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April 8, 2003

SUNY Optometry Researcher Receives Prestigious Award

Established in 1972 by the late Lord Rank to encourage a greater understanding of the sciences of nutrition and optoelectronics, two areas the British film pioneer believed would be of special interest to mankind, the Rank Prize was given to Dr. Lee for his work on new pathways in the visual system. The prize, to be awarded February 7, 2004 at the Institutes of Physics in London, is shared with Dr. Dennis Dacey of the University of Washington and Dr. Joel Pokorny and Dr. Vivianne Smith of the University of Chicago.

"We are very proud of Dr. Lee's accomplishments and of his pioneering research into the human visual system. Our institution is fortunate to have a scientist of Dr. Lee's caliber," said Dr. Alden N. Haffner, College President.

Dr. Lee received his Ph.D in Physiology from the University of London. Prior to joining the faculty at the SUNY College of Optometry in 2000, he was a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Gottingen, Germany. He is well-known internationally as an author and lecturer in the area of neuroscience.