UofR Chapter goes to the Corning Museum of Glass!

This past Saturday on November 12, the SPIE UofR Chapter organized a field trip to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY. Because optics and glass just go together.


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Dinner with SPIE president-elect, Dr. Glenn Boremann

During the Frontiers in Optics conference, the President-elect of SPIE Dr. Glenn Boremann took the U of R chapter officers and several student members out to dinner at the local joint Dinosaur BBQ.

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Dr. Stephen Boppart to give talk this coming Friday!

As part of the SPIE traveling lecturers program, we are honored to host a talk this coming Friday from Prof. Steven Boppart of the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Hope to see you there!

When: Friday, November 11, 3 PM
Where: Georgen 101

Title: Translational Biophotonics for Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
Abstract: There is an essential need for improving and translating point-of-care screening and imaging technologies, not only in primary care medicine and for our front-line health care providers, but also in surgical applications where real-time feedback can reduce high re-operation rates, and in digital pathology to effectively shift the microscopic examination of tissue from post-operative analysis in the pathology lab to intra-operative assessment during procedures. Advances in optical imaging technology have made it possible to visualize and quantify tissue microstructure in new ways, and do so in vivo and in real-time. Optical coherence tomography performs optical ranging in tissue by collecting depth-resolved reflections of light in a manner analogous to ultrasound imaging, except with spatial resolutions on the order of 5-10 microns. Nonlinear optical microscopy techniques can provide even higher resolution, label-free visualization of structural, functional, and molecular components, as well as reveal new biomarkers of disease. These techniques can therefore perform label-free “optical biopsies” of tissue with unique contrast mechanisms. As these biophotonics imaging technologies mature, are translated for clinical applications, and commercialized for broader dissemination and use, consideration must also be directed toward investigating the adoption and integration of these new technologies into standard-of-care practices, patient and physician workflow, referral guidelines, disease management, and overall patient outcome assessments.


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Visit from the University of Fukui SPIE/OSA Student Chapter

Burgers and optics.

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SPIE UofR Chapter goes to Frontiers in Optics 2016

The 2016 OSA Frontiers in Optics conference was held in Rochester, NY this week, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Optical Society. There, we enjoyed breakfast with fellow SPIE student chapter officers from the University of Southampton.

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Colloquium and donuts with Dr. Robert Lieberman

With the Frontier in Optics conference coming up next week, the President of SPIE, Dr. Robert Lieberman, will be visiting us to give a colloquium and socialize with students. Details as follows, and hope to see you there!

Title: “Optical Waveguide Sensors: From Sub-Micron to Supra-Kilometer”
Date: Thursday, October 20th
Time: 2:00 pm
Location: B&L 109

Donuts and socializing will be held following the talk at the Goergen 4th floor lounge.



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Joint BBQ with the RIT SPIE/OSA Chapter – Pictures!

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Joint BBQ with the RIT SPIE/OSA Chapter


We are excited to announce that we are having a joint picnic this Friday at 4pm with the SPIE/OSA chapter at RIT. We would like to invite everyone to come out and eat free food and mingle with your peers at RIT. Anyone is welcome to bring activities, such as soccer balls, frisbees, etc.

This event is for SPIE member only, so if you haven’t already, please sign up at www.spie.org

Where: Riverbend Shelter in GVP (See diagram above courtesy of the RIT Chapter)
When: Starting at 4 pm Friday September 30th

We look forward to seeing you there!


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SPIE General Interest Meeting


Do you work with light…or wish you did? Are you a freshman, graduate student or somewhere in between? Come and learn about SPIE, the International Society of Optics and Photonics, and what it can do for you. Anyone with an interest in light is welcome!

Where: Goergen 108
When: Friday September 23rd, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

There will be a FREE lunch provided (not pizza) and raffle prizes. In addition, if you sign up to be a member ($20), you will receive a SPIE T-shirt ($15 value).

Please email urspie@gmail.com with any questions!

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Summer colloquium series // Improving beam quality in high power broad-area lasers

We are concluding our Summer Colloquium Series this coming Monday, with Jose Perez Romero giving his talk on “Improving beam quality in high power broad-area lasers”. There will be free pizza! Hope to see you there.

When: Monday, August 29, 12 pm
Where: Wilmot 116

Abstract: Filamentation hinders beam quality in high power broad-area diode lasers. This talk will review some of the nonlinear mechanisms that cause this filamentation, as well as techniques that can overcome the issue in order to improve beam quality.

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