Feb. 10 | The University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences Newsletter

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    THE WYANT COLLEGE WOMEN IN RESEARCH

    Each year, February and March offers international observations that honor women for their vast contributions. February 11 is International Day for Women and Girls in Science, March is Women’s History Month in the U.S., and March 8 is International Women’s Day. We connected with Wyant College women faculty and alumni who have taken hold of their passion for optical sciences and are living out their dreams. Over the next four issues of Watts Up!, we will bring you their stories in a very special Q&A feature called The Wyant College Women in Research. Please stay tuned for the first feature planned for February 24.   

    THE JEAN M. BENNETT OPTICA ENDOWED CHAIR HONORS AN ACCOMPLISHED WOMAN RESEARCHER

    In celebration of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science (February 11), Dr. Bennett is now also the first woman researcher to have an endowed chair bearing her name at the UA Wyant College of Optical Sciences. Read more about Dr. Bennett and the new Endowed Chair. Watch the Announcement.

    IN MEMORIAM: PHILIP N. SLATER

    Dr. Philip N. Slater, Emeritus Professor of Optical Sciences, passed away peacefully on the evening of February 4, 2022 at the age of 89.

    SPRING 2022 INDUSTRIAL AFFILIATES SHOWCASE AND WORKSHOP | FEB. 14 - 16

    Join us next week! Wyant College Students and Faculty, meet the College's corporate partners by attending the Industrial Affiliates program, next week, Feb 14-16. Students can learn of the many career and internship opportunities these partners have available. Questions? Email researchevents@arizona.edu

    Industrial Affiliates Members, click here for details

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    KLA IA MEMBER VIRTUAL INFO SESSION
    Feb. 10, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Zoom

    OSC JOURNAL CLUB: POSTLEWAITE AND ABRAMS
    Feb. 11, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Meinel 307

    SPRING 2022 INDUSTRIAL AFFILIATES MEETING & CORPORATE SHOWCASE
    Feb. 14 - 16, Meinel Building & UAZ campus

    TECH LAUNCH ARIZONA: CREATING VALUE: PATENTS FOR AI, MACHINE LEARNING, AND SOFTWARE
    Feb. 16, 11:00 a.m., Zoom

    CANCELED - BELDEN IA MEMBER INFO SESSION
    Feb. 16

    EDMUND OPTICS IA MEMBER INFO SESSION
    Feb. 16, 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Meinel 307

    OSC COLLOQUIUM: CURTIS VOLIN
    Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Meinel 307

    MIT LINCOLN LAB VIRTUAL IA MEMBER INFO SESSION
    Feb. 17, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Zoom

    MKS INSTRUMENTS - OPTICS AND PHOTONICS VIRTUAL IA MEMBER INFO SESSION
    Feb. 18, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Virtual

    OSC COLLOQUIUM: JONATHAN DILGER
    Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Meinel 307

    MEDIA MENTIONS

    CONTRACTS & GRANTS

    FABRICATION OF HIGH SPEED ELECTRO-OPTIC POLYMER MODULATORS
    Principal Investigator: Roland Himmelhuber

    FABRICATION AND TESTING OF 2.5M UML OFF-AXIS PARABOLIC ALUMINUM MIRROR ASSEMBLY
    Principal Investigator: Chang Jin Oh

    3D PRINTING GLASS MICRO-OBJECTIVES FOR ULTRATHIN ENDOSCOPE
    Principal Investigator: Rongguang Liang

    SINGLE SOURCE, HIGH ALTITUDE VALIDATION OF THERMAL IR CLOUD POLARIMETRY
    Principal Investigator: Meredith K. Kupinski

    PORTABLE IN VIVO CONFOCAL OPHTHALMOSCOPE (PICO) FOR ACCURATE AND RAPID DIAGNOSIS OF CORNEAL ULCER
    Principal Investigator: Dongkyun "DK" Kang

    ZERO-POWER ANALOG OPTICAL PROCESSING
    Principal Investigator: David Brady

    STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    FEBRUARY'S VIDEO OUTREACH TIKTOK COMPETITION

    Congratulations to Ryland Wala for being the winner of the January TikTok competition. Submit a video to sock@optics.arizona.edu before February 25th to be entered into the TikTok competition. Don't forget about the cash prizes at the end of the year! 

    ALUMNI DISPATCHES

    OSC ALUMNUS PUBLISHES BOOK ON MEINEL HISTORY

    Each day, many people walk by the Meinel Building, without giving much thought to who the Meinels were and why the building was named for them. Luckily for us, Dr. James (Jim) B. Breckinridge—an OSC alumnus and colleague to the Meinels, and Dr. Alec M. Pridgeon—a World War II military history and astronomy enthusiast, stopped to consider just how extraordinary the Meinels' lives truly were and why the Wyant College's building is named after them.
    Read this exclusive interview with Jim Breckinridge.
    Learn more about the book and how to preorder it.

    INDUSTRIAL AFFILIATES UPDATES

    WELCOME, ELEOPTICS, INC.

    Wyant College welcomes ELEOptics, Inc. as the newest Principal Partner Industrial Affiliates Member.

    OPTICA FOUNDATION WOMEN SCHOLARS SCHOLARSHIP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

    Optica seeks to support women demonstrating enthusiasm and passion for optics and photonics. The Optica Women Scholars Scholarship provides visibility, community, and resources for 20 women annually via financial support of $10,000. Additionally, they will receive professional development resources from the society, including membership and mentorship. Learn more about the scholarship from Janet Fender at Prism Week (video)!
    The application is now open! Apply here before March 15, 2022 or at apply.optica.org

    KLA VIRTUAL CAREER INFO-SESSION | FEB. 10

    KLA's virtual info-session about careers and opportunities is scheduled for February 10th, at 4:00 pm MST. Add the date to your calendar to learn more about career and internship opportunities with KLA. Event Registration

    EDMUND OPTICS CAREER INFO-SESSION | FEB. 16

    Edmund Optics has been a leading global manufacturer and supplier of optics, imaging, and photonics technologies since 1942. Join Edmund Optics on February 16th from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. for a special info session on careers and opportunities.

    MIT LINCOLN LAB VIRTUAL INFO-SESSION | FEB. 17

    Join us for an Info Session to meet the Optical Engineering team and to learn about MIT Lincoln Laboratory! MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a world leader in research and development of advanced technologies to meet critical national security needs. Register for the Zoom Meeting. Passcode: MIT-OSC

    MKS INSTRUMENTS VIRTUAL INFO-SESSION | FEB. 18

    MKS Instruments' work affects the lives of millions of people every day as their products drive technology advancements across a wide range of applications including 5G, augmented/ virtual reality, autonomous vehicles, clean drinking water and space exploration. Learn more about a career in Optics at MKS Instruments Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. AZT while networking with some of the leaders in the field. RSVP to attend.

    SUPERLATIVE STAFF

    CONGRATULATIONS, CAT

    Congratulations to Cathleen Malia, who recently moved from her position in the Wyant College as an Accountant to a new opportunity with Tech Launch Arizona (TLA). 

    WATTS HAPPENING

    CHECK OUT THE OSC STUDENT-LED JOURNAL CLUB

    Journal Club is a group that meets bi-weekly to listen to and present summaries of exciting and insightful research papers. You can present any paper you’d like, any meeting week you’d like! Check out the start-up notice with more details regarding the club mission and expectations. The next meeting will take place, tomorrow, Feb. 11 at 4:00 p.m. in Meinel 307. 

    SHARE YOUR LOVE FOR OPTICS

    Want to get the word out about how awesome optics is!? Look no further! The College of Optical Sciences is currently in another exciting semester of outreach opportunities and needs your help to make it happen. Email Hillary Mathis to be added to the Outreach Contacts Listserv and you'll receive all the latest on upcoming outreach opportunities.

    EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    Industrial Affiliates Opportunities

    Non-Industrial Affiliates Opportunities

    Find these and more employment opportunities on our website!