Inaugural O-RETinas Summer Program Success

CIAN is excited to announce completion of the first summer of the Optics Research Experience for Teachers in Native American Schools (O-RETinas) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) summer program.

This innovative program program hosted four teachers during the 2016 summer in a variety of research labs in optics, engineering, and chemistry as well as invited them to participate in an industry practicum. The teachers not only performed a guided research project in an innovative research laboratory but they also learned about industry applications, took a course at the University of Arizona, and participated in a number of culturally related workshops.

CIAN will continue the O-RETinas program in Summer 2017. Visit the website to learn more about how to apply!

CIAN is seeking additional industry mentors for the future O-RETinas programs. If you believe your company would be interested in hosting a teacher, please contact us!

Participant Mentor School & Grades Taught Project
Nate Raynor Dr. Qing Hao Mescalero Apache School, 9th-12th grades Hot Pressing
Rhonda LaFrance Dr. Xiushan Zhu & Dr. Leonid Kotov Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School, 6th-8th grades Neodymium Doped Fiber Amplifier at 935nm
Dan Moreno Dr. Jeffrey Pyun & Laura Anderson Menominee Indian School District, 9th & 11th grades Melt Processing Advances with Sulfur Copolymers For Industrial Optical Applications
Geary Crofford Dr. Robert Norwood & Christine Alvarez Woodall Middle School (Cherokee Nation), 6th-8th grades STEAM Research Projects: Diatoms, Optics, and Photonics

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Undergraduate Native American Summer Research Program Success

The third year of the CIAN Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates has once again been a huge success.

Seven Native American students from three different tribes traveled to the University of Arizona to spend ten weeks working on unique and exciting research projects. Each of the students performed masterfully and succeeded in their laboratories by ending the summer with a poster presentation and an oral presentation to the university campus.

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In the three years of the IOU-NA program CIAN has hosted

  • 23 Native American Undergraduates from…
  • 10 different tribes and…
  • 14 different universities, community colleges, and tribal colleges.
  • So far, 10 out of 23 students have attended at least one conference and most presented research, with still more to attend!
  • Finally, 7 have so far successfully graduated with a B.S.
    • 5 of these students have been accepted to graduate school,
    • 1 is in the process of applying to graduate school, and
    • 1 is working in a STEM field.

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Candice Henderson, Navajo Nation, Seattle Central College
Novel Patterning of High Sulfur Content Copolymer for Waveguide Applications
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Norwood, College of Optical Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Soha Namnabat

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Gerald Henry, Navajo Nation, Technical University
Implementation of Motorized Control Alignment Stages using LabVIEW for Increasing Optical Fiber to Chip Coupling
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Norwood, College of Optical Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Amanda Chatterton

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Chris Yazzie, Navajo Nation, Northern Arizona University
Performance of a Bench Scale Hollow Fiber Membrane Distillation System for Brine Treatment
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Robert Arnold, College of Engineering
Secondary Mentor: Dr. Vicky Karanikola, College of Engineering

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Daniel Hayden, Comanche Nation, University of Oklahoma
The Effects of Fire on Ectomycorrhizal Fungi Communities, in Ponderosa Pines of the Santa Catalina Mountains
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Betsy Arnold, School of Plant Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Shuzo Oita

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Norvina Charleston, Navajo Nation, Navajo Technical University
Changes in Arsenic and Lead Concentration from Different Soil Depth Along an Irrigation Canal Affected by the Gold King Mine Spill
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Paloma Beamer, College of Public Health
Graduate Student Mentor: Yoshira Ornelas Van Horne

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Anthony Smith, Caddo Nation, Pima Community College
Faraday Effect in Magnetic Ionic Liquids: Applications in Optical Isolators
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Palash Gangopadhyay, College of Optical Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Bharati Neelamraju
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Modeling Heads Up Display Image and Eyebox Expansion
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Blanche, College of Optical Sciences
Graduate Student Mentor: Colton Bigler

Photos by Julian Ybarra

CIAN Lecture Series Webinar – Chris Chase

Long Wavelength Tunable VCSELs

Date:  Friday, August 19, 2016
Time:  10am PST, 1pm EST

Please register by clicking on the link: Webinar   or copy and pasting to your browser:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6279840147821260545

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Dr. Chris Chase
Bandwidth10, Inc.

 

Christopher Chase received his B. E. E. degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2005 in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley in 2011 in Electrical Engineering. He investigated high contrast grating integration in tunable and long wavelength VCSELs in his dissertation research. He has spent the last 5 years at Bandwidth10 in Berkeley, CA developing tunable VCSEL products for optical network and sensor applications.

Abstract

Low cost tunable lasers are a key component for the implementation of next generation optical access networks. The lack of a commercially available, low-cost tunable transceiver has hindered the implementation of higher speed, WDM (wavelength division multiplexed) capable access networks. In this talk, we will present Bandwidth10’s work implementing tunable VCSELs with high contrast gratings, achieving ~25 nm mechanical tuning range and over 3 mW output power. Error-free operation of an optical link using directly-modulated tunable VCSEL-based transceivers transmitting at 10 Gbps over 16 channels and transmitted over 10 km of single mode fiber is demonstrated, showing the suitability of the HCG tunable VCSEL as a low cost source for next generation WDM communications systems in access networks.

CIAN Perfect Pitch Competition

CIAN Accepting Video Submissions!

STUDENTS

Participate in the Perfect Pitch competition for the chance to be awarded $5,000 for a 90 second “Elevator Pitch.” Submission should be made via email (usually videos are too large in format to email, please upload to the cloud via Google Drive or Drop box and email a shareable link) in the form of video recordings (cell phone videos with good quality are accepted). Please do not hesitate to email or call with any questions. Currently CIAN-funded students are eligible.

IMPORTANT DATES

Deadline Submission: September 1, 2016
CIAN Winner Announcement: September 26, 2016
Dates subject to change based on dates for National Competition.
National Perfect Pitch Competition (for Winner): TBD (the winner will be notified of the date and travel information to attend the next national competition)

Find out more about the guidelines and judging rubric.

FACULTY

Please encourage your students to participate in the Perfect Pitch competition to receive national recognition for your lab and work at the NSF Perfect Pitch competition in Arlington, VA. To email this blog post to your students see the bottom of this post, under “Share This:” and select “Email.”

SOCk invites CIAN students to Conference

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Hello, CIAN students!

The Student Optics Chapter (SOCk) at the College of Optical Sciences is organizing an OSA International OSA Network of Students (IONS) conference coming up in the fall, and we would love to have some CIAN students attend. Registration is free, and the conference is packed with great opportunities for you.

  • All out of town conference attendees will have their hotel paid for Friday-Sunday night at the Double Tree Inn and Suites. In addition, we have travel grants for international students and undergraduates. More information is on our travel page!
  • This is a student conference! We have provided lots of opportunities for you to socialize with your fellow OSA students from around the globe, such as spending an evening in downtown Tucson, visiting the world renowned Desert Museum, a social poster session, and other chances throughout our four days together. 
  • A sit down breakfast is provided every morning by the Double Tree, and nearly all other meals will be covered by the conference.
  • Our invited speakers include the director of the BIO5 institute Dr. Jennifer Barton, and Oculus Rift Lead Engineer Dr. Scott McEldowney. We will have two additional keynote speakers, and are waiting to hear back from them to confirm. 
  • Our event programming includes panel discussion about careers in industry and academia, as well as learning how to best manage your student chapter.

More information on conference programming and events can be found on our website! You can register for the conference on this page on our website, which also includes instructions on how to submit your abstracts for consideration.

Thanks so much! I hope to see you in the fall at IONS Tucson 2016!


SPIE Ben faceBENJAMIN CROMEY –GRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

NSF Fellow Benjamin Cromey is pursuing his PhD in Optical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Arizona. As a member of the Optics Ambassadors and the Vice President for the Student Optics Chapter, optics outreach is one of his passions. He participated in the 2012 IOU program with CIAN and worked with 3D Holographic Displays as an undergraduate. Currently, he works with Dr. Khanh Kieu on fiber lasers and Multiphoton Microscopy. Ben’s posts.

CIAN Researcher Publishes New Book


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Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Blanche recently published a new book titled Photorefractive Organic Materials and Applications.

The books abstract reads, “This book provides comprehensive, state-of-the art coverage of photorefractive organic compounds, a class of material with the ability to change their index of refraction upon illumination. The change is both dynamic and reversible. Dynamic because no external processing is required for the index modulation to be revealed, and reversible because the index change can be modified or suppressed by altering the illumination pattern. These properties make photorefractive materials very attractive candidates for many applications such as image restoration, correlation, beam conjugation, non-destructive testing, data storage, imaging through scattering media, holographic imaging and display. The field of photorefractive organic material is also closely related to organic photovoltaic and light emitting diode (OLED), which makes new discoveries in one field applicable to others.”

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Dr. Pierre-Aleanxdre Blanche, editor of Photorefractive Organic Materials and Applications

Final Summer of ROKET Research Experience for Teachers Program

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The final summer of the CIAN Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program called ROKET (Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers) has come to a close. The summer was hot in Tucson, AZ but well worth the 6-weeks that CIAN’s final three teachers experienced.

The summer ended with a poster presentation and closing ceremonies celebrating the hard work of the three teachers.

Participant Mentor Project Title
Jorge Guarin Dr. Rolf Binder Predator-Prey Model Using Lotka-Volterra
Victor Camarena Dr. Palash Gangopadhyay and Bharati Neelamraju Polarized Microscopy of Petrified Wood: Sample Preparation and Imaging
Olivia Lansing Dr. Euan McLeod Designing and Building a Holographic Microscope

Interested in applying to a new CIAN Research Experience for Teachers!?

Summer 2017 we will be hosting up to 10 teachers for the RET Optics Research Experience for Teachers in Native American Schools. We invite anyone eligible interested to apply or contact us with questions.

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