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November 1, 1995
NSF Grant to Support Six Graduate Students in Area of Optics
The University of Rochester has been awarded $562,000 to
attract six graduate students in the area of optics as part of a
program by the National Science Foundation to strengthen optics
research and education nationwide.
The funds, along with additional funding from the
University, will be used to add students to research groups in
three academic departments: optics, physics and astronomy, and
mechanical engineering. Students will study topics ranging from
fundamental optical physics to optics manufacturing.
"Optics is a critical technology," says Susan Houde-Walter,
associate professor of optics. "Without optics many other
technologies could not exist. For instance, the semiconductor
industry depends on very high-precision lenses in the manufacture
of computer chips."
Medicine is another area where even basic advances in optics
are important. Devices that image the inside of the body, such as
endoscopes, are key to early diagnosis and treatment and depend
on scientists' ability to understand and manipulate how rays of
light can carry information and are transmitted inside the body.
The importance of optics to health care is not new: It wasn't
until an optics scientist developed the diffraction theory of
imaging late last century that microscopes acquired the
resolution and magnification power to be useful in tracking and
About the University of Rochester
The University of Rochester (www.rochester.edu) is one of the nation's leading private universities. Located in Rochester, N.Y., the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum. Its College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering is complemented by the Eastman School of Music, Simon School of Business, Warner School of Education, Laboratory for Laser Energetics, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, and the Memorial Art Gallery.