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February Eye-Mail® Monthly
2021 Academy Award Nominations Due April 1
Fellows, help your mentor, colleague or friend earn the recognition they deserve for their achievements and nominate them for a 2021 American Academy of Optometry Award. The deadline for nominations is Thursday, April 1, 2021. Please submit the following by email to Helen Viksnins at HelenV@aaoptom.org.
  • A letter of nomination from an Academy Fellow, explaining why the nominee is particularly deserving of the award for which the nomination has been made.
  • A copy of the CV of the nominee.
  • A letter seconding the nomination from another Academy Fellow.
Learn more about the available awards and find guidelines for nominations on the Academy Awards webpage.
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Apply Now! Clinical Investigator Certification Training Program
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The Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award Closes April 1, 2021

The submission window for the Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award is now open. The award provides support for research project seed funding in the area of cornea/ocular surface or contact lenses to an entering first- or second-year MS or PhD (can be in a graduate program alone or combined with professional/residency program) vision science or physiological optics student attending a school/college of optometry. Learn more...
2019 Joe and Janet Barr Research Award Recipient Spotlight – by Pabita Dhungel

During my academic life as a graduate student at Pacific University, I was conducting research on “Impact of Scleral Lens Wear on Intraocular Pressure and Posterior Ocular Perfusion,” for my master's degree. This research was the first of its kind to explore the potential impact of scleral lenses on posterior segments especially in areas of retinal and choroidal thickness along with the changes of intraocular pressure, if any.

This research was selected for the Beta Sigma Kappa Exceptional Research Award at Pacific University as well as a poster presentation at Academy 2019 Orlando. During this project, I was able to learn how to conduct successful research in coordination with an interdisciplinary approach along with international colleagues. It helped me to develop my leadership skills, to be independent while still working in a group, and work harder to achieve what really matters to me as a juvenile, enthusiastic researcher.

I am planning to investigate further in this topic in my PhD program beginning in Fall 2021. Receiving the Joe and Janet Barr Early Career Cornea and Contact Lens Research Award provided by AAOF contributed to the significance of this project and helped me in the process of getting selected as a PhD candidate.
The feature article in the January 2021 article of OVS is titled "Uncorrected Refractive Error and Distance Visual Acuity in Children Aged 6 to 14 Years" by Robert Kleinstein et al.
Congratulations to Dr. Katie Greiner on her appointment to the IDOC Board of Directors!