. (Optics Letters), Robert Kaindl of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, U.S.A. (JOSA B), Julio GutiƩrrez-Vega of the Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico (Optics Express), and Niels Asger Mortensen of the Technical University of Denmark.

Global News

OSA VP Attends OSK Annual Meeting 

OSA Vice President Philip Russell attended the Optical Society of Korea (OSK) Winter Annual Meeting in Deajeon, South Korea, from 18-20 February 2013. He gave a talk and presented the OSA-OSK Student Travel Prize to Jong-ryul Choi, Yonsei University, Korea, for his paper “In Situ Fluorescence Optical Detection Using a Digital Micromirror Device for 3-D Cell-based Assays.” Russell and OSK President Tae-Hoon Yoon also signed a memorandum of understanding to continue OSA-OSK collaborations. 

In addition, Russell visited the Donghaksa Temple in the Mt. Gyeryongsan National Park. The mountain’s name means “Rooster-Dragon,” because the main ridge looks like a dragon’s body, while the sharp peaks resemble a cockscomb when viewed from a distance.

Honors and Awards

Member Nabs NSF Grant

OSA member Baohong Yuan, a bioengineering professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, U.S.A., recently received an early career development grant of more than $400,000 from the National Science Foundation. Yuan will use the funds to continue work on his hybrid imaging system, which uses light and sound to produce images of deep tissue. 

Congratulations to Zeiss Research Award Recipient

Attosecond pioneer Anne L’Huillier, Lund University, Sweden, has won this year’s Carl Zeiss Research Award, one of the most renowned honors in optics. L’Huillier is being recognized for her work in the field of high harmonic generation, which has laid the foundation for the generation of attosecond impulses and enabled key advances in attosecond physics.

Nominate Your Favorite Team for New Engineering Award

OSA is pleased to announce its new Paul F. Forman Engineering Team Excellence Awards, which recognize teams of engineers who have made major contributions in the field of optical engineering, including technical achievements and contributions to society.

Get in the team spirit! You can nominate a group through 2 July. The award will be presented in Orlando, Fla., U.S.A., during the October Frontiers in Optics meeting. Contact OSA’s awards team for more information ( or +1.202.416.1960).


OSA Members—and CEO—Take on Capitol Hill  

In mid-March, OSA members joined the 11th annual Science, Engineering and Technology working group for Congressional Visits Day (CVD), an event designed to bring scientists and engineers to Washington, D.C. The group explained the importance of science funding in the U.S. federal budget, focusing on the agencies that fund optics and photonics research.

Alket Mertiri (Boston University), Ivy Jones (Hampton University), Jie Qiao (University of Rochester) and Jung Park (Intel) visited 18 congressional offices. Many members of Congress recognized the importance of science and technology to job creation and the economy. Rep. Slaughter (D-N.Y.) was so impressed by Qiao’s work to promote women in science that she posted an article about the visit on her blog.

In a separate Hill visit, OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan called for sustained federal investments in R&D funding for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). “NIST and NSF are two agencies critical to strengthening the optics and photonics industry,” Rogan said. “Both make significant investments in the field and we’re already seeing the benefits.”

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Thank You, Mr. Feynman

This month marks the 15th anniversary of Richard Feynman’s death (1918-1988). He was a talented theoretical physicist best known for his work in quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. His famous theoretical double-slit experiment, which illustrates light’s wave-particle duality, was finally realized this year by researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (U.S.A.). According to OSA 2005 President Susan Houde-Walter, “Feynman exhibited an unusual ability to manipulate vivid imagery of physical relations in his thinking.” A renowned orator, author and musician, Feynman will also be remembered as an unconventional thinker and popularizer of physics. Here are a few of our favorite quotes from this multi-faceted individual:

"To those who do not know mathematics, it is difficult to get across a real feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty, of nature ... If you want to learn about nature, to appreciate nature, it is necessary to understand the language that she speaks in."

"On the infrequent occasions when I have been called upon in a formal place to play the bongo drums, the introducer never seems to find it necessary to mention that I also do theoretical physics."

"I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something."

"It is not unscientific to make a guess, although many people who are not in science think it is."

In Memory

Herbert Graf, Beloved Optician 

Herbert (Herb) H. Graf of Rochester, N.Y., U.S.A., who worked as an applied research optician at the University of Rochester for 43 years, died suddenly on 14 January 2013. He was 89. 

Graf’s career began as an optician for local companies, but he found his true calling in 1943 when he was hired to work with faculty and students at Rochester’s Institute of Optics. During his 43 years in the optics shop, he played a critical role in supporting faculty and student research by fabricating unique optics for hundreds of projects. He made lenses for the Robert E. Hopkins stereoscopic camera, finished surfaces for Mike Herscher’s ruby laser rods and produced large quantities of prisms and neodymium-doped glass laser slabs for the early fusion laser systems at the laser energetics lab. 

Graf was a people person with a wry sense of humor. Dave Stoltzman, a former student, shares: “In the ‘70s, I told Herb that I wanted to make a 12.5” paraboloid telescope mirror … I mentioned that I only needed a 55-gallon barrel to walk around for grinding and polishing out the blank. He looked up from the glass part he was working on and told me that, at the Institute of Optics, people had figured out how to motorize the ‘barrel’ so that it spun instead of me.”

This obituary was contributed by Stephen D. Jacobs, Duncan Moore and James Sydor.

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