News from the Society

Molly Moser

Kicking off the IDL; Women in Photonics workshop; OSA Fellow Member stories; honors to four Fellows; Carol Monaghan is 2018 Advocate of Optics; thank you, editors and volunteers.

snapshots from IDL

Images clockwise from top left: John Mather, who gave the IDL plenary at CLEO; OSA Ambassador Jelena Pesic explores the interactive Museum of Light in Paris; a Hawaiian Eye Foundation doctor checks the eye of a young patient in Yap, Micronesia; OSA 2016 Ambasssador Antigone Marino shares the importance of light science at IDL Naples. [Images: NASA/Chris Gunn; Liz Rogan; Hawaiian Eye Foundation; Alessandra Farinelli]

The International Day of Light (IDL) debuted at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, on 16 May. OSA is a founding member of the IDL steering committee, and OSA President Ian Walmsley and CEO Liz Rogan were in attendance—celebrating the role light plays in our daily lives. The UNESCO event featured a wide range of presentations, including talks by Nobel Laureates, and round­tables that discussed topics such as the importance of light in science and culture and the need for improved science-policy dialogue.

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