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Optical Works of Genius

8:50 AM -- This year's MacArthur Foundation Fellows Program awards, colloquially called "Genius Grants," include a researcher in optical networking.

Michal Lipson, the associate professor who's in charge of the Nanophotonics Research Group at Cornell University, is one of 23 recipients of the $500,000 grants, the foundation announced this morning. Congratulations are in order.

Lipson's work has included research into silicon photonics, trying to bring optical interconnects into the chip world. That area was the focus of a 2005 profile in EE Times, and she presented a paper on the topic at OFC/NFOEC in 2008.

For the past year or so, her department has been in the news for more sci-fi-sounding stuff, such as using light to bend nanodevices, or developing a microscopic invisibility shield (that works only in infrared so far).

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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