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AISPIRE After-School Program – Visit to the U of A

CIAN has formed a partnership with the San Simon Day School located on the Tohono O’odham reservation in Arizona. Together, San Simon teacher and previous Research Experience for Teachers (RET) participant, Martha Rogers, and CIAN faculty, staff, and graduate students are working to develop and host an exciting after-school program for these students ranging in grades 3 to 8.

The AISPIRE After-School Program (or American Indian Student & Parent Involved Research Experience) is a huge hit with students and parents. Recently, on November 3rd forty-six San Simon students, their teachers, and a few parents traveled from the school to the University of Arizona for a personalized visit. Students visited three CIAN laboratories including the 3D holography lab, the Quantum Nano Optics of Semiconductors (QNOS) lab, and the Multiphoton Microscopy lab. Then the students learned about Optics by creating their own lenses using “Edible Optics” designed and created by CIAN student, Jasmine Sears. Finally, the students learned about kaleidoscopes and created their own kaleidoscopes to take home with them.

Overall, it was an amazing day and visit with the students of San Simon and the AISPIRE program.

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CIAN Research Featured by NSF

The National Science Foundation recently visited CIAN at the University of Arizona and spoke with Dr. Nasser Peyghambarian, Director of the CIAN Engineering Research Center, and other researchers on the topic of cutting-edge 3-D hologram technology.

The article discusses the exciting impacts of CIAN’s research and how it “could be felt in almost every home. Ultra-high data bandwidth and cost effective services could contribute to business innovation, improve educational opportunities, enhance distribution of medical services, minimize the environmental impact from infrastructure and pollution, enable new and varied entertainment opportunities, and increase overall national security, just to name a few possibilities.”

Watch the video by Science Nation here!

And learn more about CIAN’s research and the future of 3-D technologies from Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Blanche as he speaks on

“Drowning the Internet and then saving it: Holographic 3-D display and holographic optical switch.”

 

IOU-Native Americans Summer Research Program Accepting Applications

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

Application Deadline: January 31, 2016

Program Dates: June 6, 2016 – August 12, 2016 (TBD)

WHAT IS CIAN?

CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, an Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF that consists of research labs at 10 different universities. CIAN offers a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduate Native American students interested in exploring optics and photonics, as well as hydrology, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, or environmental sciences. (See a slideshow of the Summer 2014 IOU-NA at the bottom of this page).

WHAT IS IOU-NA?

IOU_NA_002The Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed for Native American students interested in participating in hands-on research opportunities in top laboratories in optics and photonics, as well as in hydrology, astronomy, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, and environmental sciences. Selected students are paired with a research project complementing their interests and goals.

Galveston BegayIMG_4579IOU-NA students will also participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by University of Arizona’s Native American-serving entities, gain hands-on experience in CIAN’s culturally relevant two-week Native American focused Optics Research Workshop (ORW), attend presentations given by Native American STEM graduate students and faculty, as well as participate in other activities designed to support Native American Undergraduate students.

STIPEND

CSC_5743A stipend of $5,000 is available for successful participation in the full 10-week program. Additionally, travel to and from the university at the start and close of the program will be covered as well as housing on campus (Want to participate but live off-campus? Contact us with questions about off-campus housing.) during the 10-weeks of the program. (Something else holding you back from applying for the opportunity? Please contact us!)

EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS PROJECTS

  • Smartphone-Based Ocular Imaging System
  • Investigating Lead and Arsenic Exposure Risks to a Community Area through Analysis of Airborne Particles on Children’s Playground Surface Equipment
  • Changes in DOM Quantity and Quality in a Southern Rockies Forested Catchment
  • Polarized Raman Microscopy of Aligned Carbon Nanotubes
  • The Influence of Ordered Nanostructured Carbon Electrodes on Supercapacitor Performance
  • Evidence for Deep Mountain Block Circulation from Stream Chemical Data in Sabino Creek
  • Nutrient Uptake by Plants and their Associated Microbiota Grown in Different Porous Rock Substrate
  • Optimization of Optical Transmission of Gigabit Ethernet Rates

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Native American undergraduates, attending a two or four-year college or tribal college, of all levels studying a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) major. Minimum 3.0 GPA required, on a 4.0 scale. US Citizenship or permanent residency is also required.

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2016

SEE THE FLYER!

READ ABOUT PAST STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCES

Solianna Herrera – Atmospheric Sciences, “My Experience with CIAN’s IOU-NA program”
Robert Castellanos – Optics, “A Packed Schedule – “Plunging into academics with CIAN”

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

Letter of Recommendation

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please give your letter writer this form to complete.

Official Transcript

Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

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CIAN IAB LECTURE SERIES – Dr. Mariam Kiran

Software Engineering Challenges in Smart Cities

Date:  Friday, September 29, 2015
Time:  12pm Arizona Time
Location: OSC 821 Conference Room

mariamBiography

Dr. Mariam Kiran
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering
University of Bradford

Mariam Kiran joined the University of Bradford (UK) in 2014 as an asst professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer science. She obtained her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2011 under the supervision of Professor Mike Holcombe. She spent 4 years as a post doctoral researcher at universities of Sheffield and Leeds. She is a member of ACM, IEEE and BCS. Her research spans software engineering and its applications in the area of distributed and Cloud computing driven by delivery of data intensive software.

Abstract

Cloud computing has introduced new software paradigms with ‘everything-as-a-service’ (XaaS), allowing providers and consumers to consider multiple platforms to deploy services. As an emerging and leading technology it promises to deliver services which are reliable, secure, sustainable and secure for software, infrastructures and platforms. These advances have led to a change in traditional software engineering practices where software services are being designed in advance to cope with high demand, availability and security concerns. Much if the current work is being led by industrial initiatives in Big Data and Smart Cities, where techniques are being developed based on consumer demands.

In this talk, we focus on specific architecture using the design pattern lambda architecture for fast and cost driven big data analysis. Using network data sets as a case study, the approach can be extended to various sensor driven applications such as the ones used in smart city case studies. Presenting this architecture the talk will focus of demands in terms of costs, testing methods and how optimum architectures can be designed from a software engineering perspective and the challenges faced.

2015 9-29 Dr. Mariam Kiran Software Engineering Challenges in Smart Cities

Chip-Scale Testbed Capabilities

CHIP-SCALE TESTING LABORATORY

The TOAN testbed facility has recently expanded its photonic devices testing facility into a dedicated lab: the CIAN Chip-Scale Testing Laboratory (CST).  The CST has the capability to characterize unpackaged passive and active photonic chips and is directly connected to TOAN testbed through single-mode fiber and gigabit-Ethernet.  This connectivity enables the insertion and evaluation of the unpackaged photonic chips on the network as a system. Pictures of the CST laboratory and a list of its capabilities are described below.

The CST facility supports characterization of passive waveguide devices as well as active devices such as lasers, modulators, transmitters and receivers.  Optical signals can be coupled on and off chip via lensed fibers, butt coupling, or other specialized means. Passive device characterization can be performed through all fiber-optic telecommunication bands. Active characterization includes S-parameter testing up to 67GHz, and BER and eye-diagram testing up to 32Gb/s.

For system-level testing, packet streams up to 40Gb/s can be flowed through the device, and the network’s ability to process the return streams with suitable latency, bit rates, and in accordance with the modulation schemes being run, can be evaluated. Continue reading

Scott Tan Attends MRS Spring Conference 2015

After a long flight from London, it was nice to return to the US for the annual Materials Research Society Spring Conference held in sunny San Francisco. Thousands of professionals, enthusiasts, and students gathered from around the world for presentations, events, and exhibits, spanning across two conference hotels and the enormous Moscone West Convention Center. It was an incredible experience, and I am very thankful for such an amazing opportunity.

At the end of Summer 2014 with Dr. Gangopadhyay, Dr. Balakrishnan, and Alex Alvara (another IOU-NA participant)

At the end of Summer 2014 with Dr. Gangopadhyay, Dr. Balakrishnan, and Alex Alvara (another IOU-NA participant)

On Monday, the conference started off with tutorial sessions on a wide variety of interesting topics. I attended a workshop on biomolecular motors for nanodevices, and then a session about characterizing nanowires. That night, I got to attend the Fred Kavli Distinguished Lectureship in Nanoscience, which is one of the most coveted awards in materials science, right below the Nobel Prize. This year’s winner, Dr. Hongyou Fan, presented his research developing a new technique to synthesize nanomaterials. Continue reading

Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers (ROKET) RET Program

APPLY FOR THE ROKET RET PROGRAM

Application Deadline: February 13, 2015

WHAT IS CIAN?

CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, a ten-university Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF. CIAN is working towards creating transformative optical technologies to enable an affordable faster internet for the future.

DSC_5184WHAT IS ROKET?

IMG_1380Tammie Bowman and Janet SchafferThe Research in Optics for K-14 Educators and Teachers (ROKET) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is designed for educators of Native American students. This includes teachers on reservation schools as well as teachers with a majority classroom population of Native American students. The program takes place at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, AZ.

This 6-week summer program runs from June to July and is a hands-on research experience for teachers to experience a lab setting and pursue their own project in a top tier research lab. Teachers will also have the opportunity to:

  • participate in a workshop with Dr. Gregory Cajete on “Science Curriculum in Native American Education,”
  • create an original STEM lesson plan that is relevant to Native American students,
  • participate in the Optics Research Workshop,
  • gain three hours of graduate credit (continuing education) by participating in the American Indian Language Development Institute (aildi.arizona.edu)

STIPEND

A stipend of $5,400 and housing and travel is provided. Additionally, a classroom supply budget of $1,500 is awarded at the successful completion of the program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Full-time teachers employed by a school that primarily serves Native American students (must confirm upcoming school year employment). K-12 teachers and community college faculty in a scientific discipline with an interest in increasing their knowledge of scientific research and bringing advanced information about optics, electronics, physics, materials science, and engineering into their classrooms are encouraged to apply.

APPLY FOR THE ROKET RET PROGRAM

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 13, 2015

SEE THE FLYER!

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

Letter of Recommendation from School Principal (or comparable authority) & Professional of your choice

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writers, or emailed directly by the letter writers. The Principal or equivalent authority of your institute must include in his or her letter confirmation of your position for the coming school year.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

Application Deadline: February 13, 2015

WHAT IS CIAN?

CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, an Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF that consists of research labs at 10 different universities. CIAN offers a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduate Native American students interested in exploring optics and photonics, as well as hydrology, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, or environmental sciences. (See a slideshow of the Summer 2014 IOU-NA at the bottom of this page).

WHAT IS IOU-NA?

IOU_NA_002The Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed for Native American students interested in participating in hands-on research opportunities in top laboratories in optics and photonics, as well as in hydrology, astronomy, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, and environmental sciences. Selected students are paired with a research project complementing their interests and goals.

CSC_5743IOU-NA students will also participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by University of Arizona’s Native American-serving entities, gain hands-on experience in CIAN’s culturally relevant two-week Native American focused Optics Research Workshop (ORW), attend presentations given by Native American STEM graduate students and faculty, as well as participate in other activities designed to support Native American Undergraduate students.

STIPEND

A stipend of $5,000 is available for successful participation in the full 10-week program. Additionally, travel to and from the university at the start and close of the program will be covered as well as housing on campus during the 10-weeks of the program.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Native American undergraduates, attending a two or four-year college or tribal college, of all levels majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM). Minimum 3.0 GPA required, on a 4.0 scale. US Citizenship or permanent residency is also required.

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 13, 2015

 

SEE THE FLYER!

READ ABOUT PAST STUDENTS EXPERIENCES

Solianna Herrera – Atmospheric Sciences, “My Experience with CIAN’s IOU-NA program”
Robert Castellanos – Optics, “A Packed Schedule – “Plunging into academics with CIAN”

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

Letter of Recommendation

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please give your letter writer this form to complete.

Official Transcript

Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

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The International Year of Light and Laser Fun Day 2015

International Year of Light logoHappy New Year! You may or may not have heard about the International Year of Light. Quoting from the United Nations handout, “The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.”

Both SPIE and OSA, along with other international organizations such as the United Nations, are promoting the IYL to raise awareness about the impact of optics on the challenges of the world. The Student Optics Chapter (SOCk) at the University of Arizona has always had optics outreach as one of the primary goals of its mission statement. The IYL has just given us a remarkable opportunity to have an even greater impact than usual.

I’ve discussed our annual Laser Fun Day event in a previous blog post. Thanks to a very generous grant from SPIE, SOCk is able to make our fifth annual Laser Fun Day all about the International Year of Light! As always, each of the undergraduate classes will have a theme assigned for the class to develop and demonstrate to visitors. This year, the themes will be based on the IYL themes.Laser Fun Day Logo_with date

  • The Seniors (my class) will be discussing Communications. I plan to involve my friends in the various CIAN labs to assist us in this demonstration, since Communications is an area that CIAN has certainly had a great impact in.
  • The Juniors will have Energy as their theme.
  • The Sophomores will talk about the impact of optics on Health.
  • Education will be covered both by SOCk and the College of Optical Sciences. We will discuss the college and how optics has impacted education in general.
  • Our contacts in the College of Agriculture, along with several optics people working on relevant projects, will cover the Agriculture theme.

Thanks to the SPIE grant, we are also redesigning our ever popular Laser Maze! The previous laser maze served us well for four years, but was made on a low budget, leaving several areas for us to improve upon. Laser Maze 2.0 will address many of the issues of the first version by being easier to assemble, stiffer in alignment, and easier to transport! Since it is a modular design by nature, it will also allow us to vary the laser maze design to make it more interesting.

Thanks for reading! I’ll be posting more about Laser Fun Day as we move forward toward the event.

To learn more about the International Year of Light, visit the IYL website.

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BENJAMIN CROMEY – UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT, UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA

Benjamin Cromey is pursuing his Bachelors 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 has been working with 3D Holographic displays ever since. Ben’s posts.

2014 SACNAS National Conference Update

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Every year the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (aka SACNAS) hosts a national conference in the hopes of gathering various universities, scientific organizations, scientists, researchers, and future researchers together to share ideas and help students that belong in minority ethnic groups get the edge they need to make it in today’s academic world.

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This years SACNAS Conference was held in Los Angeles and I was there to experience the conference amenities and share with potential candidates my experience in the REU program I participated in over the summer. If you would like to read about my experience in the Integrated Optics for Undergraduate-Native Americans program click here.

The conference ran from October 16th-18th, and was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center, which to my surprise was right next door to the famous Staples Center.

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The view when you first walk into the convention.

The first day, I focused on going to professional development meetings and some lectures I found interesting. Continue reading