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September 10, 2004

Optical Society of America Honors Janice Hudgings

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Janice Hudgings

Janice Hudgings, assistant professor of physics at Mount Holyoke College, has been awarded this year’s Esther Hoffman Beller Award by the Optical Society of America (OSA). The award, recognizing outstanding contributions to optical science and engineering education, was awarded to Hudgings for innovative teaching methods and for her involvement in guiding undergraduate physics and engineering students in original, state-of-the-art, publishable research in optics and solid state physics. This award is endowed by the estate of Esther Hoffman Beller.

“OSA awards recognize exceptional accomplishments in the field. This year’s recipients have been dedicated, creative, and innovative in their advancement of the science of light,” said Elizabeth Rogan, executive director. “Winning such a prestigious award is a highlight in the winners’ outstanding careers.”

OSA bestows 17 awards annually, and this year there were a total of 20 award recipients. The selection process for each of the awards is stringent, with all nominees evaluated by a selection committee. While the criteria differ for each award, the judging process remains the same. A nomination form is submitted, along with a brief citation of the nominee’s accomplishments, emphasizing those that make him/her a candidate for the particular award, a one-page narrative description touching on the most significant events in the candidate’s career, a curriculum vitae, and a minimum of four letters of reference for the candidate. The OSA Board of Directors appoints a committee to oversee each selection process. The committee is then responsible for evaluating each applicant and choosing the person most deserving of the award. Finally, the committee’s recommendations are presented to the OSA Board of Directors for final review and approval.

“The OSA Board of Directors is proud to bestow awards on this year’s recipients,” said OSA president Peter Knight. “The winners have advanced the science of optics and the entire industry through their persistence and ingenuity.”

The awards will be formally presented at a ceremony October 12 during the society’s annual meeting, Frontiers in Optics, which this year occurs October 10–14 in Rochester, New York.

 

 

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