Dr. Currie (pediatric O.D. specializing in vision and learning) attends the Garden Villas Health and Science Event at the Garden Villas Elementary School. An estimated 50 children accompanied by their parents attended this event. “…spatial awareness is one evaluation we perform, which helps your childmentally‘see’how information is organized and connected. This helpschildren in the areas of arithmetic and writing, and in futurecareers in the STEM fields such as engineering or architecture.” says Dr. Currie.
Dr. Knowles (Director of UEI family practice) welcomes new students to the University of Houston and conveys the importance of eye care. 244 international students from 25 countries attended this year’s UH International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) spring orientation. “ I know they are far from home and miss their families. I just want our students to know that we are here for them; and the UEI provides a wide–range of eye care for all our UH students.” expresses Dr. Knowles.
The University Eye Institute (UEI) visited the CT church in southeast Houston this past weekend. Providing over 145 people and their families information and resource material about the importance of eye care. "Annual comprehensive eye examinations, early detection, and timely treatment is very important", said Dr. Knowles; as she reminds us that November is Diabetes Awareness Month.
photo: Christian Loayza, Dr. Julianne Knowles, and Azaneth Bazan
At the 94th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Swati C. Modi, OD, FAAO ’98 and Ana M. Perez, OD. FAAO, were awarded Diplomate status in the Low Vision Section of the American Academy of Optometry. Approximately 7% of Fellows of the AAO have achieved the distinction of being a Diplomate. Both doctors are faculty at the University of Houston College of Optometry in the Center for Sight Enhancement. This service area provides multidisciplinary service, training and resources in low vision rehabilitation to help people of all ages with vision loss lead independent and productive lives.
Pat Segu, O.D., FAAO, ’92 has earned the highest honor of the American Public Health Association- Vision Care Section (APHA-VCS) to be the 2015 Distinguished Service Award Recipient. The APHA-VCS Distinguished Service Awards was established in 1981, and is presented to an individual, institution or group who has made an outstanding contribution or demonstrated continual high quality service in the area of public health eye/vision care.
The 2015 Best Student Scientific Presentation at the recent annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) went to UHCO's own, Julie Mocko, B.S. who is a Ph.D. student, for her presentation on her doctoral research entitled, "Relationships between neural and vascular parameters in a rat model of oxygen induced retinopathy". She will be recognized at the AAO/AOA reception to be help at the 2016 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting in Seattle. Congratulations, and we look forward to more amazing research!
Earl Smith, O.D., Ph.D. ’72, ’78 was recently named one of the “Most Influential in Optometry” as part of Optometry Management’s (OM) 50th Anniversary edition. The magazine is recognizing those who have made significant contributions to the profession. OM editors asked key opinion leaders to nominate people who “have contributed, are contributing or are likely to contribute to the betterment and/or advancement of eye care.” OM Magazine placed no limit on the number of nominations and generated more than 400 nominations that were narrowed further to those who received three or more nominations.
This past weekend, August 15, UHCO was part of the 5th Annual Mayor’s Back to School Fest at the University of Houston. The function provides Houston area students with some of the tools they need to start the school year off right. Houston Mayor, Annise Parker, welcomed approx. 25,000 students, grades K-5, and their parents for the event. Pre-Registered students received a backpack with necessary school supplies. Everyone in attendance visited information tables, receive immunizations, and health/vision screenings, among various other services.
Since October 2013, Earl L. Smith III, O.D., Ph.D.,'72. ’78, has served as the Interim Chief Health Officer for the University of Houston, where he focused on identifying opportunities for expanding the university’s academic health care portfolio, developing a plan to enhance health care services and establishing the programmatic components for the new Health and Biomedical Sciences Building II (HBSB II) currently under construction. Dr. Smith returns from this interim appointment to resume the deanship at UHCO effective August 1, 2015. Roger Boltz, O.D., Ph.D.,'72, ’78, served as UHCO’s Interim Dean and Chief Executive Officer during Dr. Smith’s appointment, which allowed Dr. Smith to address the ambitious goals set forth by UH President Renu Khator.
UHCO is saddened to announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Brien Holden, PhD, DSc, FAAO on July, 27, 2015 in Sydney Australia, and we extend our condolences to the family.
A passionate humanitarian with global view, Dr. Holden served as CEO of the Brien Holden Vision Institute and Professor at the School of Optometry at UNSW Australia. His life’s work was service…to the scientific community, to the health care community and to individuals in need of vision care regardless of their geographic location or their financial limitations.