Feb. 24 | The University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences Newsletter

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

    CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH, SPECIAL SPEAKER | MAR. 3

    Please plan to join us on Thursday March 3 to hear Dr. Michael Williams, Applications Specialist with Boston Electronics, speaking on “Advancing the Need for More Representation of Black Scientist in Optics and Photonics.” His presentation will begin at 3:30 p.m. in room 307 (in lieu of our weekly Colloquium series). Dr. Williams is a 2022 OPTICA Ambassador and his visit was planned by WiO and SOCk. Read his bio and abstract here.

    THE WYANT COLLEGE WOMEN IN RESEARCH

    Each year, February and March offers international observations that honor women for their vast contributions to science and society with the International Day for Women and Girls in Science; Women’s History Month and the International Women’s Day. In this issue we recognize Wyant College Professor Hong Hua and Alumna Kyle Myers (Ph.D. 1985).  

    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.

    OPTICA PRESENTS JIM WYANT WITH HIGHEST AWARD

    The Wyant College is pleased to announce that Dr. James C. Wyantthe college's namesake, was selected as the 2022 recipient of Optica's highest award—the Frederic Ives Medal and Jarus W. Quinn Prize. Read the official Optica press release.

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    OSC COLLOQUIUM: GREGORY T. FORCHERIO
    Feb. 24, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Meinel 307

    OSC JOURNAL CLUB
    Feb. 25, 4:00 p.m., Meinel 307

    SPECIAL PRESENTATION: MICHAEL WILLIAMS
    March 3, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., Meinel 307

    SPRING RECESS - NO CLASSES
    March 5 - March 13

    OSC JOURNAL CLUB
    March 11, 4:00 p.m., Meinel 307

    MEDIA MENTIONS

    FACULTY DISTINCTIONS

    TWO WYANT COLLEGE FACULTY NAMED SENIOR MEMBERS OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF INVENTORS

    The National Academy of Inventors has named two Wyant College faculty as 2022 Senior Members, Professor Stanley Pau and Assistant Professor Judith Su

    FACULTY AND ALUMNUS PAPER AMONG OPTICA TOP DOWNLOADS IN JANUARY

    Congratulations to Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Blanche and alumnus, Craig Draper, on seeing their paper about curved holographic waveguide as the 7th top downloaded article from Optics Express during the month of January. The paper, titled, "Holographic curved waveguide combiner for HUD/AR with 1-D pupil expansion" may be found to download here. The paper is also now featured on the Wyant College Research Specialties page in the Photonics section here.

    OSC FACULTY PUBLISH INVITED PAPER IN SPECIAL ISSUE OF AVS QUANTUM SCIENCE

    Professor Ewan Wright and Adjunct Professor Daniele Faccio have had a paper published in a special issue of AVS Quantum Science celebrating Sir Roger Penroses' 2020 Nobel Prize in Physics. The paper, titled, "The Penrose Process in Nonlinear Optics," was also selected as an AVS Quantum Science Editor's Pick.

    DAEWOOK KIM INCLUDED IN OPTICA ENGINEER WEBINAR SERIES

    Associate Professor Daewook Kim will present as part of the Optica Engineer Webinar Series on Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. EST. His presentation "Extremely large ground and space optical systems" will be among a number of interesting presentations occuring this week. Join the talk here.

    CONTRACTS & GRANTS

    SENSITIVE, SELECTIVE, AND AFFORDABLE CHEMICAL THREAT SENSING USING FREQUENCY LOCKED MICROTOROID OPTICAL RESONATORS
    Principal Investigator: Tsu-Te Judith SuEuan McLeod

    STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

    ANOTHER WAVELENGTH: CLARISSA DELEON

    This week in Another Wavelength, we chat with 2nd year Ph.D. student Clarissa DeLeon. Clarissa is advised by Research Professor Meredith Kupinski. 

    ZHIPENG DONG AWARDED BEST PAPER AT SPIE PHOTONICS WEST

    Congratulations to M.S. student, Zhipeng Dong, who received the Best Paper Award - Emerging Digital Micromirror Device Based Systems and Applications presented at SPIE Photonics West 2022.

    2022-2023 HSF SCHOLARS PROGRAM APPLICATION CLOSES SOON

    The 2022-2023 HSF Scholar Program Application is now open and closes on March 1, 2022, 5:00 PM PT. Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded over $675 million in scholarships. HSF Scholars have access to valuable Scholar Support Services and, as funding permits, Scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000. Students of Hispanic Heritage are encouraged to apply. Find the full elibility requirements here. To get started, visit HSF.net and log into or create your myHSF profile to access the HSF Scholar Program Application

    BAYER CORPORATION MENTORING PROGRAM FOR EARLY STAGE SCIENTISTS

    The Bayer Corporation is running a Mentoring Program for scientists in their early stages, with a focus on graduate students and postdocs. In 2022, BIO5 is working with Bayer Marana. Participants will be paired 1-on-1 with Bayer employees. Online applications are still being accepted until Thursday February 24th at midnight through. Review the flyer for additional details.

    INDUSTRIAL AFFILIATES UPDATES

    PHOTOS FROM THE SPRING 2022 INDUSTRIAL AFFILIATES MEETING

    Another successful Industrial Affiliates meeting concluded last week, from Feb. 14 - 16. Many industries and students had the opportunity to meet, discuss research and industry careers, and connect for the future. Check out the photos here.

    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

    SUPERLATIVE STAFF

    WELCOME, STACY

    The Wyant College is pleased to welcome Stacy Marquardt as the newest Administrative Associate assisting college faculty. She's happy to join the UArizona family and support our university students, staff, and faculty. Please find her in Meinel 542 or call her at 520-621-8129, email: smarquardt@optics.arizona.edu.

    WATTS HAPPENING

    TRIBUTE TO JAMES C. WYANT: THE EXTRAORDINAIRE IN OPTICAL METROLOGY AND OPTICS EDUCATION

    A message from the Wyant Tribute Chairs and Proceeding Editors,
    Virendra N. Mahajan and Daewook Kim
    OSC has acquired a copy of the SPIE Proceedings 11813
    Please visit the Fred A. Hopf Reading Room and Library and
    peruse through the Proceedings.

    A NOTE FROM WIO PRESIDENT, CLARISSA DELEON: PRISM WEEK

    Hi everyone! I want to express my appreciation for everyone who volunteered and participated in Prism Week 2022. From scheduling speakers, securing rooms to recruiting volunteers, this event could not have happened without everyone working together as a team, and could not have been such a success without the participants. Read Clarissa's message here. 

    View recorded talks  |  View a gallery of Prism Week

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