March 3 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    Etendue: Jack D. Gaskill

    "Etendue: The throughput of a life in optics" banner

    Welcome to Etendue, featuring interesting and accomplished individuals known for their leadership and contributions both with their careers and the College of Optical Sciences, in their own words. (For a similar view on the college’s best and brightest – our students – please check out Another Wavelength among our Students in the Spotlight.)

    This month, we hear from OSC Professor Emeritus Jack D. Gaskill.

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    5th Annual Tokyo Optical Science and Engineering Short Course

    The UA College of Optical Sciences and Utsunomiya University are pleased to present the 2016 Optical Science and Engineering Short Course program, taking place in Tokyo, Japan on March 17-18.

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    Workshop Symposium Student Scholarships Available

    Current OSC students interested in attending the Workshop Symposium in May should note there are six scholarships available for both the Adaptive Optics and Optics of Imaging in Lithography workshops (12 total). To register for the workshop symposium and apply for a workshop scholarship, please visit the official Workshop Symposium website. Registration closes at midnight (MST) on May 9, 2016.

    Laser Fun Day is Here!

    OSC Student Optics Chapter - SOCK - Laser Fun Day

    SOCk's popular Laser Fun Day will be held on Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Now in its 6th year, the family-friendly event will be filled with fun optics experiences and presentations including a laser maze, optical illusions, hands-on demos and much more.

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    Nofziger Needs You

    Star Party with Mike Nofziger

    Calling all telescopes! The College of Optical Sciences is once again sponsoring the annual Star Party for John B. Wright Elementary school, and we need your help. 

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    UA Student Union Seeking Input

    UA Student Union Dining Services wants your opinion on identifiying more varied food options across campus. If you're a student, faculty or staff at the UA and have a few minutes, take the short online survey.

    Upcoming Events

    UA Spring Career Days

    March 8-9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Student Union Memorial Center Ballroom

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    Colloquium: Jean-Pierre Wolf

    March 10, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Tucson Festival of Books

    March 12-13, UA Mall, Science City, Science of Tomorrow Neighborhood

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    No Classes

    March 12-20: Spring Recess

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    Breault Research Organization Introduction to APEX Tutorial

    March 15-18, registration required

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    Laser Fun Day

    March 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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    Industrial Affiliates Workshop

    March 28-30

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    Industrial Affiliates Corporate Showcase and Career Fair

    March 28, 4-6 p.m.; Registration required

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    Colloquium: Raymond K. Kostuk

    March 31, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Contracts & Grants

    High Efficiency Photonic Switch for Data Centers - SBIR Phase I

    Principal Investigator: Pierre-Alexandre Blanche

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    High Energy Laser Beam Propagation at Near Marine Boundary Condition

    Principal Investigator: Arturo Chavez-Pirson

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    Calibration of Spectralon Reference Panels

    Principal Investigator: Nikolaus Anderson

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    Students in the Spotlight

    Wang Wins at Hack Arizona

    OSC graduate student Sunglin Wang and his group recently won the Raytheon - Best Drone Related Hack as part of 2016 Hack Arizona, which took place Jan. 22-24.

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    Alumni Dispatches

    Celebrating the Memory...

    Celebrating the Memory of Kevin P. (Rolland-) Thompson

    Please join us on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 from 2-4 p.m. at the College of Optical Sciences, Franken Conference Room (Meinel 821) to celebrate and honor Kevin P. (Rolland-) Thompson, Ph.D. (OSC 1980), the 2015 University of Arizona Alumnus of the Year for the College of Optical Sciences. All are welcome.

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    Industrial Affiliates Updates

    Register for the Spring 2016 Affiliates Workshop

    Industrial Affiliates members are invited to register for the spring 2016 workshop, taking place March 28-30. A formal invitation and registration information was sent to current Industrial Affiliates members. If you did not receive the invitation, or you're not a current IA member and wish to attend, please contact Kaye Rowan at

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    Employment Opportunities