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International Day of Light in Action: Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny and Quaid-i-Azam University

As we get closer to the 2019 International Day of Light, we will be re-visiting our 2018 IDL Micro Grant winners from around the world, and showcasing their celebration of this annual event in their communities. This week we visit Yamoussoukro, Côte d'Ivoire, and Islamabad, Pakistan to meet the innovative organizations who celebrated IDL 2018 with the help of an SPIE Micro Grant.

Each year, SPIE provides International Day of Light (IDL) Micro Grants to SPIE Members who want to celebrate the importance of light and share that knowledge with their community. These activities must take place during the month of May and tie directly to the cross-global festivities held on the 16th of that month.
Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny
On the 31st of May last year, over 320 high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, as well as their teachers, joined the general public for a celebration of light on the campus of the Institut National Polytechnique Felix Houphouet-…
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Why Light? SPIE Fellow and Woman in Optics Kyle Myers Answers

In preparation of the second annual International Day of Light this 16 May, we asked members of the SPIE community to explain why they feel light is so important. Today, 8 March is also International Women's Day. So to kick off this year's 'Why Light?' series and to celebrate IWD2019, we spoke with SPIE Fellow Dr. Kyle Myers, director of the Division of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability in the Office of Science and Engineering Laboratories, at the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the US Food and Drug Administration.

She is an active Member of SPIE, advocating for women in optics within her various roles with the organization and in the greater optics and photonics community.  She answers for us what light means to her and to the greater global community.



Dr. Myers answered these three questions in our 'Why Light?' series:
What about light inspires you? How can light help overcome a current global challenge? What do you do to share your…

International Day of Light in Action: University of Auckland and Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Each year, SPIE provides International Day of Light (IDL) Micro Grants to SPIE Members who want to celebrate the importance of light and share that knowledge with their community.

These activities must take place during the month of May and tie directly to the cross-global festivities held on the 16th of that month. As we get closer to the 2019 International Day of Light, we will be re-visiting our 2018 IDL Micro Grant winners from around the world, and showcasing the innovative ways they celebrated this annual event in their communities.

This week we visit Auckland, New Zealand, and San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico, to meet the bright minds who celebrated IDL 2018 with the help of an SPIE Micro Grant.

The University of Auckland SPIE Student Chapter
Laser experiments, diffraction glasses, and famous scientists -- oh my! The University of Auckland SPIE Student Chapter and The Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies used their grant to host the International Day of Light…

#FacesofPhotonics: Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher, Angeliki Zafeiropoulou

Angeliki Zafeiropoulou, known to friends as Angie, was born and raised in Athens, Greece. She is a PhD student at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom, and is one of 15 students who won a FINESSE Early Stage Research (ESR) fellowship.

As part of her fellowship, she works at Fibercore Limited in Southampton and gets many opportunities to interact with other institutions, conducting research as a visiting PhD student. She recently finished a three-month secondment at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in the Photonics Innovation Center, where she enjoyed the collaborative aspect of her work: it's clear that Zafeiropoulou will feel complete, as she notes below, "to know that I have accomplished my personal goal of doing research that has an impact on the society."
Enjoy SPIE's Faces of Photonics interview with Angie!

1. Explain your current research and what you do at your job. How does your work impact society?

I am working in the field of distributed optical fi…

New resources, new grant winners to celebrate the International Day of Light 2019

The second International Day of Light (IDL) is only a few months away. Held on 16 May each year and organized by UNESCO, IDL is a global initiative for the continued appreciation of light and the role it plays in science, culture and art, education, and sustainable development. 
The broad theme of light allows many different sectors of society worldwide to participate in activities that demonstrate how the science, technology, and artistic expression of light can help achieve the goals of UNESCO — education, equality and peace.

SPIE enthusiastically supports the initiative and has created resources and funding opportunities to encourage local communities in creating their own celebration.

New Resources from SPIE Demonstrate the science of light with SPIE IDL Outreach Activities. In partnership with SPIE Student Chapters, and various optics educators, we have created a variety of lesson plans to engage young would-be scientists in the study of light. Lesson plans are available in multi…

#FacesofPhotonics: Opto-mechanical Designer Deven Patel

Salut! Meet Deven Patel, a graduate student at Université Laval's Center for Optics, Photonics, and Lasers (COPL) in Quebec City who is also working as an opto-mechanical designer at Esterline Technologies Corporation.

Over the past two years, Patel was instrumental in Laval’s exoplanet-imaging project HiCIBaS, or High-Contrast Imaging Balloon System. He had two main jobs: designing a dynamic structure for the star-pointing system and front-end optics (telescope, etc.), and developing a passive-cooling thermal system for the back-end optics system. "Basically, I developed the mechanical solutions that were necessary for the other systems to function correctly and to perform the science of the mission," he explains.


The HiCIBaS project received quite a bit of media attention, and for good reason: "The project is beneficial for Canadian astronomy and instrumentation,” says Patel. “It’s a platform that can be used to conduct exoplanet-imaging missions in space-like con…

#FacesofPhotonics: Optics Expert and SPIE Course Instructor, Dr. Alexis Vogt

"Mama, can you teach us about optics?"

Dr. Alexis Vogt, Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of the Optical Systems Technology Program at Monroe Community College, is no stranger to hearing phrases like this in her home.

"Perhaps because of some brainwashing, my children love optics and have even mastered bedtime delay tactics with phrases like, 'How do you make glass, Mama?' My children are my motivation to work hard and create diverse opportunities for them to experience. What an amazing process to see the inquisitive mind of a child develop."

Vogt, too, was introduced to optics at a young age -- building a five-foot periscope for a 6th-grade science project -- and promptly fell for the field. She received both her B.S. and Ph.D. in optics from the University of Rochester, and, upon graduating in 2007, went on to design contact lenses for Bausch + Lomb.

As part of her busy schedule, Vogt teaches courses for SPIE. She will be at Photonics West next week …