May 25 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    Pre-Commencement Photos Available

    2016 Pre-Commencement Photos Now Available

    Photos from the May 12 Spring Pre-Commencement Celebration are now online. If you would like high-resolution versions suitable for printing, contact Graeme Hunt, media content manager, at

    EASIS Summer Camp - Volunteers Needed

    CIAN is seeking OSC faculty and student volunteers for the summer EASIS Summer Camp, taking place June 13-17. If you are interested, please contact Ameé Hennig at For more information on the summer camp and the volunteer opportunities, see the article published in the May 12 issue of Watts Up!

    Wavy Diffraction Grating Removed

    Flandrau Science Center - Stephen F. Jacobs Wavy Diffraction Grating

    In 1996, to uphold Tucson's designation as Optics Valley, Professor Emeritus Stephen F. Jacobs mounted a 53' long wavy diffraction grating atop Tucson's City Hall. Later that year, a second grating was installed over the main entrance of the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium to welcome and pique the curiosity of museum visitors. 

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    Upcoming Events

    No Classes

    May 30, Memorial Day

    Last Day of Classes

    June 4, Pre-Session

    First Day of Classes

    June 6, Summer Session I

    CIAN Expect Academic Success in STEM Optical Engineering Summer Camp

    June 13-17, College of Optical Sciences; Registration required

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    Media Mentions

    Faculty Distinctions

    Imaging Technology Developed by Barrett Licensed to Lightpoint Medical

    A Molecular Imaging Technology originally developed by Regents' Professor of Optical Sciences Harrison H. Barrett, colleauge and OSC alumnus Dr. Luca Caucci and student Yijun Ding, has been licensed to Lightpoint Medical.

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    Contracts & Grants

    Precision Glass Press Molding Tests

    Principal Investigator: Rongguang Liang

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    Harnessing Strong-Field Mid-Infrared (IR) Lasers: Designer Beams of Relativistic Particles and THz-to-X-ray Light

    Principal Investigator(s): Miroslav Kolesik, Jerome V. Moloney

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    Students in the Spotlight

    WiO Launching Your Career Symposium a Success

    OSC Women in Optics Launching Your Career Symposium

    The Women in Optics (WiO) 2016 Launching Your Career Symposium was deemed a resounding success by everyone involved. The event, which took place on April 16 at the College of Optical Sciences, brought STEM undergraduates, graduates and postdocs together with accomplished female leaders in industry and academia.

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    Alumni Dispatches

    Hello, Baby Sofia!

    OSC alumni Stefano (Ph.D., 2012) and Garam (Ph.D., 2011) Young recently welcomed their daughter, Sofia JoAnn Young, into the world on Monday, May 12. Congratulations to you both and thank you for sharing this wonderful occasion with your extended family at OSC.

    Superlative Staff

    Gangopadhyay Among Tech Launch Asset Development Recipients

    Associate Research Scientist Palash Gangopadhyay and his invention were among 28 technologies benefiting from Tech Launch Arizona's Asset Development Program.

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    Watts Happening

    Student Interface Award Winners Announced

    Each spring, the College of Engineering recognizes faculty, staff and students who have made special efforts in serving the student population. For 2016, OSC is happy to acknowledge Michael Nofziger for Most Supportive Faculty, Melissa Sarmiento Ayala for Most Supportive Staff and M.S. student Patrick Thrasher for Most Helpful Teaching Assistant. Thank you for your dedication in ensuring OSC's B.S. in OSE students are the best they can be. 

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