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$500 Million Economic Development Support Awarded to Finger Lakes Region

December 10, 2015

Today in Albany, Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, and legislative leaders announced $500 million in economic development support for the Finger Lakes and selected the region as one of the three awardees of the Upstate Revitalization Initiative (URI) competition.

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The Institute of Optics and the Optics Community Mourn the Loss of Kevin P. Rolland-Thompson

November 24, 2015

Photo of Kevin ThompsonKevin P. Rolland-Thompson, husband of Jannick Rolland-Thompson, passed away on November 20, 2015, just over 4 weeks after being diagnosed with cancer.  Kevin was a Scientist in The Institute of Optics; The Group Director, Research and Development/Optics at Synopsys, Inc.; and an active member and Fellow of both SPIE and OSA. Kevin received his Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences where he was recently recognized as the 2015 Alumnus of the Year.  He earned a dual BS degree in Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Minnesota, Institute of Technology.

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OSA Rochester Celebrates 100th Anniversary

November 18, 2015

It was November 18, 1915 when nine Rochester scientists met at the University of Rochester: four from Eastman Kodak Co., four from Bausch & Lomb, and one from the University.

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Congressmember Louise Slaughter Tours Lab of Prof. Chunlei Guo

November 9, 2015

Photo of Chunlei GuoRepresentative Louise Slaughter toured the laboratory of Institute of Optics Professor Chunlei Guo on November 9th, following her announcement earlier in the year that Prof. Chunlei Guo's laboratory has won a total of $430,000 from the Army Research Office and the New York State Energy Research and Development Agency.  Guo's research in laser treatment of surfaces can produce metals that strongly attract or repel water.  The technique has many potential applications, such as corrosion resistance and greater efficiency of air conditioning.  The full story

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David Williams of The Institute Wins Proctor Prize

October 26, 2015

Photo of David WilliamsDavid R. Williams, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on human vision, has been named the recipient of Sigma Xi’s 2015 William Procter Prize for Scientific Achievement. The prize is given annually since 1950 in recognition of “outstanding achievement in scientific research and demonstrated ability to communicate the significance of this work to scientists in other disciplines.” Past Procter Prize recipients have included Jane Goodall, Vannevar Bush, Margaret Mead, Murray Gell-Mann, and Rita Colwell.

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Daniel Nikolov Wins AS&E Barnard Fellowship

October 18, 2015

Photo of Daniel NikolovInstitute of Optics graduate student Daniel Nikolov has won an Arts, Sciences and Engineering Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship.  The award cites his strong research record as well as his exceptional commitment to mentoring, outreach and service to the Institute and the field of optics.

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Optics Students Reimers and Paine Win Design Competition

October 13, 2015

Jacob Reimers and Scott Paine, both 3rd year graduate students at the Institute of Optics, placed 1st and 3rd in the 2015 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical System Design Competition run by Synopsys. The competition recognized excellence in optical system design project completed by students. 

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"Projections" Art Exhibit

October 5, 2015

"Projections: Images of Imagination" exhibit opens on October 5th, 2015 at the Art and Music Library.

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Institute Researchers Win Grant for Microscope Inspired by Whale Eyes

September 29, 2015

An Institute of Optics research group led by Jannick Rolland (left) in partnership with Cristina Canavesi (right), president of LighTopTech, won a Small Business Innovation Research Phase II grant from the National Science Foundation.  The Institute and LighTopTech are developing a biomimetic microscope inspired by nature, specifically learning from whales' refocusing eyes.  The microscope uses infrared light to image tissues without radiation or cutting.  The first version of the device will be used to measure contact lenses for quality control.

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Ultra-Fast Optics... Student

September 21, 2015

Kenneth Goodfellow, who is researching nanophotonic devices, finished 2nd in the Rochester Marathon.

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New Endowed Chair in Honor of Nicholas George

September 15, 2015

Photograph of Nicholas GeorgeThe Nicholas George Endowed Professorship in Optics was established in September by a gift from Milton Chang with an additional commitment from Joseph W. Goodman, the William Ayer Professor Emeritus at Stanford University. Chang, who is a former student of Professor Emeritus Nicholas George at Cal Tech, and Goodman made their contributions out of a mutual desire to express their respect and admiration for Professor Emeritus Nicholas George.  The new professorship will recognize Professor George's influence in the world of optics and on his students.  The full story

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Optics Student Zhaoyu Nie Learns about Life... and Cutting-Edge Optics

September 4, 2015

Undergraduate Zhaoyu Nie won a DAAD-RISE internship at the Max Planck Institute of Quantum Optics in Munich, where he worked with doctoral students in their theoretical work on attosecond optics, a small but highly advanced field.  For Zhaoyu, this was an enlightening glimpse into a fulfilling life in science.  Read more...

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Optics Students Shorten Bucket List at Russian Institute

August 31, 2015

Rising sophomore Sze Wah Lee, Yang Deng, Kaia Williams and Lei Ding and rising seniors Tyler Berryman and Guntis Rutins recently traveled to the National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO) in Russia for research experience in cutting edge optics.  Read the full story here.

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Researchers create optically active quantum dots in 2D semiconductor for the first time

June 29, 2015

Researchers at the University of Rochester have shown that defects on an atomically thin semiconductor can produce light-emitting quantum dots. The quantum dots serve as a source of single photons and could be useful for the integration of quantum photonics with solid-state electronics – a combination known as integrated photonics.

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The International Year of Light is taking it to the streets in Saint Petersburg, Russia

June 29, 2015

At the International Year of Light events in St. Petersburg, Russia, artists created graffiti of ITMO Rector Vladimir Vasilev,  ITMO Dean Sergei Kozlov and Institute of Optics Director X.-C. Zhang.

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Graduate Students Corsetti and Schiesser Win SPIE Scholarships

June 29, 2015

James Corsetti has won the 2015 Optical Design and Engineering Scholarship from the SPIE

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Kyle Fuerschbach, PhD candidate at the Institute, receives Outstanding Dissertation Award in Engineering and Applied Sciences

May 21, 2015

Congratulations to Kyle Fuerschbach, a PhD candidate at the Institute of Optics, for receiving the Outstanding Dissertation Award in Engineering and Applied Sciences 2014-2015 at the University of Rochester.  

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Jianing Yao and Katelynn Sharma receive the Best Female Student Award at the Spring 2015 Industrial Associates Meeting

May 21, 2015

Congratulations to Jianing Yao and Katelynn Sharma, the co-recipients of the Best Female Student Award that was presented at the Spring 2015 Industrial Associates Meeting. 

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Stephen D. Fantone '79 (PhD) recognized by The Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award

May 21, 2015

Stephen D. Fantone ’79 (PhD) is president of Optikos Corporation, a Massachusetts-based optical engineering firm he founded in 1982. Optikos provides metrology products, engineering design, and manufacturing services for product development.

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Rochester team receives National Eye Institute grant for restoring vision through retinal regeneration

May 1, 2015

A team of researchers at the University of Rochester is designing an optical system to image responses to light of large numbers of individual cells in the retina, with the objective of accelerating the development of the next generation of cures for blindness. The Rochester team and their partners will receive $3.8 million from the National Eye Institute over the next five years.

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Nick Vamivakas receives the G. Graydon '58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence

April 29, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Nick Vamivakas, assistant professor of quantum optics and quantum physics, recipient of the G. Graydon ’58 and Jane W. Curtis Award for Nontenured Faculty Teaching Excellence. An innovator and a rising star, Nick joined the University in 2011, and has already earned high marks for his teaching abilities, scientific contributions, and scholarly activities.

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Stephen D. Fantone '79 (PhD) recognized by The Rochester Distinguished Scholar Award

April 29, 2015

Stephen D. Fantone ’79 (PhD) is president of Optikos Corporation, a Massachusetts-based optical engineering firm he founded in 1982. Optikos provides metrology products, engineering design, and manufacturing services for product development.

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Govind Agrawal receives the 2015 OSA Esther Hoffman Beller Medal

March 9, 2015

Congratulations to Dr. Govind Agrawal, the James C. Wyant Professor of Optics, who has been named the recipient of this year's Esther Hoffman Beller Medal by the Optical Society (OSA), "for inspiring and educating a generation of scientists and engineers involved with fiber-optic communications and other photonics technologies through his seminal textbooks and high-impact scientific articles."

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Alumni Dan Christensen co-author of award winning paper that received Newcomb Cleveland Prize from AAAS

March 9, 2015

We are proud of alumni Dan Christensen '08 (MS Optics) '13 (PhD Optics), now OEM Application Manager with TOPTICA Photonics, who, as a PhD student here, was one of the co-authors of a paper that just received the Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The paper, "Sleep Drives Metabolite Clearance from the Adult Brain," (Science, Oct. 18, 2013) shows how, during sleep, the brain clears out harmful toxins or waste that build up during the day. In-vivo two-photon imaging was among the techniques used to observe the flow of fluids in the brains of mice as they slept or were awake. Joe Vornehm, who just completed his PhD in Optics here, notes: "This is a great example of how optics is an enabling technology for all sorts of areas, from medical research to manufacturing. The laser was once called 'a solution in search of a problem,' but so much of modern life wouldn't be possible without lasers."

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International Year of Light - Opening Celebrations held in Paris, France

February 5, 2015

Xi-Cheng Zhang and Duncan Moore attended the Opening Ceremony of the International Year of Light 2015, held in UNESCO, Paris on Jan. 19-20, as members of the OSA delegation from USA. Five Noble Laureates (Ahmed Zewail, Steven Chu, William Phillips, Serge Haroche, and Zhores Alfrerov) gave the plenary talks, and many others presented in thematic sessions over the two days.

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2014 - The year in review

January 16, 2015

Recognitions and awards, a celebration of the 40th anniversary of our Industrial Associates Program, the 2nd annual summer Photon Camp, and more endowed Scholarships are only a few of the highlights for 2014. The year 2015 is filled with bright promise, and we look forward to continued excellence.

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