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January 2008 Number 74


Past-president addresses all members

Prof. René Dándliker, ICO-Past President, Chair of the ICO Nominating Committee

The process for the ICO Bureau elections is open for nominations.

Dear Territorial and Bureau Members,

Next year the ICO Bureau will be reconstituted through elections by territorial member participation. As Past President of ICO, I assume the chairmanship of the Nominating Committee with three additional members, Anna Consortini. Asher Friesem, and Rajpal Sirohi. We will be overseeing the nomination process and the election at the ICO-21, Triennial Congress of the International Commission for Optics "Optics for the 21st Century" in Sydney, Australia, 7-10 July, 2008. The nomination and endorsement process for the eight member-elected Vice Presidents is now open. These Vice Presidents along with the appointed international organization member Vice Presidents (up to a limit of eight) together with the Executive Committee consisting of the President, Immediate Past President, the Secretary, the Associate Secretary, and the Treasurer constitute the ICO Bureau.

The appropriate regulations covering the nominating process and a description of the eligibility of present members for an additional term are available at the ICO website. It is important this process be given serious consideration so that we may have quality officers representing the international optics community. Hopefully, the process will lead to a diverse (especially geographically) Bureau. If you have any questions or concerns, I would appreciate hearing from you. The Nominating Committee is expecting to get names for candidates before February 29, 2008, so that we can proceed timely with our preparations for the elections. However, it should be remembered that nominations for all positions/officers close only 24 hours before the second business meeting of the International Commission for Optics General Assembly in Sidney. Your nominations should be forwarded to me, you may contact directly to:
René Dändliker, ICO Nominating Committee, Chairman. E-mail:


Marcos gets ICO prize for visual optics and biophotonics

Susana Marcos, a Professor of Research at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain

Research aids an understanding of the complex mechanisms involved in the human visual system.

Following the establishing ICO Prize (adopted in 1982), to be given annually to an individual who has made a noteworthy contribution to optics, published or submitted for publication before he or she has reached the age of 40 (as per December 31, 2007), ICO Newsletter announces the ICO Prize 2007.

This year the ICO Prize goes to Susana Marcos, a professor of research at the Institute of Optics, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), in Madrid, Spain. This proposal was unanimously approved by the ICO Bureau held in Accra (Ghana) last November 2007. The award citation reads: "The ICO Prize for the year 2007 is given to Prof. Susana Marcos in recognition of her outstanding contributions in the areas of visual optics and biophotonics. These achievements were done as a researcher younger than 40 years old".

Susana Marcos (Salamanca, Spain, 1970) received her MS (1992) and PhD (1996) degrees in Physics from the University of Salamanca (Spain). She carried out her predoctoral research at the Instituto de Optica, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Madrid, Spain, in the field of physiological optics, working on a novel technique to resolve the foveal cones in vivo. She was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for three years at Stephen A. Burns' lab at the Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard University. She was recipient of a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Human Frontier Science Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Susana Marcos, fourth from left, with her collaborators of the Visual Optics and Biophotonics Laboratory, at the Hall of the Instituto de Optica (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.

Prof. Marcos is currently a Professor of Research, Profesora de Investigación (at the Instituto de Optica in Madrid (Spain). She leads several research grants on visual optics and biophotonics, funded by national and international agencies, as well as international companies. She is the director of the Visual Optics and Biophotonics laboratory, and supervises currently the work of several Ph.D Students.

Susana Marcos has pioneered research in novel techniques to assess the optical properties of the ocular optics and the human retina. In particular she develops along with her group at the CSIC Biophotonics Laboratory pioneering studies in optical aberrations and myopia, intraocular lenses evaluation and design, mono and multi-focal contact lenses, adaptive optics in vision, microscopic detection of ocular pathogens, among the most active research lines. She carries research as well on the design and development of new instruments as laser ray tracing, Hartmann-Shark wavefront sensor, Purkinje imaging system and Gradien index- LRT. She has published more than fifty peer-reviewed publication (with over twelve hundred citations), and has been invited to lecture in over one hundred international conferences and research centers. Her work has been recognized with several national and international awards, including the Adolph Lomb Medal, awarded by the Optical Society of America or the European Young Investigator Award (EURYI), from EURHORCs-ESF. Some of her findings have been reported in newspapers in Spain and United States of America.

Susana Marcos served as the Chair of the Applications of Visual Science Technical Group at the Optical Society of America, and is the current President of the Visual Sciences Committee at the Spanish Optical Society and an elected Fellow of the European Optical Society. She is a Topical Editor in Vision Research journal, has been member of the organizing committee in several international meetings and served in panels for several funding agencies and organizations.

A recent study of the LASIK induced posterior corneal changes. The study validated Marcos corneal's model: a) Pre-LASIK, b) Post one day, c) Post one week, d) Post one month. After: L. Sawides, J. Merayo and S. Marcos, ARVO 2007, program Nr. 3531.

It is expected that Susana Marcos will deliver an invited plenary lecture at one of the major ICO Meetings and were the corresponding award ceremony will take place as well. This activity will be announced on due time at the ICO website.

The ICO Prize Committee, chaired by Dr. B. Y. Kim and comprising Profs. S. Bagayev (Russia), A. Friesem (Israel), G. Jin (People's Republic of China) and J. Love (Australia) is now seeking nominations for the 2008 ICO Prize. Nominators are asked to follow the instructions given at the ICO web site. Nominations should be sent by April 15, 2008 to Dr. Dr. B. Y. Kim, Chair of the Committee, Novera Optics, KT Second Research Center, 463-1 Jeonmin-dong, Yuseong-gu, Daejeon 305-811 Korea, Fax: 82-42-602-3799, e-mail:


Angelsky receives the Galileo Galilei Award for 2007

Oleg V. Angelsky, a professor of Chernivtsi University, Chernivtsi, Ukraine, recipient of the ICO Galileo Galilei Award 2007

A recognition of optics and photonics activities in Ukraine

In the ICO Bureau Meeting held in Accra, Ghana, on November 17 and 18, 2007 it was approved the proposal of the ICO Galileo Galilei Award Committee for the ICO Galileo Galilei Award 2007 to be presented to Prof. Oleg V. Angelsky of Chernivtsi University in Ukraine. The citation reads: "For his outstanding contributions in the field of optical correlation, speckle interferometry and holography in diffuse optical fields achieved under comparatively unfavorable conditions". The "comparatively unfavorable circumstances" refers to difficult economic or social conditions or lack of access to scientific or technical facilities or sources of information.

Prof. Angelsky, born on May 5, 1957 in Ukraine, is presently a Professor of a Correlation Optics Department of the Chernivtsi University. He is a PhD from Institute of Physics, Kiev, Ukraine (1983). After obtaining Dr. Sci. from Saratove State University, Russia in 1990, he became Professor of Chernivtsi University in 1991.

In employment he was a post-graduate student of Chernivtsi State University in 1979-1982, Assistant Professor in 1979-1982, and Associate Professor in 1985-1988, of the Department of Optics of the same University. Since 1988 he is the Head of the Department of Correlation Optics, Chernivtsi State University. Since 1997 he is also Dean of the Engineering Faculty, Chernivtsi National University.

Oleg Angelsky main research areas of interest consist of rough surfaces characterization, fractal optics, holography, light scattering by random phase objects and singular optics on which he has published more than one hundred peer reviewed scientific articles and holds 18 patents.

Oleg V. Angelsky and students in one of the graduation ceremonies at the Chernivtsi University, Ukraine

Singularity obtained in a white light beam passing a double-axial crystal placed between matched polarizer and analyzer: (a) without reference wave; (b) with a reference wave. After: O.V. Angelsky et al, Optics Express, Vol. 13, No. 20, 8179, 3 October 2005

As for his contributions to academic societies and professional activities he has chaired since 1993 the International Conferences series on "Holography, Correlation Optics and Recording Materials" and "Correlation Optics" held bi-annually in Chernivtsi under the support of SPIE, ICO and EOS. This is an international meeting series in which scientists from many countries from all over the world usually take part as participants and lecturers.

Oleg Angelsky has been the Editor of various SPIE Proceedings for the above mentioned conferences. He was also Guest Editor of the special issue of Optical Engineering, volume 34, issue 4, 1995, entitled as "Optics in Ukraine".

Angelsky's academic and scientific merits have been recognized with various awards and honors as Fellow of the Institute of Physics (IoP, United KIngdom) (1999, 2004), chartered Physicist of IoP, (UK) (1999), chartered Scientist of IoP, (UK) (2005), elected Fellow of SPIE (2001) and OSA(2003). Moreover he is a Member of the Academy of Science of University of Ukraine (1997), recipient of the "Rozhdestvensky Russian Optical Society Medal", Russia (1995), recipient of the "Yaroslav Mudry Medal" of the Academy of Science of Universities of Ukraine (1998) and recipient of the title of Honoured Worker of Science and Engineering of Ukraine.

The main achievement of Prof. Angelsky during the period of serious economic problems in Ukraine (1990-2000) was the establishment and development of the Scientific School on Correlation Optics at the Department of Optics of Chernovtsi University.

The Galileo Galilei Award 2007 ceremony will be held during the year 2008 and it will be followed by the plenary lecture delivered by Oleg V. Angelsky in one of the ICO major conferences in that period. The related information will be publicized on due time in issues of the ICO Newsletter and ICO website.

The ICO Galileo Galilei Award Committee consists of: Ichirou Yamaguchi (Japan), Chair, and members: S. Bagayev (Russia), Z. Ben Lakhdar (Tunisia), A. Consortini (Italy), N. Gaggioli (Argentina) and V. Vlad (Romania). The Call for the 2008 Award is now open for nominations. All the related information is available at:



ETOP 2007 attracts delegates from around the globe

Marc Nantel, Director of Business Development at the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE), and ETOP 2007 Conference Chair

Minella Alarcon, UNESCO responsible of the Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) project and ETOP plenary lecturer

Brian Wilson, professor of the University Health Network (Toronto, Canada), and plenary lecturer on bio-photonics

Stephen Pompea, from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America) and key note speaker on the Hands-On Optics project.

More than half of the conference budget supported attendees from less-fortunate circumstances.

The 10th International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics (ETOP) was held on 3-5 June 2007, at the Conference Centre in beautiful Ottawa, Canada. More than 100 representatives from 24 countries and all continents (except Antarctica) met to exchange best practices in the varied field of photonics and optics education, through oral presentation sessions, a poster session, and several networking receptions. ETOP 2007 was collocated with the international scientific conference Photonics North and its industrial trade show. Dr. Marc Nantel, Director of Business Development at the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE), was the Conference Chair and the late Prof. Roger Lessard from Université Laval was the co-Chair of this edition of the long-standing ETOP series. The conference was sponsored by The International Society for Optics Engineering (SPIE), the Optical Society of America (OSA), the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Laser and Electro-Optics Society (IEEE-LEOS), the International Commission for Optics (ICO), the National Academies of Science (NAS) and OCE.

The conference opened on Sunday afternoon with a plenary address by Minella Alarcon from UNESCO on the Active Learning in Optics and Photonics project, which was followed by three sets of parallel sessions on Programs, Fundamentals and Larger Issues, and K-12 Education. The first day was capped by a Welcome Reception and poster session in the evening where all could mingle and reconnect with their colleagues from around the world. SPIE's Vice-President Maria Yzuel took the opportunity to present some of the society's Education and Outreach Grants and Student Scholarships.

The next day was started in style by a plenary session shared with Photonics North featuring industry champion Stan Lumish from JDS-Uniphase; this was followed with parallel session on International Collaborations, Experiments and Instruments, and more K-12 (an obviously important and popular subject). The post-lunch keynote speaker was Stephen Pompea from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO) on Hands-On Optics; the afternoon parallel sessions touched on Colleges, more Experiments and Instruments, and Teaching Methods. There was also a special OPTEC panel discussing progress on this program aimed at technical education in optics and photonics. In the evening, there was a joint ETOP/Photonics North reception, where all 800+ participants to both conferences could interact.

The final day was kicked off by a double-dose ETOP/Photonics North plenary by Prof. Brian Wilson from the University Health Network (Toronto) who spoke on biophotonics and Hugo Thienpont who presented on micro-optics science and technology in Europe. Parallel sessions that day were on Biophotonics, Nanotechnology, more Experiments and Instruments, Courses, Simulations and Multidisciplinary Programs. There were two special sessions: one entitled "Interactive Demonstrations and Optics Magic", anchored by David Sokoloff and Joe Lones, and the other was "A Tribute to Art Guenther and Roger Lessard", two ETOP champions and giants who have left us in the past year.

From all feedback received, the conference was a great success. In all, 106 orals and 22 posters were featured in the 25 sessions. There were 51 papers included in the on-site ETOP Proceedings CD, but a second edition will be published to accommodate late arrivals; the ETOP 2007 Proceedings will be available online soon at the SPIE's ETOP Proceedings page ( One of the best attribute of ETOP is that it is an international conference that strives to be as inclusive as possible, especially when it comes to worthy participants who may not have the means to attend. For ETOP 2007, more than half the conference's budget - almost $45,000 CDN - was made available in waived registration fees and travel grants to participants in less fortunate circumstance; this no doubt explains the wide representation from around the globe.

On a personal note, it was my privilege and honour to be given the opportunity to serve as the Conference Chair. I strongly believe in giving back to the community, and I hope that with my involvement in ETOP 2007 I have at least started to repay my colleagues for the strong inclusion, support, encouragement and friendship I have received from them since 2000 when I started playing in this field. Thanks to all who helped organize ETOP 2007 and make it what it was, and I hope to see you all again in 2009!

Marc Nantel, Chair of ETOP 2007


International Commission for Optics

Bureau members (2005-2008):

President: A T Friberg;

Past-President: R. Dändliker; Treasurer: A Sawchuk;

Secretary: M.L. Calvo, Departamento de Optica, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Facultad de Ciencias Fisicas, Ciudad Universitaria, E 28040 Madrid, Spain, phone +34 91 394 4684, fax +34 91 394 4683, e-mail

Associate Secretary: G von Bally

Vice-Presidents, elected: S N Bagayev, A M Guzmán, G F Jin, B Y Kim, M Kujawinska, H Lefèvre, J Love, I Yamaguchi

Vice-Presidents, appointed: J. Braat, M. Gu, I.C. Khoo, G. Sincerbox, H.P. Stahl, A. Wagué

Senior Adviser (ad personam): P. Chavel.

IUPAP Council Representative: Y. Petroff