his issue of Optics & Photonics News is always fun to
read because it showcases the depth and breadth of our
field. If you haven’t kept up on the hottest peer-reviewed
optics research to hit the journals this year, Optics in 2013
can serve as a great resource and primer for you. This was
a banner year for the special issue: While the OPN team
typically receives about 80 submissions to be considered for
publication, this year they were inundated with a record-breaking 162!
What that means is that the competition for one of the
30 coveted slots was stiffer than ever. Browsing through
them, I am struck by the tremendous diversity they
represent—from an exploration of Anderson localization in
entangled photons to a new method for measuring deep-tissue blood flow to an application of lensless holography
that could help firefighters to see their way through burning
buildings. In addition to our broad range of subfields, our
diversity extends further to cover geography, career stage
and beyond. I was also impressed by the large number
of summaries that represented research that had been
published in OSA journals.
I feel proud to be part of such a vibrant community.
As my term as president concludes, I’d like to thank the
many volunteers and members who make OSA the thriving
organization it is. The Society’s journals would not be
possible without the help of countless devoted volunteers,
nor would OSA’s myriad meetings, member services and
educational outreach events.
I am also very appreciative of OSA’s staff. Time
and again, they have demonstrated their remarkable energy, efficiency and devotion to our
community. It’s been a pleasure to get to know them better over the past year, and I hope that
those relationships continue to grow.
Finally, this issue of Optics & Photonics News is not only the last of the year but also the
last to be overseen by Christina Folz, who has been the editor for nearly nine years. Under her
leadership, the magazine has grown along with the society to become a globally recognized
brand, with rich online, mobile and social media components. While I’ll miss working with
Christina, I know that she’s left OPN in good hands, and that it will remain the top resource for
optics and photonics professionals in 2014 and beyond.
Thanks again, and I wish everyone a joyous holiday and happy new year!
I feel proud to be
part of such a vibrant
community. As my term
as president concludes,
I’d like to thank the
many volunteers and
members who make
OSA the thriving
organization it is.