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OSA Applauds President Obama’s Focus on Technology and Innovation in State of the Union Address

Date Announced: 26 Jan 2012

Optical Society likes call for investment in basic research.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 – The Optical Society (OSA) today commended President Barack Obama for his commitment to research and development (R&D), innovation, and technology in this week’s State of the Union address. OSA CEO Elizabeth Rogan released the following statement:

“The President’s commitment to the investment in basic research in his State of the Union Address is of great importance to our community. He emphasized the outcomes gained through these long-term investments. One such example is the laser. Fifty years ago the laser, first demonstrated as a result of federally-funded research, had few known applications. Today the laser is virtually everywhere – from DVD players, to fiber optics, precision manufacturing tools, and cutting-edge medical imaging devices.

The investment in science and technology results in economic growth, as partnerships between private industry and government-funded labs or universities have given rise to new technologies, products, businesses, and jobs. The global optics and photonics industry will continue to play a role in high-quality manufacturing jobs, green technologies, improvements in networking and communications devices and more.

It is encouraging to hear the President call for sustained federal investments in basic research and OSA looks forward to working with Congress and the Administration on these issues in the second half of the 112th Congress.”

Source: OSA


Sarah Cogan
The Optical Society

E-mail: scogan@osa.org

Web Site: www.osa.org

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