Archive for August 2013

William Greener Highlighted in The Best Lawyers In America 2014® Listings

August 28, 2013

(Ithaca, NY):  Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC (“Bond”) is pleased to announce William Greener was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (“Best Lawyers”).

Mr. Greener is a Registered Patent Attorney. His practice covers the full range of Intellectual Property Law including patent, trademark, copyright, agreements and licensing. Mr. Greener is a graduate of Canisius College, the University of Rochester and the State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Law.greener

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Louise Slaughter, Exelis Optics Investment with University of Rochester

August 22, 2013

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY 25th District) and Exelis Geospatial Systems Precision Optics have announced a $2 million technology investment with the University of Rochester.

The investment was secured by Slaughter and will fund optics polishing work by Exelis and the University of Rochester Laboratory for Laser Energetics using equipment manufactured in Rochester.

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NSF Announces Regional Concentrations of Scientists and Engineers

August 21, 2013

Science and engineering (S&E) employment in the United States is geographically concentrated in a small number of states and several major metropolitan areas within those states, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011 American Community Survey (ACS). The three most populous states—California, Texas, and New York—together accounted for more than one-fourth of all S&E employment in the United States.

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Florida Congressman Tours UCF Laser Facility

August 19, 2013

Photonics was the focal point at the University of Central Florida (UCF) on Wednesday when Rep. John L. Mica paid a visit to the Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers (CREOL).

“They are performing phenomenal research in our backyard,” Mica said. “The work going on at UCF holds tremendous potential for our workforce and will impact and touch nearly every aspect of our lives.”

Among the technologies on display were a laser used to break apart cancer particles and a cellphone that analyzes blood, allowing Mica to witness the inroads light-based technologies have made in the medical field, among others.

The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) launched this spring by a cadre of photonics organizations (See: Photonics Societies Launch National Initiative) seeks to unite experts from industry, academia and the government to advance photonics R&D, to grow the US economy, and to improve national security. A key part of the effort is to educate members of congress on the vital role photonics plays in homeland security and the US economy.

“Central Florida is a prime example of how the NPI’s goals can be realized through education, research and public-private partnerships,” said Peter Baker, executive director of the Laser Institute of America. “Greater investment in key photonics-driven fields will create jobs, grow our economy, and protect and improve lives.”

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University of Arizona Joins Push for Better Understanding of Photonics

August 19, 2013

The “average person, or average congressman” doesn’t know much about photonics, according to a coalition of industry and academic groups pushing a National Photonics Initiative.

Part of the problem could easily be the name, said Thomas Koch, dean of the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences, who hosted a push for greater recognition at the college Wednesday, inviting Rep. Ron Barber, D-Ariz., to hear pleas for greater federal involvement in promoting the industry and funding research.

People recognize the term “optics” as dealing with lenses and light, Koch said. “Photonics,” the generation and detection of that light, puts the science of optics to work, he said.

“We use the terms interchangeably most of the time in the field,” Koch said.

Barber, after touring the nearby Steward Observatory Mirror Lab, where astronomers and optical scientists devise sophisticated measuring techniques for the world’s largest telescope mirrors, pledged to carry the message to Washington.

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To Put It As Simply As Possible: There Is No Nanotech Without Optics & Photonics

August 19, 2013

Albany Underwrites Economic Development Expansion of Nanotech Efforts West of Albany

Gannett, Sunday, August 18, 2013:

The ambition of Cuomo and Kaloyeros
comes at a time when upstate New York continues to try to find its footing after decades of manufacturing decline. In June, 43,453 fewer people were employed in New York than in June 2008, and the number of unemployed grew 45 percent during the period, from 497,663 to 720,917.

“The nanotech and semiconducter industry are already important here, and will continue to have increasing importance in this region,” said Mark Peterson, president and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise.

“The greater Rochester region continues to transition from a community once dependent upon a few large companies to one that is more diversified and entrepreneurial,” said Ryne Raffaelle, vice president for research and associate provost at the Rochester Institute of Technology, which has been growing its nanotechnology programs in recent years.

All this at the end of a ten year period when the State Regents eliminated optics and photonics from the New York State Regents Physics curriculum.


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RRPC 2013 Annual Meeting and Golf Tournament

August 6, 2013

The National Photonics Initiative:
What Is Rochester’s Role?

Louise smallCo-hosted with Congresswoman Louise Slaughter
Representative, 25th District, New York

RRPC Annual Meeting

Thursday September 5, 2013
Rochester Museum & Science Center
3:30 – 6:30 PM (3:00 PM registration)
$45 per person
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Following the release last year of Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation, the report sponsors and key stakeholders from around the nation convened in Washington DC to highlight the findings of the report with their Washington delegations.

What is emerging is the National Photonics Initiative (NPI).  What will the NPI look like and what are the impacts of such an initiative on you and your business?  On Rochester’s Optics, Photonics & Imaging (OPI) Industry?  For the nation?5headshotsedit

We’ve invited speakers close to the evolution of the NPI,  with access to data and perspectives that will spark interest across a range of constituencies.  We need you there and we want to hear your opinions as well.

Panel and Speakers:

  • Steve Anderson, Industry and Market Strategist for SPIE; former Editor-In-Chief, Laser Focus World.
  • Tom Hausken, Senior Advisor, Engineering and Applications, Optical Society of America; former Director, Strategies Unlimites
  • Jennifer Clark, Associate Professor at the School of Public Policy and Director of the Center for Urban Innovation in the Ivan Allen College at the Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Steve Fantone, Founder and CEO of Optikos Corporation, holds over 60 US Patents in the optics and photonics
  • Duncan Moore, Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Professor of Optics, University of Rochester

RRPC Annual Golf Tournament

Friday, September 6, 2013
Ravenwood Golf Center
929 Lynaugh Rd, Victor, NY 14564
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9:00 AM registration (range opens)
10:00 AM Shotgun Start
Lunch & Cocktail reception
$175 per person / $700 Foursome


On February 21st Senator Chuck Schumer held a news conference at Eastman Business Park in Rochester, NY to promote legislation he is advancing that will create 15 Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation across the US.

Schumer, along with University of Rochester president Joel Seligman and Rochester Institute of Technology president William Dessler,  fervently asserted that one of those hubs needs be optics, photonics and imaging and ought to be in Rochester.

Schumer sees Rochester as a natural hub for advanced development of photonics and optics. “‘Photonics and optics is one of those new, cutting edge areas,’ he said before a phalanx of media, university and optics industry representatives while standing in Eastman Business Park’s Building 319, “and given the Rochester region’s academic expertise and business history in optics,’ Schumer said, ‘We have a real advantage.’”

Representatives of government and the photonics industry convened in Washington, DC on 28 February for a day-long event intended to raise awareness of the role of photonics and plan for its future in the U.S. economy and everyday life.

The event was a followup to the groundbreaking National Academy of Sciences report “Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation,” released in August 2012 and unveiled in Rochester at last year’s RRPC Annual Meeting in September.

Organized by SPIE in partnership with four other technical organizations, the meeting consisted of two segments: a morning overview of work done by subcommittees and industry sharing their future needs, and afternoon breakout sessions covering the five key optics and photonics sectors — communication, defense, health and medicine, manufacturing, and energy. The event was held to collect input and identify focus areas for a National Photonics Initiative (NPI), a key recommendation of the Optics & Photonics report.

Sponsorships for these events are available!

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