Useful Links

National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) Fast Track Action Committee on Optics and Photonics report entitled “Building a Brighter Future with Optics and Photonics” – see: Fast Track Committee on Optics and Photonics

The highest priority research recmendations were:

  1.  Biophotonics to Advance Understanding of Systems Biology and Disease Progression
  2. Imaging Through Complex Media

While perfectly aligned with CBSS, the committee considered these essential to the Administration’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative and the National Bioeconomy Blueprint as they will “enable new optics and photonic tools for imaging, controlling the electrical activity of the brain, and mapping protein and protein interactions at the cellular and subcellular level to advance systems and synthetic biology.”

Optical Society of America Incubator Meetings

  • The Optical Society of America strives to provide a unique and focused experience in new and burgeoning topics in optical research. These forums referred to as OSA Incubator meetings allow researchers to further the interest and support of promising areas and assess the broader implications of the topic for future research and application. A recent meeting on Controlled Light Propagation through Complex Media was hosted by the Thomas Bifano, Director of the Boston University Photonics Center. See: Day 1: Seeing Order in Disorder, by David Norris.

Industry-sponsored academic inventions spur increased innovation

  • Analysis: Industry-sponsored academic inventions spur increased innovation – Industry-sponsored, academic research leads to innovative patents and licenses, says a new analysis led by Brian Wright, University of California, Berkeley professor of agricultural and resource economics.
    The finding calls into question assumptions that corporate support skews science toward inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others than those funded by the government or non-profit organizations.

Biophotonics World (September/October 2013 Issue)

  • Deeper focus in microscopic bioimaging – In this article, experts from Carl Zeiss Microscopy (Oberkochen, Germany), Leica Microsystems (Mannheim, Germany) and Olympus America (Center Valley, PA) reveal some of the advances in deeper microscopic imaging.
  • The BRAIN Initiative: Opportunities for optics and photonics – This article discusses the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies initiative, which is jointly led by National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institute of Health (NIH) and DARPA, and the impact on optics- and photonics-based systems designed for clinical and preclinical use.

OPTICS AND PHOTONICS: Essential Technologies for Our Nation

  • New report released by National Research Council, for the National Academies project called “Harnessing Light: Capitalizing on Optical Science Trends and Challenges for Future Research”. The project was supported by funding from DARPA, NSF, NIST, ARO, DOE, AFOSR, NRC, OSA and SPIE, and aimed to update the 1998 “Harnessing Light” study.
  • Reports on enormous progress that has been made in the areas of optical technologies for solid-state lighting, advanced manufacturing, energy, fiber-optic telecommunications, defense, health and medicine, advanced photonic measurements and applications, and information technology since the last update in 1998.
  • The new report assesses the current state of optics and photonics from a market perspective, prioritizes a set of grand challenges to address technological gaps, and recommends actions for future development.
  • The report was released at the SPIE Optics and Photonics meeting on August 15, 2012, in San Diego, CA. For more information and a link to a report summary as well as the full report, go to