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2016 News Archive

 

Profs. Berger, Awad Win $1.88M NIH Grant

June 28, 2016

Prof. Andrew BergerAndrew Berger (left), Associate Professor of Optics, and Hani Awad (lower right), Professor of Biomedical Engineering, have received a $1.88 million, five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health for their project, “Raman Spectroscopic Platform for Transcutaneous Monitoring of Bone Quality.”  Currently, assessing the risk of bone fracture associated with osteoporosis relies primarily on measures of bone mineral density.  These measurements are strongly correlated with bone strength, but not with fracture risk.  The goal of this grant is to demonstrate Raman spectroscopy as a promising, noninvasive way to assess both bone strength and fracture risk, and to also detect improvements in bone quality in response to anti-resorptive and anabolic treatments. 

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Researchers Choi and Howell Create Digital Cloaking Device

June 27, 2016

Joseph ChoiUsing the same mathematical framework as the Rochester Cloak, Dr. Joseph Choi of the Institute of Optics (left) and Prof. John Howell (lower right) of the Department of Physics and Astronomy have used flat screen displays to extend the range of angles that can be hidden from view. Their method lays out how cloaks of arbitrary shapes, that work from multiple viewpoints, may be practically realized in the near future using commercially available digital devices.

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Welcome to our newest Assistant Professor of Optics!

June 8, 2016

Jaime CardenasDr. Jaime Cardenas earned his Ph.D. from the University of Alabama in Huntsville in Optical Science and Engineering.  His research was in single air interface bends and waveguide microcantilevers.  After two years as a process engineer, and three years as a Postdoctoral researcher in the Cornell Nanophotonics group, Jaime continued with the Lipson Nanophotonics Group as a research scientist at Columbia University in June 2015.

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Workshop on Bright Thz Sources and Nonlinear THz Field-Matter Interaction

June 8, 2016

Laser flareThe Institute of Optics will host a Workshop on Bright THz Sources and Nonlinear THz Field-Matter Interactions on Thursday and Friday, June 16th and 17th, 2016.  Researchers will discuss the current state and future directions of research on the generation, detection and applications of intense pulsed THz waves.

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Profs. Moore, Berger, Vamivakas Win Teaching Awards

May 9, 2016

Duncan MooreDuncan Moore ’74 (PhD), the Rudolf and Hilda Kingslake Professor of Optical Engineering, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award in Graduate Education for his ability to inspire students with his boundless enthusiasm for new approaches to teaching, technology and business.  Duncan has taught 15 optics courses ranging from introductory to advanced graduate classes; he has advised nearly 60 master’s and PhD students.

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Undergrad Advisor Dan Smith Wins Dottie Welch Award

April 30, 2016

Dan Smith with some of his studentsThe Institute's undergraduate advisor, Dan Smith, won the 2016 Dottie Welch award during the Hajim School Design Day at Goergen Athletic Center.  

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Professor Nick Vamivakas Wins NSF CAREER Award

April 25, 2016

Professor Nick Vamivakas in his labSomething interesting happens when you overlap two layers of tungsten diselenide that are each only a few atoms thick, Nick Vamivakas and his lab have discovered.

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Grad Student Goodfellow Leads Rochester Marathoners

April 22, 2016

Kenneth GoodfellowInstitute of Optics graduate student and avid marathoner Kenny Goodfellow placed 10th overall in the Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:38:25 and led a Rochester contingent of about 100 runners in the Boston Marathon this spring, finishing in 2 hours, 35 minutes and 28 seconds.  In Boston, he placed 72nd overall and 63rd among the men.  Goodfellow also took second place in the Rochester Marathon in September.

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Optical Society undergraduates model a Schlieren imaging system

April 21, 2016

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Optics Undergraduate Awards 2016

April 20, 2016

The Undergraduate Committee has awarded the 2016 prizes to outstanding students in the Institute of Optics.

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Grad Student Daniel Nikolov Wins the Link Foundation Fellowship

April 4, 2016

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Prof. Robert Boyd Wins Townes Award

April 4, 2016

Photo of Robert BoydProf. Robert Boyd has won the 2016 OSA Charles Hard Townes Award for his “fundamental contributions to the field of nonlinear optics, including the development of methods for controlling the velocity of light, of quantum imaging methods, and of composite nonlinear optical materials.”  Boyd's PhD thesis work was supervised by Professor Charles Townes himself and involves the use of nonlinear optical techniques for infrared detection.  Professor Boyd joined the faculty of the Institute of Optics of the University of Rochester in 1977 and is presently Professor of Optics and Professor of Physics.

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2015 - The year in review

February 19, 2016

With awards and recognitions, two successful summer programs, the announcement of a national photonics center to be based in Rochester, more students studying abroad, and our involvement in the International Year of Light, 2015 has been a very good year.  The year 2016 is filled with bright promise, and we look forward to continued excellence.

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