The 2017 J. Pat Cummings award recipient, for UHCO, is Rachel Reed, OPT III.
This award is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision in memory of AOA Past President, Pat Cummings, OD, who had a love for volunteering in his profession and making a positive impact in the community. Recipient demonstrate the ideal eye care standards of practice, achievement in both academic performance and extra-curricular activities, and participation with other professional pursuits such as involvement with patients through internships, community service, and other volunteer activities.
Congratulations, Rachel on your prestigious award!
On October 25, UHCO honored two longtime and beloved staff members, Suzanne Ferimer and James ’Jim’ Brown, with endowed scholarships to honor their commitment to UHCO’s students and alumni, and to continue their influence on future generations of optometrists.
Jan Bergmanson, OD, PhD, FAAO, recently received the prestigious Dr. Joseph Dallos Award from the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association (CLMA). This award is for outstanding contribution to the development and advancement of the contact lens industry and for service to humanity.
October 27, 2017
See to Succeed Program
The See to Succeed program is off to a great start this year as they completed over 1,870 eye exams this week. The partnership between UHCO, the Houston Department of Health and Human Service, Berkley Eye Center, Essilor Foundation, Essilor Corporation, Eye Care for Kids, Kids Vision for Life, San Jacinto Community College, and Wal-Mart Corporation, began seeing kids in fall 2012.
The partnerships goal was achieved last year with a record breaking 10,000+ students screened over the academic year. With so many throughout Houston with unresolved vision needs, the program hopes to have another record breaking year. See to Succeed is helping the greater Houston community by Enhancing Vision for Life through helping children see a brighter tomorrow.
UHCO's own, Laura Pardon, OD, MS, FAAO, is the recipient of the Best Student Scientific Presentations of the 2017 American Academy and Optometry (AAO) annual meeting. Laura’s presentation entitled, "Quantification and Localization of Peripapillary Vascular Changes in Optic Disc Edema Using Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography", was selected as the best student science presentation. Laura will be recognized for her efforts at the 2018 AAO meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Congratulations, and we look forward to more amazing research!
October 19, 2017
UHCO Ranked #1 in Cited Faculty Publications
The University of Houston College of Optometry has been ranked #1 among institutions with the most cited optometry faculty publications in the US and #2 worldwide, according to an analysis of highly cited articles by optometry school faculty and researchers during the 2000-2016 period. The bibliometric analysis of optometry faculty publications was conducted by Pamela C. Sievings at the National Institutes of Health and Bette Anton at the University of California Berkeley. The analysis also found that optometry program researchers chose vision journals for 70% of their publications and their research was being funded by a wide array of governmental and private organizations.