JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort
Tucson, Arizona, USA
Technical Conference: 19-23 October 2014
Exhibition: 21-22 October 2014

Special Events

Special Events

Special events at FiO/LS

Celebrate How the World Depends on Optics: OSA Enabled by Optics – Free Event Featuring Student Videos, Company Winner Interview and Reception

Date and Time TBA

You know the extraordinary impact optics technology has played in making technological advances in our world and the critical role it plays in everyday life. Optics technology is a critical component in products we use every day. However some may ask: “What’s optics have to do with it?” The OSA Enabled by Optics Contest provides companies and students with a platform to explain how optics technology has impacted our world.

Join us in celebrating the winners of the 2014 Enabled by Optics Contest with a special event featuring:

  • Recognition of the company winner including one-on-one interview, question-and-answer period, and video
  • Viewing of the creative videos written, produced, and filmed by the student winners
  • Networking opportunity through designated time during the reception

Visit www.osa.org/enabledbyoptics for more information about this program.


International Year of Light 2015 Informational Meeting

Date and Time TBA

Be a Part of a Global Movement – The International Year of Light (IYL 2015) is a global initiative to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges. The science and technology of light have revolutionized medicine, have opened up international communication, and are central to linking the cultural, economic and political aspects of the world. This meeting is open to all attendees to come learn about the many exciting activities planned for IYL 2015 and how you can celebrate at your local level.


OSA Division and Technical Group Meetings

Dates and Times TBA

Network with peers, meet group leaders, and get involved in planning future group activities by attending technical group and/or division meetings during FiO. The division meetings will encompass the technical groups affiliated with the division. Should you have any suggestions for any of the technical group activities, contact the respective technical group chair with your input. Please check back regularly for more information. If you are interested in organizing an activity at FiO for your respective technical group, please contact your group chair or contact OSA at tgactivities@osa.org.


2014 Student Leadership Conference

Sunday, 19 October, 07:00 – 16:30

The invitation-only Student Leadership Conference brings together OSA Student Chapter leaders from around the globe to network, present posters and learn about successful chapter management and the popular International OSA Network of Students (IONS).

Questions? Email chaptersandsections@osa.org.


Symposium on the 50th Anniversary of Optical Sciences

Sunday, 19 October, 16:00 - 18:30

This symposium will be a featured History of Optics Valley. The symposium will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Department of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona and achievements made during this time period. Special welcome remarks will be given by the Honorable Jonathan Rothschild, Mayor of the City of Tucson.

View for more information on symposium speakers.


FIO/LS Welcome Reception

Sunday, 19 October, 18:30 – 20:00

Get the FiO/LS 2014 conference off to a great start by attending the welcome reception! Meet with colleagues from around the world and enjoy light hors d’oeuvres. Complimentary to all Technical Conference Attendees.


Plenary Session and Awards Presentation

Monday, 20 October, 08:00 - 12:00

The 2014 Joint FiO/LS Awards Ceremony and Plenary Session will feature two world-renowned speakers. Special welcome remarks will be given by Congressman Ron Barber, Arizona's 2nd Congressional District See the plenary page for detailed descriptions of the speakers and their presentations.


Laser Science Symposium on Undergraduate Research

Monday, 20 October, 12:30 - 18:30

This special DLS annual symposium started in 2001 and has rapidly become one of the most successful DLS traditions. During the past several years the number of undergraduates presenting papers has grown from only 10 to more than 40, and the talks have been of outstanding quality, some absolutely stellar. Last year's posters were outstanding as well, and generated a great deal of lively interest and on-the-spot discussion. This year's symposium will consist of afternoon poster and oral sessions. The event provides an opportunity for some of the student members of our community, who are already among the finest young scientists to be found anywhere, to present their work before an audience of their peers as well as the larger optics community. All are invited and encouraged to attend the session. For more information on the Laser Science Undergraduate Symposium visit the APS page.

Organizer: Harold Metcalf, Stony Brook Univ., USA


Meet OSA’s Journal Editors

Monday, 20 October

OSA’s journal Editors invite you to join them for conversation and refreshments. The Editors welcome your questions, concerns and ideas for the journals, such as:

  • What are best practices when submitting your manuscript?
  • What constitutes a useful manuscript review?
  • What criteria do journal editors look for in submitted manuscripts?
  • How do you propose a Feature Issue topic for publication in an OSA Journal?
  • Other topics of interest to you

Refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.


Minorities and Women in OSA (MWOSA) Networking Reception

Monday, 20 October, 17:30 - 18:30

Minorities and Women in OSA (MWOSA) is dedicated to providing focused educational and networking opportunities, career support, grant information and related services to minorities and women in optics and photonics. This year’s networking reception will feature a panel of the brightest women and minorities working in our field.


OSA Student Member Reception

Monday, 20 October, 18:30 – 20:00
Free of Charge

The OSA student member reception is free of charge and open to all OSA Student Members. Attendees can enjoy refreshments and get to know colleagues from around the world during this fun social event.


Student Chapter Competition

Tuesday, 21 October, Exhibit Hall

Every year, OSA challenges Student Chapters to showcase their best ideas for youth education outreach during Frontiers in Optics. This year’s competition will be announced in July.


Joint FIO/LS Poster Session, Tuesday, 21 October, 12:00 - 13:30
Joint FIO/LS Posters Session, Wednesday, 22 October, 12:00 - 13:30

Poster presentations offer an effective way to communicate new research findings and provide an opportunity for lively and detailed discussion between presenters and interested viewers. Plan on attending these interactive and exciting sessions.


VIP Industry Leaders Networking Event:  Connecting Corporate Executives, Recent Graduates and Students

Tuesday, 21 October, 08:00 – 09:30

Free of Charge – RSVP Required - Registration for this event will open in September.

This session brings together Industry Executives to share their business experience – from how they started their careers and lessons learned along the way, to using their degree in an executive position – with Recent Graduates and Students. The program starts with informal networking during lunch and then transitions into “speed meetings” – small, brief visits with 5-6 executives to discuss careers, industry trends or other career topics.

Space is limited. Only Students and Recent Graduates (those who have completed their final degree in the last three years) are eligible to attend.


OSA Fellow Members & OSA Foundation Major Donor Appreciation Luncheon

Tuesday, 21 October, 12:00 - 14:00

All OSA Fellow, Fellow Emeritus, Honorary Members & OSA Foundation Major Donors will receive a special invitation to this annual event.  During the program distinguished members and Foundation supporters are recognized for their outstanding leadership within the community.

Questions? Email foundation@osa.org


Meet the Editors of the APS Journals

Tuesday, 21 October, 15:30 - 17:00

The Editors of the APS journals invite you to join them for conversation and light refreshments. The Editors will be available to answer questions, hear your ideas, and discuss any comments about the journals. All are welcome. We hope you will be able to join us.


Division of Laser Science Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 21 October, 18:00 - 19:00

All members and interested parties are invited to attend the annual business meeting of the Division of Laser Science (DLS). The DLS officers will report on the activities of the past year and on plans for the future. Questions will be taken from the floor. This is your opportunity to help define the operations of the DLS and the LS Conference.


OSA’s Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, 21 October, 18:00 - 19:00

Learn more about OSA and join the OSA Board of Directors for the Society’s annual business meeting. The 2013 activity reports will be presented and the results of the Board of Directors election will be announced.


OSA Member Reception: The Scorchin' Sonoran

Tuesday, 21 October, 19:00 - 21:00
Complimentary and for OSA Members only* 

OSA cordially invites OSA Members to a blazingly celebratory night amidst the Sonoran Desert. Meet up with friends and colleagues as you savor the flavors of the American Southwest. Tucson has a rich, tri-cultural heritage stemming from Native American, Hispanic and Old West traditions. Your evening is infused with a fusion of cuisine and culture from each group. Enjoy music, drinks and appetizers; and get an introduction to the tastes of Tucson and the sounds of the Southwest.

Please bring your conference registration badge or OSA Membership card; if you join OSA on-site, please bring your receipt. 

*This event is complimentary and is for OSA Members, excluding OSA Corporate Members. Not a member yet? Join today to attend this complimentary OSA Member event.


Laser Science Banquet

Tuesday, 21 October, 19:00 - 22:00

Join your colleagues for the annual LS Banquet. Tickets are required for this event and can be purchased when you register for the meeting. The announcement of dinner location coming soon!


OSA Members & Families: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tour 

Wednesday, 22 October, 08:00-14:00 (times are tentative)

OSA members and their families are invited to visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as guests of OSA.  Ranked as the #9 museum in the world in 2013 by TripAdvisor.com, the Desert Museum interprets and showcases the Sonoran Desert region, widely recognized as the lushest desert on earth.  Tour participants will enjoy a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, aquarium, art gallery and several live animal presentations, exhibited on 21 acres that include two miles of walking paths.  Additional tour details to be announced.  To reserve a spot, contact edreaz@osa.org.


University of Arizona, Celebrating 50 Years of Optical Science at Old Tucson

Wednesday, 22 October, 17:30 - 22:00 

$50 per person - Includes dinner/entertainment and transportation from the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass

Enjoy a bang up time at the world famous Old Tucson in celebration of the University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences 50th Anniversary.

Built in 1938 by Columbia Pictures as a replica of 1860’s Tucson for the movie Arizona, Old Tucson has been the backdrop to over 70 major motion pictures including ¡Three Amigos! (1986), Tombstone (1993) and is considered Southern Arizona’s premier outdoor entertainment venue with a full array of live shows, thrilling stunts, Old West dramas, and saloon musicals!

You will be transported in air-conditioned comfort via motor coach between the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa and Old Tucson. Cowboys will welcome you into the town square as you arrive for a cocktail reception followed by a delicious western buffet and delightful western entertainment. At the height of the evening, Dean Thomas Koch will introduce you to the groundbreaking research being conducted at the University of Arizona’s College of Optical Sciences and a brief history of our past, present and future.


Science Educators’ Day (EDAY)

Wednesday, 22 October

Science Educators’ Day (EDAY) is a free educational session hosted by The Optical Society (OSA) for pre-college educators! This program focuses on effective and innovative approaches to science education, with an emphasis on hands-on, interactive classroom activities. This year’s EDAY program will feature a guest speaker, gift bags containing demonstration aids and lesson plans, a complimentary dinner with other local science educators, door prizes and much more.


FIO Postdeadline Papers

Thursday, 23 October, 10:30 – 12:00

The FiO 2014 Technical Program Committee will accept a limited number of postdeadline papers for presentation. The purpose of postdeadline sessions is to give participants the opportunity to hear new and significant material in rapidly advancing areas. Only those papers judged to be truly excellent and compelling in their timeliness were accepted. More information, including the schedule and locations, will be posted in the weeks preceding the conference.


University of Arizona, College of Optical Sciences and Steward Observatory Mirror Lab Tour

Thursday, 23 October, Afternoon Tour. Exact time to be confirmed. Tour will last 4 hours.

No additional fee. Transportation will be provided from the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass.

Closed-toe shoes required. Tours involve walking, climbing stairs and standing.

Tour College of Optical Sciences labs where research is being conducted in areas ranging from Bose Einstein condensates and quantum information and control, to biomedical imaging and 3D displays, to the future of internet communications technology. See the facilities where the largest optics on earth are being molded, ground, and polished for astronomical observatories world-wide. This includes the freeform 8.4m mirrors for the Giant Magellan Telescope that will form a single optical surface with an aperture of 24.5 meters, or 80 feet in diameter, and is scheduled to begin science operations at Las Campanas Peak in Chile in 2020.


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