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NEW FOCUS AWARDS WILL CONTINUE TO HONOR BEST OPTICS STUDENTS

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BEST AND BRIGHTEST STUDENTS IN OPTICS.

Long Beach, CA. The Optical Society of America (OSA) has announced that, in spite of recent international events, the 4th annual New Focus Student Awards ceremony will take place as previously planned on Tuesday, October 16, 2001, as an integral highlight of the Society’s 2001 Annual Meeting at the Long Beach Convention Center. During the event, 8 graduate student finalists nominated by their professors for making outstanding international contributions to the optics field, will personally present their research papers as they compete for three grand prizes of $10,000 and five top prizes of $2,500. The ceremony is described as a high-energy forum where cutting-edge new ideas in photonics, laser and electro-optics are unveiled and put to test; with prizes awarded on the basis of the importance of the research work. The OSA New Focus Student Awards were established in 1997 with the support of Milton Chang and New Focus Incorporated, to encourage research excellence, presentation prowess, and leadership in the optics community. This year’s finalists are Randy Bartels, Univ. of Colorado­Boulder, USA, Mehmet Bayindir, Bilkent Univ., Turkey, Wanli Chi, Univ. of Rochester, Irina Novikova, Texas A&M Univ., USA, Dimitri Pappas, Univ. of Florida, USA, Jay Sharping, Northwestern Univ., USA, Yuri Shpolyanskiy, St. Petersburg State Inst. of Fine Mechanics & Optics, Russia, Alexey Ukrainsky, St. Petersburg State Inst. of Fine Mechanics & Optics, Russia

In the aftermath of recent tragic events, the Optical Society of America like several other organizations faced the difficult choice of whether to continue with plans for their Annual Meeting, to be held October 14-18, in Long Beach California. However, combining the commitment to honor career achievement and to providing a forum for student presentations with the need to demonstrate the resilience of international science and the scientific and technical societies which support it, OSA committed to holding its 2001 Annual Meeting at its scheduled place and time. In addition to the New Focus Student Awards, the meeting will feature social and networking opportunities, symposia and poster sessions featuring presentations from all seven OSA Divisions, and an exhibit hall showcasing more than 60 exhibitors. According to Richard C. Powell, 2001 OSA President, “The very essence of science is the free exchange of ideas throughout the world. OSA's meetings and publications adhere to these high traditions through the international dissemination of scientific and technical knowledge. We believe that the way that we, as scientists and engineers, can best combat terrorism is to help dispel the chaos and ignorance on which it thrives. There is no better way to do that than to continue doing what we do best - - to hold scientific meetings and to publish our journals and books. Optical science and engineering serve humanity through the patient and objective search for truth. We too have a place in the war against terrorism. In fact, contributions in optical science and engineering are needed now more than ever”.

The Optical Society of America (www.osa.org) brings together the worldwide optics and photonics community of scientists, engineers, educators, technicians and business leaders. The purposes of the organization are scientific, technical and educational. Since its founding in 1916, OSA member benefits, programming, publications and products have set the profession’s standard of excellence. OSA’s membership totals over 15,000 individuals from over 70 countries.
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