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SPIE.tv marks 100,000th view of optics and photonics videos on YouTube

23 March 2012

Light in Action on SPIEtv JPEG

"Light in Action," an educational video demonstrating optics experiments, is among videos in the SPIE.tv library posted on YouTube and the SPIE Newsroom.


BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA --Views of videos of optics and photonics interviews, lab tours, conference presentations, educational demonstrations, and other features on the SPIE.tv channel on YouTube topped the 100,000 mark today.

Videos on the channel are produced by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, for and also available on the SPIE Newsroom website. The SPIE Newsroom also includes researcher-authored open access articles and the latest research and industry news organized by technical topics.

In addition to providing updates for the scientific community, SPIE.tv strives to communicate the capabilities and importance of optics and photonics technology to non-scientists, and to share stories of the field's leading visionaries and pioneers.

More than 200 videos have been posted on the SPIE.tv YouTube channel over the last four years. The channel has nearly 300 subscribers, and recorded more than 60,000 views in 2011.

With close to 10,000 views, the most-watched video is "Light in Action," which demonstrates several optics experiments and is targeted for elementary-aged students.

Among the newest posts is a video featuring a great horned owl from the San Diego Zoo in a presentation on bio-mimicry and bio-inspiration for engineering during last week's SPIE Smart Structures and Non-Destructive Evaluation conference in San Diego, California.

Other popular SPIE.tv videos include:

Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. YouTube provides a forum for people to connect, inform, and inspire others across the globe and acts as a distribution platform for original content creators and advertisers large and small. 

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.5 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.


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