Templex Technology (Eugene, OR) was awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research $977,000 contract from the Department of Defense aimed at continuing research into optical switching and control devices based on the firm`s temporally accessed, spectral multiplexing technology. . . . Fiber Options Inc. (Bohemia, NY) will open a new office in Fort Lauderdale, FL, to service South American and Caribbean clients exclusively. . . . SpecTran Specialty Optics (Avon, CT) held an opening celebration for its new office and manufacturing facility in Avon on Sept. 20. . . . ElectroniCast Corp. (San Mateo, CA) will host a DWDM/Optical Amplifier Market & Technology panel discussion on Sunday, February 22, 1998, in San Jose, CA. This will be a preconference discussion for attendees of OFC `98. If interested, contact Theresa Hosking at (650) 343-1698.