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Companies eye UA optics students

UA separates optics program from electrical engineering

The UA's Optical Sciences Center is shedding light on the next technological spark to shower into daily life - the optics industry.

Growing interest in the industry has led the University of Arizona to make the undergraduate program in optics separate from the electrical engineering program this semester.

The products that derive from optical technology are widely used but rarely noticed, said John Greivenkamp, optical sciences professor.

Tuesday August 29, 2000 Quotable:

"You and only you must decide whether to give your children their own tomorrows."
-President Bill Clinton on the 2-year-old Burundi peace talks headed by Nelson Mandela

Today in History - Tuesday August 29, 2000

In 1949, at a remote test site at Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, the U.S.S.R. successfully detonated its first atomic bomb, codenamed "First Lightning." In order to measure the effects of the blast, the Soviet scientists had constructed buildings, bridges, and other civilian structures in the vicinity of the bomb.

In 1968, in Chicago, Ill., the Democratic National Convention nominated vice president Hubert H. Humphrey for the presidency, bringing to a close the most violent political convention in U.S. history.

In 1809, physician and author Oliver Wendell Holmes was born.

In 1885, the world's first motorcycle, made by Gottlieb Daimler, was patented on this day.