Feb. 7 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter

    Announcements

    Better, Stronger, Faster, Smarter!

    The College of Optical Sciences has seen a flurry of thoroughly exciting activity over the last several weeks, and we're due for much more.

    A few days ago, we were extraordinarily pleased to announce a historic and record-breaking scholarship donation from educator, innovator and entrepreneur James C. Wyant, who has already done so much to strengthen OSC's globally respected research and academic programs. In conjunction with his generous commitment, a number of other individual and institutional donors stepped up to form the Principals of Opticks philanthropic society and fund more than a dozen FoTO (Friends of Tucson Optics) graduate student awards. Not a bad beginning to our 50th year!

    In the weeks to come, we will welcome essential members to the administrative staff, have a fantastic (and informative) time at Laser Fun Day, look toward another successful Industrial Affiliates Workshop and, of course, continue celebrating our milestone anniversary, this time with a series of lectures by the eminent Professor Sir Michael V. Berry.

    TLA Launches Lunchtime Workshops

    Tech Launch Arizona begins its semester-long series of workshop lunches with "Protecting Your Invention," which will be offered in two sessions: Feb. 13 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Feb. 27 from noon to 2 p.m. Both meetings take place in the Rincon Room at the Student Union Memorial Center.

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    Kidger Scholarship Calls for Applicants

    The Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship is accepting applications through Feb. 28. The award, established in honor of educator and software developer Michael John Kidger, has been given each year since 1998 to a promising student of optical design.

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    Public Lecture to Commemorate 50th Anniversary

    On Wednesday, Feb. 12, Michael V. Berry will offer the public lecture "How Quantum Physics Democratized Music," which will explore the "unexpected and unexpectedly common" connections between physics, technology and allegedly unscientific human behaviors.

    The presentation will be held from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Auditorium 308 in the Kuiper Building, directly across the Mall from the Meinel Building.

    Berry will also deliver OSC's Feb. 13 Colloquium, "The Singularities of Light: Intensity, Phase, Polarization,"and a Feb. 14 lecture at the department of physics.

    New Administrators to Help Build College's Reach and Reputation

    OSC will welcome two key additions to its administrative endeavors on Feb. 10: Justin Walker as associate dean of business development and administration, and Graeme Hunt as media content manager.

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    Vatican Observatory Seminar at Steward

    The Vatican Observatory is holding a seminar on Feb. 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Room N210 at the Steward Observatory. Among the topics to be discussed are a new collaboration between Steward and the observatory, the Arizona Robotic Telescope Initiative; astrobiology; and observing near-Earth objects. RSVPs are required to 520-621-2289 or michele@email.arizona.edu.

    Events

    Women in Optics Semester Kick-Off

    Feb. 7, 5 p.m., Wilko (943 E. University Blvd., Tucson, Ariz.)

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    Ph.D. Written Exams

    Feb. 11-12, Eighth-Floor Breakout Area

    Special Presentation: Yong-Hee Lee, Ph.D. 1986

    Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m., Meinel 647

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    Public Lecture: "How Quantum Physics Democratized Music"

    Feb. 12, 3:30-5 p.m., Kuiper 308

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    Ph.D. Defense: Wiley Black

    Feb. 13, 2-5 p.m., Franken Conference Room (Meinel 821)

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    Colloquium: Michael V. Berry

    Feb. 13, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Community Speakers

    Feb. 14, noon-1 p.m., Meinel 408/410

    Colloquium: David Griffiths

    Feb. 20, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Laser Fun Day

    March 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Meinel Building

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    Industrial Affiliates Workshop

    March 3-5

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    Media Mentions

    SPIE Establishes FoTO Scholarship

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    KVOA News Notes Wyant's Record-Breaking Gift

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    Contracts & Grants

    (BRI) Ultrafast Light Coupling to Nonequilibrium Carriers in Extended Semiconductor Media

    Principal investigators: Jerome V. Moloney and R. Jason Jones

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    Grayscale Feature Fabrication

    Principal investigator: Tom D. Milster

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    I-Corps: Holographic NsN Optical Switch for Data Communication

    Principal investigator: Pierre-Alexandre Blanche

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    Laser-Guided Microwave Beams for Remote Detection of Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Principal investigator: Pavel Polynkin

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    Spectrometer for Microscope and Array Microscope

    Principal investigator: Eustace L. Dereniak

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    Students in the Spotlight

    Graduate Student Wins Marshall Foundation Fellowship

    Blake Coughenour, a Ph.D. student under Regents' Professor J. Roger P. Angel, was awarded a 2014 Marshall Foundation Dissertation Fellowship by the UA Graduate College. He has earned tuition for two semesters in support of the completion of his dissertation "Phovoltaic Concentrator Optical System Design: Solar Energy Engineering from Physics to Field."

    Watts Happening

    Say Hello to Our Newest Kupinski!

    Miss Carly Adelaide Kupinski came into the world on Dec. 13 with both eyes open ...

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