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Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition Finalists Announced

For Immediate Release

Lyndsay Meyer
The Optical Society

Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition Finalists Announced

WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2012 – The OSA Foundation is pleased to announce the finalists of the 2012 Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition.   The competition recognizes excellence in innovation, research and presentation of graduate students.   The finalists will present their work at the Optical Society’s (OSA) Annual Meeting, Frontiers in Optics (FiO) 2012, which will take place Oct. 14-18 in Rochester, N.Y.

The 24 Wolf Student Paper Competition finalists were selected from hundreds of submissions and hail from 10 countries around the world.  Based on scores received by the FiO Technical Program Committee, three or four finalists were chosen for each of the eight submission categories.  All finalists will be judged on-site at FiO based on their work’s technical advances and value to the technical community of interest, as well as their skill of public presentation.  

The review committee will select one winner per submission category.  Each winner will receive a one-year complimentary OSA student membership, an award stipend and an award certificate.   Results will be announced after the conference.

The competition was established in 2008 in honor of University of Rochester professor and optics pioneer Emil Wolf. Wolf celebrated his 90th birthday in July 2012, a milestone that will be marked with a special symposium at FiO discussing the future of optical science.

2012 finalists (by submission category) are:
FiO 1: Optical Design and Instrumentation
Fei Ding, Princeton University, USA
Giovanni Milione, CUNY City College, USA
Zhigang Chen, San Francisco State University, USA

FiO 2: Optical Sciences
Benjamin Alonso, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
David Wu, University of Southampton, UK
Elad Greenfield, Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Israel
Jan Korger, Max-Planck-Inst Physik des Lichts, Germany

FiO 3: Optics in Biology and Medicine
Huimin Zhao, University of Rochester, USA
Jong-ryul Choi, Yonsei University, South Korea
Yael Bishitz, Tel Aviv University, Israel

FiO 4: Optics in Information Science
Mehul Malik, University of Rochester, USA
Salma Farahi, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland
Zhengyan Li, University of Texas at Austin, USA

FiO 5: Fiber Optics and Optical Communications
Lan Liu, University of California San Diego, USA
Li Shen, University of Southampton, UK

FiO 6: Integrated Optics
Kejie Fang, Stanford University, USA
Wei Jiang, University of Rochester, USA
Xuetao Gan, Columbia University, USA

FiO 7: Quantum Electronics
Eli MegidishHebrew University, Israel
Kenzo Makino, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Lee Rozema, University of Toronto, Canada

FiO 8: Vision and Color
Robin Sharma, The Institute of Optics, USA
Benjamin Lochocki, University of Dublin, Ireland
Carmen Vela Garcia, University College Dublin, Ireland

About the OSA Foundation
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About the Meeting
Frontiers in Optics 2012 is OSA's 96th Annual Meeting and is being held together with Laser Science XXVIII, the annual meeting of the American Physical Society (APS) Division of Laser Science (DLS). The two meetings unite the OSA and APS communities for five days of quality, cutting-edge presentations, stimulating invited speakers and a variety of special events spanning a broad range of topics in physics, biology and chemistry.  FiO 2012 also offers a number of Short Courses designed to increase participants' knowledge of a specific subject while offering the experience of insightful teachers. Also featured at FiO 2012, is an exhibition presenting leading optics companies. 
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