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The Potential Of Acousto-Optical Devices
Author(s): Brian J. Thompson
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Paper Abstract

There is a method and hence a set of criteria that chairmen use to select speakers for opening or keynote addresses. The process operates in the following way: 1. Look for the clearly acknowledged leader in the field and get that person. If successful, allow 30-40 minutes for the talk. If that person is not available or there is no clearly identifiable person, proceed to step 2. Do not be tempted to choose someone else in the field. 2. Select an eminent person who is somewhat familiar with the field but is well known in some other area. This person will clearly not be controversial and will have no personal axe to grind. If successful, allow 20 minutes for the talk. If this is not possible, proceed to step 3. 3. Select the President of the sponsoring organization for the meeting and indicate to him that it is his unavoidable responsibility to present this particular address. Allow the minimum time possible for the talk. Do not be tempted to use any other argument other than 'unavoidable responsibility'. Method 3 cannot fail, since the only other recourse is for the Program Chairman to do it himself.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 December 1976
PDF: 3 pages
Proc. SPIE 0090, Acousto-Optics: Device Development/Instrumentation/Applications, (30 December 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.955044
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Brian J. Thompson, University of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0090:
Acousto-Optics: Device Development/Instrumentation/Applications
Joseph B. Houston Jr., Editor(s)

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