Technical Conference:
18-22 October 2015
Exhibition:
20-21 October 2015

Special Events

Special Events at FiO/LS

Make Valuable Connections. Collaborate.

Look forward to exciting professional networking events at FiO/LS 2015.

FiO Postdeadline Papers
Frontiers in Photonic Detection Panel Discussion
International Year of Light – Science to Solutions
International Year of Light/OSA Presidents Reception
Joint FiO/LS Poster Session - Tuesday
Joint FiO/LS Poster Session - Wednesday
Laser Science Annual Business Meeting
Laser Science Banquet
Meet the Editors of the APS Journals
Meet OSA’s Journal Editors
Minorities and Women in OSA (MWOSA) Networking Reception
Nonlinear Optics Technical Group Workshop
OIDA Town Hall Forum on Biophotonics Challenges & Opportunities
Optical Material Studies Technical Group Workshop
OSA’s Annual Business Meeting
OSA Division and Technical Group Meetings
OSA Fellow Members Lunch
OSA Member Reception
OSA Members, Family and Friends Event
OSA Student Chapter Competition
OSA Student Member Reception
OSA Technical Group Poster Session
Science Educators’ Day (EDAY)
Townes Symposium: Reminiscences – Scientific and Personal
Townes Memorial Reception
VIP Industry Leaders Networking Event: Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students 

Sunday, 18 October

Townes Symposium: Reminiscences – Scientific and Personal
Sunday, 18 October, 16:30 – 18:30
Regency Ballroom, Fairmont San Jose
 
In 1958, at Bell Laboratories, Charles Hard Townes, one of the foremost pioneers of quantum electronics, and Arthur Schawlow invented the laser, explaining its geometry, operating principles and presenting its foundational theory. The laser, operating at optical frequencies, was based on Townes’s invention at Columbia University of the maser (microwave analog of the laser) which he demonstrated experimentally in 1954. Townes received the Nobel Prize in 1964, along with Soviet scientists Nikolai Basov and Alexander Prokhorov.

This symposium brings together participants from every step of his professional career. For more information click here

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Townes Memorial Reception
Sunday, 18 October, 18:30 – 20:00
Regency Ballroom, Fairmont San Jose

Complimentary for FiO/LS Technical Attendees*
 
Get the FiO/LS 2015 conference off to a great start by attending the Townes Reception! Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres.
 
*This event is complimentary for FiO/LS Technical attendees only. Please bring your conference registration badge. Non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $75 USD each..

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OSA Student Member Reception
Sunday, 18 October, 19:00 – 22:00

This reception is a fun event that encourages Student Members of OSA to meet, enjoy refreshments and have a good time! Note that membership status will be checked.

 
No charge to all OSA Student Members. Must be 21 or over to consume alcohol.

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Monday, 19 October

Frontiers in Photonic Detection Panel Discussion
Monday, 19 October, 12:00 - 13:30
Belvedere Room, The Fairmont San Jose

The OSA Photonic Detection Technical Group will hosting an interactive panel discussion providing an opportunity for professionals and students to learn about and discuss the latest advances in the field of photonic detection.

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Optical Material Studies Technical Group Workshop
Monday, 19 October, 12:00 - 13:30
Atherton Room, The Fairmont San Jose

Join the OSA Optical Material Studies Technical Group for a special workshop discussing recent advances in optical materials, including 2D photonic materials and transparent conductors.

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OSA Fellow Members Lunch
Monday, 19 October, 12:00 - 13:30
Ballroom, The Westin San Jose, 302 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA

Join your colleagues and the OSA Board of Directors at the OSA Fellows Lunch at FiO.

Advance reservation is required by 7 October.  Please email awards@osa.org for more information.

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Meet OSA’s Journal Editors
Monday, 19 October, 18:00 - 19:00
Club Regent, Lobby Level, The Fairmont San Jose

OSA’s journal Editors invite you to join them for conversation and refreshments. The Editors welcome your questions, concerns and ideas for the journals, such as:

  • What are best practices when submitting your manuscript?
  • What constitutes a useful manuscript review?
  • What criteria do journal editors look for in submitted manuscripts?
  • How do you propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA Journal?
  • Other topics of interest to you

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

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OSA Technical Group Poster Session
Monday, 19 October, 18:00 - 19:00
Atherton Room, The Fairmont San Jose

Join the Microscopy and Optical Coherence Tomography Technical Group for a focused poster session. This session will bring together students and colleagues for an opportunity to share their latest research findings, exchange ideas, and facilitate collaborations in relevant areas.

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International Year of Light – Science to Solutions
Monday, 19 October, 16:00 – 18:00
Regency Ballroom, Fairmont San Jose
 
Moderator: Eric Mazur, Harvard University, USA

The International Year of Light Special Session, open to the public, will showcase examples of how optics has made, and will make, a difference in society.  Speakers will highlight the connection between fundamental scientific research to solutions to problems with societal impact.  The topical coverage will span issues such as energy, climate, health care, and telecommunications.  The talks are intended to be short (10-20 min), in TED-talk style, designed to engage and inspire. For a full list of speakers and presentation topics, visit the Special Sessions page.

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International Year of Light/OSA Presidents Reception - "Light up the Night"
Monday, 19 October, 18:30 – 20:30
City Hall Rotunda, 200 E. Santa Clara Street, San Jose, CA

Complimentary for FiO/LS Technical Attendees*

OSA President Philip Russell invites you to celebrate the International Year of Light by reaching new heights! Enjoy delicious bites and beverages in City Hall’s 110-foot tall Rotunda. Mix and mingle with friends old and new as we light up the night in downtown San Jose.
 
*This event is complimentary for FiO/LS Technical attendees only. Please bring your conference registration badge. Non-technical attendees and guest tickets are available for $75 USD each.

The City Hall Rotunda is a short 10 minute walk away from The Fairmont Hotel.

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Tuesday, 20 October

Nonlinear Optics Technical Group Workshop
Tuesday, 20 October, 12:00 - 13:30
Cupertino Room, The Fairmont San Jose

Join the OSA Nonlinear Optics Technical Group for a special workshop including a discussion on future directions in the field of nonlinear optics.

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OSA Student Chapter Competition: IYL-To-Go
Tuesday, 20 October, 14:30 - 16:00
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xhibit Hall, Imperial Ballroom, Fairmont San Jose

OSA challenges you to showcase your chapter’s best ideas for youth education outreach during its annual meeting Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science. This year’s competition is IYL-To-Go . For a chance to win up to $500 USD for your chapter, we’re asking you to create optical demonstrations for children and science teachers that connect with the mission of the International Year of Light to improve public understanding of how light affects our daily lives. These youth education demos should be completely portable and easy to recreate all over the world.  Volunteer judges will rate chapters on effectiveness, creativity, presentation and supplies. The entry form will be released in August- stay tuned!


All FiO/LS attendees are invited to attend and see the demos.

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Joint FiO/LS Poster Session
Tuesday, 20 October, 14:30 – 16:00
Exhibit Hall, Imperial Ballroom, Fairmont San Jose

Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide an opportunity for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Plan on attending these interactive and exciting sessions.

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Minorities and Women in OSA (MWOSA) Networking Reception
Tuesday, 20 October, 16:00 – 17:00
Atherton Room, Fairmont San Jose

Please join the MWOSA community for a networking reception where we will celebrate the OSA Foundation grant award recipients. The registration process is EASY! To confirm your attendance, please email your contact information to mwosa@osa.org

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OSA’s Annual Business Meeting
Tuesday, 20 October, 17:00 – 17:45
Fairfield Room, Fairmont San Jose

Learn more about OSA and join the OSA Board of Directors for the Society’s annual business meeting. The 2014 activity reports will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.

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Division of Laser Science Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 20 October, 17:00 – 18:00
Belvedere Room, Fairmont San Jose

All members and interested parties are invited to attend the annual business meeting of the Division of Laser Science (DLS). The DLS officers will report on the activities of the past year and on plans for the future. Questions will be taken from the floor. This is your opportunity to help define the operations of the DLS and the LS Conference.

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 OSA Member Reception: Trip the Light Fantastic
An International Year of Light-apalooza
Tuesday, 20 October, 18:30 – 20:30
Grande Ballroom, The Westin San Jose, 302 S. Market Street, San Jose, CA

Complimentary and for OSA Members Only*

The Optical Society cordially invites OSA Members to a celebratory night for the International Year of Light.
 
The poet John Milton wrote, “Com, and trip it as ye go, / On the light fantastick toe”. As we start to wind down on this glorious year that focused the world’s attention on light, let’s take Milton’s advice and let loose. For one special evening, OSA Members will enjoy the company of friends and colleagues. We’ll provide the beverages, appetizers, and music. You just need to bring your dancing shoes (oh, and your conference registration badge or OSA Membership card).
 
If you join OSA on-site, please bring your receipt. *This event is complimentary and is for OSA Members. If you would like to bring a guest, tickets are available for $75 USD each.
 
Not a member yet? Join today to attend this complimentary OSA Member event.

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Laser Science Banquet
Tuesday, 20 October, 19:00 – 21:00
Gordon Biersch Restaurant, 33 East San Fernando St., San Jose, CA

Join your colleagues for the annual LS Banquet. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased for $65 USD, when you register for the meeting.

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Wednesday, 21 October

Joint FiO/LS Poster Session
Wednesday, 21 October, 09:30 – 11:00
Exhibit Hall, Imperial Ballroom, Fairmont San Jose

Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide an opportunity for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Plan on attending these interactive and exciting sessions.

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OSA Members, Family and Friends Event
Wednesday, 21 October, 10:00 – 12:15
Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium

Architecturally inspired by the Temple of Amon at Karnak, the Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium houses the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts on exhibit in western North America, including objects from pre-dynastic times through Egypt’s early Islamic era. Voted by Trip Advisor as one of the top sites to visit in San Jose, enjoy a 90-minute guided tour of the museum’s exhibits, which focus on gods and religion, kings and pharaohs, and burial practices.

To reserve a spot, contact Pamela Wimmer at pwimmer@osa.org by Friday, October 9. Download the flyer.
 

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VIP Industry Leaders Networking Event: Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students
Wednesday, 21 October, 12:30 – 14:00
Club Regent, Lobby Level, Fairmont San Jose
 
This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students. The program starts with informal networking during lunch and then transitions into “speed meetings” – small, brief visits with 6-8 executives to discuss careers, industry trends or other career topics.

Past participating executives have included:

  • Robert "Bob" Breault, Founder/Chairman/President, Breault Research Organization, Inc.
  • Arturo Chavez-Pirson, Chief Technology Officer, NP Photonics, Inc.
  • James Fisher, Vice President, Newport Corporation
  • Thomas L. Koch, Dean and Professor, College of Optical Sciences, University of Arizona
  • Jason Mulliner, Chief Financial Officer, Edmund Optics
  • Donald A. Pearson, II, President & CEO, TRIOPTICS USA / Davidson Optronics / Wells Research
  • Stephen Schaffer, Vice President, Evaporated Coatings, Inc.
  • Andre Wong, Director, Product Line Management, JDSU 

Space is limited. Only Students and Recent Graduates (those who have completed their final degree in the last three years) are eligible to attend.

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Meet the Editors of the APS Journals
Wednesday, 21 October, 13:00 – 14:30
Exhibit Hall, Imperial Ballroom, Fairmont San Jose

The Editors of the APS journals invite you to join them for conversation and light refreshments. The Editors will be available to answer questions, hear your ideas, and discuss any comments about the journals. All are welcome. We hope you will be able to join us.

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Science Educators’ Day (EDAY)
Wednesday, 21 October, 17:00 – 20:00
Regency Ballroom 1, Fairmont San Jose

*Free of Charge – RSVP Required. To confirm your attendance simply email your name and contact information to eday@osa.org.

This annual event focuses on effective and innovative approaches to science education, with an emphasis on hands-on, interactive classroom lessons.
 
Interactive Teaching and Peer Instruction, Eric Mazur; Harvard University, USA
 
Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University. Mazur founded several companies and plays an active role in industry.
 
In addition to his work in optical physics, Mazur has been very active in education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction, a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. He is the author of Peer Instruction: A User's Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively. In 2006 he helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching. Dr. Mazur's teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many disciplines.
 
Dr. Mazur has received numerous awards, including the Esther Hoffman Beller award from the Optical Society (OSA) and the Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). In 2014 Mazur became the inaugural recipient of the Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education. He is Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA) as well as a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) and a fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT). He is a Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of the Netherlands and a Member of the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities.
 
Dr. Mazur is author or co-author of 298 scientific publications, 36 patents, and several books, including the Principles and Practice of Physics (Pearson, 2014), a book that presents a groundbreaking new approach to teaching introductory calculus-based physics. Mazur is a sought-after speaker on optics and on education.

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OIDA Town Hall Forum on Biophotonics Challenges & Opportunities
Wednesday, 21 October, 18:00 – 20:00
Club Regent, Lobby Level, Fairmont San Jose

Please join us for an open town-hall meeting, where thought leaders debate and share perspectives that are critical to understanding the rapidly expanding biophotonics market.

Questions to be discussed include:

  • What is the enabling technology that has the most market traction?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities among photonics technologies today?
  • Where is the best potential for funding?

This event's new, interactive format will prioritize key findings for future use by the community. Happy hour drinks and snacks are complimentary.

To submit your question and topics for discussion email Tom Hausken, Senior Industry Advisor, OSA, at thausken@osa.org before the event.
 

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FiO Postdeadline Papers
Wednesday, 21 October, 20:00 – 22:00

The FiO 2015 Technical Program Committee will accept a limited number of postdeadline papers for presentation. The purpose of postdeadline sessions is to give participants the opportunity to hear new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. Only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness were accepted. More information, including the schedule and locations, will be posted in the weeks preceding the conference.

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