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AP483: Scientists, Science, and Society: Opportunities for Optics and Photonics in the COVID 19 and Climate Change Era

Scientists, Science, and Society: Opportunities for Optics and Photonics in the COVID 19 and Climate Change Era
Monday, January 10, 2022 - 4:15pm
Dr. Tom Baer (SPRC)
Abstract / Description: 

The immediate challenge of the COVID 19 pandemic and the longer-term effects of climate change require coordinated efforts by international scientific and engineering communities to provide accurate information to government officials. This information can guide them to put in place evidenced-based policies to mitigate and adapt to these major challenges. Optics and photonics technologies underlie many of the vital measurement platforms which are important tools for developing these essential strategies. I will review international research initiatives responding to COVID 19 and climate change led by teams at UC Berkeley and Stanford. These global programs, sponsored in part by Optica, formerly the Optical Society (OSA), and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) involve coordinating the activities of international teams of government and NGO officials, local community organizations, clinicians, engineers, and scientists.

Biography: 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 and Bio-X 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 80 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