April 2014 Newsletter

In this Issue:

Editor’s Note

Amy VanEngen SpiveyWelcome to the April 2014 edition of the American Physical Society’s Division of Laser Science (DLS) newsletter. The division chair, Dr. Antoinette Taylor, has outlined the important items in this issue in her letter below. I encourage you to read her letter, as well as the rest of this issue.

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Feel free to contact me with items for inclusion in the next division newsletter, which is planned for August.

Amy VanEngen Spivey, editor

From the Division Chair

Toni TaylorIt is an honor to serve as the 2014 Chair of the APS Division of Laser Science. I look forward to an exciting year!

Of special interest to the DLS community is the National Photonics Initiative (NPI), launched in May 2013. The National Photonics Initiative (NPI) is a collaborative alliance among industry, academia and government seeking to raise awareness of photonics — the application of light — and drive US funding and investment in five key photonics-driven fields critical to US competitiveness and national security: advanced manufacturing, communications and information technology, defense and national security, energy, and health and medicine. Following its announcement, a number of national and regional events have been successful in educating Congress and the public on the importance of photonics to society and our nation, as well as engaging the media. In addition, APS and four society partners brought together more than 100 experts to assemble recommendations to help guide US funding and investment in five key photonics-driven fields.

In another important milestone for the laser science community, a resolution declaring 2015 the International Year of Light was passed by the full United Nations General Assembly in December 2013. The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies is a global initiative that will highlight to the citizens of the world the importance of light and optical technologies in their lives, now and in the future. APS is one of six founding scientific organizations that worked to obtain the formal declaration. The International Year of Light will consist of coordinated activities on national, regional and international levels. More details on this initiative can be found later in this newsletter.

More specific to our field are DLS-sponsored conferences and workshops. DLS sponsored a session at the APS March meeting entitled, “Novel nonlinear spectroscopic techniques for understanding material structure and function.” This year’s Conference on Lasers and Electro-Optics (CLEO) will take place in San Jose, CA on June 8- 13, 2014. CLEO 2014, is comprised of 3 core components: CLEO: QELS — Fundamental Science; CLEO: Science & Innovation and CLEO: Applications & Technology. The Laser Science meeting, which is the annual meeting of the Division, will be held October 19-23, 2014, in Tuscon, Arizona. It will run in conjunction with the Frontiers in Optics meeting, as has been the tradition. The program co-chairs for the 2014 Laser Science meeting are Galina Khitrova from the University of Arizona and Cheuk-Yiu Ng from the University of California, Davis. The Division of Laser Science has established a new Dissertation Award to be offered for the first time in 2014 in conjunction with the Lase Science conference. The finalists for this award will present their work at a special session of the Laser Science conference. More details on this award can be found later in this newsletter.

Finally, I welcome the two new members of the DLS Executive Council, Kristan Corwin (Kansas State University) and Albert Stolow (National Research Council of Canada). I would also like to congratulate our new APS Fellows. Randy A. Bartels (Colorado State University), Daniel Mittleman (Rice University), Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University), Markus B. Raschke (University of Colorado), Martin C. Richardson (University of Central Florida), Robert W. Schoenlein (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), and Jie Shan (Case Western Reserve University) were nominated as APS Fellows by DLS, while Gabriel C. Spalding (Illinois Wesleyan University), Olivier R. Pfister (University of Virginia), and Thomas F. Boggess, Jr. (University of Iowa) are DLS members nominated by other APS divisions and units. I encourage all of you to consider nominating a colleague as an APS Fellow in the upcoming 2014 cycle.

I look forward to serving as Chair of the Division of Laser Science in 2014.

Toni Taylor
Chair, APS Division of Laser Science

Encourage students and colleagues to join the APS and Division of Laser Science

There are many benefits to joining the Division of Laser Science when you become a member of APS. These benefits include:

  • Reduced registration fees at CLEO and FiO/LS
  • Eligibility for nomination as APS Fellow through DLS
  • Student travel grant program
  • Eligibility for visit from a DLS Distinguished Traveling Lecturer
  • Eligibility for the new DLS Dissertation Award
  • International Travel Grant Program

Students can join APS (and DLS) for free in their first year of membership, and regular APS members pay just $8.00 extra to join the division.

Encourage your colleagues and students in optics and laser physics, or anyone who uses lasers on a regular basis, to join the APS Division of Laser Science!

Results of the Fall 2013 DLS elections

Congratulations to the recently elected members of the Division of Laser Science Executive Committee! As of the fall 2013 DLS election, Kristan Corwin and Albert Stolow join the Executive Committee as members-at-large. They will serve through the close of the 2016 Laser Science meeting. In addition, Roseanne Sension was elected Vice-Chair of the Division. She will serve for one year in that office and then move up to the Chair-Elect position. Many thanks go to all of the candidates who agreed to be nominated and to the members who participated in the election, as well as to the outgoing officers of the division.

Including the newly elected officers, the current members of the DLS Executive Committee are as follows:

Division of Laser Science Executive Committee

Antoinette Taylor
(Los Alamos National Laboratory) 

Chair Elect
John Fourkas
(University of Maryland – College Park) 

Vice Chair
Roseanne Sension
(University of Michigan – Ann Arbor) 

Past Chair
Henry Kapteyn
(University of Colorado – Boulder) 

Secretary / Treasurer
Anne Kelley
(University of California – Merced)

Anthony Johnson
(Univ. of Maryland – Baltimore County)

Randy Bartels
(Colorado State University) 
Gregory Engel (University of Chicago) 
Richard Averitt (Boston University) 
Ralph Jimenez (University of Colorado – Boulder) 
Kristan Corwin (Kansas State University)
Albert Stolow (National Research Council of Canada)

Newsletter editor
Amy VanEngen Spivey
(University of Puget Sound)

Mordechai Segev wins the 2014 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science

Congratulations to the 2014 recipient of the Arthur Schawlow Prize: Mordechai Segev of the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology) in Haifa, Israel! Dr. Segev is a Distinguished University Professor and the Trudy and Norman Louis Professor of Physics at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel. His research interests are mainly in nonlinear optics, solitons, sub-wavelength imaging, lasers and quantum electronics. According to the APS web site, he is being recognized “For groundbreaking contributions to the study of light-matter interactions, in particular the discovery of optical spatial solitons in photorefractive media, for milestone contributions to nonlinear waves in photonic lattices, and for the observation of Anderson localization of light.”

Announcing the DLS Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation in Laser Science

The Division of Laser Science has established a new Dissertation Award to be offered for the first time in 2014. Its purpose is to recognize doctoral research in the Laser Science area and to encourage effective written and oral presentation of research results. Finalists will be chosen by a Selection Committee based on a written application and summary of the dissertation. The finalists will present their work at a special session of the Laser Science conference (to be held this year on October 19-23 in Tucson, Arizona). After consideration of the oral presentations, the Selection Committee will choose the recipient of the award. The award consists of $1,000 and a certificate citing the contribution made by the recipient.

Doctoral students at any university in the United States or abroad who have passed their dissertation defense for the Ph.D. any time during the three calendar years preceding the Laser Science Conference (i.e. after October 2011) are eligible for the award. Both the applicant and the research advisor must be DLS members. Applicants for the 2014 competition must submit an abstract for a regular contributed talk to the Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science conference by May 19, 2014, and must submit additional materials to the Selection Committee by June 1, 2014. For complete rules and application process, please see the DLS web site.

United Nations Names 2015 the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies

(adapted from a European Physical Society press release format_pdf)

On December 20, 2013, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies (IYL 2015). In proclaiming an International Year focused on the topic of light science and its applications, the United Nations has recognized the importance of raising global awareness of how light-based technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to global challenges in energy, education, agriculture and health. This International Year will bring together many different stakeholders including UNESCO, scientific societies and unions, educational and research institutions, technology platforms, non-profit organizations and private sector partners to promote and celebrate the significance of light and its applications during 2015.

Light plays a vital role in our daily lives and is an imperative cross-cutting discipline of science in the 21st century. It has revolutionized medicine, opened up international communication via the Internet, and continues to be central to linking cultural, economic and political aspects of the global society. For centuries light has transcended all boundaries, including geographic, gender, age and culture, and is a tremendous subject to motivate education. It is critical that the brightest young minds continue to be attracted to optics and photonics in order to ensure the next generation of engineers and innovators in this field.

IYL 2015 will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating a number of important significant anniversaries that take place in 2015 - from the first studies of optics 1000 years ago during the Islamic Golden Age to discoveries in internet optical fiber technology in 1965. As the Chairman of the IYL 2015 Steering Committee John Dudley explains: “An International Year of Light is a tremendous opportunity to ensure that policymakers are made aware of the problem-solving potential of light technology. Photonics provides cost-effective solutions to challenges in so many different areas: energy, sustainable development, climate change, health, communications and agriculture. For example, innovative lighting solutions reduce energy consumption and environmental impact, while minimizing light pollution so that we can all appreciate the beauty of the Universe in a dark sky. IYL2015 is a unique opportunity to raise global awareness of advances in this field.”

The IYL 2015 is endorsed by a number of international scientific unions and the International Council for Science (ICSU). The IYL 2015 will be administered by an International Steering Committee in collaboration with the UNESCO International Basic Sciences Programme and a Secretariat at The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) which is a UNESCO Category 1 Institute. The Founding Scientific Sponsors of IYL2015 are: the European Physical Society (EPS), international society for optics and photonics (SPIE), The Optical Society (OSA), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the American Physical Society (APS) and the lightsources.org international network. National and regional committees and contact points currently being established will ensure all nations of the world can participate. More information can be found on the European Physical Society website.

Highlights from the Frontiers in Optics 2013 / Laser Science XXIX meeting

(courtesy the Optical Society)

The Frontiers in Optics 2013 / Laser Science XXIX meeting concluded in Orlando, Florida, on October 10, 2013, after five days of technical sessions, special symposia, tutorials, exhibits and special events. Attendees heard presentations from leading experts on hot topics such as biomedical optics, silicon photonics, fiber optics, lasers, hybrid integrated photonics, and more. More than 740 technical presentations were given, and the exhibit floor featured 80 participating companies.

In addition, the Division of Laser Science hosted its 13th Symposium on Undergraduate Research, with more than 40 students from all over the country presenting talks and posters. View the program format_pdf for the 2013 symposium, and a brief recap of the entire FiO 2013 / LS XXIX meeting can be found on the conference web page.

Recent and upcoming meetings and events

APS March Meeting
Dates: March 3-7, 2014
Location: Denver, Colorado
Once again, the Division of Laser Science organized a session at the APS March Meeting. The invited session, entitled “Novel nonlinear spectroscopic techniques for understanding material structure and function”, was held on Thursday, March 6, and chaired by Henry Kapteyn, the DLS past chair. More information about the presentations given in this session can be found on the Session T14 web page.

Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
Dates: June 2-6, 2014
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Abstract submission deadline: February 3, 2014
Registration deadline: May 16, 2014

CLEO: 2014
Dates: June 8-13, 2014
Location: San Jose Convention Center, San Jose, California, USA
Abstract submission deadline: January 22, 2014
Post-deadline submissions accepted until: April 21, 2014
Advance registration deadline: May 12, 2014
This year’s CLEO conference will feature more than 1700 technical presentations and 300 companies showing their products on the exhibit floor. The presentations will be presented in three core areas – CLEO:QELS - Fundamental Science, CLEO: Science & Innovations, and CLEO: Applications & Technology. Come and see what’s cooking in San Jose!

7th International Conference on Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy
Dates: July 13-16, 2014
Location: Ford Center, University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, USA
Abstract submission deadline: April 15, 2014
Early bird registration deadline: May 30, 2014
CMDS 2014 is an international forum for discussion of the latest and most important results in multidimensional spectroscopy. The program will consist of invited and contributed oral presentations as well as posters. More information can be found on the conference web site.

24th International Conference on Atomic Physics
Dates: August 3-8, 2014
Location: Mayflower Renaissance Hotel in Washington, D.C., USA
Deadline for submission of contributed posters: May 16, 2014
Deadline for early registration: May 16, 2014
Hotel reservation deadline: July 14, 2014
This conference is hosted by the Joint Quantum Institute, a partnership between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland, with support from the Laboratory for Physical Sciences. More information can be found on the conference web site.

Frontiers in Optics 2014 and Laser Science XXX (FiO/LS)
Dates: October 19-23, 2014
Location: JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort, Tucson, Arizona, USA
Abstract submission deadline: May 19, 2014
Post-deadline submission deadline: October 6, 2014
This conference serves as the annual meeting of the APS Division of Laser Science and is co-located with the Optical Society’s Frontiers in Optics conference. Paper submission categories for the Laser Science part of the meeting will be as follows:

  • Photonic Crystals: Fundamentals and Applications
  • Optical and Laser-Based Approaches in Chemical and Biological Sensing
  • Filamentation of Ultrashort Intense Laser Pulses
  • Cold Atoms and Molecules — Exploring New Physics with Quantum Degenerate Gases
  • Attosecond EUV and X-ray Light Sources and Their Applications
  • Innovative Resonator-Emitter Coupled Systems
  • Quantum Information with Photons
  • Semiconductor Nanooptics
  • General Laser Science
  • Novel Intense Attosecond Sources (Joint with FiO)

Paper submission categories for Frontiers in Optics are listed on the conference web page.

Alongside the 2014 FiO/LS meeting, the Division of Laser Science will sponsor the 8th New Laser Scientist Conference (NLSC), a 1½ day mini-conference for new faculty and scientists doing laser-related research. The NLSC helps to establish a peer group for new laser scientists in the DLS and includes roundtable discussions on planning one's scientific career, how to manage one's research group and relations with one's colleagues, best practices for obtaining research funding, and work/life balance. This conference is designed to benefit new faculty and scientists who are within a few years of their first permanent appointment. Those interested in proposing attendees (including yourself!) are invited to contact Dan Gauthier of Duke University at gauthier@phy.duke.edu.

APS March Meeting 2015
Dates: March 2-6, 2015
Location: San Antonio, Texas, USA

CLEO: 2015
Dates: May 10-15, 2015
Location: San Jose McEnery Convention Center, San Jose, California, USA

Student travel grants for the CLEO:2014 meeting
Deadline: May 1, 2014

(from Anne Kelley, Secretary/Treasurer of DLS)

We are now accepting applications for Student Travel Grants to assist with travel costs to the CLEO conference in San Jose, California, on June 8-13, 2014.

Through this program, DLS will provide partial funding (up to $500) for a limited number of graduate students to attend and participate in the CLEO conference. To be eligible, the student must be a member of APS-DLS and must be the presenting author on an accepted oral or poster presentation. Normally, the student’s faculty mentor must also be a DLS member.

Applicants should submit the application form and a recommendation form from a faculty advisor, along with proof that the paper has been accepted to the conference, to the APS-DLS Secretary-Treasurer. Priority will be given to a single awardee per research group. Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible before the meeting, and checks will be issued at the meeting. See the APS web site for more details.

The deadline for receipt of complete applications is May 1, 2014.

Child care grants for the CLEO:2014 meeting
Deadline: May 1, 2014

(from Anne Kelley, Secretary/Treasurer of DLS)

Grants of up to $500 are available to assist DLS members who are bringing children to CLEO:2014 (June 8-13, San Jose, CA, USA) or who incur extra expenses in leaving them at home (e.g., extra daycare or babysitting services). Eligible costs include babysitters (onsite at the conference location or at home) and airfare/hotel for a caregiver to accompany the child to the conference location. Meals, toys, onsite transportation and tickets to museums or other attractions are not eligible for reimbursement. Grant recipients are solely responsible for their choice of child care provider; APS-DLS does not endorse any child care providers.

Applications must be received by May 1, 2014. Funds will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, and grant recipients will be notified prior to the conference. To receive their grant funds, successful applicants must submit a reimbursement request along with original receipts no later than July 13, 2014.

Application forms and details can be found on the APS web site.

New 2013 APS Fellows nominated through the DLS

Randy A. Bartels (Colorado State University)
Citation: For advances in precision temporal, spatial and spectral control of optical and x-ray pulses, the control of quantum wave packets via sculpted light fields, and optical microscopy.

Daniel Mittleman (Rice University)
Citation: For contributions to the understanding of the ultrafast optical properties and terahertz spectroscopy of materials and the investigation of new techniques for imaging and spectroscopic measurements using terahertz radiation.

Fiorenzo Omenetto (Tufts University)
Citation: For outstanding contributions to the development of silk-based optical structures and photonic devices, and important advances in ultrafast nonlinear optics and photonic crystal fibers.

Markus B. Raschke (University of Colorado)
Citation: For contributions to surface and near-field optics involving nanospectroscopy, optical control, thermal near-field spectroscopy, optical nanoantennas and adiabatic nanofocusing in nonlinear and ultrafast nanoimaging.

Martin C. Richardson (University of Central Florida)
Citation: For the development of high-power CO2, fiber and solid-state lasers, and their application in the study of laser plasmas, laser fusion, EUV light generation, LIBS and sensing.

Robert W. Schoenlein (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory)
Citation: For seminal contributions to ultrafast science using lasers and synchrotron radiation.

Jie Shan (Case Western Reserve University)
Citation: For outstanding contributions in understanding the physics of electronic and optical phenomena in nanoscale materials through the development and application of novel optical probes.

Additional DLS members named APS Fellows in 2013

Gabriel C. Spalding (Illinois Wesleyan University)
Citation: For his work to create a community of physics educators focused on physics laboratory instruction beyond the first year; for creative efforts that have made photon-quantum mechanics affordable and accessible in the undergraduate laboratory; for curricular innovations that enhance the role of laboratory in undergraduate physics education.
Nominated by: Forum on Education

Olivier R. Pfister (University of Virginia)
Citation: For his groundbreaking contributions to quantum optics applied to quantum information and precision measurements, including his discovery of the use of the quantum optical frequency comb of a single optical resonator as a support for massively scalable quantum information.
Nominated by: Division of Atomic, Molecular & Optical Physics

Thomas F. Boggess, Jr. (University of Iowa)
Citation: For extensive and influential use of ultrafast optical probes to determine carrier dynamics in infrared semiconductors, superlattices, and quantum dots, especially in narrow-gap semiconductors, aiding their application to infrared detectors, lasers and scene projectors.
Nominated by: Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics

Nominate a colleague for Fellowship in the APS
Next deadline: April 1, 2014

(from Anne Myers Kelley, DLS Secretary / Treasurer)

I would like to encourage you to nominate deserving DLS members for Fellowship in the APS. Any active APS member is eligible for nomination and election to Fellowship. The criterion for election is exceptional contributions to the physics enterprise; e.g., outstanding physics research, important applications of physics, leadership in or service to physics, or significant contributions to physics education. The next deadline for nominations is April 1, 2014.

Information on the nominating process can be found on the Fellowships portion of the APS web page. If you are not sure whether a potential nominee is a DLS member or whether they are already an APS Fellow, you can find a membership list for each APS unit, with Fellows noted as such, on the Unit Membership Listings web page.

Nominate a colleague for the 2015 Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science
Deadline for nominations: July 1, 2014

The Arthur L. Schawlow Prize in Laser Science is sponsored by the Division of Laser Science. It recognizes outstanding contributions to basic research which uses lasers to advance our knowledge of the fundamental physical properties of materials and their interaction with light. Some examples of relevant areas of research are: nonlinear optics, ultrafast phenomena, laser spectroscopy, squeezed states, quantum optics, multiphoton physics, laser cooling and trapping, physics of lasers, particle acceleration by lasers, and short wavelength lasers. The prize consists of $10,000 plus an allowance for travel to the meeting at which the prize is awarded and a certificate citing the contributions made by the recipient. The prize is awarded annually.

Nominations are open to candidates who have made outstanding contributions to basic research using lasers. To nominate a colleague for the 2015 Schawlow Prize, please refer to the nomination guidelines.

Distinguished Traveling Lecturer Program
Next deadline: May 30, 2014

The Distinguished Traveling Lecturer (DTL) Program is sponsored by the DLS, and its goal is to bring distinguished scientists to speak at colleges and departments that might not otherwise have the resources to invite them. The program covers the speaker’s honorarium and travel expenses, while the host institution is responsible for the speaker’s local expenses. Application deadlines occur on May 30 and November 30 each year. The current distinguished lecturers are:

Laurie Butler (University of Chicago)
Hui Cao (Yale University)
Eric Cornell (University of Colorado and NIST)
Fleming Crim (University of Wisconsin)
Jim Kafka (Spectra-Physics / Newport)
Wayne Knox (University of Rochester)
Chris Monroe (University of Maryland)
Luis Orozco (University of Maryland)
Carlos Stroud (University of Rochester)
Ron Walsworth (Harvard University)
Linda Young (Argonne National Laboratory)

Minutes of the October 2013 DLS Executive Committee meeting

(from Anne Kelly, DLS Secretary-Treasurer)

Duval Room, Hilton Bonnet Creek
Oct. 8, 2013

Attending in person: Henry Kapteyn (chair), Anne Kelley (secretary-treasurer), John Fourkas (vice-chair), David Reitze, Anthony Johnson (councilor)
Attending remotely: Toni Taylor (chair-elect), Carlos Stroud (past chair)

Henry Kapteyn called the meeting to order at 9:07 am.

The EC voted to approve the minutes from the last EC meeting at CLEO.

Anne Kelley presented a Treasurer’s report. Mainly because of reduced revenues from investment income and from CLEO as well as the DLS share of the cancellation penalties associated with moving CLEO 2013 from Baltimore to San Jose ($3500), it appears likely that DLS will suffer a small net loss this year for the first time in recent history. The Division currently has a balance of about $440,000 so we can operate at a deficit for a long time, but we should start considering cost-saving measures.

Dan Gauthier, the co-chair for the current Laser Science meeting, reported on the meeting. The government shutdown has required some substitutes and a few cancellations. Registration numbers are holding about constant over the past 3 years. The distribution of contributed talks over the various topical areas is highly uneven, and suggestions were made for consolidating, adding, or removing categories. OSA has requested our list of invited speakers for next year’s meeting by Oct. 21. Dan and co-chair Peter Delfyett have not spent the full $12,000 appropriated for invited speaker support, and Dan believes that this appropriation could be reduced without harming our ability to get the speakers we want. The EC voted to reduce the allocation for invited speaker support to $10,000 for LS 2014.

Anne Kelley summarized the Student Travel Grant and Child Care Grant programs. Not all of the appropriated $5,000 for student travel grants was spent for LS 2014, and only one child care grant was requested for 2013. It was decided to leave these allocations as they are, but to use part of the LS allocation for the new dissertation award (see below). The EC voted to allocate $5,000 for student travel grants to each of CLEO and FiO/LS, with some of the FiO/LS allocation going to thesis award travel. The EC also voted to allocate $1,000 for child care grants for calendar year 2014.

In connection with the above discussion, it was suggested that we collaborate with other units to encourage APS to charge more for Divisional membership to improve our budgetary situations. The current $8 seems low.

Anne Kelley reported on the outcome of the recent DLS election, the first to be held entirely electronically. Participation was 21.8%, a record high. Roseanne Sension is the new vice-chair and Albert Stolow and Kristan Corwin are the new at-large members.

Hal Metcalf reported on the Symposium on Undergraduate Research. The symposium is going well; the students have been enthusiastic, their presentations have been of high quality, and a number of established investigators came to the lunch with the students and engaged in dialog. Unfortunately because of the location, this year there were large additional costs for hotel (mostly offset by a donation of $4,500 from UCF), airport transportation, breakfast, etc. that were never incurred before. The total cost will exceed the budgeted $8,000, but it is not yet clear by how much. Once the final accounting is in, we will have an e-mail vote of the EC to approve increasing the allocation. It is essential that OSA agree to continue the reduced registration fee of $140 for undergraduate students involved in the symposium, and also that a reasonably priced hotel be found for next year’s meeting in Tucson. Hal requests a volunteer with some local expertise to help with logistics. A suitable hotel must be identified by March if the symposium is to run. The EC discussed increasing the allocation for next year, but one member also noted that lodging costs are paid for some students who stay longer than needed to attend the symposium; while agreeing that this can be beneficial to the students’ professional development, it was also viewed as an extra that we may not wish to cover. The EC voted to appropriate $8,000 for next year and requests that no additional days of lodging be paid for unless the symposium is within budget. If that budget is exceeded, approval of additional funding will be discussed and voted on.

Dan Gauthier, chair of the New Laser Scientists Conference in 2014, requests an increase in the DLS allocation from $5,000 to $6,000 as costs continue to rise. In the past, federal agencies have been asked (with varied success) to support the conference, but apparently corporate support has not been sought. New faculty setting up labs would seem to be a choice audience for corporate sponsorship. The EC voted to allocate $5,000 for the 2014 conference and ask that the organizer seek corporate sponsorships. The EC will consider increasing the allocation if other fundraising is unsuccessful.

Toni Taylor provided an update on the DLS session (a single invited session) at the March meeting in Denver, including a list of the five invited speakers. Toni will not be allowed to travel to the meeting to chair the session, so several people in the Denver area were suggested as chairs. Toni will also get schedule preferences of the invited speakers. It is not clear whether DLS needs a representative at the sorters’ meeting with only one invited session, but we need to give a preference for day.

Henry Kapteyn reported on the DLS thesis award, which will be given for the first time at FiO/LS in 2014. We need to publicize the award, make sure a session is allocated at Tucson, and put together a committee to select winners. Henry agreed to take on these tasks this year and proposed that this be a standard task for the past chair in the future. He will also attempt fundraising to support the award as promised to APS. David Reitze volunteered to chair the selection committee. The EC discussed being certain to get the award included on the APS web page list of dissertation awards. There was discussion of naming the award in honor of Charles Townes. Henry will work with the APS development office on this.

The Distinguished Traveling Lecturer program was discussed. It was agreed that people who have been on the list of DTLs for a long time should be asked about their interest in continuing. The desirability of having more non-academic DTLs was also discussed.

Chad Stark, OSA meetings manager, met with the committee. The cancellation penalty for moving CLEO 2013 from Baltimore to San Jose will be assessed from the co-sponsors (DLS share, ~$3,500) but the much larger penalty for 2015 (DLS share, ~$16,000) will not yet be assessed while efforts continue to negotiate a reduction. For FiO/LS in Tucson in 2014 there will be two hotels, the JW Starr Marriott and a cheaper Marriott on the University of Arizona campus, with a shuttle bus running between them. Future FiO/LS dates: Tucson 19-23 Oct. 2014, San Jose 18-22 Oct. 2015, Rochester 16-20 Oct. 2016. Future CLEO dates in San Jose: 8-13 June 2014, 10-15 May 2015, 5-10 June 2016. Chad suggested having both program chairs and general chairs for Laser Science to maintain better continuity. The EC thought just two people, one general chair and one program chair, would suffice. We currently have one person (Galina Khitrova) and will seek a second person to serve a 2-year term, one as program chair and one as general chair. A representative was also requested for a long-range CLEO planning committee to represent DLS along with Kate Kirby.

EC members are needed to participate in the APS Leadership Convocation, Feb. 21-22. It was agreed that newly elected vice-chair Roseanne Sension should be encouraged to attend, along with one or more at-large EC members. Toni and/or John, who have attended previously, can fill them in.

DLS support has been requested, via John Fourkas, for a Coherent Multidimensional Spectroscopy conference to be held at the University of Oregon next summer. Very few members of the organizing committee are DLS members, so a decision was made not to fund it, and to give the organizers that feedback.

Anthony Johnson reported from Council that APS is starting a new journal, APS Applied, to compete head-to-head with Applied Physics Letters.

Gordon Drake is seeking Editorial Board members for Phys. Rev. A. Possibilities were discussed.

Two more DLS representatives for JCQE are still needed. Nick Bigelow previously volunteered, and is nominated to serve through CLEO 2015. Possibilities for the second person were discussed.

The meeting was adjourned at 3:11 pm.

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