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Wavefront SPIE Student Member Newsletter

Vol. 5 Issue 2 May 2007

From Student to Teacher
Andres Diaz
You made it! You are done with your PhD and are now ready and very excited to start a promising career as an educator and a researcher. Your role has suddenly changed, and now you are the one doing the teaching. Here is some advice on making this transition...
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Chapter News

The Lifecycle of a Chapter: A Leadership Primer for New Officers
Jason Hamman
For many students the months of May and June signal the end of a long school year, but for newly elected Student Chapter Officers it is just the beginning.

Stanford and UC Berkeley Chapters Host Joint Photonics Day
Meredith Lee
This April, over 75 students, faculty, and staff from Stanford and Berkeley participated in the first annual "Photonics @ Stanford" Day. The afternoon event featured an in-depth tour of SLAC (Stanford Linear Accelerator Center), a special seminar from the PULSE (Photon Ultrafast Laser Science and Engineering) Director Philip Bucksbaum, and a joint poster session and mixer on campus for the two chapters.

6th Symposium: Optics in Industry Report
Carlos López-Mariscal
Last 8-9 March, the 6th Symposium, Optics in Industry (SOI) took place in Monterrey, Mexico. The most important event in Mexico that links Optics and Photonics Research with Industry, takes place every two years in one of the several Optics research centers of the country. This year, the venue city was Monterrey...

Collaborative Conference Grant Winners Announced!
Congratulations to Wroclaw University of Technology, Nicholas Copernicus University, and Silesian University of Technology Student Chapters for receiving the second Collaborative Conference Grant of 2007. This funding will support professional development opportunities at the Second International Student Chapters' Meeting in Wroclaw, Poland, from 21–23 May.

Opto-Informatics @ DCE
The Delhi College of Engineering Chapter has created the online magazine, "Opto-Informatics @ DCE" to help address the need for more open-source optics resources in India. Interested in contributing to Opto-Informatics @ DCE? Contact the Delhi College of Engineering Student Chapter.

Student Spotlight

SPIE Member Wins $100,000 Science Prize

The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) recently named its top ten winners at the annual Intel STS 2007 awards. For the first time in the history of the program there were an equal number of female and male finalists who represent 38 schools from 20 different states.

Tech News

Cell Broadband Engine Does Medical Imaging
Marcus Yam, Dailytech.com
The PS3 wonderchip does more than play games—it saves lives.

How to Make an Object Invisible
Duncan Graham-Rowe, MIT Review
A new theoretical design using nanowires provides a way to hide devices from visible light.

Upcoming Events

Participation of Women in Science
24-25 May
The Centro de Investigaciones en Óptica will host a conference to highlight and promote the contributions of female scientists in Mexico. Talks will be given in Spanish.

European Conferences on Biomedical Optics + Optical Metrology
Student Breakfast with the Experts
Students! Join special guests Nobel Laureates John Hall and T. Haenisch from both the Biomedical Optics and Laser Metrology conferences for a casual meal and lively discussion.

Optics + Photonics
Optics + Photonics 2007 continues the long standing tradition of excellence and student focused events. Join us for another amazing year of technical presentations and student events!

Advanced Infrared Technology and Applications (AITA 2007)
For the ninth meeting of the international workshop on "Infrared Technology and Applications", the organizers have succeeded in securing funding for participation of students from every corner of the world.

Funding + Career Development

Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program
Applications due 1 June
The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program within the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the National Academies is designed to engage graduate science, engineering, medical, veterinary, business, public policy, and law students in the analysis that informs the creation of science and technology policy and to familiarize them with the interactions of science, technology, and government. As a result, students develop essential skills different from those attained in academia and make the transition from being a graduate student to a professional. Learn more about the program.

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Welcome New Student Chapters!

Six new Student Chapters were approved by the Board of Directors at the SPIE Defense + Security Symposium, bringing the total number of Student Chapters to 98.

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