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SPIE Professional July 2016

Valery Tuchin receives Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

SPIE Fellow Valery Tuchin, chair of optics and biophotonics at Saratov State University (Russia), has received the 2016 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for Tissue Optics: Light Scattering Methods and Instruments for Medical Diagnostics, 3rd ed., published by SPIE Press in 2015.

The Goodman Book Writing Award is a biennial prize funded by J.W. and H.M. Goodman and cosponsored by SPIE and OSA. The award recognizes authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics, published in the last six years, that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry.

SPIE President Robert Lieberman (left) presents the 2016 SPIE/OSA Joseph W. Goodman Award to Valery Tuchin.

This third edition of the biomedical optics classic Tissue Optics covers the continued intensive growth in tissue optics — in particular, the field of tissue diagnostics and imaging. The book is intended for researchers, teachers, and graduate and undergraduate students specializing in the physics of living systems, biomedical optics and biophotonics, laser biophysics, and applications of lasers in biomedicine. It can also be used as a textbook for courses in medical physics, medical engineering, and medical biology.

Tissue Optics has a great impact on the technology development and education of new generation of researchers and teachers in the field of biomedical optics and biophotonics and bridges the gap between technology developers and biomedical end users,” said SPIE Fellow Qingming Luo, director of the Britton Chance Center for Biomedical Photonics at Huazhong University of Science and Technology (China).

Tuchin has helped organize several SPIE conferences, workshops, and symposia since 1992. He has been instrumental in organizing the SPIE annual Fall School for Young Scientists and Students on Optics, Laser Physics, and Biophysics in Saratov since 1996.

He has made significant contributions to the international scientific community by designing and teaching biomedical optics courses and organizing schools for junior scientists and students worldwide.


For nearly six decades, SPIE has presented annual awards to recognize significant achievements and contributions in advancing the science of light.

Look for other stories about award recipients for 2016 in this issue and the October edition of SPIE Professional.

Nominations for the 2017 SPIE awards were due 1 June and will be announced in January 2017 or earlier.

More information: spie.org/awards.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4201607.24

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