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Press Releases

Press releases featuring the latest activity about SPIE events, pro bono, policy and partnership activities are listed chronologically and archived by year.

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26 September 2016
Inaugural SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia conference to shine brightly

Imaging technologies that help demonstrate how the brain functions and 3D models of living tissues will be among the cutting-edge topics advanced by research reports at SPIE BioPhotonics Australasia, to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in October.

23 September 2016
Entry deadline approaching for Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation

Entries are being accepted through 7 October of the annual Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media. Recent successes of past winner underscore the awards benefits of increased visibility, recognition, and brand equity.

22 September 2016
Cancer researcher Rebecca Richards-Kortum awarded MacArthur ‘genius grant’

SPIE Senior Member Rebecca Richards-Kortum is being congratulated by SPIE leaders following today's announcement of her inclusion among the 2016 MacArthur Fellows. Richards-Kortum is a professor and cancer researcher at Rice University, with particular focus on the needs of the developing world.

20 September 2016
Record number of nominees elevated to SPIE Senior Member status this year

This year's record number of new Senior Members of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, includes members from three countries not previously represented. The 198 new Senior Members of SPIE were announced last month.

16 September 2016
Surge of consumer product development activity at SPIE Optics + Photonics mirrors industry vitality

Consumer product developers, nanoscientists, optical engineers, and sustainable-energy visionaries were among the multidisciplinary mix of participants in the recent SPIE Optics + Photonics symposium, creating an unmatched incubator for the breakthroughs that occur "at the borders between research areas.

14 September 2016
Leaders in cancer research, imaging honored with 2016 SPIE President’s and Directors’ awards

Jennifer Barton, interim director of the BIO5 Institute at the University of Arizona, is the recipient of the 2016 SPIE President's Award and Majid Rabbani, visiting professor at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the recipient of the SPIE Directors' Award. SPIE President Robert Lieberman made the announcements during SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016 recently in San Diego.

13 September 2016
Journal of Applied Remote Sensing honors researchers in crop management, Earth observation, mapping with best paper awards

Outstanding research articles advancing remote sensing technologies for crop management, geologic mapping, and all-weather Earth observation have been recognized with best-paper awards by the Journal of Applied Remote Sensing, published by SPIE.

08 September 2016
New imaging technology could enable dentists to detect and heal tooth cavities much earlier

Dental caries — tooth decay — is one of the most prevalent oral diseases worldwide, but can be healed if detected early enough. While current diagnostic methods lack the sensitivity to detect early caries formation, researchers from York University in Toronto describe in the SPIE Journal of Biomedical Optics a new infrared imaging tool that can detect dental caries much sooner.

31 August 2016
Jim Oschmann of Ball Aerospace elected to SPIE presidential chain

SPIE Members elect Jim Oschmann, an advocate for international scientific partnerships, as Vice President, along with Secretary/Treasurer Gary Spiegel and four new Members to the Board of Directors during the 2016 SPIE election.

24 August 2016
High-tech and virtual reality companies coming to San Diego to seek engineers, technicians, ‘wizards’ at SPIE Job Fair

Representatives from photonics technology and engineering firms will be at the SPIE Job Fair next week in San Diego to talk with applicants for positions offering the opportunity to make a positive difference as engineers, technicians, sales professionals, and more.

22 August 2016
Nanomedicine pioneer Paras Prasad to receive SPIE Gold Medal during SPIE Optics + Photonics

University at Buffalo researcher Paras Prasad will receive the SPIE 2016 Gold Medal of the Society during SPIE Optics + Photonics in San Diego, California, next week, honoring his pioneering contributions to nano- and biophotonics and their important medical applications. Prasad's lab has developed nanoparticle technology capable of conducting cellular, tissue-level, and whole-body imaging, and delivering drugs inside the body.

10 August 2016
Ultraprecision silicon carbide polishing researchers win Rudolf Kingslake Medal

A paper from researchers at PLA University of Science and Technology and the Research Center for Ultraprecision Science and Technology of Osaka University outlining a sophisticated process for the polishing and finishing of reaction-sintered silicon carbide has been awarded the 2015 Rudolf Kingslake Medal and Prize.

09 August 2016
Engineering and science at the nanoscale — impacting life at all levels — to highlight event in San Diego

The ability to control and manipulate light at the nanoscale promises life-changing new applications for clean energy generation, medical care, communications networks, and other important areas of life. Conferences on nanoscience and nano-engineering at SPIE Optics + Photonics compose the largest international event of its kind in the field.

01 August 2016
Laser nudges may help destroy space debris threatening communications, navigation on Earth

Man-made debris from inactive satellites and obsolete space missions pose ongoing threats to active communication and navigation satellites -- and the humans on Earth who depend upon them. In a new open-access article in Optical Engineering, researchers describe a new way to use laser-induced energy in the weightlessness of space to nudge debris into the atmosphere where it will be destroyed.

22 July 2016
SPIE announces scholarship awards to more than 135 photonics students

SPIE has announced 2016 education and travel scholarship awards totaling in excess of $351,000 made so far this year to more than 135 students. Among named awards is a new scholarship honoring the memory of Laurin Publishing and Photonics Media founder Teddi Laurin.

18 July 2016
Infrared imaging technologies offer reduced costs, improved quality of life

New research reports in Neurophotonics and the Journal of Biomedical Optics describe advances in near-IR technology for diagnosis and treatment of diseases and promotion of health, offering reduced health-care costs, portability, increased sensitivity, higher patient comfort, and better quality of life.

12 July 2016
Robot would assemble modular telescope — in space

A new concept in space telescope design uses a modular structure and an assembly robot to build an extremely large telescope in space. The design is detailed in a paper in the Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems by authors from Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Lab.

29 June 2016
Photonics-led consortium leverages $3B in private cancer research for early detection technologies in support of national Cancer Moonshot

National Photonics Initiative to participate in public-private partnerships, coordinated investments to accelerate prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

23 June 2016
Leading U.S. defense contractors, laser companies call for a coordinated strategy to manufacture high power lasers

Members of the National Photonics Initiative High Power Lasers Task Force, comprised of leading defense contractors, commercial laser companies, and academia, today announced recommendations to improve US defense operations and regain our nation’s manufacturing stronghold.

20 June 2016
Light combined with time-based data sees more deeply inside the body

Recent developments in light-based technologies that allow a deeper, noninvasive look into the human body using light have the promise to enable compact, wearable devices for point-of-care diagnostics and powerful new systems that provide even more information from under the skin.

09 June 2016
‘Making a difference’ part of the prize for SPIE winners at Intel science, engineering fair

Winners of Special Awards sponsored by SPIE during the recent 2016 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair said their prizes offer support for continuing work that will make a positive difference in the world. 

06 June 2016
SPIE and OSA announce 2016-2017 Guenther Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow

Kenneth Kort has been named by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and The Optical Society as the 2016-2017 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellow.

31 May 2016
Industry leaders to share insights on new opportunities for photonics in sensing, security

Industry leaders including Sir Brian Burridge of Leonardo-Finmeccanica, Graeme Malcolm of M Squared Lasers, and Paul Winstanley of the UK Defence Solutions Centre will offer insights during an all-day session in Edinburgh on opportunities for new applications of innovative dual-use technologies from defence, security, and sensing.

23 May 2016
SPIE Optics + Photonics technologies drive changes from daily life to view of the universe

Talks at SPIE Optics + Photonics 2016 will describe technology that has changed the perspective of scientists exploring the universe and that has the potential to revolutionize energy generation, provide new tools for skin cancer treatment, and help us monitor climate change.

13 May 2016
Photonic sensors help improve efficiency, safety of fossil-fuel energy production, SPIE President tells energy leaders at National Lab Day

Photonic sensors can improve safety, efficiency, and resource management for fossil-fuel-derived energy, Robert Lieberman, president of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, said at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Lab Day in Delaware today.

04 May 2016
The latest technologies for exploring the universe will highlight SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation

Plenary talks by institute directors, senior scientists, and other leading researchers along with a 115-company exhibition are among highlights planned for SPIE Astronomical Telescopes + Instrumentation in Edinburgh next month.

04 May 2016
Say it with pictures: SPIE donates 'Photonics Infographics' books to Rochester science museum

SPIE has donated to the Rochester Museum & Science Center hundreds of copies of a new book illustrating how photonics works, and has become a financial co-sponsor of a hands-on optics exhibit at the museum.

28 April 2016
Sensor technologies for food safety to explosives detection featured at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing

Sensors, detectors, and imaging technologies and systems for a wide range of uses were advanced in presentations and exhibits for the nearly 5,000 scientists, engineers, product developers, suppliers, and program managers at SPIE Defense + Commercial Sensing last week in Baltimore.

15 April 2016
Valery Tuchin honored with Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

A new book by biomedical optics expert Valery Tuchin on light scattering applications in medical diagnostics has been chosen for the 2016 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award. Tuchin accepted the award for Light Scattering Methods and Instruments for Medical Diagnosis, 3rd ed., at SPIE Photonics Europe in Brussels on 5 April.

14 April 2016
Communications among most promising applications for game-changing graphene

Graphene holds rich potential for enabling applications that will answer increasing needs for computing bandwidth and developing highly sensitive detectors for medical, industrial, and other needs, noted experts participating in a recent workshop during SPIE Photonics Europe in Brussels.

11 April 2016
Space agency leaders sound need at SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing for collaboration, constancy in remote sensing of Earth

A rare appearance together of several national space agency leaders provided strategic insights on what is needed to monitor natural and manmade impacts on the environment, during SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing in New Delhi.

06 April 2016
SPIE announces 2016 award recipients for achievements in optics and photonics

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics announced the winners for the 2016 SPIE awards in recognition of outstanding technical achievements and service to the society. The annual awards program recognizes both individual and team technical accomplishments.

18 March 2016
Winter College on Optics hones in on optical frequency comb technology

The 2016 Winter College on Optics focused on optical frequency combs technology, and was held at the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, co-sponsored by organizations including SPIE.

11 March 2016
Background on billion-year 5D storage breakthrough published by SPIE

Information storage based on the introduction of nanostructures into fused quartz using a femtosecond laser could last for a billion years, say researchers.

03 March 2016
ACCUCOMS named new SPIE Digital Library representative in India, Eastern Europe

A new agreement for representation of the SPIE Digital Library in India and Eastern Europe between SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and ACCUCOMS seeks to increase researchers' access to the world's largest body of scientific literature in the field.

01 March 2016
Researchers in photonic sensors, fibre-optic communications win SPIE-sponsored innovation prizes at Photonics21 annual meeting

Outstanding work by photonics researchers from Austria and Portugal was recognized with the 2016 Photonics21 Student Innovation Awards presented today at the Photonics21 Annual Meeting in Brussels. SPIE Europe Ltd. is a sponsor of the awards and of the event.

24 February 2016
Sold-out SPIE Photonics West concludes with record attendance at year’s largest photonics gathering

SPIE Photonics West, the field's largest photonics gathering of the year, ended with record attendance last week in San Francisco. Hot topics included laser material processing, brain imaging, miniaturization of optoelectronic technology.

19 February 2016
Interim proposed ITAR rule released today by U.S. government

The 45-day comment period for the interim Category XII rule is now open. SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, is hosting an informational webinar on the rule, which governs many of the optics and photonics commodities covered by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

18 February 2016
Double Helix 3D nano-imaging system wins 2016 SPIE Startup Challenge

Three winners have been named in the 2016 SPIE Startup Challenge after a live competition during SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco. Top prize in the contest hosted by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, and supported by founding partner Jenoptik and other sponsors went to Colorado-based Double Helix.

18 February 2016
NPI Neuroscience group convenes industry, federal agency officials for BRAIN Initiative update

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI), an alliance of top scientific societies uniting industry and academia to raise awareness of photonics, recently convened participants from across government and the photonics community for a successful discussion on progress on the President's Brain Research through Advancing Innovating Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative.

18 February 2016
Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation honor nine companies for outstanding new products

Outstanding new products from companies in five countries were named as winners the 2016 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation at a gala banquet 17 February in San Francisco. The competition is sponsored by SPIE and Photonics Media.

04 February 2016
Graphene research and industry leaders will meet to advance commercial applications

Commercialisation of graphene-based photonics technologies that hold promise for important applications in computing, healthcare, environmental sensors, and other areas will be discussed by leaders from industry and academia in a workshop during SPIE Photonics Europe.

29 January 2016
JPL researchers report in Optical Engineering on new tool to provide even better Landsat images

A team from the Jet Propulsion Lab describe in a new article in Optical Engineering a new imaging spectrometer design that could enable improved images from NASA's Landsat. The journal is published by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics.

26 January 2016
Insights on photonics industry growth abound at SPIE Photonics West 2016

Insights on where and how the photonics industry is growing abound at SPIE Photonics West, the annual international gathering that sets the stage for the industry's year. Dates for the event, sponsored by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, are 13-18 February at the Moscone Center.

14 January 2016
Optical sensing and imaging community readies for SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing

Topics such as infrared, laser, terahertz, multi- and hyperspectral imaging, fiber-optic sensors, and wireless sensing help to drive innovation in sectors as wide-ranging as, process monitoring, surveillance, oil and gas exploration, agriculture and crop optimization, pharmaceuticals, healthcare, homeland defense, terrorism countermeasures, robotics, and the Internet of Things.

11 January 2016
SPIE Startup Challenge 2016 semi-finalists announced

Semi-finalists have been named in the annual SPIE Startup Challenge, where new entrepreneurs pitch their light-based technology products to a panel of venture capitalists and business development experts.

07 January 2016
SPIE names 32 new Fellows of the Society in 2016

SPIE has promoted 32 new Fellows of the Society this year, to recognize the significant scientific and technical contributions of each in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics, and imaging. The new Fellows will be recognized at SPIE events of their choosing throughout the year.

04 January 2016
Incoming SPIE President brings deep industry, policy experience

SPIE President for 2016 Robert Lieberman has deep experience in the field of sensors as well as understanding of international policy issues affecting the photonics industry, as he steps into the society's top leadership position.