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 urspie@gmail.com. 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: http://www.democratandchronicle.com/picture-gallery/local/2016/11/19/3rd-annual-rochester-mini-maker-faire/94125470/


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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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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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