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OSA Podblog


The Optical Society of America regularly produces free science-oriented audio and video recordings. These programs and PowerPoint slides can be viewed free of charge on your computer or downloaded to an MP3 player.

OSA Podcasts

The OSA Podblog enables you to listen to podcasts and view PowerPoint slides on your computer or download the audio portion on an MP3 player and use the information for class presentations or research. OSA produces free audio, video and enhanced podcasts of popular meeting speakers and special topics. To suggest future topics or to learn more about the OSA Podblog, please contact KiKi L'Italien, Membership and Education Services Department, at klital@osa.org.

Pushing the Boundaries - Girls in Physics

Thursday, 26 July 2007
Statistics have historically shown girls to be less interested and involved in the sciences than boys. While the reasons for this disparity are still hotly debated, there are people and organizations who are taking strides in changing the demographic landscape of the sciences. Hear from the recent attendees of an optics-based workshop presented to girls in conjunction with the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) and from one of the organizationís Executive Directors Meg Milne Moulton. This and other news about pushing the boundaries of science from the 2007 Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics Quantum Electronics and Laser Science Conference (CLEO) Press Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.

Minorities and Women in Optics - Latest Findings

Monday, 21 May 2007
Listen in on this recording of OSA's recent "Minorities and Women in Physics" luncheon that was held at the Baltimore Convention Center featuring a presentation by Dr. Rachel Ivie, Research Manager with the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics.

The luncheon was part of OSA's ongoing Minorities and Women in OSA program. For more information about MWOSA, please visit the OSA.org website under membership. You can also look at Rachel's PowerPoint presentation.

Broadband Explosion: How Optics Will Handle the Demand

Monday, 9 April 2007
Hear some of the industry's top experts discuss the current broadband explosion and how optics will handle the demand. [This session was recorded LIVE at the OFC/NFOEC Conference in Anaheim, CA in March 2007.]

Speakers include:

  • Dana Cooperson, VP Network Infrastructure, Ovum-RHK, USA

  • Tony Bates, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Service Provider Routing Technology Group, Cisco Systems, USA

  • Shoichi Hanatani, President, Asia-Pacific FTTH Council, Japan

  • Vik Saxena, Ph.D., Senior Director, Network Engineering, Corporate CTO Office, Comcast Cable, USAMark A. Wegleitner, Senior Vice President of Technology and Network Planning, Chief Technology Officer, Verizon Communications, USA

China: Rising Scientific Superpower?

Friday, 16 March 2007
Our first Podcast features Richard Suttmeier, Ph.D., a keynote speaker at the 2007 OSA Winter Leadership Meeting. Introduced by OSA's 2007 president, Dr. Joseph Eberly, Dr. Suttmeier's presentation is about science and technology in China. His presentation includes insights on China's current activities and long-term goals in the areas of intellectual property, research and academic publication.

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