Aug. 15 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    Vote on the Next SOCk T-Shirt Design

    SOCk has opened the vote for its much-anticipated T-shirt design contest. Are you Stoked? Shifting from red to Arizona Blue? Do you feel very, very strongly about Colloquium snacks? Choose among these and 8 other options!

    Collage of all 11 T-shirt designs

    Current students are encouraged to join the SOCk Facebook Group to stay up-to-date on its latest news, including the winning design.

    Students, Start the Semester with a Great Campus Job

    Problem: Classes start in less than two weeks, and you still need a part-time job. Solution: Check out your options at the UA Career Services Student Employment Fair, coming up on Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Union Memorial Center North Ballroom.

    Find out which companies plan to attend on the Career Services website. And if you can't make it to the fair, stay up-to-date on the latest openings with the Wildcat JobLink.

    Staff, Step Up Your Game with the Professional Development Playbook

    Did you know that all benefits-eligible employees are allotted 16 hours each year, paid, for professional development? 

    Now that you know, do you know how to approach your supervisor for approval and support? If you need guidance, try the Professional Development Playbook (PDF) created by the UA Commission on the Status of Women. It tells you where to look for classes, how to approach your manager – and why professional development is so important to our growth as employees.

    Graduate Students to Get More Sleep

    From professor Russell A. Chipman:

    Due to popular demand, OPTI 586: Polarization in Optical Design will no longer meet Monday and Wednesday at 8 a.m. It has been rescheduled to meet once per week, on Friday from 1 to 3:45 p.m. in Meinel 305.

    The course is also available via distance.

    Sigma Xi Accepting Abstracts for Student Research Conference

    The prestigious scientific research society Sigma Xi is accepting student presentation proposals for its 2014 International Research Conference, which will be held Nov. 6-9 in Glendale, Arizona.

    Please register and submit your abstracts online.

    Sine Waves – and Favorite Professors – as Never Seen Before

    Steve Jacobs turns straight-edged paper sinuous and pelagic; Hong Hua is the inspiration for Da Vinci's masterpiece. What in the name of Aden Baker Meinel is going on here?!

    Banner image with sine wave sculpture paired with collage of faculty members' faces superimposed on rock stars' bodies

    You don't want to miss Tammy Orr's latest Light Moments: "Folding Outside the Straight Line" and "Holy Optics, Batman!"

    Upcoming Events

    SPIE Optics + Photonics Conference

    Aug. 17-21

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    SPIE Optics + Photonics Conference: 50 Years of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona

    Aug. 19-20; San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego

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    OSC Alumni and Industry Partners Reception in San Diego

    Aug. 19; 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Bayside Pavilion; San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego; email to RSVP

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    OSC New Graduate Student Orientation

    Aug. 21-22

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    Classes Begin

    Aug. 25

    Colloquium: Pierre Lucas

    Aug. 28, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    No Classes

    Sept. 1, Labor Day

    Colloquium: Petra Wilder-Smith

    Sept. 11, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    SOCk Fall Barbecue

    Sept. 11, 5 p.m., Third-Floor Lobby

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    Eustace L. Dereniak Retirement Celebration

    Sept. 12, 2-5 p.m., Meinel 307, RSVP requested to by Sept. 1

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    The Optical Society (OSA) Frontiers in Optics Conference: Optical Sciences 50th Anniversary Symposium

    Oct. 19; 4-6 p.m.; JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 West Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona

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    Media Mentions

    Faculty Distinctions

    Recent Promotions Among Faculty

    Congratulations go to Matthew A. Kupinski and Stanley Pau, both of whom were recently named full professors at the college.

    In addition, Pierre-Alexandre Blanche and Xiushan Zhu were promoted from assistant to associate research professors.

    Contracts and Grants

    Controllable Polariton Patterns: An Approach to Low-Energy All-Optical Communication Devices

    Principal Investigator: Rolf Binder

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    Ultrastable and Compact Deep-Ultraviolet Laser Source for Raman Spectroscopy – STTR Phase I

    Principal Investigator: Xiushan Zhu

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    Students in the Spotlight

    Shifts in SOCk Leadership

    The slate of leaders for the UA Student Optics Chapter changed slightly over the summer break: Dawson Baker has become the group's president, and outreach coordinator Benjamin Cromey has stepped into the vacant vice presidency.

    Elections for new officers will be held in the spring.

    Employment Opportunities

    Part-Time Research Scientist | UA College of Optical Sciences

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate | UA College of Optical Sciences

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate | UA College of Optical Sciences

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    Temporary Principal Research Specialist | UA College of Optical Sciences

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    Optical Design and Analysis Engineer | UTC Aerospace Systems

    Danbury, Connecticut

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    Computer Vision and Computational Imaging Researcher | Rambus Labs

    Sunnyvale, California

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