News & Events

Whether it's an article on the front page of an industry magazine or a Thursday-afternoon Colloquium lecture by one of the top minds in optics, the news and events of the College of Optical Sciences keep information in motion in the Meinel Building.

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College of Optical Science Latest NewsWatts Up! & Other News

OSC's primary source of information is our biweekly newsletter, Watts Up! But you can also explore all things UA Optics through our press releases, feature articles, media mentions and quicknews.

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College of Optical Sciences ColloquiumsColloquium Lecture Series

A lively forum wherein academic scholars and industry leaders discuss groundbreaking research and encourage questions and comments. Held on Thursdays during the academic year, the forum is open to students, faculty, the optics community and the general public.

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College of Optical Sciences Event CalendarCalendar of Events

View a month-by-month overview of UA and OSC events, including those for alumni, colloquiums, workshops, presentations and other industry related events.

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College of Optical Sciences Photo GalleriesOSC Photo Galleries

We make an effort to document every significant event that occurs at the College of Optical Sciences. Peruse events going back to 2003 in our photo gallery section.

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College of Optical Sciences VIdeosOSC Videos

The College of Optical Sciences, its faculty and students and events and presentations have been featured in numerous videos ranging from local news pieces to associated YouTube channels. 

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Featured Events

  • Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 5:00pm
    The Wyant College of Optical Sciences’ Alumni and Industrial Affiliates Reception will be held on Tuesday, August 13 at a new location - Roy’s San Diego Waterfront (located inside the Marriott Hotel, 333 West Harbor Drive). Held in conjunction with SPIE Optics + Photonics 2019, the party will start-up at a new time of 5:00 p.m. with a very special announcement scheduled for 5:15 p.m. And you won’t want to miss hearing this news! All OSC Alumni and IA members are welcomed – an SPIE conference registration is not required. 
  • Thursday, August 22, 2019  
    New Graduate Students to the Wyant College of Optical Sciences will have the opportunity to meet key staff of OSC, Graduate College, and University Libraries. An intro to OpticStudio will be demonstrated by David Vega, Ph.D. student of OSC and BIO5 Institute.
  • Friday, August 23, 2019  
    Faculty office hours, lab tours, and a student panel discussion for all new OSC Graduate Students. Dress nice because we will be taking individual photos for the website directory. Lab Safety training will begin in room 307 at 2:00 p.m., which will cover chemical, fire, and laser safety (RSVP required for Lab Safety training).
  • Friday, August 23, 2019  
    Join us for a fun evening of bowling and connecting with old and new friends. Bowling, shoes, pizza, and non-alcoholic drinks hosted by Academic Programs!