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Student Newsletter September 2005

Special Announcement from SPIE President Malgorzata Kujawinska
For the past five years, oemagazine has served the needs of the SPIE membership and has been a valued publication in the optics and photonics community. As a society dedicated to providing timely, high-quality information and committed to being at the forefront of technology, however, we need to continually reexamine how to best serve our members in this capacity. Using your feedback from member surveys and recognizing the power of the Internet for information delivery, we're pleased to announce some exciting changes.

News from Optics & Photonics 2005

Students Immersed in Optics & Photonics Conference

Student Leadership Day
Student Leaders from around the world traveled to the SPIE Optics & Photonics conference in San Diego, California, for a leadership workshop, networking, and scientific talks. A six-day whirlwind of activities, discussion, planning, and fun brought this advice from Carlos Mariscal: "You can sleep when you get home."

Networking Lunch
Why is the SPIE "Lunch with the Experts" series so popular? Brigitte Wex of Bowling Green State University explains in this interview from Optics & Photonics 2005: (8 MB Quicktime) (13 MB AVI).

Student Voices
For students' perspective of a week spent at O&P05, read the executive report prepared by Eugene Chen and Jaron VanDijken of the University of Alberta Chapter. "A big part of writing the report is based on our intention to use our experience of traveling to complement our drive to get new students into our student chapter…[by] considering the travel opportunities they may get with SPIE," writes Eugene.

Newport Spectra-Physics Grants Student Travel Awards
Since 2004, Newport Spectra-Physics has partnered with SPIE to help students present research at the two largest SPIE events-Photonics West and Optics & Photonics-by funding student travel awards.

Cakmakci Receives Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship
Ozan Cakmakci is the 2005 recipient of the Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship in Optical Design. Cakmakci is a graduate research assistant at the University of Central Florida, College of Optics & Photonics (UCF; Orlando, Florida).

Andrew Rakich from the University of Canterbury received the 2005 William H. Price Scholarship in Optical Engineering for his outstanding achievement in the area of lens design and optical engineering.

Read more about SPIE Scholarships and Grants

To all who received the liquid crystal demonstration kits from Dr. Steve Jacobs at the O&P Leadership Workshop, he would love to hear any feedback from those who have used it in their classroom. Please send your email to Stephen Jacobs. Interested in a great demonstration of the properties of liquid crystals appropriate for 11-14 year old students? Download the lesson plan.

Women in Optics
Dr. Debra Rolison of the Naval Research Laboratory used hard facts to answer much of the cocktail-party wisdom on why women are still under-represented in the academy. Read a précis of her Women in Optics session talk: "Title IX as a change strategy for women in science and engineering: Isn't a millennium of affirmative action for white men sufficient?" Or view the full slides from the session.

New Student Chapters
SPIE welcomes 9 new student chapters approved by the Board of Directors this August!

Upcoming Events

Networking Lunch at Optics East 2005
Join seven top experts in the field of optics and photonics at the Optics East Student Networking Lunch, Wednesday 26 October, in Boston, Massachusetts.

Entrepreneurship Seminar planned for Photonics West 2006
Have a brilliant idea for a product? Have a brilliant product but no idea how to make a business out of it? Dr. Greg Crawford of Brown University will give a special seminar on Student Entrepreneurship.

Trieste Winter College Deadline Approaches
The application deadline for the Winter College on Quantum and Classical Aspects of Information Optics hosted by The Abdus Salam International Center for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, is 30 September. Read the College information flyer or check out SPIE.org for more details.

More News and Notes

Warsaw University of Technology students support ICO meeting
Led by Aneta Michalkiewicz, students of the Warsaw University of Technology provided the backbone for the Poland Chapter's highly successful Congress on Optics and Optoelectronics. Sigang Yang of Tsinghua University received an SPIE officer Travel Grant to attend this meeting. Read his trip report.

SPIE Sponsors International Student Conference in Latvia
This summer the University of Latvia SPIE Student Chapter organized the International Student Conference on Development in Optics and Photonics held in Riga, Latvia.

University of Arizona Establishes College of Optical Sciences, MS + MBA Dual Degree
The University of Arizona (UA; Tucson, Arizona) established the College of Optical Sciences in April, and beginning this fall semester, the new college is offering a unique program: the MS + MBA dual degree. The two-year degree will earn graduates a Master of Science in Optical Sciences and a Master of Business Administration.

Visa Information for Overseas Students Displaced by Katrina
The hurricane in the US Gulf Coast has left students and workers "out of status" since they have to be either in school or at work to retain their status. The Board on International Scientific Organizations has fielded many calls on this issue, and have updated their visa web site to provide links to all the right information. Get accurate information.

New SPIE Publication
Robert Shannon and Roland Shack: Legends in Applied Optics
The papers in this tribute volume divulge the origin and development of such technologies as the Multiple Mirror Telescope and the Shack-Hartmann Wavefront Sensor, as well as shed light on the formative years of the University of Arizona's Optical Science Center. In addition to the original material, the volume contains a substantial collection of previously published journal papers authored by Bob Shannon, Roland Shack, or their former students.

Complimentary Women in Optics Calendar
The 2006 Women in Optics Calendar features biographies, stories, and pictures from the most influential women in the industry and in SPIE. To receive your free copy, email Pascale Barnett.

Funding and Career Development

Science Outreach Project Funding
NSF is soliciting proposals for funding under the Instructional Materials Development program. This program is aimed at enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) content knowledge and the thinking skills and problem-solving abilities of students from preschool to Grade 12. Approximately $7 million is expected to be available for 15-18 awards. The categories of proposers identified in the Grant Proposal Guide are eligible to submit proposals. Required preproposals are due 14 November 2005; full proposals are due 13 March 2006. For more information.

L'Oréal USA invites applications for its 2006 For Women in Science Fellowship Program. This program provides grants to postdoctoral researchers who are pursuing studies and research in the life and physical/material sciences, engineering, computer science and mathematics. Following selection of 20-25 finalists, five $20,000 fellowship grants/stipends will be offered for a one-year term. Applicants who are US citizens, permanent residents or naturalized citizens must be affiliated with a US-based academic or research institution. Applicants must be planning to do their postdoctoral studies and research in the US. Applications are due 27 October 2005. For more information.

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