Aug. 6 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA AWARDED $26M TO ARCHITECT THE QUANTUM INTERNET

    A five-year, $26 million, NSF grant to the University of Arizona was announced Tuesday, August 4, 2020, to fund the first phase of a new Engineering Research Center called the Center for Quantum Networks (CQN). 

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    OSC CONGRATULATES ENDOWED CHAIRS & WELCOMES NEW FACULTY

    The Wyant College of Optical Sciences is excited to announce that the first two Endowed Chairs enabled by the Distinguished Endowed Chair in Optical Sciences fund have been filled by David J. Brady and James T. Schwiegerling. Additionally, the Wyant College of Optical Sciences welcomes Ronald G. Driggers and Brandon Chalifoux as new faculty this Fall. 

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    HISTORICAL LENS: TUMBLING TUMBLEWEEDS

    This week’s Historical Lens finds focus on the surprisingly eclectic topic of tumbleweeds and how OSC Founder, Aden Meinel, and his wife and research partner, Marjorie, pursued an opportunity to innovate an Arizona-nuisance into a productive power-source.

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    Also, check out the newest Graduate Story, Kenneth Castle (PhD 1985)! If you would like to submit your own graduate story, please contact Tammy Orr at torr@optics.arizona.edu

    OSA FEATURES WYANT COLLEGE RESEARCH

    Applied Optics has published a focus journal on 1 August 2020, Vol. 59, Issue 22, on the Wyant College of Optical Sciences. José Sasián served as the issue editor and facilitated the inclusion of a wide variety of articles from faculty, professors and students at the Wyant College. 

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    IN MEMORIAM: HANS ROEHRIG

    Hans Roehrig, professor emeritus of radiology and optical sciences, died on July 2. He was 85.

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    WORK AT THE WYANT COLLEGE OF OPTICAL SCIENCES

    The Wyant College of Optical Sciences has launched its faculty searches for several Endowed Chair positions that have been funded by generous donors.  Learn more about the open positions and apply!

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    DISSERTATION DEFENSE: ZHEN XIONG "HIGH-SPEED LENS-FREE HOLOGRAPHIC MICROSCOPY FOR QUANTITATIVE LARGE-AREA BINDING SENSORS"
    Aug. 7, 9 a.m.
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    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: "SHAKE YOUR FEAR OF THE APPLICATION PROGRAMMING INTERFACE (API) AND UNLEASH ITS POWER!"
    Aug. 13, 11 a.m.
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    DISSERTATION DEFENSE: JEFFREY ERIC MELZER
    Aug. 13, 1 p.m.
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    DISSERTATION DEFENSE: ROBERT ROCKMORE
    Aug. 19, 10 a.m.
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    DISSERTATION DEFENSE: JOHN NEHLS "LOCALLY REFINED AND SEMI-CONFORMAL MESH, FULLY ANISOTROPIC FINITE DIFFERENCE TIME DOMAIN SOLVER"
    Aug. 20, 1 p.m.
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    NEW GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION
    Aug. 20 - 21
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    CLASSES BEGIN
    Aug. 24

    MEDIA MENTIONS

    FACULTY DISTINCTIONS

    TRIFOCAL LENS TECHNOLOGY

    OSC professor, Jim Schwiegerling, has designed innovative implantable lenses for the eye that are trifocal, allow for distance, mid-range and near vision.

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    CONTRACTS & GRANTS

    COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: CNS CORE: MEDIUM: DESIGN AND ANALYSIS OF QUANTUM NETWORKS FOR ENTANGLEMENT DISTRIBUTION
    Principal Investigator: Saikat Guha
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    MSRI-EC: CONFERENCE ON MIDSCALE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR QUANTUM PHOTONIC SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
    Principal Investigator: Daniel Kilper
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    STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS SUCCESSFUL

    The Wyant College is proud of the determination and perseverance displayed by OSC seniors in navigating the pandemic while completing their senior design projects. Congratulations, seniors! In total, 33 seniors from the Wyant College of Optical Sciences participated in Senior Design Day on 24 different Engineering Design Day Teams out of 115 Teams.

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    WISE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM CALL FOR MENTORS & MENTEES

    WISE is continuing the mentorship program for women in STEM this fall and is currently recruiting mentors and mentees. Learn more about being a mentor here and a mentee here. If you are interested in mentoring, complete the application here. If you are interested in being a mentee, complete the application here. Questions may be sent to Erika Nacim

    ALUMNI DISPATCHES

    COMET NEOWISE PASSES BY, ALUMNUS CAPTURES IT

    The expert reviews are in and Comet NEOWISE is a huge hit! Last month, those who stayed up late or rose before sunrise to gaze into the skies were greeted by this stunning comet. Jack Jewell shared these photos with us.

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    ALUMNI NEWS

    Prof. Jannick Rolland, OSC’s 2019 Alumna of the Year, and the Brian J. Thompson Professor of Optical Engineering at the University of Rochester, is a candidate for Vice President in OSA’s election for 2021 offices. OSA member should have received the email ballot for the election that ends on Friday, August 14th.

    Brian Wheelwright, PhD, OSC 2015, (B.S. 2010, M.S. 2013) was featured in the Arizona alumni magazine Summer 2020 issue. The feature “10 x 10” features ten selected UArizona Alumni who remain connected with the University. Read more about Brian.

    SUPERLATIVE STAFF

    WELCOME, CYNDY

    A big welcome to Cyndy Barcelo, OSC's new Accounting Manager. Cyndy has over ten years of accounting experience working in several high-level business offices on campus. 

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    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    Find these and more employment opportunities on our website!