3rd International Light Seminar

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Lenox Laser’s 3rd International Light Seminar

Guest Speakers

Steven Sasson
Inventor of the Digital Camera
Awarded the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2009)

Topic: “Disruptive Innovation – The Story of the First Digital Camera”

Please visit IIOPTICS.ORG for more information.

2012 Pinhole Photography Seminar

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2012 Pinhole Photography Seminar

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Richard Johnson
Photography Instructor, Delaware County Community College

“Moments With The Land”

Richard Johnson


Dirk Fletcher
Chairmain, Harrington College of Design

“Trends in Commercial Photography”

Nobel Physics Prizes and 2nd International Light Seminar

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2nd International Light SeminarFrom left to right: Joseph d’Entremont, Alex Dudelzak, Greg Solyar, John Mather, and Reza Sarhangi

Earlier this month, on October 4, we had Dr John C Mather speak at our 2nd International Light Seminar. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2006 for his part in the COBE mission regarding the Big Bang theory and the expansion of the universe.

On that very day, the Nobel Prize in Physics was given to another group of scientists also doing work on dark matter and the expansion of the universe, showing that it was in fact rapidly expanding, not slowing down as previously thought. You can read more about this year’s Nobel prize in their press release here. Dr Mather alluded to the recent prize and their work in his talk since it related specifically to the things he has studied. For Dr Mather’s talk, visit our website and click on “Light Seminar”, or click here.

2nd International Light Seminar

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Yesterday was our 2nd International Light Seminar, and it went very well! Everyone enjoyed themselves and learned something new. The keynote speaker, Dr John C Mather, arrived just before lunch and graciously spent the rest of the afternoon with us. We are in the process of downloading the pictures, video, and other material and will be posting them on here and our Flickr site as soon as we can.

2nd International Light Seminar

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Lenox Laser’s 2nd International Light Seminar

Guest Speakers

DR. ALEXANDER E. DUDELZAK
Senior Scientist, Canadian Space Agency

“Novel Concepts & Application of Lidar: From the Bottom of the Ocean to Mars”


DR. JOHN C. MATHER
Nobel Laureate 2006 Physics
Senior Astrophysicist & Goddard Fellow, NASA
Senior Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope

“The Big Bang Theory” and the James Webb Space Telescope


DR. REZA SARHANGI
Professor of Mathematics, Towson University
President – “Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music & Science”

“The Art and Mathematics of Star Polygons”

Dr. Reza Sarhangi

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2nd International Light Seminar- Dr John C Mather

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Dr. John C. Mather in his office at Goddard Space Flight Center Credit: NASA
Dr. John C. Mather in his office at Goddard Space Flight Center
Credit: NASA
Dr John C Mather is our guest and speaker of honor at our 2nd International Light Seminar here at Lenox Laser. For a more complete biography and list of accomplishments, you can see John Mather’s NASA profile.

We are very happy to have him and continue to have Nobel Prize winners speak at our seminars. His chosen topic is: “The Universe in a Nutshell.” I don’t think he’ll have to worry about finishing early with that topic!
Dr. John C. Mather at the Nobel Award ceremony, standing with his award. Copyright @ The Nobel Foundation 2006 Photo: Hans Mehlin
Dr. John C. Mather at the Nobel Award ceremony, standing with his award.
Copyright @ The Nobel Foundation 2006
Photo: Hans Mehlin

Reza Sarhangi

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Our second speaker at our International Light Seminar of 2011. He is Professor of Mathematics, Towson University and
President – “Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music & Science”

His topic will be “The Art and Mathematics of Star Polygons”

Guest Speaker List for 2nd International Light Seminar

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IN CELEBRATION OF LENOX LASER’S 30TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Featured Speaker:

DR. JOHN C. MATHER
Nobel Laureate 2006 Physics
Senior Astrophysicist & Goddard Fellow, NASA
Senior Project Scientist, James Webb Space Telescope

“The Big Bang Theory” and the James Webb Space Telescope

 

Guest Speakers:


DR. REZA SARHANGI
Professor of Mathematics, Towson University
President – “Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music & Science”
“The Art and Mathematics of Star Polygons”

DR. ALEXANDER E. DUDELZAK

Senior Scientist, Canadian Space Agency

“Novel Concepts & Application of Lidar: From the Bottom of the Ocean to Mars”
 

NADEJA SOKHIEVA & SHAANVAR SHAMANSUROV
Professor in & Head of Child Neurology
Tashkent Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education

“Imaging & Mathematical Methods in Diagnostics”

BLOG PONDERINGS: More Real “WOWs,” Please

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Ever wonder what people’s “wow factor” is? I mean what does it take to get one to marvel or to gasp in thoughtful appreciation of a singularly riveting moment? For me, it is when so riveted, my breath halts, time seems to slow down and my eyes widen, and a “Wow” moment has just arrested me. I know “wow” sounds trite, but I’ve had a few of my own such “WOW” moments lately. There was that high altitude rainbow in Maine in late August when a double (nearly triple) rainbow hung in there for nearly a half hour or more. That was a definite “Wow!” Then there was a Raven’s game lately I attended where they pulled some of their eye-popping, big-boys assertiveness over the visiting team and I uttered in low tones “wow” almost reflexively. Nice, but really, a once-in-a-life-time “Wow” is bigger, and I had one recently.
Joe D'Entrement of Lenox Laser, Dick Anderson of Anderson Laser, Dr. John Wood of NASA, Dr. Charles Townes of laser & maser fame
Joe D’Entrement of Lenox Laser, Dick Anderson of Anderson Laser,
Dr. John Wood of NASA, Dr. Charles Townes of laser & maser fame
Two laser pioneers, Joe D'Entrement and Dr. Charles Townes
Two laser pioneers, Joe D’Entrement
and Dr. Charles Townes
October 4th, I was invited a few hours before it started to sit in on a very unique science conference. I had no idea what it was to be like as was evidenced by how I showed up bearded and scruffy-looking. Quickly, my attention and respect was won. I found the conference to be unique and nearly breath-taking to say the least. I caught myself thinking at first the perfunctory thought, “How unusual to have been invited,” but I quickly left off self-consciousness, for being caught up in the substance. It was the First Annual Light Seminar, sponsored by Lenox Laser labs of Glen Arm, MD, by Joe D’Entrement, its founder and owner. Sure, I had hurried there pensive about my invitation, how the countryside being so beautiful was an unlikely context and location for the lab. Plus, the lab’s technogy itself did have its own uniqueness, reason enough to evoke a small “wow,” because coupled with the Lenox Laser cutting-edge science in small hole technology, was the fact that their lab layout is definite “Wow-level” eye candy for a “techy” guy like me. So, awed a little before the conference even started, the reflection came: “Who ever heard of a Light Seminar – Light shows maybe, but not light as a subject, and what’s more, there is an intention to establish a museum about it. Really? Hum-m-m! Fascinating!”

The momentousness then really mounted as I sat highly tuned in to the lecturer’s words. He had my attention. It was the venerable Dr. Charles Townes, now quite elderly, developer of the science behind the maser and laser. The spark of what little I knew of his story was quickly blown into a full flame as he recounted enjoying years of successful research despite many of his peers. He described working through the maser and laser problems into a real science in all its possibility. Then he digressed with humor over how the pathway was so full of scorn, derision, and disassociation by some of the world’s top scientists, like Washington’s best, university research fellows, top Bell Labs men, and even when in Europe, the father son duo of Aage and Neils Bohr, who he respects to this day, yet who also echoed the mantra “it can’t be done.” Gary Boas a contributor to Photronics Magazine sat with me during the conference and saw in the Townes story a picture of scientific persistence (Gary Boas’ Blog), and as Townes put it, a picture of the open-mindedness necessary to allow inspiration to mingle into our hard work and catch us by surprise, allowing for some divine graciousness in areas where we just do not have necessary knowledge (his words!). Pinch me! Did I just hear a famous scientist who was deservedly proud, humbly admit to needing God. “Oh yeah,” I said, and I caught myself uttering a heart-felt big “WOW” to that.

Joe and Peggy D'Entreement with Dr. John Woods of NASA
Joe and Peggy D’Entreement
with Dr. John Woods of NASA
Gulyam SH. Zakirov, VP of Engineering Federation of Republic of Uzbekistanand his wife with Joe D'Entrement
Gulyam SH. Zakirov, VP of Engineering
Federation of Republic of Uzbekistanand his wife
with Joe D’Entrement

 

The moment was continued with the second guest speaker Dr. John Wood of NASA who had been part of the small team most responsible for several of the NASA triumphs in waning golden age of NASA. And we heard the host, Joe D’Entrement, Lenox Laser’s founder himself who was a “wow” type guy with his infectious creativity and positive-mindedness. He had me fooled for decades while he hid the fact that the first measurements of the moon’s distance from the earth by bounced laser light in the late 1980s were actually HIS SHOT! Well, whether it was me, or the Russians I sat with, or the entourage of the Uzbekistani Vice President of the Academy of Science behind me. Between us, a few “wows” arose, and I am already booked for being at the 2nd annual Light Seminar next year at about the same time. More real “Wow’s,” please.
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