On Thursday, June 22, Brattleboro, VT, the Windham World Affairs Council (WWAC) will host a timely and moving discussion of Antarctica with PhD physicist & photographer Jack Jewell and his partner Tina Boniface who will share their observations having recently returned from the Antarctic region. Through breathtaking photographs shown on a big screen, their travelog will prompt a discussion of evolving geopolitics and the worldwide environmental impact of climate change in Antarctica.
Held on Thursday, June 22, at 6:30 pm at 118 Elliot, 118 Elliot Street in Brattleboro, the event is free but a $10 donation is suggested to support WWAC’s work.
A mostly-retired scientist, entrepreneur and pioneer in the field of fiber optics, Jack Jewell holds a Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona. At Bell Laboratories in the 1980s, he spearheaded a collaboration that demonstrated over 1 million lasers on a chip smaller than a pinky nail in a quest to develop computer logic devices based on optics instead of electronics. That ignited the field of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), which are now used in fiber communications, laser mice, sensors, atomic clocks, medicine, smartphone/tablet “dot projectors” for facial recognition and 3D-sensing lidar. Jewell started two companies and holds 79 US Patents.