Light Discussion on Mental Health

On Friday April 12th, our student chapter co-hosted a panel with RIT’s OSA/SPIE chapter that focused on graduate student mental health. The panel consisted of alumni from both schools that are currently working in industry, a student from the University of Rochester who is finishing up their Ph.D. in Optics, and a psychology intern from the University of Rochester’s Counseling Center. The event was well attended and consisted of an open question and answer session, small group discussions, and closed with a mindfulness exercise. Afterward, students were invited to play board games.

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STEM-A-Palooza 2019

On April 6th, members of our student chapter presented optics demos to Girl Scouts at their STEM-A-Palooza event in town. The event was attended by many local troops from the Rochester area.

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George Eastman House Tour

On March 29th students from our chapter went to the George Eastman House. Included in the trip to the museum was a tour of the technology vault, which is not usually open to the public. In the vault, students saw a vast collection of many different cameras spanning decades of the history of photography.

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Prismatic Magic

On March 12th and 13th, members of our student chapter visited local middle schools promoting the wonders of optics through an educational laser show. The show was presented by Prismatic Magic and sponsored by SPIE International. It was a great and unique opportunity for outreach and we are grateful to both the local and global optics communities for supporting us in this.

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Vuzix Tour

On February 22nd, members from the student chapter went on a tour of Vuzix. This company develops AR/VR glasses and is local to Rochester.

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Girl Scout STEM Superstar

On February 9th, the SPIE student chapter participated in the STEM Superstar event on campus. Members from our chapter presented optics demos to many Girl Scouts from local troops.

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Welcome Back Party

On Friday January 25th, we had our Welcome Back party complete with baking contest. We had a lot of great food and desserts with great company. The winners of the contest were Janet Hrdina and David Lippman who went home with an SPIE Field Guide of their choice!

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Invited Speaker – Dr. Federico Capasso

On November 5th, we had our invited speaker event. Dr. Federico Capasso from the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University gave a talk on Flat Optics Based on Metasurfaces. Student members also had the opportunity to go to lunch with the speaker.

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General Interest Meeting Friday, September 21st

Our yearly General Interest Meeting will be Friday, September 21st from noon-1 PM in Goergen 108. Come learn about what we do and also get a free lunch as well as some other free stuff that we’ll be giving away and raffling off!

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Speakers Wanted for SPIE Summer Colloquium Series

Summer’s here and you know what that means! It’s time for our annual Summer Colloquium Series and we’re looking for students to give talks on their research. These talks will be held on Wednesdays from noon-1 PM and should be about 20 minutes long with time for questions. The topics of these talks can range from recent achievements to current challenges being faced. Student talks will begin June 13th and are currently scheduled through August 15th. If you are interested in giving a talk, please sign up on the Doodle poll below with what dates you are available.

We’ll also be kicking off our series on June 6th with a talk by Dr. Jen Kruschwitz. More details on that to come! See you there!

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