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Clever Methods used in Poster Sessions

By By Nicole Moore | Posted: 18 October 2012

Wednesday’s poster session had several interesting theoretical and computational posters, but I was unfortunately unable to speak with all of their authors. 

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The Eyes Say it All

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 17 October 2012

This morning I took a break from my usual sort of sessions and attended the Symposium on Understanding the Developing and Aging Visual Systems.  I am glad that I have spent a fair amount of time thinking about vision in the past few years (both due to curiosity on my part and a desire to be able to field student questions correctly) or I may have found parts of the talks to be impenetrable due to specialized terminology. 

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Rochester’s Rich History makes it a Fit Host for the Annual OSA Meeting

By Colin McKinstrie and Donna Strickland, FiO 2012 General Chairs | Posted: 17 October 2012

This week, the members of the Optical Society (OSA) will come together for Frontiers in Optics (FiO), OSA’s 96th Annual Meeting, in the very birthplace of the industry - Rochester, New York. The city is home to many of the cutting-edge companies that will showcase their products and technologies, as well as two of the leading educational institutions where science and entrepreneurship coalesce to move optics forward.  So it is with a sense of that history that we come together in Rochester, the city where the Optical Society was founded in 1916, and where technology continues to thrive.

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Omega and Omega EP, not the watches

By Sapna Shroff | Posted: 17 October 2012

Hey everyone.. Monday afternoon I joined a guided tour of the Laboratory for Laser Energetics at University of Rochester. It was organized by UoR/LLE and the Optical Society of America.

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Quiet Please

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 17 October 2012

I had been looking forward to the session "Beyond Resolution," which took place in the late afternoon time slot on Tuesday.

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Can I get a Ham & Cheese w/ my Partial Polarization?

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 16 October 2012

This morning I attended a packed session called "Optical Design and Unconventional Polarization I" since I have been interested in radial and azimuthal polarization states for quite some time. I was able to hear numerous talks dealing not only with those polarization states, but also several even less conventional states. 

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Lots of Silicon Photonics

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 16 October 2012

So my day two at FiO/LS had a general theme of silicon photonics. This looks like a very promising technology for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and other integrated photonics, so it’s no wonder there were many talks on the topic. I found all of them very interesting and informative, and I learned a lot about the state-of-the-art, the different device manifestations, and the motivations and future prospects.

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Consulting in Optics

By Guest Blogger - Sapna Shroff | Posted: 16 October 2012

Hey everybody.. Today I attended the Minorities and Women in OSA meeting at Frontiers in Optics. They had organized a talk by Jennifer Kruschwitz on consulting as a career. Jennifer is always positive and fun to meet.. so it was a great to have her for the early morning breakfast event!

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Finally It’s FiO/LS Time

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 15 October 2012

So FiO/LS is finally in full swing here in Rochester, NY. I had hoped to have something to talk about yesterday, but my flights were delayed and I got in too late. Consequently, I missed the special symposium for Emil Wolf’s 90th birthday, which had been one of the sessions I was very eager to see. Hopefully, I’ll be able to see the presentations through the media the organizers are posting online, or at least I can talk to some of my earlier-arriving colleagues about the session.

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Ives medal address--Marlan Scully

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 15 October 2012

Today, Marlan O. Scully accepted the Frederic Ives Medal/Jarus W. Quinn Prize and gave the Ives Medal address. This talk introduced me to a variety of really fascinating work in the field of quantum thermodynamics.

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Thoughts on the Special Symposium

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 14 October 2012

I hope you were among the many attendees at the special symposium about the future of optics in honor of Emil Wolf's 90th birthday.  If you missed it, you missed a very lovely booklet of remembrances from some of his former students and colleagues and four fun talks about the future of optics.

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Welcome Newcomers!

By Amy Sullivan | Posted: 14 October 2012

This post is mostly for new conference attendees, but for those of you who are veterans of the conference, this is a reminder for you to do your best to make these newcomers welcome. This is your community and it is your responsibility to make it a friendly and welcoming one.

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Off to Rochester!

By Sapna Shroff | Posted: 14 October 2012

Hey everybody..

It's Frontiers in Optics time again and I'm off to Rochester tomorrow! It'll be my first visit since graduation! Some of my best friendships and memories are from Rochester. I get to meet a lot of the folks at meetings and conferences. Some of my Rochester friends also work in the Bay area. But it's after a long time I'm going to go to the University, see my old offices and labs again.. meet everyone again! :)

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Attending Frontiers in Optics: In person or virtually

By By Amy Sullivan, Laser Mom | Posted: 9 October 2012

Are you excited about heading to Rochester? Frontiers in Optics is less than 1 week away!
It’s funny – I must be honest and tell you that I usually complain about this conference being in Rochester and wish that it were somewhere more interesting. I often tell students that it is held there so that there will not be any motivation to skip sessions. Because, really, if the conference is on a sunny beach, who wants to be in a cold, air conditioned conference room?
But Rochester is quite beautiful in the fall. I brought a group of students a couple of years ago, and enjoyed a quiet walk along the river one afternoon:

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Get Connected - What to Know about WiFi Access at FiO/LS 2012

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 8 October 2012

By quickly browsing the conference hotels' websites, it appears that we should have greater access to free wifi (especially in the lobbies) than we have sometimes had in the past. The Hyatt apparently still charges $9.99/day for Internet access from the guest rooms.  I will almost definitely end up paying for it since I need to be in touch with my students while I'm away.

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Undergraduate Research

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 26 September 2012

My scientific research experience began as an undergraduate student after I was encouraged to pursue the opportunity by my academic adviser. I contacted a few professors who were working on topics that sounded interesting to me, and a short time later I began working for my permanent research adviser. That undergraduate experience provided me the opportunity to explore several different topics without being tied to a single project, gave me a glimpse into graduate life, and exposed me to the excitement of novel scientific discovery. Looking back on that time, it’s entirely likely that without taking that first step into research, I would have ended up with an entirely different career that I wouldn’t be nearly as passionate about.

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Where to Eat

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 13 September 2012

Even when I lived in Rochester, I was a little stumped about where to eat near the convention center.  Here’s a list of places I like or am planning to try this year that are located near the convention center, including some thoughts.

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Video Highlights

By Amy Sullivan | Posted: 4 September 2012

Every year, the chairs for Frontiers in Optics record short videos discussing what they consider to be the highlights of their sessions. While many people these days prefer videos to reading the content, I am not a video person myself. With a baby at home, all my work is done out at a coffee shop or at the library or in a shared office (or while she is sleeping) and I somehow always forget my headphones.
For those of you who also prefer the written word, here are some summaries of the highlights that I listened to – there are many videos for the different sessions and I have only listened to a few so far.

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Plan Your FiO/LS Week

By Dom Siriani | Posted: 27 August 2012

I recently noticed that the Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science conference program is now posted online. It’s nice to be able to peruse the conference talks before arriving at the conference. As is usual, you can browse all the sessions and presentations day-by-day and hour-by-hour to sift through and find what you might be interested in attending. However, the organizers have added a couple nice additional features that I don’t believe I’ve ever seen before.

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Looking forward to the plenaries (Part II)

By Nicole Moore | Posted: 20 August 2012

Previously, I described some of the reasons that I am particularly looking forward to the plenary talk to be given by David Williams.  Today, I plan to discuss why I’m looking forward to that of Paul Corkum.

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