Weekly Memo

Dear members of the Hajim School community:

Many congratulations are in order this week for some of our fantastic Hajim School students and faculty! The Wavefront Congress was held February 24 – 26 in San Diego and two students from the Institute of Optics brought home awards. Ramkumar Sabesan won the Founder's Award (best invited talk) for his talk regarding neural adaptation to improved optics in highly aberrated eyes and Len Zheleznyak won the Best Presented Free Paper Award for his talk regarding development of an objective image quality metric for predicting through-focus visual performance for presbyopic corrections.

Dr. Diane Dalecki (Director, RCBU) has been elected to serve as a member of the AIUM (American Institute of Ultrasound Medicine) Bioeffects Committee. The official term of service begins at the completion of the 2012 Annual Convention in Phoenix, AZ and expires at the end of the 2015 Annual Convention. Dr. Dalecki has previously served as Chair and member of the AIUM Bioeffects Committee.

Jason Inzana, a biomedical engineering graduate student was recently named a recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. This highly competitive program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. Congratulations to everyone on your hard work and outstanding successes!

Just a quick reminder that many important dates are approaching for undergraduates! Friday, April 6 is the last day sophomores can declare their majors in time to be invited to the Sophomore Declaration Party! Registration for the Fall 2012 semester will begin Monday, April 9. Check the Registrar's web page to find out when your class is scheduled to register. Tuesday, April 10 is the last day to withdraw from Spring 2012 courses; it's also the last day to declare the S/F option for a course (students who are in their first semester have until Tuesday, April 24). Finally, Friday, April 13 is the last day seniors can declare a major or minor in time for it to appear in the Commencement Program.

Have a great week everyone, and be sure to send any news my way!


Robert L. Clark
Professor and Dean