Oct. 17 | The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences Newsletter


    Public Lecture Looks Up, Out and Way Beyond with Olivier Guyon

    Next Thursday, Oct. 23, OSC joint professor and recent MacArthur "genius grant" winner Olivier Guyon will help us look up and out into the universe with an engaging public talk, held at 7:30 p.m. in Auditorium 120 at UA's Manuel Pacheco Integrative Learning Center.

    Portrait of Olivier Guyon (courtesy of the MacArthur Foundation) and vista of red mountains under a clear sky and bright moon

    With "Searching for Habitable Worlds and Life in the Universe with Optics," Guyon will share the excitement and technical challenges inherent to the quest for exoplanets.

    This lecture is free and open to the public, and parking is available at no cost at all surface lots in the area. Come celebrate the college's 50th anniversary by listening to one of its brightest young scholars describe work that's changing the way we look into the cosmos.

    Kidger Scholarship Open for Applications

    The Michael Kidger Memorial Scholarship, open to students of optical design, is now accepting applications for its 2015 award.

    Previous winners from OSC include Brian Wheelwright in 2014, Tamer Elazhary in 2013 and several others in the scholarship's more than 15-year history.

    Go West, Young (and Old) Optical Scientists!

    Mindful of the imminent Frontiers in Optics conference and its countless associated activities, this week's Light Moments article takes us back more than 43 years to the first time that the Optical Society (OSA) brought its annual meeting to the wide-open skies of the Old Pueblo.

    Conference attendees crowd the dusty streets of Old Tucson in a black-and-white archive photo

    Read more about the 1971 spring meeting in "The Optical Society Goes West, Again."

    Miss Your Student Photo Session?

    ... Or are you just tired of the same old picture up on the wall on the fourth floor?

    Students who have yet to take an official OSC portrait or who would like a new one should meet in the third-floor lobby between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, for a makeup photo session. If you can't make that time, drop kwaller@optics.arizona.edu a quick note to schedule an alternative time.

    Note: This session is for undergraduate and graduate students only. Faculty and staff members will have a turn soon!

    Upcoming Events

    Community Speakers: Internship Experiences and Industrial Affiliates

    Oct. 17, noon-1 p.m., Meinel 408/410

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    The Optical Society (OSA) Frontiers in Optics Conference: Optical Sciences 50th Anniversary Symposium

    Oct. 19; 4-6:30 p.m.; J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort, 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson, Arizona; registration required

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    Special Presentation: Daniele Faccio

    Oct. 20, 3:30 p.m., Franken Conference Room (Meinel 821)

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    Special Presentation: S. Chandrasekhar

    Oct. 21, 10 a.m., Franken Conference Room (Meinel 821)

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    Special Presentation: Jerome Ballesta

    Oct. 21, 5 p.m., Meinel 747

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    50th Anniversary Banquet at Old Tucson

    Oct. 22; 6-10 p.m.; Old Tucson, 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona; registration required

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    Colloquium: CANCELED

    Oct. 23

    Industrial Affiliates Workshop

    Oct. 23-24; registration required

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    Special Presentation: Takayoshi Kobayashi

    Oct. 23, 2 p.m., Meinel 547

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    Industrial Affiliates Corporate Showcase and Career Fair

    Oct. 23, 4-6 p.m., Dan Dunlap Stadium Club

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    Public Lecture: "Searching for Habitable Worlds and Life in the Universe with Optics"

    Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Pacheco Integrative Learning Center Auditorium 120; free and open to the public

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    Colloquium: Kerry Vahala

    Oct. 30, 3:30-5 p.m., Meinel 307

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    Media Mentions

    Students in the Spotlight

    Another Wavelength: Edward LaVilla

    For this month's Another Wavelength feature, we're talking to second-year optical engineering Ph.D. student Eddie LaVilla, who hails from Rochester, New York.

    Another Wavelength banner with photo of Eddie LaVilla in Franken Conference Room

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    Alumni Dispatches

    Oschmann, M.S. 1983, Selected as Alumnus of the Year

    The College of Optical Sciences has announced Jacobus (Jim) Oschmann as its 2014 Alumnus of the Year Award winner. Oschmann earned an M.S. degree from OSC in 1983 and an MBA from UA's Eller College of Management in 2003 and currently serves as vice president and general manager of civil space and technology at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

    Portrait of Jim Oschmann paired with photo of Meinel Building complex

    Oschmann is being honored for significant contributions to optical design and technology development. He will deliver the college's Nov. 6 Colloquium lecture and then be honored in a Nov. 7 ceremony during UA's 100th Homecoming celebration

    Industrial Affiliates Updates

    Showcase to Bring Students Face-to-Face with Optics Companies

    From 4 to 6 p.m. next Thursday, the Dan Dunlop Stadium Club at Arizona Stadium will be teeming with company reps ready to share employment opportunities with the College of Optical Sciences student body. 

    Students speak to company reps at corporate showcase booths

    Current job-seekers and those thinking a few semesters ahead are all invited to attend the corporate showcase and career fair, featuring almost 20 different businesses, to learn more about optics careers with our Industrial Affiliates.

    Employment Opportunities

    Assistant, Associate or Full Professor (Tenure-Eligible) | UA College of Optical Sciences

    Tucson, Arizona

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    Optical Engineer (Multiple Positions) | Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory

    Lexington, Massachusetts

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    Summer Intern | Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory

    Lexington, Massachusetts

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    Associate or Full Professor | Center for Research in Optics (Mexico)

    León, Guanajuato, Mexico

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