Dec. 20 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    Farewell Until 2014

    As snow falls on the Catalinas and dusts the peaks of the Rincons, OSC settles in for a nice winter's nap. The UA campus, and the Meinel Building, will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 1.

    Watts Up! bids you — and 2013 — adieu. We'll see you in January to commemorate the college's landmark 50th year.

    In Memoriam: Adolf W. Lohmann

    The college is sad to report the Dec. 15 death of adjunct professor Adolf W. Lohmann: eminent optical scientist, inventor of the computer generated hologram and pioneer on the subject of optical information processing. Lohmann, most recently of the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, was renowned throughout the field for his exquisite scholarship, dedicated mentorship and good humor.

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    Cheers to Our Fall Grads

    Congratulations go to our newest graduates, who crossed the stage in today's pre-commencement ceremony.

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    Alumni and Industry Partners Reception in San Francisco in February

    The College of Optical Sciences will kick off its yearlong 50th anniversary festivities with an alumni and industry partners reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 4 at the San Francisco Marquis Marriott, concurrent with the SPIE Photonics West conference. A special program begins at 6:45 p.m. with announcements from UA President Ann Weaver Hart and OSC Dean Thomas L. Koch.

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    Scientific Community Loses Venerable Leader

    Charles M. Vest, former president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Academy of Engineering, passed away on Dec. 12. Vest, an expert in holography who received an honorary doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2010, was a stalwart advocate of diversity in higher education and the sciences.

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    Pre-Commencement Celebration

    Dec. 20, noon, Meinel 307


    Dec. 21, 9 a.m., McKale Memorial Center

    Winter Break

    Dec. 24-Jan. 1

    Classes Begin

    Jan. 15

    No Classes

    Jan. 20


    Jan. 23, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

    SPIE Photonics West Conference

    Feb. 1-Feb. 6, San Francisco

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    OSC Alumni and Industry Partners Reception in San Francisco

    Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m., San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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    Media Mentions

    Macleod, Wyant Among Featured Speakers at Taiwanese Conference

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    Yafuso, Ph.D. 1997, Appointed Chief Optical Science Adviser by LED Canada

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    Daily Wildcat Takes a Look at New GMT Mirror

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    UA Unveils GMT3

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    Faculty Distinctions

    IEEE NPSS Recognizes Furenlid for Outstanding Achievement

    IEEE's Nuclear and Plasma Sciences Society presented the 2013 Radiation Instrumentation Outstanding Achievement Award to professor of radiology and optical sciences Lars R. Furenlid at its latest Nuclear Science Symposium, held Oct. 27-Nov. 2 in Seoul, South Korea. Furenlid, the associate director of the UA Center for Gamma Ray Imaging, was named one of the University's Leading Edge researchers in March.

    Peng Awarded Joint Appointment

    Assistant professor Leilei Peng recently received a joint appointment in UA's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Her research in the Biomedical Spectroscopy and Interferometry Laboratory aims to develop interferometric and spectroscopic methods for biomedical applications, with a current focus on fluorescence imaging.

    Students in the Spotlight

    College Names First DeMund Scholar

    In September, the College of Optical Sciences selected Ph.D. student Victoria Chan to be the inaugural winner of its DeMund Foundation Graduate Student Scholarship in Optical and Medical Sciences

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    Coyle Receives Pollicove Scholarship

    The OSA Foundation has chosen fifth-year doctoral student Laura Coyle to receive its 2013 Harvey M. Pollicove Memorial Scholarship

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    Alumni Dispatches


    Moore, Ph.D. 1991, Promoted to SPIE Fellowship

    SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has selected Kenneth E. Moore, Ph.D. 1991, as a member of its 2014 fellowship class. Moore, best known as the creator of Zemax, the most widely used optical design software in the world, was named OSC's 2011 Alumnus of the Year

    Watts Happening

    Warm Holiday Wishes

    Last Thursday, the college rang in a happy holiday season — and rang out another fantastic fall semester. A talented group of staff and students offered a selection of festive tunes while their colleagues enjoyed a Mexican buffet lunch and then gathered for a gift exchange.

    Photos from the event are now available.

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    Employment Opportunities

    Assistant Research Professor | UA College of Optical Sciences

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    Associate Dean for Academic Programs | UA College of Optical Sciences

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    Media Content Manager | 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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    Postdoctoral Research Associate | UA College of Optical Sciences

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate | UA College of Optical Sciences

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