March 8 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    Brave the Rain for the Book Festival

    Saturday, March 9, marks the opening of the 2013 Tucson Festival of Books here at UA. As mentioned last week, the college is throwing its doors open to interested bibliophiles, offering hands-on demos and public talks by Dean Koch ("Frontiers in Optics at the College of Optical Sciences," at 1:30 p.m.) and Professor Greivenkamp ("Museum of Optics: A History of Telescopes and Binoculars," at 10:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.).

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    Watch the Weather (Channel) on Thursday!

    Can we control nature? That's the question asked by the Weather Channel's new series "Hacking the Planet," which explores the ways in which humanity might try to consciously steer climatic occurrences.

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    Microscopy Photo Contest

    The Edmund Optics Micro Marvels Photo Contest wants to know: Is your research cover-worthy? The competition, open to anyone, seeks the best natural, environmental or cellular structures made visible by light microscopy. Entries are due March 31. Five finalists will be revealed on April 8, and the top selection will be announced after a two-week public voting period. This prize-winning photo will grace the cover of the Edmund Optics Fall 2013 catalog.

    So, if you've seen something spectacular through your eyepiece recently, snap a photo and find out how it compares!

    Internship on Your Mind?

    If you're thinking about spending your summer delving deeper into optics and engineering, you may find some excellent resources on NASA's One Stop Shopping Initiative, which displays internship applications open through March 15.

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    Graduate Research in Ocular Imaging

    Are you intrigued by ophthalmic adaptive optics, eye tracking and image registration, multi- and hyperspectral retinal imaging or ophthalmic instrument design? Then the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program at the Eye Institute of the Medical College of Wisconsin may fit you well.

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    Promotional Price for Aberrations Text

    Cambridge University Press is offering a special discount promotion on José Sasián's Introduction to Aberrations in Optical Imaging Systems, an "accessible, well-presented introduction to the theory of optical aberrations" that was published in December.


    Colloquium: Michelle Povinelli

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

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    No Classes

    Spring Break

    Hyatt M. Gibbs Scientific Symposium

    March 11, 1-6:30 p.m., Meinel 307
    RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

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    Washington, D.C., Alumni Reception

    March 13, 6-8 p.m., Powers Court Room, Phoenix Park Hotel, Washington, D.C.
    Please RSVP to Kaye Rowan at

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    Colloquium: CANCELED

    March 14

    Media Mentions

    Junior, Ambassador Describes 'Busy Semester'

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    Industrial Affiliates

    Welcome, Compound Photonics!

    The College of Optical Sciences is very pleased to welcome Compound Photonics to its Industrial Affiliates program as the newest Executive Partner member. Headquartered in Phoenix, Vancouver and London, this vertically integrated company holds expertise in laser illumination, thin films, imaging technologies, system design and more.

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    Watts Happening!

    Photo Gallery: 2013 Spring Industrial Affiliates Workshop

    Braving an unexpected bout of rare Sonoran Desert snow, Industrial Affiliates program members from all over the country joined OSC on Feb. 19, 20 and 21 for our first workshop of 2013. Tuesday evening featured a corporate showcase and career fair, during which students displayed their research posters and explored the various employment opportunities at affiliate companies.

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    Photo Gallery: Binocular History Society Visits the Museum of Optics

    On the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 22, members of the Binocular History Society visited the college to tour OSC's unique Museum of Optics and to attend a special lecture by John E. Greivenkamp, professor of optical sciences and ophthalmology. The esteemed group took an opportunity to explore the optical properties of the "Desert Flower" and "Sphere" sculptures before turning their attention to their namesake instrument.

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    Photo Gallery: 2013 Graduate Student Recruitment Weekend

    On March 1, some of the most promising students in optics arrived in Tucson, ready to see if the College of Optical Sciences might be a good match for their graduate studies. Provided here are a few photos from that weekend's adventures.

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    Employment Opportunities

    Optical Engineer | OSRAM Sylvania

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    Optical Engineer | The Photonics Group

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    Optical Engineer | Sandia National Laboratories

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    Optomechanical Engineer | The Photonics Group

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    Postdoctoral Research Associate | College of Optical Sciences

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    Principal Optomechanical Engineer | The Photonics Group

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    Program Manager in Laser Materials | The Photonics Group

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