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, April 20, 2018   - Sunday, April 22, 2018  
    Join the Student Optics Chapter (SOCk) for their annual Large Binocular Telescope Camping Trip on Mt. Graham! This year we are going to the Upper Twilight Group Camping Site on Mt. Graham and will be touring the observatories on the mountain.You are to BRING YOUR OWN EQUIPMENT AND FOOD. The only meals provided are the Saturday dinner and the Sunday breakfast. Camping gear is available to rent through the University of Arizona Rec Center. *It is highly advised to get your equipment early*Weather will be in the 40's at night and 70's during the day, so please be prepared and dress accordingly.
  • Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 2:00pm - 5:30pm
    All OSC graduating students, faculty, staff and guests are invited to join us for the 2018 Pre-Commencement ceremony.  Please arrive no later than 1:45 p.m. Contact Jennifer Garcia at with any questions.