Dec. 19 | The University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    Happy Holidays & New Year from Wyant College

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    All of us at the Wyant College of Optical Sciences hope you've had a wonderful year, and wish you a happy and successful 2020. Watts Up! will be taking a winter hiatus and will return on January 16, 2020. 

    Submit a Paper to the Wyant Tribute

    As a recognition and celebration of Professor Emeritus Jim Wyant’s many technical and academic contributions to the field of optics, including to the science and engineering of optical metrology, Professors Virendra Mahajan and Dae Wook Kim are organizing a very special event. “A Tribute to James C. Wyant: The Extraordinaire of Optical Metrology and Optics Education” will be held in conjunction with the SPIE Optics + Photonics conference in San Diego this August 2020. This is an open invitation for everyone to submit a paper by following the SPIE conference link, and Call for Papers.

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    Winter School Seeking Posters & Judges

    The annual OSC Winter School occurs between January 6 - 10, 2020.  On January 8th there is a poster event for the students visiting us from many other institutions. OSC students are invited to present a poster or assist with judging the visitors' posters. 

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    Here Comes Winter Commencement

    Winter Commencement will be here in no time! RSVP today! The College of Optical Sciences cordially invites Alumni, Parents, and Friends of the college to join us on Friday, December 20, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Meinel 307 for the 2019 Winter Commencement.

    OSC Alumni & Industrial Affiliates Reception

    OSC Alumni and Industrial Affiliates Reception
    Held in conjunction with SPIE Photonics West - San Francisco
    To register, please click on the link (required by January 31, 2020)

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    Upcoming Events

    OSC Winter Commencement Ceremony

    Dec. 20, 3 - 5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Winter Holiday until January 2

    Dec. 23 - Jan. 2

    OSC 2020 Winter School & Workshop

    Jan. 6 - 10, Meinel Building

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    Spring 2020 Classes Begin

    Jan. 15

    Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - No Classes

    Jan. 20

    Media Mentions

    Students in the Spotlight

    UArizona Machine Learning Literacy Project

    Sign up before Jan. 10 to attend this free, 1-Day Workshop, Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (lunch provided) to learn key Machine Learning-Artificial Intelligence concepts. 

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    The Secret to Career Success: Fast Track Class

    The Student Engagement & Career Development Center is offering a Fast Track: B2B Sales program about the secret to career success. This four-week program will help you to win multiple job offers, become immediately productive in entry-level roles, and teach you to pitch yourself to hiring companies and expand your network to gain career opportunities.

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    Call for Student Presenters: Spring Industrial Affiliates

    Love to share your research with others? Dying for some practice before the big thesis defense? Or looking to impress potential future employers!? Look no further! The Spring Industrial Affiliates Workshop is looking to fill the agenda with student presenters like you! 

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    Alumni Dispatches

    Alumnus Receives Most Prestigious Sci/Tech Award in U.S. Air Force

    Congratualtions to Dr. Robert Johnson, Air Force Research Laboratory scientist and OSC Alumnus, who received the Harold Brown Award. This award is given to a scientist or engineer who uses scientific research to solve a problem critical to the needs of the Air Force.

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    OSC Alumnus Included in 2019's 40 under 40 List

    Congratulations to Sean Keller for his inclusion in the 2019 40 under 40 list sponsored by the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Arizona Daily Star

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    Superlative Staff

    Superlative Staff: 2019 Year-End Celebration

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    On December 12th outside of the Meinel building, the final staff recognition awards were presented after a fantastic meal during the OSC Holiday Party. Awards presented included the 4th Quarter Peer-to-Peer and the Employee of the Year.

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    Watts Happening

    Holiday 2019 OSC Party

    December 12th was the 2019 OSC Staff Appreciation, Gift Exchange, and Holiday Celebration. Students, staff and faculty gathered outside the Meinel building to enjoy a hearty meal, listen to holiday music, announce the staff employee of the year, award the holiday door decoration and ugly sweater winners and participate in the ever-popular gift exchange. 

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    End of the Year Outreach at Optics

    Lots has been happening in the Wyant College of Optical Sciences. And that does not exclude outreach opportunities. Here are a few of the recent activities taking place around our community!

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    Employment Opportunities