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Dr. Jan Bergmanson receives international accolade
June 20, 2017
Dr. Jan Bergmanson receives international accolade
The International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE) presented the prestigious IACLE Contact Lens Educator of the Year Awards and IACLE Travel Award at the 40th British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference June 9-11, 2017.   
 
The 2017 winners were:
 
  • IACLE Americas Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2017 Professor Jan Bergmanson, University of Houston, Texas, USA 
 
  • IACLE Europe / Africa – Middle East Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2017Dr Yazan Gammoh, Amman Ahliyah University, Amman, Jordan
 
  • IACLE Asia Pacific Contact Lens Educator of the Year 2017Professor Koon-Ja Lee, Eulji University, Seongnam, Korea


 
41 Years Later, the Nation's Oldest Optometry Study Group Stays Strong
June 14, 2017
41 Years Later, the Nation's Oldest Optometry Study Group Stays Strong
The North Texas Study Group, founded in 1976, is considered the nation’s oldest optometry study group. They have been meeting monthly in Dallas for 41 consecutive years. Learn more about the group, what makes them stay strong, and find out how you can start one.
2017 AAOF Ezell Fellows
May 30, 2017
2017 AAOF Ezell Fellows
The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Foundation announced the recipients for the 2017 William C. Ezell Fellowship program. Congratulations to UHCO’s own, Maria A. Walker, OD, FAAO, who received the American Academy of Optometry Ezell Fellow and Suraj Upadhyaya, OD, who received the Mike Daley – Essilor Ezell Fellow.
UHCO Convocation 2017
May 22, 2017
UHCO Convocation 2017
UHCO students participated in the College commencement ceremony at Cullen Performance Hall Friday, May 12. Friends and family filled the hall to witness the pomp and circumstance surrounding years of hard work and dedication exhibited by the UHCO students. During the commencement ceremony, degrees were conferred upon more than 90 graduating OD and, of those 90, six graduated with a combination OD/MS degree. The College is proud of our new graduates and look forward to the next phase in their journey as alumni of the University of Houston College of Optometry.
 
UHCO  student published in Contact Lens Spectrum
May 8, 2017
UHCO student published in Contact Lens Spectrum
Congratulations, to Meagan LeGrand, UHCO OPT IV, for her first publication, with the UHCO Dry Eye Center, in Contact Lens Spectrum! Amber Gaume-Giannoni, OD, '01, is co-author of the paper titled, Dry Eye DX and TX: Severe Atrophic MGD...In A 10-year-old? This is the thrid Dry Eye Center student to accomplish such a milestone. Congratulations, Meagan!
Anna Zhang, OPT I, receives U.S. Army's Health Professions Scholarship
May 1, 2017
Anna Zhang, OPT I, receives U.S. Army's Health Professions Scholarship
Anna Zhang, a UHCO OPT I student, and a 2013 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, was recently awarded a three-year scholarship via the U.S. Army's Health Professions Scholarship Program and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant. 
 
Delta Gamma Foundation Richard D. Shirk Family Lectureship in Healthcare Values and Ethics
March 27, 2017
Delta Gamma Foundation Richard D. Shirk Family Lectureship in Healthcare Values and Ethics
UHCO hosted the Delta Gamma Foundation Richard D. Shirk Family Lectureship in Healthcare Values and Ethics on Wednesday, April 5, 2017. The lecture is part of over fifteen other institutions across the country.  This year’s lecture was presented presented by Reba Riley, author of Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing, on the topic: Courage Vision: How to See and Use Your Bravery Every Day. Please visit our website to learn more: https://www.opt.uh.edu/delta-gamma/
 
 
Jack Bridwell, OD, '59, 1934-2017
April 13, 2017
Jack Bridwell, OD, '59, 1934-2017
Dr. Jack Bridwell, a 1959 UHCO graduate, was on faculty for a little over 10 years starting in 1992. He received the UHCO Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1994. He served as TOA President in 1969-1970, and received the President’s Award in 1994-1995 for outstanding contribution to the profession. He founded a golf tournament while a faculty member to raise funds for optometry student scholarships and the award has helped countless students defray a portion of the cost of tuition. He was a founding member of the National Association of Practice Management Educators and co-authored the book, Business Aspects of Optometry. Always committed to helping UHCO, during the construction of the HBSB, he and another classmate named a room in our family practice service. He will be missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him and his legacy will continue through the lives touched via his named scholarship.
Suzanne Ferimer receives MLA's highest honor
March 23, 2017
Suzanne Ferimer receives MLA's highest honor
Congratulations to Suzanne Ferimer, Director of Learning Resources at UHCO, becoming of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Medical Library Association’s President’s Award.  This is one of MLA’s highest honors and recognizes Suzanne for her extraordinary work in reviewing, simplifying and revising MLS’s bylaws to address and implement changes in their dynamic environment. Suzanne will receive her award in Seattle at the President’s Award Dinner on May 30th.
 
Gareth Hastings, PhD Candidate, Receives Congress Award
March 16, 2017
Gareth Hastings, PhD Candidate, Receives Congress Award
Gareth Hastings, UHCO PhD candidate, recently received the award for the best free paper presentation at the 2017 International Congress on Wavefront and Presbyopic Corrections. The title of the paper was "The implications of adaptation for the correction of the eye."

The Wavefront Congress has a long history as the foremost multidisciplinary ocular wavefront and presbyopic congress bringing together optical scientists, clinicians/surgeons, corporate scientists and business development managers.Gareth works with Raymond Applegate, O.D., Ph.D., FAAO and Jason Marsack, Ph.D., '07, FAAO in their labs conducting research using metrics of visual image quality and wavefront-guided optics to provide better corrections for normal and, particularly, highly aberrated eyes (such as those with keratoconus). Congratulations, Gareth on your award!