UH President, Renu Khator recently visited UHCO to celebrate her 10th year leading the university system and the incredible accomplishments of its students. As part of her tour throughout campus, President Khator spoke with UHCO students on ambition, dreams, and building a great institution at the University of Houston.
Four UHCO students were selected to join the Luxottica OneSight mission trip to Mexico this year. Congratulations to Jonathan Chen, OPT IV; Zainab Muhanna, OPT III; Nhi Nguyen, OPT III; and Ambika Singh, OPT III. This marks the 20th OneSight clinic that has taken place in the country of Mexico. Zainab notes, “I am thankful for this wonderful opportunity to help alongside optometry students and optometrist from around the world to help the citizens of Mexico see and live better.” UHCO looks forward to hearing about their amazing journey later this spring!
UHCO hosted the 4th Annual Research Poster Showcase on Friday, January 19, 2018. This event featured research conducted by our College’s graduate students, optometry students, postdocs, research assistants/associates, residents and fellows, and included collaborative projects conducted with other UH departments. We had 40 presenters whose poster presentations spaned a wide range of vision related topics, with an emphasis on both clinical and basic science research.
The UHCO Class of 2020 recently celebrated receiving their prestigious White Coats. This ceremony signifies the next step in their optometric journey. Students receive these coats and now enter into the University Eye Institute providing patient care. Congratulations, to the Class of 2020!
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. Josef 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.
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!
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.