Nov. 29 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    There's Nothing Like It!

    On Saturday, the UA Student Optics Chapter will host its third Laser Fun Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tons of Tucson kids will flock to the Meinel Building to learn about science, light and optics with hands-on demonstrations. (Parents and grandparents are welcome, too.)

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    Be a Part of the Action

    SOCk is seeking volunteers for this Saturday's Laser Fun Day, held at the Meinel Building from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The day will be broken into two shifts: 9-11:45 a.m. and noon-3:15 p.m. You'll only be committing to three hours out of the whole weekend, and your lunch will be provided.

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    As the Year Comes to a Close ...

    ... we come together to celebrate.

    Staff, students and faculty are all invited to the OSC holiday luncheon, held on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the third-floor lobby of the Meinel Building.

    Featured alongside the food and fun will be an opt-in gift exchange. To participate, bring a wrapped gift (worth a minimum of $10) to Cindy and Lucy in Meinel 719 by Dec. 5 — they'll be able to fill you in on all the game rules. The action will commence just after the luncheon at 1 p.m. or so, right next to the lit-up tree in the lobby.

    Looking Forward with Laser Focus

    The college's 2012 Annual Giving Back Campaign continues — there's still a chance to make a difference in a young optical scientist's life by establishing a scholarship, donating to the Dean's Fund for Excellence or supporting senior capstone projects.

    To learn more about how your gift can change the course of a student's future, please contact Kaye Rowan at or 626-8754.

    Distance Discount for Fed Employees

    Persuant to a new Arizona Board of Regents policy, employees of the U.S. Department of Defense or of U.S. national laboratories are eligible to pay in-state tuition for distance courses.

    Presenting Our President

    All University of Arizona personnel are encourage to attend the inauguration of Dr. Ann Weaver Hart as the 21st president of Arizona's land grant university.

    The ceremony takes place tomorrow at 3 p.m. in Centennial Hall, with a reception immediately following on the grounds of the Arizona State Museum.

    Winter Tutorials from Breault

    Breault Research Organization is offering tutorials in its ASAP and APEX software, free of charge for faculty, graduate students and senior undergraduates at the College of Optical Sciences.

    The Intro to ASAP course takes place Dec. 3-6, and the Intro to APEX course takes place Jan. 2-4. These tutorials are limited to 16 participants, so please act quickly if interested.

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    Nomination Deadline Extended

    Nominations for the Inclusive Excellence Awards, which were established to recognize significant contributions toward creating a diverse and inclusive community at the University of Arizona, have been extended to 5 p.m. tomorrow. Staff, students, faculty and organizations are eligible for nomination, and the college's own Kimberly Sierra-Cajas is a former winner.

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    Community Speakers Series: Margaret Dominguez, Shelby Vorndran and Erin Dokter

    Friday, Nov. 30, noon, Meinel 408/410

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    Laser Fun Day

    Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Meinel Building

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    Classes End

    Holiday Luncheon

    Thursday, Dec. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Third Floor Lobby

    Faculty Distinctions

    2 Profs Named SPIE Fellows

    Assistant professor of optical sciences, electrical and computer engineering, and computer science Hong Hua and adjunct professor Franko Kueppers of Darmstadt University of Technology (Germany) have both been promoted to the SPIE Fellowship, where they join a number of their talented OSC colleagues.

    Media Mentions

    UANews Reports Federal Grant for Angel

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    Watts Happening

    In Memoriam: Bernhard O. Seraphin

    College of Optical Sciences Professor Emeritus Bernhard Otto Seraphin, a pioneer in the fields of solid-state physics, semiconductors and solar energy conversion, died on Nov. 18 at the age of 89.

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