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On June 18, Alexis Vogt, PhD, MCC Chair and Associate Professor of Optics, conducted an Optics Summer Institute for 19 high school teachers to prepare them to teach optics dual enrollment courses in their secondary schools. Dual enrollment courses are MCC courses taught in high schools, by qualified high school teachers.  High school students who successfully complete the course receive MCC credit.  By completing optics dual enrollment courses, students advance...
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Corning Incorporated’s Office of STEM is launching a new cycle of the Technician Pipeline Program (TPP) in Rochester!  This program includes a salary of $25,000/yr PLUS job placement during the program and a full 2 year scholarship that includes tuition, books, and fees to earn an Associate’s Degree (AAS) in Optical Systems Technology from Monroe Community College (MCC).  Further, following the successful completion of your degree, we will offer  a...
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How history explains America’s struggle to revive apprenticeships Donald Trump is the latest in a long line of presidents to announce ambitious plans to slash the cost of college and create millions of new apprenticeships. But, as I argue in a forthcoming history on the 19th-century origins of student debt, American students have repeatedly rejected attempts to mainstream vocational education for over a century because ‘career courses’ often preclude them...
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Redwave Introduces the MG line of Chalcogenide IR Glass Materials Designers of components and systems that require optics for 0.8 to 18 microns or current users of chalcogenide glasses and any infrared system will want to know about Redwave Glass, a new US based producer of chalcogenide glass based in Rochester, NY.  Redwave currently offers an equivalent arsenic selenide glass to what is currently on the market along with three...
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DoubleHelix Gets Small In A Big Way Some scientific breakthroughs are massive, the scope of their impact sometimes stretching to every corner of the world. Others are small. Some, as is the case with Luminate resident Double Helix Optics, can be both. That’s not to say Double Helix’s focus and technology is insignificant. Rather, it’s small. Really, really small.   Double Helix specializes in 3D, nano-scale imaging, or imaging at an...
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Tucked into the omnibus federal budget bill released Wednesday is the funding needed to keep the University of Rochester’s laser lab open and operating. The $75 million is an increase over the $68 million in federal funding awarded to the facility this year. New York’s Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand jointly announced the funding, expected to be voted on by the House and Senate later this week. Also included...
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Pixelink® Awarded Contract to Supply Camera Technology to NASA Orion Spacecraft to use Pixelink camera technology for Optical Navigation System Pixelink, a Navitar Company and a global provider of industrial cameras for the machine vision and microscopy markets, has been chosen in conjunction with Deep Space Systems, an engineering services firm with expertise in human and robotic exploration spacecraft design, to supply Pixelink camera technology to NASA. NASA chose Pixelink...
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Chamber of Commerce president, Bob Duffy, Jim Sydor from Sydor Optics, and some East High Alumni toured two program at East High School (Rochester, NY). There are two program at East: East High School Precision Optics Manufacturing Opthalmology / Optometry Lab in the same building across the hall While they were touring, a visiting ophthalmologist tested students’ eyes and other students shopped for frames that will be dispensed by students...
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