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SPIE Professional October 2008

SPIE Member News

Two SPIE members were among 16 scientists who won prestigious science and technology honors in September.

Mostafa El-SayedMostafa A. El-Sayed of the Georgia Institute of Technology received a National Medal of Science for 2007. El-Sayed is a chemistry professor and director of the Laser Dynamics Laboratory at Georgia Tech. His research focuses on gold nanoparticles, nanocrystal lattices, and other nanomaterials. El-Sayed is scheduled to present the paper, "Gold nanoparticles, properties, and some application in medicine and biology," at Photonics West in January. El-Sayed, for whom the El-Sayed Rule is named, is also known for applying laser spectroscopic techniques to the study of properties and behavior on the nanoscale.

C. Grant WillsonSPIE Fellow C. Grant Willson of the University of Texas at Austin received a 2007 National Medal of Technology and Innovation for creating lithographic imaging materials and techniques that have enabled the manufacturing of smaller, faster and more efficient micro-electronic components. Willson, who won SPIE's 2005 Frits Zernike Award for Microlithography, is an active researcher and educator on microlithography who teaches several courses each year for SPIE. He is also a regular contributor to SPIE Proceedings and the SPIE Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS. Willson also serves on the SPIE Advanced Lithography Symposium committee.

James Grote Becomes USAF Research Lab Fellow
SPIE Fellow and Board Member James Grote, principal electronics research engineer at the U.S. Air Force Research Lab, has been named a 2008 Fellow of AFRL. Grote is a member of the SPIE Professional Editorial Advisory Board and symposium chair at SPIE OPTO 2009 (Part of Photonics West). More

OPTO Co-Chair Heads New "Smart Lighting" Center
RPI's E. Fred Schubert, co-chair of SPIE OPTO, will lead the new Smart Lighting Center at Rensselaer. The Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Smart Lighting is to be funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and will investigate and develop LED technologies. 

"This new center will energize the field of photonics, and it reinforces the vision that smart light sources will soon antiquate Thomas Edison's light bulb," Schubert said. "The Smart Lighting ERC will also be a catalyst for developing and realizing new, yet unexpected applications for photonics."  More

Photonics21 Gathering to Push EU Platform
Members of SPIE Europe leadership will be front and center at the Photonics21 Annual Meeting in Brussels in December, helping to move forward the organization's focus on funding research and development in photonics in Europe. Workforce issues will also be a prominent discussion point. The meeting is at the SAS Radisson Monday, 8 December. More

New Officers at ICO Have Ties to SPIE

SPIE sent its congratulations to SPIE Fellow Maria Calvo on her election as president of the International Commission for Optics in July. SPIE is an active partner with ICO to spread optics knowledge throughout the world and is well represented among its leadership. Outgoing ICO president Ari Friberg and incoming treasurer James Harrington are SPIE Fellows as are new ICO vice presidents Fernando Mendoza Santoyo, also a member of the SPIE Board of Directors, Duncan Moore, and Tomasz Szoplik. SPIE Member Zhou Bingkun also won election as vice president of ICO.

Spectroscopy Experts Review Advances
SPIE Members Jason Eichenholz of Ocean Optics and Richard Crocombe of Thermo Fisher Scientific are among the featured presenters at a new one-day meeting, SPIE Spectroscopy Technology+Applications, to be held in Boston, 3 November.

Widjaja, Zalevsky Win ICO Awards
SPIE member and former SPIE Thailand Chapter officer Joewono Widjaja of Suranaree University of Technology was honored with ICO's Galileo Galilei Medal, and SPIE author Zeev Zalevsky of Bar-Ilan University won the 2008 ICO Prize. More

Society News
  • Longtime SPIE member Andrew J.W. Brown has joined the Society as senior director for Global Business Development, succeeding Janice Gaines Walker who retired. Brown comes to SPIE from Aculight Corp.
  • SPIE is providing free online access to "Fundamentals of Photonics," a monograph designed for college students but also suitable for anyone interested in learning the basics of photonics.
  • SPIE has made an investment in cost-efficient, sustainable energy by installing a 15 kW solar electric system on the roof of its headquarters in the Bellingham, WA (USA). "Having been involved in promoting research on solar energy throughout the world for many years, we are very happy to be plugging the results of that research into our local electric grid," said Eugene Arthurs, CEO of SPIE. "Developing and deploying sustainable energy sources is vitally important for today's economy and for managing resources for the long-term future."

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DOI: 10.1117/2.4200810.13

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