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News from SPIE Optics+Photonics 2009

Stay informed about technical conferences, plenary sessions, and special events at SPIE Optics and Photonics 2009, 2-6 August.

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SPIE Optics and PhotonicsSPIE is celebrating the International Year of Astronomy at the annual symposium, and attendees are being treated to a stargazing party, insights into the proposed 30-meter telescope at Mauna Kea in Hawaii, and many other activities related to the 400th anniversary of Galileo's telescope. Solar energy and technology, nanoengineering, optical engineering and applications, and photonic devices are also taking center stage.

Students leaders from 89 SPIE chapters in 22 countries gave SPIE Optics+Photonics 2009 an early start on Saturday, with a two-day student leadership workshop. Rachel Won, Editor of Nature Photonics, joined SPIE President María Yzuel and other presenters in sharing insights and information about networking, project management, and leadership skills with the 130 student attendees.

The free three-day exhibition of more than 200 companies opens Tuesday and several winners of the 2008 Prism Awards for Photonics Innovation such as Daylight Solutions, NoblePeak Vision, Luxtera, and Princetel, are showing their winning projects and the research behind them, in a booth sponsored by SPIE.