IWU Physicist Elected as Fellow of International Optical Society
Jan. 22, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University Professor of Physics Gabriel C. Spalding has been elected as a Fellow of SPIE, the international society
for optics and photonics.
Fellows are members of SPIE who have made significant scientific and technical contributions
in the multidisciplinary fields of optics, photonics and imaging. Fellows are honored
for their technical achievement, and for their service to the general optics community
and to SPIE in particular. For this scientific organization, less than one half of
one percent of the membership may be eligible for consideration for lifetime membership
in the Fellowship of the Society, making it an elite honor.
Spalding earned a doctorate from Harvard University and joined the faculty at Illinois
Wesleyan in 1996. His recent research utilizes holographically textured fields to
trap and manipulate matter. For more than 10 years, Spalding has taken Illinois Wesleyan
students to the University of St. Andrews and Dundee in Scotland where they take part
in “beam sculpting” research projects, most recently developing non-invasive methods
of targeting and destroying tumors.
His service to SPIE includes: Chair and Proceedings Editor of the annual SPIE conference
on Optical Trapping & Optical Micromanipulation for the past decade; short course
instructor at nine SPIE conferences; faculty advisor to the SPIE student chapter at
Illinois Wesleyan; and 2012 chair of a conference on laboratory instruction beyond
the first year of college.
Spalding has recently been recognized by two national physics associations for his
efforts to expand laboratory instruction nationwide for undergraduate students. Spalding
was a founder of ALPhA, an association of college and university faculty and staff
members dedicated to experimental physics instruction, and served as the association’s
Founded in 1955, SPIE is a not-for-profit professional society committed to advancing
emerging light-based technologies. The organization has more than 235,000 constituents
in approximately 155 countries.