Solar Eclipse in Rochester NY

On August 21st the SPIE chapter welcomed enthusiastic crowd of students, teachers and more in the engineering quad in front of Goergen Hall to observe the solar eclipse. Rochester didn’t disappoint and delivered it’s signature gloomy early fall weather. Despite of the cloud coverage though, the event was a joy for professionals and hobbyists alike.

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Ask a Scientist at Brighton Farmers Market

The Brighton Farmers Market hosted an “Ask a Scientist” table during their summer market on June 25th. It was an exciting opportunity to get some new young and not so young minds excited about optics. And as expected, it was a ton of fun. Make sure to not miss the next one that will take place on September 24th

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Summer Colloquium Series

We kicked off our summer colloquium series with a great talk by Dr. Miguel Alonso this week. We will continue the series every week during the summer. The time is 12:00 pm every Wednesday and the place is Wilmot 116. Don’t miss out on some awesome optics! Stay tuned for more exciting speakers visiting us soon!

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Elections, Tacos and the new E-Board

On April 21st we had our annual SPIE e-board elections. In a newly introduced (but hopefully lasting) tradition, dozens upon dozens of tacos were sacrificed to receive inspiration for the choice of our new officers. Welcome to our new e-board – Antony Yee, Trevor O’Loughlin, Di Xu, Robert Draham, Sara earhart and Daniel Nikolov!

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SPIE Optics outreach at the Girl Scouts STEM-a-palooza

This past Saturday afternoon of April the 8th, the SPIE outreach committee and volunteers performed optics related demos for the Girl Scouts of Western New York as part of their STEM-a-palooza event. The demos included polarizers, diffraction gratings, liquid crystal patches, as well as silicon wafers vs. silica lens.

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Annual elections coming up!

Hi SPIE! Our annual elections for e-board officers is coming up. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, please submit the nominations to The descriptions of duty for each position can be found in Article 7 of our constitution, located here.

Date and time: Friday 4/21, at 11:30 AM
Location: Wilmot 116

Lunch will be served! Note that this is a member only event. If you are not yet a member, now is the best time to sign up! Find out about your benefits (and to sign up) here.

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Upcoming workshop: Mastering scientific information for students in optics and physics

Hi SPIE! Along with the Women in Engineering Graduate Group (check out their blog here), we are organizing a workshop titled “Mastering scientific information for students in optics and physics”. Come learn how to navigate the ocean of scientific information and how to master and manage those information effectively for your research projects, applications, manuscripts, and dissertation(s).

Time: Wednesday, March 1st at 3:30 PM
Location: Goergen 108
Speaker: Linda Hasman, MSLS

Abstract: The mastering scientific information for students in optics and physics workshop provides skills-focused education to help students effectively search for information and evaluate the quality of that information. This workshop will cover resources for finding relevant literature and locating highly cited articles. This workshop will also provide students with a brief introduction to a number of tools for managing information as they develop their individual research projects, fellowship applications, manuscripts for publication, and dissertation documents.

Bio: Linda Hasman is a liaison librarian at the University of Rochester Medical Center Miner Library. She has been a medical librarian for more than 10 years. Linda supports several research and clinical departments at URMC and works with medical and graduate students. Prior to joining the staff at URMC, she worked as a medical librarian at the University at Buffalo Health Sciences Library and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical research library.

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Our annual holiday party is right around the corner!


We’ve begun planning our annual Holiday Party! As usual, we will provide an excellent lunch and an opportunity to get out of the lab and catch up with your coworkers. Friendly reminder that this event is members only! So please sign up to be an SPIE member to attend.

We will be continuing our baking contest from last year. Feel free to bring any baked good to share at the event, and our members will vote on the tastiest one. The top two dishes will win a prize!

Please RSVP (to try to get accurate catering numbers) at this link!

WHEN: Friday, December 9th, 12PM
WHERE: Georgen 109
RSVP: this link

Hope to see you there!

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2016 Rochester Mini Maker Faire

On November 19th, the U of R SPIE Chapter showcased optics at the 2016 Rochester Mini Maker Faire. The demos included a FLIR infrared camera, polarizers, an amplitude modulated laser in free space communication, grating glasses, as well as a 3D printed VR headset with an app programmed by optics majors that give a virtual tour of the U of R campus. Check out the Democrat & Chronicle’s gallery of the event here:


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Luncheon and colloquium with Prof. Stephen Boppart

On November 11th, invited speaker Prof. Boppart from the Beckman Institute of UIUC joined Chapter officers and members for lunch at the Distillery and gave a talk later that afternoon on translational biophotonics.


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