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Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan began his tenure as director of the National Science Foundation on June 23, following a seven month Senate confirmation process. FYI spoke with Panchanathan shortly after he was sworn in this month by White House science adviser Kelvin Droegemeier, who led the agency on an acting basis after France Córdova completed her six-year term as director in March. Outlining his vision for NSF, Panchanathan described it as...
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June 17, 2020 Jeanne Lyse Mugeni and Kenneth Marshall lean over their work surface to study velocity gradients in an air stream directed across a metal surface.In summer 2019, optics student Jeanne Lyse Mugeni ’21 (left) worked alongside Kenneth Marshall, senior research engineer at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics (LLE), to study velocity gradients in an air stream directed across a metal surface. LLE is making concerted efforts to support...
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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 on prevention and testing using optical imaging. This webcast consists of short presentations by three...
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Imaging Photosensitive Corals BY Patricia Daukantas Using the L-SPI microscope to visualize the re-infection of an Astrangia polyp (cyan from reflected light) with algae (red from chlorophyll fluorescence), injected by pipette into the mouth of the polyp. [Image: Loretta Roberson] In the laboratory, some photosensitive corals exhibit their own version of the observer effect: Exposing them to enough light for researchers to view them at microscopic scales changes the rates...
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by Debra Werner — June 25, 2020 SAN FRANCISCO – Ball Aerospace won a $96.9 million contract June 25 to build, integrate and operate the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Follow On (SWFO) satellite destined for Earth-Sun Lagrange Point 1. Under the firm fixed-price contract awarded by NASA on behalf of NOAA, Ball Aerospace will design and manufacture the satellite bus, integrate government-furnished instruments, perform testing, help train...
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Albany, NY – NY CREATES announce the appointment of Dr. Michael J. Cumbo as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics), a program of NY CREATES, effective July 6, 2020. Dr. Cumbo succeeds Dr. Michael Liehr in the role. AIM Photonics is the nation’s premier Photonic Integrated Chip (PIC) manufacturing institute advancing Integrated Photonic technology and workforce innovation. A public-private partnership, founded in...
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When astronomers first launched telescopes into space for a better view of the cosmos, they started relatively small; the idea was to make sure the technology worked before investing time and money in the much bigger space telescopes astronomers like Nancy Grace Roman and Lyman Spitzer were already dreaming of. For decades, the goal was to build bigger, more complex, more powerful space telescopes. But alongside massive projects like the...
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AIM Photonics collaborations targeting Covid-19 tests on a global scale US researchers hope to have new sensors on silicon chips by flu season 2020; to test for Covid-19 and flu together and get results in minutes. Eight weeks after it marched into the coronavirus battle, the American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics (AIM Photonics) has been putting together crucial new collaborations on testing by industry, the US Department of Defense...
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Full Press Release Navitar, a precision optical solutions provider based in Rochester, New York, designs and manufactures lens and camera systems, electro-optical vision solutions, and advanced vision technologies used in military and defense systems and homeland security applications. According to Navitar CEO, Jeremy Goldstein, “Navitar developed lens technology for the autonomous vehicle industry enabling cars to distinguish objects in blinding and glaring sun light. This same technology is now being...
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ROCHESTER, N.Y., [MAY 14, 2020] ‒ Sydor Technologies, a global provider of advanced x-ray detectors and diagnostic instrumentation for the energy, research, and defense industries, announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract worth $1.05M by the US Department of Energy. This Phase II award will extend the functionality of Sydor’s Diamond Beam Position Monitor (DBPM) technology and deliver a commercialized, transparent x-ray camera...
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