March 31 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    SOCK to Host OSA IONS Conference This Fall

    College of Optical Sciences Student Optics Chapter (SOCK) Hosts ION Conference Fall 2016

    OSC's SOCk (Student Optics Chapter) is very excited to host an International OSA Network of Students (IONS) conference from Sept. 30 - Oct. 3 here at the College of Optical Sciences. If you would like to be involved in the planning process for the conference or would like more information, please contact Ben Cromey at More information will be available in future issues of Watts Up!

    Fall 2016 M.S. Deadlines Extended

    Please note that Fall 2016 M.S. deadlines have been extended. Applications are now due May 15 for international students and August 1 for domestic students. For more information, view the deadlines section on the Graduate Admissions webpage.

    2016 Group Photo

    College of Optical Sciences Group Photo

    Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 19 at 2:15 p.m. for one of the college's longest-running traditions: The OSC group photo! Come on out and gather on the Meinel Building west lawn and bring your biggest smile. All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to join in. 

    Who Really Funded Your Invention?

    OSC faculty and graduate students are invited to Tech Launch Arizona's Lunchtime Chat: Who Really Funded Your Invention? Our own Amy Phillips will be leading a discussion about disclosing inventions, funding issues and intellectual property responsibilities. The event will be taking place on Tuesday, April 12 at 12 noon in Meinel 821.

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    OSC at Innovators Night

    College of Optical Sciences (OSC) Women in Optics attends SARSEF Innovators Night

    Two groups from OSC attended the recent Southern Arizona Research, Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF) Future Innovators Night, which brought hundreds of students and their parents to the Tucson Convention Center on March 4.

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    Upcoming Events

    Colloquium: Gary Settles

    April 7, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    UA Spring Fling

    April 8-10, UA Mall

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    Ph.D. Defense: Jeffrey Brown

    April 11, 10 a.m., Meinel 821

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    Colloquium: Laura Waller

    April 14, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Colloquiuim: Tatiana Novikova

    April 21, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Colloquiuim: Michael Gehm

    April 28, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Media Mentions

    Faculty Distinctions

    Dholakia Receives R.W. Wood Prize

    Kishan Dholakia receives R.W. Wood Prize for 2016

    Adjunct Professor Kishan Dholakia was awarded the prestigious OSA R.W. Wood Prize for 2016 for his pioneering research contributions into optical micromanipulation using shaped light for interdisciplinary photonics-based implementations. Congratulations, Kishan!

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    Contracts & Grants

    High-Performance Head-Worn Lightfield Display for Virtual Reality

    Principal Investigator: Hong Hua

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    Fourier Ptychographic Endoscopy

    Principal Investigator(s): Rongguang Liang, Bhaskar Banerjee

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    Atmospheric and Surface Measurements in Support of Scene Modeling

    Principal Investigator: Stuart F. Biggar

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    Wavelength-Tunable High-Repetition Rate Mode-Locked Laser Source for Accelerator Applications - STTR Phase I

    Principal Investigator: Valery Temyanko

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    Students in the Spotlight

    Sawyer Receives University Fellows Award

    OSC undergrad, Travis Sawyer, was selected to receive the UA's most prestigious graduate recruitment fellowship, The University Fellows Award. Travis, who was recently admitted to the Optical Sciences Ph.D. program, will receive a competitive financial package, professional development programming, mentoring and community engagement opportunities and a richly interdisciplinary cohort.

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    Kwan in University Fellows' First Cohort

    Since its inception in 2014, the highly-competitive University Fellows Program was designed to attract and recruit top graduate students from across the nation and present them a structured experience to help further their capacities as interdisciplinary and collaborative leaders.

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    Superlative Staff

    Superlative Staff: February 2016

    Staff Recognition Program banner

    A huge congratulations to the recent OSC Staff Recognition Program winners: Cindy Robertson, Michelle Bryan and Melissa Fasulo.

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    Employment Opportunities