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July 31, 2006

SUNY Graduate Student Receives Ezell Award

MAJ. Jose Capo-Aponte, O.D., M.S., a Ph.D. candidate at the SUNY College of Optometry has been awarded the 2006 - 2007 William C. Ezell Fellowship by the American Optometric Foundation. ( AOF)

The recipients of this prestigious award are selected on the basis of excellence in scholarship, research and teaching. Named after the founding President of the AOF, William C. Ezell, O.D., the fellowship is designed to encourage talented post-graduate students to pursue full-time careers in optometric research and education in schools and colleges of Optometry.

“ The AOF has a distinguished and long history of supporting promising young researchers and educators, including several current members of our faculty. We are proud of Dr. Capo-Aponte’s accomplishment and are confident that his work with Dr. Reinach will lead to important scientific contributions,” said Dr. Steven Schwartz, Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College.

Dr. Capo-Aponte , a graduate of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, School of Optometry , is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Vision Science working with Dr. Peter Reinach, a noted vision scientist in the area of corneal physiology. Dr. Capo-Aponte is a Major in the U.S. Army, having served as the former Chief of the Optometry Service at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

He, along with ten other fellowship recipients, will be honored at the AOF’s annual Research Luncheon on Dec. 10 during the American Academy of Optometry’s Annual Meeting in Denver.