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The rise of the novel coronavirus, and the spread of the COVID-19 sickness, are central challenges facing the world today. Preventing the spread of and testing for COVID-19 are the focus of a massive worldwide research, development, and deployment effort — and some of the first, and subsequently most widely, used approaches have been based...
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Laser Focus World’s compiled list of links to optics/photonics company, university, and other institutions’ statements on COVID-19 shows that safety is paramount, and the industry is crucial to solving pandemic problems. By John Wallace Covid Company Responses To help keep Laser Focus World’s audience up to date on the state of the optics and photonics...
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Women in our culture have traditionally been recognized as mothers, educators, caregivers, and artists. We’ve seen strides toward greater recognition of women for their other contributions during the past 100 years since women’s suffrage  (the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920). In addition, society is beginning to understand the impact...
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Monroe Community College (MCC) , the nation’s leading two-year college providing optician training, located in the heart of the nation’s optics manufacturing industry, learned of the grant award on Monday evening. MCC, the nation’s only community college awarding associate degrees in precision optics, does not produce enough precision optics graduates to meet the annual demand....
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No turkey here. Photonics industry employs up to 18,000 people July 03, 2019 11:21 AM ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — News10NBC investigators exposed a laughable situation with a empty building that doesn’t pay a penny in school taxes. When we were there, we found a wild turkey nesting outside the front of the building. The building located...
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Ovitz, a Rochester, New York-based company received top honors at Luminate NY’s “Light Tomorrow with Today” Demo Day competition, held in the main tent at the CGI International Jazz Festival in downtown Rochester.   The company will receive $1 million in follow-on funding from New York State through the Finger Lakes Forward Upstate Revitalization Initiative....
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Two different-yet-related problems. First, America needs to become more productive to grow the American economy faster. Second, some regions seem to benefit from growth a lot more than others. Indeed, the reality of the latter problem risks undercutting political support for policies to fix the former. Why should politicians and voters in the Rust Belt...
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Full Video here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXDAGH_PTSA Congratulations to Michael Mandina, President of Optimax Systems, and Richard Plympton, CEO of Optimax Systems, for receiving the Herbert W. Vanden Bul Entrepreneurial Award at RIT on June 5th! The Herbert W. Vanden Brul Entrepreneurial Award was created in 1984 through an endowment fund established by Mr. Vanden Brul in conjunction...
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(Reuters) – United Technologies Corp is nearing a deal to merge its aerospace business with U.S. defense contractor Raytheon Co and form a new company worth well over $100 billion, a person familiar with the matter said on Saturday. United Technologies and Raytheon are seeking to pool resources through what would be the biggest merger...
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Additional Backing Will Support Three More Rounds of Optics, Photonics and Imaging Competition Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced $15 million in additional funding is being made available to support three more rounds of the Luminate NY business accelerator competition in Rochester. The Luminate competition focuses exclusively on the optics, photonics and imaging industry. The program...
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