National Capital Section
of the Optical Society of America

 Informal 2016-2017 meeting of the
National Capital Section of the Optical Society of America

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016, 6:00 PM

At the NASA/Goddard Visitors Center, ICESat Road, 
Greenbelt, MD


For this holiday season, the NCS Executive Committee decided to dispense with our usual monthly meeting format and instead, we will support an informal gathering of all NCS/OSA members in celebration of the season, flavored by a review of our Section’s accomplishments of the past year and our energetic plunges into the New Year. Please join us at 6 pm on Wednesday December 14th at the Goddard Visitor Center.

Holiday refreshments will be served and we encourage attendees to RSVP to Ron Shiri (301-286-3383; or Joe Howard (301-286-0690; so that we can prepare the proper amount of refreshments.

During our gathering, we will give an opportunity to members in attendance to address our assembly extemporaneously with a brief discussion of their current research, assignments, or any other pursuit that they would care to present. No prior preparation required. Let’s all hear what everyone is doing.

This December 31 will bring to a close the centennial year of the founding of the Optical Society.

DIRECTIONS to NASA Goddard Recreation Center

A map to the NASA Goddard Visitor's center is at their website:

From the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) INNER LOOP: exit onto the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, North, towards Baltimore.
Almost immediately, exit onto Greenbelt Road (Rt. 193) East, following signs towards NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (you will turn
left from the exit ramp onto Greenbelt Road eastbound.)
From the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) OUTER LOOP, on the exit road to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway there is a slip road
that merges directly on to Greenbelt Road eastbound.

Travelling east on Greenbelt Road:
Continue past the Goddard main entrance (on the left), pass one more traffic light, and turn left at the next light onto Good Luck Road. Look for a gate on the left, within less than 1⁄4 mile. There will be a guard at the gate to admit visitors after 5:30 PM.

From Baltimore: Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Route 295) South to the Beltsville Agricultural Research Center. Exit at Powder Mill road, turn left and go under the bridge. Turn right at the first traffic light and go about 3 miles to Goodluck Road and turn right when you reach Greenbelt Road. Take your first right at ICESat Road, which is what this section of what was Soil Conservation road is now called. Take your first left to reach the Visitors Center.

OUR NEXT MEETINGTuesday January 17, 2017.

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Membership Dues for 2016-2017 - Dues for the National Capital Section are free during the first year of membership. After the first year, dues are $10 per year. If you have not yet paid, please send $10 ($5 for students) to the NCS/OSA secretary at the address given below. If you are not sure if you have paid, please call (301) 286-0690 or e-mail to check.



Rudolf Kingslake is one of the founding luminaries of our modern optics community. He established the Institute of Optics at the University of Rochester and authored, or co-authored, often with his wife, Hilda (Conrady), numerous journal publications and tutorial texts on subjects related to applied optics and optical design. Rudolf developed the first courses on lens design and geometrical optics ever taught in the United States. He served as president of the Optical Society from 1947-48, wrote landmark books in the field of lens design and dozens of scientific papers. He received multiple honors, including OSA’s Fredrick Ives Medial in 1973.

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