March 14 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter

    Spring Is in the Air at OSC

    Spring break starts tomorrow at the University of Arizona, but things are never sleepy at the College of Optical Sciences.

    A view of the Meinel Building's west wing through the leaves and branches of a palo verde tree

    We're still enjoying the success of the latest Laser Fun Day and Industrial Affiliates Workshop (photos now available), and our 50th anniversary celebration continues tonight with a special film showing hosted by Charlie Falco.

    As the college gears up for graduate student recruitment weekend and the last long stretch of the semester, stay tuned for more exciting news and events!

    Accepting Applications for OSC Scholarships

    The college is accepting applications online through 5 p.m. on Friday, March 28, for the following 2014-2015 scholarships ...

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    Early RSVP for Tech Launch Arizona Seminar

    Technology Transfer License Specialist Amy Phillips is offering the OSC community an opportunity to register for Tech Launch Arizona's "Ideas to Assets" seminar before the rest of the University has a chance.

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    Start Your Spring Break with Free Software Tutorial

    Breault Research Organization, a member of the college's Industrial Affiliates program, is providing an advanced tutorial for using ASAP software for designing, modeling and analyzing illumination systems. The workshop runs next Tuesday through Thursday, and registration is free for OSC faculty, staff and students.

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    Call for Volunteers

    Master's student and Women in Optics member Elizabeth Judge is looking for volunteers for the 2014 Imagine Engineering Conference, co-hosted by the Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona and the Society of Women Engineers, on Saturday, March 22, to the UA campus. If you're interested in lending a hand, please email

    Spend the Summer or Fall Studying Optics in Taiwan

    Applications are due on April 15 for the college's exchange program with the department of optics and photonics at National Central University in Taiwan.

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    Colloquium: Jim Schwiegerling

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

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    Community Speakers: R. John Koshel and P. Zhou

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

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    50th Anniversary Celebration: 'Tim's Vermeer,' Hosted by Charles M. Falco

    March 14, 7 p.m., The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd., Tucson, Ariz.

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    Spring Recess

    March 15-23

    Breault Research Organization ASAP Advanced Illumination Design Tutorial

    March 18-20, 6400 E. Grant Rd., Suite 350, Tucson, Ariz.

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    UA Conflict of Interest Info Session

    March 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Meinel 408/410

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    Colloquium: Kevin Parker

    March 27, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend

    March 28-29

    Media Mentions

    Faculty Distinctions

    Remote Sensing Group Part of Award-Winning Team

    The college's Remote Sensing Groupcomprised of Nikolaus Anderson, Stuart F. BiggarCharles J. Burkhart, Jeffrey S. Czapla-Myers and Robert L. Kingston ...

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    OSC Paper Among Top Applied Optics Downloads

    An article co-authored by M.S. student Eric Herman and professor José Sasián was listed among the most downloaded articles for the journal Applied Optics. "Aberration Considerations in Lens Tolerancing" appeared in the January 2014 issue.

    Hollinger Science Fair Winners Take Home SARSEF Prizes

    Several projects from Hollinger Elementary School won big at this week's Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair ...

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    Contracts & Grants

    Improvements to Automated Test-Site Characterization for Terra ASTER, MODIS and MISR Calibration

    Principal Investigator: Jeffrey S. Czapla-Myers

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    Machine Vision for Automotive Displays

    Principal Investigator: Jim Schwiegerling 

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    Employment Opportunities

    To see who's hiring at the college and around the optics industry, please visit the OSC website's Employment section.