Launch of High-Impact Journal
OSA has announced that it will be launching a new open-access journal, Optica, that will focus on the rapid dissemination of high-impact results in all areas of optics and photonics. This new online-only journal will publish its first monthly issue in July and will be a dedicated venue for authors to publish high-profile research in both theoretical and applied optics and photonics.
Optica will publish original research articles, letters and mini-reviews with the aim of representing the most important work in the field. It will also provide authors with a preliminary decision on whether their manuscript will go out for an in-depth review within five business days of submission. Alex Gaeta, Cornell University, U.S.A., will serve as editor-in-chief. The growing editorial board includes Miguel Alonso, Connie Chang-Hasnain, Daniel Gauthier, Henry Kapteyn, Martii Kauranen, Thomas Krauss, Curtis Menyuk, Yehiam Prior, Henry van Driel and Hailin Wang.
“Optica will benefit authors and readers by providing top-caliber articles and reviews from a publisher that’s been in the field nearly 100 years,” said Gaeta. “I am looking forward to working with the distinguished editorial board and reviewers to produce a one-of-a-kind journal that serves the global optics community and publishes high-impact results.”
Welcome New Editors
We are happy to announce that the following individuals were recently appointed as new editors for OSA Journals: Applied Optics: Gilles Lerondel, Université de Technologie de Troyes, France; Eva Campo, Bangor University, U.K.; Frank (Kenneth) Hopkins, Air Force Research Laboratory, U.S.A.; Steve Kim, UES Inc., U.S.A.; Ricardo Letelier, Oregon State University, U.S.A.; JOSA A: Greg Gbur, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, U.S.A.; Mathias Schubert, University of Nebraska Lincoln, U.S.A.; Optics Letters: Antonella Bogoni, CNIT, China; Optical Materials Express: Ivan Biaggio, Lehigh University, U.S.A.; Photonics Research: Jun Wang, SIOM, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
We would also like to thank the following individuals for continuing their editorial service with OSA: Applied Optics: Myung Kim, University of South Florida, U.S.A.; Oliver Reitebuch, German Aerospace Center DLR; Ching-Cherng Sun, National Central University, China; Optics Express: Uriel Levy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
Optics R&D in Wuhan
The Wuhan Optics Valley is a major center of optoelectronics research and technology development in China and home to the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and the Wuhan National Laboratory for Optoelectronics (WNLO), which is active in students’ education and academic research. OSA Fellow Barry R. Masters visited HUST’s Britton Chance Center for Biomedical Photonics (BCCBMP) and taught two graduate courses: “Principles and Technologies for Optical Microscopy” and “Critical Thinking: Scientific Written and Oral Communication in Science.” Masters also lectured on the responsible conduct of research and discussed the graduate students’ research. Research at BCCBMP is focused on the brain; investigators recently demonstrated the long-range tracing of individual axons in ex vivo cleared mouse brain by fluorescence micro-optical sectioning tomography (fMOST). Qingming Luo, BCCBMP director, stated that the center was recently awarded a five-year, $9 million multicenter-grant from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology to fund the development of innovative instrumentation for visualizing brain-wide networks at single-neuron resolution.
Renew as a Recent Grad
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Siegman International School on Lasers
The inaugural Siegman International School on Lasers will be held at Stanford University, U.S.A., 3–8 August 2014. This new week-long program provides up to 100 graduate students from around the world with a unique opportunity to learn from global experts, highly regarded professors and fellow students. Participants will also be able to present their own research, gain valuable experience and build exposure for their work. Space is limited, so apply now. The deadline for applications is 21 April 2014. To learn more, visit www.osa.org/siegmanschool.
Apply for Chapter or Section Funding
The Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation Student Chapter (Russia) hosted astronaut Andrei Borisenko using an OSA Professional Development Grant! What will your chapter use funding for in 2014? All OSA Chapters and Sections are encouraged to apply annually. Activity and Education Outreach Grant applications for events to take place 1 July – 31 December 2014 are due 30 April 2014. To learn more, go to www.osa.org/en-us/membership_education and click on the grants and recognitions menu. If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank You, BIOMED Chairs
Thank you to the Biomedical Optics chairs for their leadership in organizing outstanding topical meetings.
General Chairs: Vadim Backman, Northwestern University, U.S.A.; Stefan Andersson-Engels, Lund University, Sweden. Vice Chairs: Stephen Boppart, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.; Christoph Hitzenberger, Medizinische Universität Wien, Austria.
BIO 1: Biophysics, Biology and Biophotonics: The Crossroads: Nada Boustany, Rutgers University, U.S.A.; Elizabeth Hillman, Columbia University, U.S.A.; Halina Rubinsztein-Dunlop, University of Queensland, Australia.
BIO 2: BioNanophotonic and Molecular Probes: Gregory Faris, SRI International, U.S.A.; Gang Zheng, University of Toronto, Canada.
BIO 3: Optical Microscopy: Techniques and Applications: Adela Ben-Yakar, University of Texas, Austin, U.S.A.; Paul Campagnola, University of Wisconsin, Madison, U.S.A.; Yang Liu, University of Pittsburgh, U.S.A.
BIO 4: Photoacoustic Imaging and Spectroscopy: Lihong Wang, Washington University, U.S.A.; Daniel Razansky, Technische Universitat Munchen, Germany; Hao Zhang, Northwestern University, U.S.A.
BIO 5: Optical Coherence Tomography with Applications: Xingde Li, Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.; David Sampson, University of Western Australia; Yoshiaki Yasuno, University of Tsukuba, Japan.
BIO 6: Optical Imaging and Tomography with Applications: Hamid Dehghani, University of Birmingham, U.K.; Maria Angela Franceschini, Harvard Medical School, U.S.A.; Brian Pogue, Dartmouth College, U.S.A.
BIO 7: Optical Spectoscopy with Applications: Young Kim, Purdue University, U.S.A.; Martin Leahy, NUI Galway, Ireland; Igor Meglinski, University of Otago, New Zealand.
Industry Program Committee: Kelly Gregorak, Boulder Nonlinear Systems Inc., U.S.A.; Alain Villeneuve, Genia Photonics, Canada; Rob Morris, Ocean Optics Inc., U.S.A.; Tom Haslett, Avo Photonics, U.S.A.; Vadim Backman, Northwestern University.