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SPIE launches blog to gather comment on Harnessing Light update

14 June 2011

Harnessing Minds

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA -- SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has launched a new blog, "Harnessing Minds," to provide the photonics community with an open online forum for comment to provide input to the U.S. National Academies update of its 1998 study, Harnessing Light: Optical Science and Engineering for the 21st Century. The blog is at www.harnessingminds.org.

SPIE Past President Paul McManamon (U.S. Air Force, Rtd.; Univ. of Dayton), co-chair of the high-level committee convened to research and author the new study, is author of the blog's latest post.

McManamon said the committee would like to see answers posted to questions such as:

  • What are the grand challenges of our times?
  • What more can be done to establish photonics as a key strategic technology, as much of the world has already done?
  • What are the barriers to progress in your field?
  • How do we keep manufacturing jobs in the U.S.?

"The blog will extend to everyone in the photonics community the opportunity to help design the future of photonics through discussion with committee," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "SPIE joins our partner societies in encouraging comments from all sectors using photonics on issues such as scope -- what applications of photonics technology should be included in the study -- and impact -- how can photonics technologies boost the economy and quality of life."

The Harnessing Minds blog complements live town-hall style events being held at SPIE events including the upcoming Optics + Photonics symposium in San Diego, California. That session is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. on Monday 22 August in the San Diego Convention Center, and is open to the public.

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, was founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. Serving more than 180,000 constituents from 168 countries, the Society advances emerging technologies through interdisciplinary information exchange, continuing education, publications, patent precedent and career and professional growth. SPIE annually organizes and sponsors approximately 25 major technical forums, exhibitions and education programs in North America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific. SPIE provided over $2.3 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2010.

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