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June 18, 2013

SUNY Optometry Scholars Honored at Reception

With 40 grants, 47 papers published and a total of $3.1 million of research funding over the past year there was much to celebrate at a reception held in honor of the scholarly activities of faculty at the SUNY College of Optometry on June 17.

“We’ve made great progress in our research,” Dr. David Troilo SUNY Optometry’s vice president and dean for academic affairs told the faculty, administrators, staff and students gathered in the College’s Center for Student Life and Learning overlooking Bryant Park.

Dr. Andrea Yang, recipient of the Chancellor's Award for Excellence
Dr. Andrea Yang

Troilo pointed out recent renewal of grants awarded to various SUNY Optometry faculty members, noting that this was indicative of the excellent scholarship being produced at the College. He also recognized the recent $1.6 million five-year research project, supported by funding from Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., awarded to SUNY faculty member Dr. Alexandra Benavente-Perez. He also lauded the efforts of the College’s new Clinical Vision Research Center and that work that it has engaged in since opening its doors earlier this year.

SUNY Optometry President David A. Heath reiterated the importance of research and scholarship for the College’s mission.

“Our long term success is tied to the intellectual leadership of our community,” Heath told the gathering before thanking the faculty for its impressive output of work.

During the ceremony the College also honored its recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence, Dr. Andrea Yang. A total of 312 faculty members from throughout the 64 campuses of SUNY received the prestigious annual award.

"SUNY employs an exemplary body of faculty and staff across the state and the annual presentation of these awards underscores our deep appreciation for those who serve SUNY campuses, students, and communities with the highest levels of distinction,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in a statement. “Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees.”

In addition, PhD student Reza Lashgari, working under the direction of his faculty advisor Dr. Jose-Manuel Alonso, received the Dr. Dean Yager Memorial Award. The award has been given annually since 2009 to the best published research paper by a graduate student.

Dr. Stewart Bloomfield, SUNY Optometry’s associate dean for graduate programs and research, noted that the scholarly output from the College was particularly remarkable given the size of the institution.

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In addition, here are some recent scholarly activites by SUNY faculty members:

Joan K. Portello, Mark Rosenfield, and Christina A. Chu, “Blink Rate, Incomplete Blinks and Computer Vision Syndrome,” Optometry and Vision Science, Volume 90, Number 5, May 2013

Laura J. Monahan, Gregory S. Calip, Patricia M. Novo, Mark Sherstinsky, Mildred Casiano, Eduardo Mota, Inês Dourado “Impact of the Family Health Program on gastroenteritis in children in Bahia, Northeast Brazil: An analysis of primary care-sensitive conditions,” Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health (peer reviewed and accepted, the article will appear in a future issue)

Drs. Qasim Zaidi and Ben Backus gave presentations at Vision Sciences Society conference in Naples, FL in May. 

Dr. Backus also presented on June 19 at the Child Vision Research Society biennial meeting in Waterloo, Canada.

Find out about the ongoing research studies at SUNY's Clinical Vision Research Center by clicking here