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2020 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award Presented to Irving J Bigio and Sergio Fantini

04 March 2020

2020 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award Presented to Irving J Bigio and Sergio Fantini

The biennial book award recognizes comprehensive biomedical optics text

WASHINGTON— The 2020 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award has been awarded to Irving J Bigio, Boston University, USA and Sergio Fantini, Tufts University, USA, for their 2016 book titled Quantitative Biomedical Optics: Theory, Methods, and Applications.

The book, published by Cambridge University Press, provides a rigorous, quantitative approach to a broad range of areas in biomedical optics. Aimed at graduate level biomedical optics courses, the topics cover the fundamental principles of physical science, theoretical treatments, applications, practical problem sets, and suggested resources for further reading.

“Irving J Bigio and Sergio Fantini have provided a much-needed resource for students, researchers and educators on subjects ranging from spectroscopic techniques to laser-tissue interactions,” said 2020 OSA President Stephen D. Fantone, founder and president of Optikos Corporation. “This award acknowledges their remarkable commitment to advancing the field of biomedical optics and biophotonics.”

Irving J Bigio received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, USA. He has been a professor of Biomedical Engineering, and Electrical & Computer Engineering, at Boston University, USA for the past 22 years. He is primarily interested in using biomedical optics to develop clinical and research applications of optical technologies. His lab was founded in 2001 and focuses on clinical diagnostics based on elastic scattering spectroscopy, on laboratory applications to monitor sub-cellular dynamics in vitro, and novel methods to image neuronal activation patterns in label-free neural tissues. He has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students, co-authored over 200 scientific publications, and is an inventor on nine patents. He is a Fellow of OSA, SPIE, the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, and the American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery.

Sergio Fantini received his Ph.D. from University of Florence, Italy. He has been a professor of Biomedical Engineering at Tufts University, USA for the past 18 years. His research interests lie in the area of biomedical optics, specifically in diffuse near-infrared spectroscopy and the imaging of biological tissues. His research laboratory aims to develop noninvasive applications of diffuse optics to assess cerebral perfusion and brain activity, detect breast cancer, monitor response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy, and quantify skeletal muscle oxygenation. He has co-authored about 200 scientific publications and is an inventor on eleven patents. He is a member of OSA and the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a Fellow of SPIE and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.

The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award, established in 2005, is a biennial award funded by Joseph W. and Hon Mai Goodman and co-sponsored by OSA and SPIE. It recognizes authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics, published in the last six years, that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or the optics and photonics industry.

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