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Department Symposium

Fall 2017

Richard N. Claytor Symposium on Advanced Optics

Symposium talks are/will be scheduled for 4 pm on certain Tuesday's at Science Hall Room 103.
Please check back for schedule updates.

Richard Claytor and Nelson Claytor
  Richard Claytor and Nelson Claytor





10/10/2017 - 4pm SH103
Title: Adaptive optical elements for vision care and biomedical imaging
Guoqiang Li
Ohio State

11/07/2017 - 4pm SH103
Title: Terahertz Light-Quantum-Tuning: Coherence and Dynamics
Jigang Wang
Ames Laboratory and Iowa State

11/14/2017 - 4pm SH103
Title: Improving the Diagnosis of Pathologies of the Extracellular Matrix through Optical Imaging
Jessica Ramella
Florida International University

11/28/2017 - 4pm SH103
Title: Exploring New Optical Avenues for Label-free Detection of Cancer and Neurotransmitters
Felicia Manciu
UT EL Paso

12/11/2017 - 4pm CPB303
Title: Raman Spectroscopy of Two-Dimensional Materials
Rui He
Texas Tech

12/13/2017 - 4pm CPB303
Title: Serial optical coherence scanner for visualizing and mapping the brain at microscopic resolution
Taner Akkin
University of Minnesota

Nelson Claytor and Truman Black
  Nelson Claytor and Truman Black



Richard N. Claytor An endowed distinguished professorship at The University of Texas at Arlington will honor Fort Worth physicist and businessman Richard N. Claytor while strengthening the University's cutting edge optics-related research. The professorship will be funded by a $500,000 endowment established through a philanthropic gift from Nelson E. Claytor, Richard Claytor's son. The elder Claytor, who has a PhD in physics and holds 28 U.S. patents, founded Fresnel Technologies Inc., a leading manufacturer of molded plastic lenses and related optical components based in Fort Worth, and now serves as vice president of the company. Optics research has led to advancements in a wide variety of fields, from medical imaging to fiber optic communications.

Truman BlackThe long term relationship between the Claytors and UTA began with a collaboration between Richard Claytor and UTA Professor Truman Black, a physics professor who had a significant role in research that helped UTA start down the path towards becoming a major research university. "The younger Claytor, now the president of the company, has been an advisor to the college for many years and is cementing the bond with UTA through this generous gift," said Physics Chair Alex Weiss.

The gift is anticipated to help UT Arlington recruit a faculty member to lead optics research within the College of Science and is expected to impact the future of the optics industry and economic development in North Texas for generations to come. The new distinguished professor in physics will join the UT Arlington faculty from one or more of the many disciplines already engaged in innovations in the optics field. "Our hope is that this commitment leads to more and more visible support for optics in this region," said Nelson Claytor, Fresnel Technologies president. "Where there are strong networks of companies in a technology such as optics there are also strong universities. There's interaction between industry and the professors, and there are students coming out of the program that want to be hired locally."


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