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COVID-19 Relief Work in India

Optica has launched the Global Health Initiative (GHI). A critical project under this new effort focuses specifically on India. Working with the Optica Foundation and IndiaCovidSOS, we have procured and shipped thousands of oxygen saturation meters—pulse oximeters—to India, helping individuals, families, and communities in limited-resource settings better manage their health amid...

Added:02 Sep 2021


Advocating for Optics and Photonics

OSA Ambassador Julia H. Majors reviews her experience with the Capitol Hill Visits, a year-long program during which OSA members can communicate directly with U.S. senators, representatives and congressional staff. 

Added:10 Aug 2021


My First ‘Stint’ at Advocacy: Assumptions Versus Reality

An OSA student member from the University of Delaware reviews the Capitol Hill Visits, a year-long program during which OSA members can communicate directly with U.S. senators, representatives and congressional staff. 

Added:26 Jul 2021


Advocating for Optics and Photonics

Throughout the year, members have the opportunity to communicate directly with U.S. senators and representatives through the Capitoll Hill Visits program. 

Added:21 Jul 2021


U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics Caucus Aims to Raise Awareness of Light-based Technologies

The newly formed U.S. Congressional Optics and Photonics (O&P) Caucus hosted a virtual public launch event on 24 February 2021 with remarks from co-chairs and leading researchers. Caucus co-chairs include U.S. Representatives Joe Morelle (D-NY) and Brian Mast (R-FL) and Senators Steve Daines (R-MT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). 

Added:26 Feb 2021


Leveraging OSA’s Government Relations to Promote Your OIDA Member Company

OSA Industry Development Associates (OIDA) programming, research, and analyses often look closely within topics of interest to our membership. But our cluster, the Montana Photonics Industry Alliance (MPIA) also provides excellent resources for reaching outside our community to influence policies, funding, and strategic initiatives that directly impact optoelectronic science and technology.

Added:11 Feb 2021


Government science outreach through OSA (Virtual) Congressional Visits Days!

In September 2020, I participated in the OSA Congressional Visits Day program and met with staff from U.S. Congressman Joe Morelle (D-NY) and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY) offices.  Looking back on the experience, I’m proud of what I learned and the connections I gained. 

Added:14 Jan 2021


The Path Forward for Science under a New Administration

As President-elect Joseph Biden fills key positions to address global challenges from COVID-19 to climate change, the scientific community is optimistic he will prioritize research and development. The Optical Society requests that President-elect Biden continue to expand government support for these key industries made possible by optics and photonics, the science of light.

Added:11 Jan 2021


A Global, Diverse and Inclusive OSA: Challenges and Opportunities

As a researcher I travel quite often. This year in particular, was my first year as an OSA Ambassador and I had the opportunity to travel much more than usual, to places where I had never been before.  This role as OSA Ambassador has allowed me to expand my network dramatically and gave me the incredible opportunity to connect with a great number of colleagues, mostly students, around the...

Added:26 Oct 2018


Propagation and Detection of Light Beams Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum

This week’s OSA Incubator, Propagation and Detection of Light Beams Carrying Orbital Angular Momentum, is exploring the science and applications of orbital angular momentum (OAM). OAM is a unique measurable phenomenon that light possesses when the wavefront has a helical twist. This relatively new phenomenon has rapidly been gaining interest since its discovery in 1992 by Les Allen...

Added:09 Aug 2018