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

  • Friday, January 31, 2020 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    The Practical Optics Workshop Optical Design Team and SOCk are organizing a workshop titled Introduction to Zemax OpticStudio featuring Coordinate Breaks. This will either introduce you to OpticStudio’s general tools or reinforce your knowledge. Below is the information you will need to sign up and attend. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. What? Introduction to Zemax OpticStudio featuring Coordinate Breaks Where? Meinel Conference Room 654 When? Friday, January 31st, 2:00-4:00 PM How? Register here Don’t forget to bring a laptop with OpticStudio installed to the workshop! As always, if you have a research or senior project you need help with, we have certified tutors available to meet with you. Please make sure to give us a brief description of the issue you would like help with so we can match you with a tutor. This Semester From POW: Introduction to Zemax OpticStudio featuring Coordinate Breaks – January 31 Introduction to Synopsys CODE V - TBD Introduction to Tolerancing using OpticStudio – TBD Introduction to Synopsys LightTools - TBD Introduction to ZOS-API in OpticStudio – TBD Advanced CODE V (Working Title, Content To Be Announced Soon) - TBD   For more info about our program and to schedule a tutoring session visit our website: OR for any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at:
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    The Wyant College of Optical Sciences invites you to attend the Celebration of Life remembering Roland Shack, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in the Meinel Building 8th Floor (corner of Cherry & University). Please RSVP to Melissa Griffiths at by Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.
  • Monday, March 9, 2020   - Friday, March 13, 2020  
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 10:00am - 3:00pm