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Optics education: a blueprint for the 21st century
Author(s): Janice M. Gaines Walker; Jason Biggs; Aimee Gibbons; Gloria G. Putnam; T. L. Nally; Barry L. Shoop

Paper Abstract

In latter 2001, SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering and the Optical Society of America (OSA) will hold a series of three workshops to develop a long-range plan for impacting formal science education in optics in the U.S. The National Science Foundation, with matching support from the societies and industry participants, is funding these workshops. This paper will report out on the workshop results. The stated goal of the workshops is the creation of A Blueprint for the 21st Century. This Blueprint will include an analysis of short and long-term needs in optics education, an assessment of resources and capacities of the optics community to meet these needs, and development of an action plan for a more visible and viable national optics education program. The workshops will be held between July and November 2001 in varying locations around the U.S. Participants in the workshops will include members of OSA and SPIE, and a variety of experts in informal, youth, and minority science education. The workshops will be independently evaluated for their effectiveness in meeting the stated goals of the workshops.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4588, Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, (28 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468701
Show Author Affiliations
Janice M. Gaines Walker, SPIE---The International Society for Optical Engineering (United States)
Jason Biggs, OSA---Optical Society of America (United States)
Aimee Gibbons, OSA---Optical Society of America (United States)
Gloria G. Putnam, Eastman Kodak Co. (United States)
T. L. Nally, KAR Associates, Inc. (United States)
Barry L. Shoop, U.S. Military Academy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4588:
Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Tuan-Kay Lim; Robert P. Breault; Arthur H. Guenther; Arthur H. Guenther, Editor(s)

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