Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. “Our Academy is only as good as the people we honor. In 2019 we are honoring the best; our best teachers, researchers, clinicians, and rising stars of the future,” remarked John G. Flanagan, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, Awards Committee Chair.
This year, two UHCO faculty members and a recent graduate from the Class of 2019 are being honored for their contributions, bringing distinction to the college. They will be recognized this October at the joint American Academy of Optometry and World Council of Optometry meeting along with the other honorees.
To see the full list of awards https://www.aaopt.org/detail/news/2019/07/16/announcing-2019-award-recipients
Raymond A. Applegate, OD, PhD, FAAO
Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award
Established in 1985, the Charles F. Prentice Medal is awarded annually to a distinguished scientist or clinician scientist in recognition of a career-long record of advancement of knowledge in vision science. The award is considered to be the most prestigious of the Academy’s awards for achievement in research.
Heather A. Anderson, OD, PhD, FAAO
Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education
This award is presented by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation to an optometric educator who has demonstrated ongoing and consistent excellence in the education of optometry students and/or the advancement of optometric education. Each candidate is judged by his or her contribution and excellence in optometric education by virtue of performance in any or all of the following areas: teaching (classroom, laboratory, clinic, distance learning), scholarship that enhances optometric education, organizational work that enhances optometric education.
Rami Aboumourad, OD
Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics
The Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics is awarded to a nominee who submits a first-authored original research paper (research conducted while a student pursuing the Doctor of Optometry degree in a school or college of optometry) on one of the following topics: Geometrical Optics; Physical Optics; Ophthalmic Optics; Optics of the Eye.