Jansen to speak at Congressional Caucus about use of lasers in medicine

E. Duco Jansen, professor of biomedical engineering, will be one of three speakers in a 90-minute Congressional briefing held by the Congressional Research and Development Caucus April 28, 2010, in the Rayburn House Office Building in the nation’s capitol.

The briefing is sponsored by the Optical Society of America. The topic, Forum on Innovation: Technology, Lasers and Jobs, is focused on the 50th anniversary of the invention of the laser.

E. Duco Jansen

Jansen, president of the American Society for Laser Medicine, will speak about novel applications of lasers in medicine.

The other speakers are Mike Rinn, vice president and program director, Airborne Laser Test Bed, The Boeing Company, whose topic is military laser applications; and Dr. Thomas Baer, 2009 president of OSA and executive director, Stanford Photonics Research Center, Stanford University.

The work of the Caucus is to increase awareness of Congressional members and staff on issues related to research. It also provides a primary point of contact for scientific professional societies and others with interest in R&D issues, and supports the work of existing Committees and members with jurisdiction over the National Science Foundation, DOE, EPA, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Heath and other agencies supporting research and development efforts.