SPIE Fellows Irving Bigio and Sergio Fantini Honored with the 2020 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award

The award recognizes authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or industry
04 March 2020
SPIE Fellows Irving Bigio and Sergio Fantini Honored with the 2020 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award
BOOK BROTHERS: Fantini, left, and Bigio are joint winners of 2020 Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for 2016's Quantitative Biomedical Optics: Theory, Methods, and Applications.

BELLINGHAM, Washington, USA - SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has announced SPIE Fellows Irving Bigio and Sergio Fantini as the 2020 winners of the Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award for their 2016 book Quantitative Biomedical Optics: Theory, Methods, and Applications.

Bigio is a professor at Boston University (BU), with appointments in biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, physics, and the BU School of Medicine. His Biomedical Optics Lab focuses on the development of minimally invasive, research-oriented, and clinical tools — both diagnostic and therapeutic — based on optical technologies, and on the imaging and sensing of basic cellular dynamics. Current projects include creating sensors to detect early cancer in the primary-care setting, and establishing quantitative optical methods for unlabeled imaging of neural activation and neurodegenerative diseases.

Fantini is a professor of biomedical engineering and principal investigator of the Diffuse Optical Imaging of Tissue Laboratory (DOIT Lab) at Tufts University. The DOIT Lab research develops non-invasive techniques based on diffuse optics to assess cerebral perfusion, monitor brain activity, detect breast cancer, and quantify skeletal muscle oxygenation. One technique developed there, coherent hemodynamics spectroscopy (CHS), exploits transients and oscillatory hemodynamic changes to extract physiological information on the investigated tissue. Another technique based on phase dual-slopes aims to enhance the depth sensitivity in frequency-domain near-infrared spectroscopy of tissue. Fantini's research has resulted in 12 patents and more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

"Educators in biomedical optics and biophotonics have been long awaiting a comprehensive text to accompany their teaching in this rapidly growing field and this is as good as it gets," noted SPIE Fellow Martin Leahy, chair of applied physics at the National University of Ireland, Galway, and the scientific director of Ireland's National Biophotonics and Imaging Platform. "The authors have formidable reputations in the field of biomedical optics and this work towards quantification will have a broad positive impact on science, engineering, and society by facilitating more progress towards therapy, diagnosis, screening, and discovery using light as the tool. This is a coherent tome, diligently and lovingly composed. It is a seminal contribution to biomedical optics, and will be cherished by educators, students, and researchers alike."

The Joseph W. Goodman Book Writing Award, a biennial award co-sponsored by SPIE and OSA, recognizes authorship of an outstanding book in the field of optics and photonics, published within the last six years, that has contributed significantly to research, teaching, or industry. It was established in 2005 and is funded by Joseph and Hon Mai Goodman.

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