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SPIE Professional January 2009

University and Student News Briefs

Four students received awards for papers presented at the SPIE Asia Pacific Optical Communications conference in Hangzhou, China, in October:


Student award winners at SPIE APOC
  • Guangyuan Li, Peking University (China), for Phase shift of plasmons excited by slits in a metal film illuminated by oblique incident TM plane wave
  • Jiajia Chen, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden), A novel joint scheduling algorithm for multiple services in 10G EPON
  • Ning Zhu, Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan (Sweden), Total internal reflection type echelle grating demultiplexer based on amorphous silicon nanowire platform
  • Hyeon Chae Jeon, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (Korea), High Reflection Tolerance of 1.25-Gb/s RSOA-based WDM PON Employing Spectrum-Sliced ASE Source

SPIE Europe awarded prizes to three students for papers presented at the Microoptics Conference in Belgium in September:

  • Maik Lano, Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen (Germany)
  • Minseok Choi, School of Mechanical Engineering, Yonsei University (Korea)
  • Sara Van Overmeire, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium)

The Best Student Paper Awards at SPIE Lithography Asia in Taiwan in November were sponsored by ASML and Cymer. Winners were:

  • Jue-Chin Yu, National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan), Model-based sub-resolution assist features using an inverse lithography method
  • Ningning Jia, The University of Hong Kong (China), Robust mask design with defocus variation using inverse synthesis
SPIE and PARC at Osaka University Sign Cooperation Agreement

The Photonics Advanced Research Center (PARC) at Osaka University (Japan) and SPIE have signed an agreement to cooperate more closely in fostering information exchange and other activities to help advance photonics research. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Satoshi Kawata, director of PARC, and SPIE 2008 President Kevin Harding in November.

“SPIE is very enthusiastic about the possibilities for increased sharing of information and for expanded educational partnerships that are enabled by this collaboration,” Harding said.

PARC and SPIE will exchange information about technical conferences, educational and professional development programs, publications, scholarships, and grants and will communicate about trends in the field and other issues. More

Stony Brook Team Advances Virtual Colonoscopy

Longtime Medical Imaging author Jerome Zhengrong Liang is part of a team at New York’s Stony Brook University (USA) who has developed a software program that offers a virtual option to colonoscopy—without the unpleasant pre-screening regimen. The advance has the potential to save lives by encouraging more people to get recommended cancer screenings.

Application Deadline 9 January for Congressional Fellowship 

The deadline to apply for the 2009-2010 Arthur H. Guenther Congressional Fellowship Program is 9 January.

The year-long program places an optical scientist with a member of the U.S. Congress to gain first-hand knowledge of government operations, contribute his/her expertise to policy making, and forge links among the engineering, scientific, and public policy communities. The fellowship is sponsored by SPIE and OSA and is an ideal way to spend an academic sabbatical or leave of absence from a company.  

SPIE Student Chapters Expand

SPIE’S Board of Directors has approved four new Student Chapters, bringing the total to 133 Student Chapters in more than 20 countries.

SPIE to Award $292,000 in Scholarships in 2009

The deadline for SPIE scholarship applications is Thursday, 15 January. SPIE will award $292,000 in scholarships to SPIE student members this year. All SPIE members who will be enrolled in an optics or related college program for fall 2009 are encouraged to apply now.

Have a question or comment about this article? Write to us at SPIEprofessional@spie.org.

DOI: 10.1117/2.4200901.14

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