News & Events

Whether it's an article on the front page of an industry magazine or a Thursday-afternoon Colloquium lecture by one of the top minds in optics, the news and events of the College of Optical Sciences keep information in motion in the Meinel Building.

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College of Optical Science Latest NewsWatts Up! & Other News

OSC's primary source of information is our biweekly newsletter, Watts Up! But you can also explore all things UA Optics through our press releases, feature articles, media mentions and quicknews.

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College of Optical Sciences ColloquiumsColloquium Lecture Series

A lively forum wherein academic scholars and industry leaders discuss groundbreaking research and encourage questions and comments. Held on Thursdays during the academic year, the forum is open to students, faculty, the optics community and the general public.

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College of Optical Sciences Event CalendarCalendar of Events

View a month-by-month overview of UA and OSC events, including those for alumni, colloquiums, workshops, presentations and other industry related events.

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College of Optical Sciences Photo GalleriesOSC Photo Galleries

We make an effort to document every significant event that occurs at the College of Optical Sciences. Peruse events going back to 2003 in our photo gallery section.

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College of Optical Sciences VIdeosOSC Videos

The College of Optical Sciences, its faculty and students and events and presentations have been featured in numerous videos ranging from local news pieces to associated YouTube channels. 

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Featured Events

  • Monday, February 25, 2019   - Wednesday, February 27, 2019  
    The College of Optical Sciences is hosting its Spring 2019 Industrial Affiliates Corporate Showcase and Workshop on Feb. 25 - 27. IA members may register by contacting Kaye Rowan, Senior Director of Development at 
  • Monday, February 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
    Kick off the Industrial Affiliates workshop next week by attending a Brown Bag Lunch! On Monday, February 25th from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Dr. Kyle Myers from the SPIE Board of Directors and Director of Imaging, Diagnostics, and Software Reliability at the Food and Drug Administration will share how optics can lead to a career with the FDA.  Come to the Gender and Women's Studies Building Room 100 (on Tyndall Ave. near University Blvd) for some coffee and cookies! 
  • Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Learn 12 ways to speed up the turnaround time and lower the cost of your lenses, including strategies for: Improving communication between lens designers and manufacturing shops Standardizing design processes Minimizing confusion about non-standard parts Reducing lens design errors
  • Saturday, March 2, 2019   - Sunday, March 10, 2019