May 16 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    2019 Spring Commencement

    On Thursday, May 9, College of Optical Sciences students walked across the stage and entered the distinguished ranks of OSC alumni. The UA Student Union south ballroom was filled with friends and family of the graduates, OSC staff and faculty and a joyous atmosphere. All of us at the college wish our graduates the best of luck as they light the future. Photos of the ceremony are now available online. High-resolution digital copies are available upon request.


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    Watts Up! Summer Schedule

    As the campus bustle slows down the Watts Up will follow suit! Watts Up! will be released on a monthly basis during the summer months, on the last Thursday of each month. Watts Up! regular bi-weekly schedule will resume after classes are back in session. Please continue to send story ideas to Media Content Manager, Amee Hennig.

    In Memoriam: Chuck DeMund

    Charles ”Chuck” DeMund, science photographer, author, philanthropist and eminent friend to the UA James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences, passed away on Thursday May 9, 2019. As a world-renowned photographer of sciences, Chuck’s images captured outer space to the depths of the ocean. He made an undeniable impact on the field of optical sciences and photonics with this skill, an opportunity made possible by his 36-year career with defense contractor General Dynamics.

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    Upcoming Events

    Arizona Technology Council - International Day of Light Celebration

    May 16, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Aloft Tucson University

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    CIAN EASIS Summer Camp

    June 10 - 14

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    SEA Women in STEM Camp

    June 23 - 28

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    Faculty Distinctions

    Harrison H. Barrett Retires

    Congratulations and happy retirement, Harry! Everyone at OSC wishes you well. Photos of Harry's retirement festivities, deemed "Harrypalooza," are now available online. High-resolution images are available upon request.

    Students in the Spotlight

    OSC Students Receive Awards at ARCS

    On April 26, 2019 at the 44th Annual Scholar Awards Dinner, three OSC students were named Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Scholars for 2019-2020. Awardees included Travis Sawyer, Brandon Hellman, and Ben Cromey. 

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    Alumni Dispatches

    Bear Down Network Connects Alumni and UA

    A big congratulations to all the newest University of Arizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences Alumni and a shout out to all our alumni. OSC is happy to share the news about the new Bear Down Network. This, just-released, professional social media platform is available to all current UA students and alumni and is expected to become an invaluable resource for networking and creating essential career resources. Download it today through a mobile app on the Apple App Store and Google PlayLearn more in the official announcement.

    Industrial Affiliates Updates

    Welcome to Airy Optics

    The Wyant College of Optical Sciences is happy to welcome Airy Optics as its newest Associate Partner Industrial Affiliate Member. Welcome!

    Superlative Staff

    Welcome to OSC, Nichole

    A big welcome to Nichole Jimenez, Administrative Associate, joining the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences. Nichole has transitioned into the administrative position recently vacated by Cindy Gardner, who retired May 3rd.   

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    Watts Happening

    Outreach this Month

    Today, Dr. Mike Nofziger and Ben Cromey might just be putting a pair of diffraction grating glasses on every continent (except Antarica of course!) at an International Science Fair for High School Students in Phoenix.

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