Posted tagged ‘IYOL2015’

Let There Be Light

September 16, 2015

Rick Williams and KenLou Foundation had an idea.  This can be a very dangerous thing.  Creativity ensues.  Things get messy.  What emerged is going to be extraordinary, and it will be debuting Friday night in Eastman’s Kilbourn Hall as part of the First Niagara Fringe Festival.

Sponsored by KenLou Foundation, Corning Incorporated, The Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster, Rochester Area Community Foundation, and made possible by one guy who connected them all: Rick Williams This is going to be one cool show and an international debut worth getting a ticket for, if you can get one.

http://www.rochestercitynewspaper.com/rochester/let-there-be-light-and-music-and-light/Content?oid=2630627

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Rochester’s International Year of Light in Motion

February 24, 2015

Did you know that the stunning lights of aurora borealis are the result of solar wind? Or that every CD and DVD player contains a tiny laser? Or that some people can trick their brains to see “impossible” colors?

Fascinating, right? It’s this fascination with light and an unquenchable interest in researching new concepts that has made the Rochester region a light, imaging and optical technologies worldwide hub.

The United Nations has proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light.

Organizations, businesses and museums around the world are planning celebrations to highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies.

The Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC), Rochester Regional Photonics Cluster and other commercial and academic partners have come together to engage the community in a variety of light-based experiences. Partners include the Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Rochester, Monroe Community College, OSA-RS (Optical Society — Rochester Section), ASE Optics, Corning Tropel, IDEX Corporation, Optimax and Second Avenue Learning.

Optics and related technologies offer major benefits to our region, including interesting and well-paying careers in science, engineering and manufacturing. Globally, light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. From the Mars Rover, to Internet communication and revolutionized medicine, optics changes the way we live. We want to raise awareness about how light-based technologies directly respond to the needs of humankind.

Using the International Year of Light as a platform, many local organizations plan to generate interest in optics through hands-on applications. The RMSC plans to host special public light-based programs including “Science of Light Weekends” throughout the first half of 2015 and “Light-a-Palooza” during spring break. A full list of community events is available at RoctheYOL.com.

With zest for light technologies, we’re supporting our own future. Rochester is home to more than 50 optics- and imaging-focused businesses. These local opportunities keep Rochester on the map and our community members here.

Bennett is president of Rochester Museum & Science Center. Cook is general manager, ASE Optics, and president of OSA Rochester Section.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/opinion/guest-column/2015/01/24/year-light-motion-rochester/22222191/

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Extraordinary Book Celebrates Light at Photonics West

February 10, 2015

SPIE is sharing a very special book that celebrates light this year at Photonics West 2015.

2015 was designated the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies by the United Nations and UNESCO in late 2013. (IYOL)

The SPIE published book, Celebrating Light, 50 Ways Light-based Technologies Enrich Our World, is a must-have. As John Dudley, steering committee chair for the International Year of Light says in his forward, “The volume celebrates a selection of 50 applications of light that have made the world a better place. A central message of the wonderful book is that light science and photonics technologies provide a remarkable range of solutions to the challenges that the world faces today.”

If you are lucky enough to see one of these books, grab it. You can still get one at SPIE’s IYOL Booth in the concourse.

Congratulations to Kathy Sheehan and SPIE staff who put this book together. It is truly a remarkable project.

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