OSC Colloquium: Tom Baer

    Thursday, September 24, 2020 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    Virtual Via Zoom

    Open to campus and public.

    Recording is not available.


    Speaker: Tom Baer 

    Topic: Optics and Photonics in the COVID 19 and climate change era”

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    The global challenges of the  COVID 19 pandemic and the longer term effects of climate change require coordinated efforts by the scientific and engineering communities to provide accurate information to government officials to guide them as they put in place evidenced-based governmental policies to mitigate and adapt to these major challenges.   I will discuss recent joint international programs sponsored by the Optical Society (OSA) and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) for developing and deploying photonics instrumentation to measure and monitor greenhouse and air pollution gases in urban settings and an innovative program sponsored by the OSA Foundation for deploying UV-C based safe and effective decontamination equipment for decontaminating personal protection equipment in limited resource setting.  These programs are coordinating the activities of international teams of OSA and AGU scientists and engineers and are providing them with the opportunities to productively engage with government officials in their regions and make significant contributions to meeting these global challenges.

    Speaker Bio(s): 

    Dr. Thomas Baer is the Executive Director of the Stanford Photonics Research Center, an adjunct professor in the Applied Physics Department, and an Associate Member of the Stem Cell Institute at Stanford University.  His laboratory develops instrumentation for life science and biomedical research employing custom optical, mechanical, microfluidic, and electronic designs.  His current scientific research is focused on developing imaging and biochemical analysis technology for exploring the molecular basis of human developmental biology and regenerative medicine, optogenetics, and developing new technologies for protein engineering.  Dr. Baer holds over 75 patents and his commercial products have received many industry awards for design innovation. He has been elected to the status of Fellow in three international scientific societies:  the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and The Optical Society of America (OSA).  He served as OSA President in 2009 and is currently Chair of the OSA International Public Policy Advisory Committee.


    Colloquium will start at 3:30pm, following will be a meet and greet with Tom Baer.