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UHCO Represents at TOA Summit
February 20, 2019
UHCO Represents at TOA Summit
99 UHCO students attended the Texas Optometric Association Summit at the Capitol to represent Optometry and bill HB1798!
UHCO Alumnus Named SECO International President
February 13, 2019
UHCO Alumnus Named SECO International President
SECO International has announced that J. Max Ernst, OD, '86, will become the organization’s next President. Dr. Ernst will officially accept the honor during the House of Delegates meeting, held during SECO 2019 in New Orleans.
 
2019 TOA Honor UHCO Alumns
February 12, 2019
2019 TOA Honor UHCO Alumns
The Texas Optometric Association (TOA) is proud to announce the 2019 TOA Award Winners. Of the seven awards, four are UHCO alum. Congratulations to; Jenny Terrell Feenstra, OD, '03; Eric Ketchum, OD, '11; Matt Valdes, OD, '11; and Heidi Sticksel-Hawkins, OD, '98!
UHCO Faculty Featured in Review of Optometry
February 4, 2019
UHCO Faculty Featured in Review of Optometry
UHCO's Erin Tomiyama, OD, and Kathryn Richdale, OD, PhD, were recently featured in an article for Review of Optometry. Their article is titled, How Environment and Genetics Give Rise to Myopia. To read full piece click here.
2019 Research Poster Showcase
January 30, 2019
2019 Research Poster Showcase
UHCO hosted the 2019 UHCO Research Showcase this past Friday, January 25th. The goal of this poster session is to highlight and increase awareness of the research and clinical case reports conducted by graduate students, optometry summer research students, postdocs, research assistants/associates, residents and fellows associated with UHCO.  In addition, it is an opportunity for research groups at UH, outside of UHCO, to participate in an on-campus poster event dedicated to vision research. 
 
UHCO's University Eye Institute Featured
January 23, 2019
UHCO's University Eye Institute Featured
The Myopia Management Service at University of Houston- University Eye Institute was recently featured in a UH Moment segment. This service provides advanced, evidence-based optical treatments for children who became nearsighted before age 10 and/or are progressing myopes. Children typically become myopic in their early school years and experience increases in their prescription until they reach early adulthood. It is during this time of rapid myopic progression that treatments offered by the Myopia Management Service will have the maximum impact.
UHCO New Dean Selected
January 7, 2019
UHCO New Dean Selected
Michael D. Twa, OD, PHD, FAAO, has been selected for the position of Dean at UHCO. Dr. Twa joins the College from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where he serves as associate dean for research and graduate studies for the School of Optometry. Dr. Twa is expected to begin his duties on June 1, 2019. Welcome, Dr. Twa!
UHCO Student Fellows of the Academy
December 19, 2018
UHCO Student Fellows of the Academy
UHCO had 44 students become Student Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry at the 2018 mtg. in San Antonio. Congratulations to all new fellows!
Senator Heitmeier, OD., '87, Supports Professorship
December 17, 2018
Senator Heitmeier, OD., '87, Supports Professorship
Former Louisiana state senator, David Heitmeier, OD., '87 has pledged his support to the Earl L. Smith, III, Professorship with a $10,000 gift to UHCO’s foundation, the Foundation for Education and Research in Vision (FERV).

“Earl has transformed UHCO over the last several years and I am more than happy to support a Professorship that carries his name,” Dr. Heitmeier said.

FERV launched the Earl L. Smith Professorship in 2018 to honor Dean Smith for his exemplary service to the college and optometry. Once fully endowed the Professorship will attract, promote, and retain high caliber faculty interested in pursuing research at UHCO.
 
American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces 2018 VSP Scholarship Winners
November 15, 2018
American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces 2018 VSP Scholarship Winners
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF), an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), and VSP Global announced the recipients of this year’s Practice Excellence Scholarships. Congratulations to UHCO’s own Rami Aboumourad, OPT IV, and Kristen Watt, OPT IV. Nearly $200,000 will be distributed amongst top-performing fourth-year optometry students in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. Two students from each school or college of optometry were selected by nomination of their individual institutions to receive the scholarship.