Michael Berns, professor of biomedical engineering, surgery and developmental and cell biology at UC Irvine, has been elected a fellow of the International Society of Optics and Photonics (SPIE). Berns was acknowledged for his major contributions to the field of biomedical optics, particularly regarding light interactions with cells and tissues. Berns also is the co-founder of the Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, which focuses on the use of light and lasers as applied to biology and disease.