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Harris Named OSA Honorary Member     

Stephen E. Harris, Stanford University, U.S.A., was elected as the Society’s newest Honorary Member on 22 October. Harris was chosen for his “pioneering and profoundly influential contributions to the science of light, including optical parametric emission, lasing without inversion, electromagnetically induced transparency and single cycle optical pulse generation.” Harris joins a group of only 45 OSA Honorary Members elected since OSA was founded in 1916.

Dereniak Wins Alumnus of the Year 

OSA Fellow Eustace L. Dereniak, an internationally recognized expert in infrared detectors and systems, has been named 2013 Alumnus of the Year by the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences, U.S.A., in recognition of his cutting-edge research, professional leadership and extensive contributions to optics and photonics education. 

OSA Announces Recipients of Joint Awards

The Herbert Walther Award honors innovations in quantum optics and atomic physics and contributions to the international scientific community. The award is jointly made by Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft and OSA. Massimo Inguscio of LENS, University of Florence, Italy, is the 2014 recipient for his experiments in atomic, molecular and optical physics and his scientific leadership. 

The John Tyndall Award is named for the 19th-century scientist who first demonstrated internal reflection. The award recognizes an individual who has made pioneering, highly significant or continuing technical or leadership contributions to fiber optics technology. Corning Inc., endows the award, and it is co-sponsored by OSA and the IEEE Photonics Society. In 2014, Kazuro Kikuchi of the University of Tokyo, Japan, will be recognized for his contributions to the fundamental understanding of coherent detection technique. The award will be presented on 11 March 2014 at the OFC Conference in San Francisco.

Student News

Student Chapter Celebrates 10th Anniversary 

OSA Past Presidents Donna Strickland and Eric Van Stryland traveled to Brazil to attend the VIII Symposium of Lasers and its Applications and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the OSA Student Chapter Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE) at Recife. The chapter is led by advisor Cid B. de Araújo and president Rafael Alves. The symposium drew 135 attendees from several local universities. Congratulations to the UFPE–Recife Chapter for a successful event and reaching this impressive milestone!


Launching the Siegman School on Lasers 

The Siegman International School on Lasers will be held at Stanford University, U.S.A., in August 2014. This program, co-founded by the OSA Foundation and IPG Photonics, will provide up to 100 graduate students from around the world with the opportunity to advance their education, foster future collaboration and promote research and engineering for the optical community. The school begins accepting applications in January 2014. To learn more or make a donation to support this program, visit  

Regional News

OSA in Shanghai & Beijing

In November, Donna Strickland, OSA’s 2013 President, traveled to Beijing, China, to attend the Asia Communications and Photonics (ACP) Meeting— one of the largest technical conferences in Asia.  ACP has been held annually since 2001 and is jointly sponsored by OSA, SPIE, and IEEE Photonics Society as well as by two Chinese societies—the Chinese Optical Society and the China Institute of Communications. During the meeting there was a special symposium dedicated to Dr. Tingye Li, who was a leader in the field and who sadly passed away at the end of last year. OSA’s incoming Vice President, Alan Willner, was one of the keynote speakers for the special event. Strickland also had the opportunity to meet with a few OSA student chapters while in Beijing.  

LASER World of PHOTONICS Symposium

OSA and the organizers of LASER World of PHOTONICS India partnered to host “Advances in Light Matter Interaction—From Ultra-high Power to Ultrafast to Ultrasmall” in conjunction with the LASER World of PHOTONICS India exhibition on 12 November 2013 in Mumbai, India. The session was organized by Yehiam Prior, Weizmann Institute, Israel, and Bishnu Pal, IIT Delhi, India. It featured presentations from Sir David Payne, Southampton University, United Kingdom; Stefan Nolte, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany; Eric Mazur, Harvard University, U.S.A.; Ajoy Kar, Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom; M. Krishnamurthy, TIFT Mumbai, India; and Ashish Nath, IIT Kharagpur, India. The symposium highlighted OSA’s ability to bring together strong technical programming worldwide.

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In Memoriam

Remembering Mark J. Beran

Mark Jay Beran, an OSA Fellow and a member of the Society for almost 50 years, died on 5 August 2013, shortly before his 83rd birthday. Well-respected in his field and internationally recognized, Beran made fundamental contributions to the theory of wave propagation in random media and also explored the role of statistics in continuum mechanics.

William C. Martin, OSA Fellow Emeritus

William Clyde Martin worked for more than 40 years as a scientist at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), where he was an expert in the spectra and energy levels of rare-earth elements and led the atomic spectroscopy program. He retired in 1998, but continued his association with NIST, initially as a contractor and guest researcher, and then as a scientist emeritus, until shortly before his death. Martin died 15 September 2013 in Washington, D.C. He was 83.

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