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The countdown to Academy 2021 Boston continues with less than 50 days remaining until we reconvene once again for the Academy's annual meeting! Held November 3-6, 2021 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), this year's annual meeting will feature 350 hours of education with the opportunity to earn up to 32 hours of COPE-approved CE. An updated version of the Program Preview and Education Grid is now available to view here.

Our top priority in Boston is the health and safety of all Academy 2021 Boston attendees, corporate partners, exhibitors, and staff. In continued planning for a live meeting and in partnership with the BCEC, the Academy will adhere to all local, state, and CDC regulations and guidelines. Be on the lookout for specific protocols related to on-site safety measures to be released in Boston-related emails.

As we continue the planning process, we'll continue to communicate relevant updates and pertinent details via email. Questions? Download our Frequently Asked Questions sheet.
Stay Tuned: Virtual Best of Academy 2021 Boston Meeting Scheduled for December 3-5, 2021
Recognizing there are still loyal Fellows and attendees who may not be able to travel due to health concerns, travel restrictions still in place, or simply do not want to travel, we will be offering a virtual meeting, following the in-person Boston meeting, December 3-5. More details will be shared in future communications. 
Access the New AVSL-AAO Information Resource Hub
Over the last several months, the Academy has been working with the Association of Vision Science Librarians (AVSL) to put together a plethora of resources to support your clinical and research endeavors. We're pleased to share that the new AVSL-AAO Information Resource Hub is now available exclusively for Academy members to access.

In the hub, you'll find an easy search mechanism to explore various journals, books, citation management programs, bibliographic databases, point-of-care tools, and much more. Many of the resources logged in the search are free or offer some free access to the content provided.

Not sure where to start? We've developed several sample search scenarios on the hub to walk you through the process of finding the most useful resources to match your needs.

Explore the hub now by logging in with your Academy member credentials.
Upcoming Event - "Fellows Talk" Virtual Series

Brought to you by the Membership Committee and the Diversity Task Force, the Academy will be holding a series of "Fellows Talk" virtual sessions featuring a panel of Academy members discussing a wide variety of prominent subjects for the profession. Save the date for the first session coming up next week:

To Take or Not to Take Is The Question: A Discussion of Vaccine Hesitancy and its Potential Impact on the COVID-19 Pandemic, Healthcare, and Optometry
Tuesday, September 21
9:00 pm ET / 8:00 pm CT

Panelists include Edwin Marshall, OD, MS, MPH, FAAO, Karl Citek, OD, PhD, FAAO, Janene Sims, OD, PhD, FAAO, Susan Primo, OD, MPH, FAAO, Breanne McGhee, OD, MEd, FAAO, Jacobi Cleaver, OD, FAAO, and Amy Puerto, OD, FAAO.

This session is open to all members at no cost. The virtual series is not COPE approved.
Available Job Openings

Looking for a new opportunity? Interested in making a change? Check out these job opportunities.

American Academy of Optometry Foundation News
American Academy of Optometry Foundation Recent Award Recipients

The Foundation has announced more than 50 recipients of various awards and grants during the last two months. Please join us in congratulating these deserving individuals. Their accomplishments will be celebrated during Academy 2021 Boston.

Stephanie Aigbe, OD


Maria Liu, OD, PhD


George W. Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award
Alyssa Invergo, OD
Grace Tseng, OD

Sheldon Wechsler Contact Lens Residency Award
Connie Chen, OD
Cori Jones, OD


Elizabeth Cho, OD


Jonathan D. Lam, MD, OD


Tracy Matchinski, OD, FAAO, FVI

AAO Student Travel Fellowships
Yvonne Adu-Agyeiwaah
Elizabeth Day
Angelica Echiverri
Esther Senanu
Allison Wirt

Arizona Chapter Student Travel Fellowship
Tysen Bringhurst

Brazelton Low Vision Student Travel Fellowship
Chrysanthi Stevens

Brett G. Bence Clinical Student Travel Fellowship
Joseph Trinh

Bence Family Leadership Student Travel Fellowship
Amber Sarver

BSK Student Travel Fellowship
Julie Lin

Edward I. Goodlaw Travel Fellowship
Meredith Fry

Elmer H. Eger Memorial Student Travel Fellowships
Ewa Kowalczyk
Rebecca Phung

Frank W. Weymouth Student Travel Fellowships
Sampson Abu
Curt Fritts-Davis

Irvin M. Borish Student Travel Fellowships
Tiffany Luu
Keyur Salva
Johnson & Johnson Vision Student Travel Fellowships
Onyekachukwu Amiebenomo
Bright Asare-Bediako
Khob Bhandari
Samantha Blanke
Joshua Canavan
Ariel Hsuan Chao
Deepa Dhungel
Sara Javidinejad
Allison Jussel
Andrew Kageyama
Wei Hau Lew
Anusha Mathew
Hiral Patel
Sanjana Saksena
Alexa Scalia
Alina Shahid
Logan Skrobarecek
Elizabeth Stern-Green
Rachel Wang
Jia Zhou

Kirschen Family Student Travel Fellowship
Matthew Hepworth

Lois Schoenbrun Student Travel Fellowship
Jenny Xiang Jun Liu

Luxottica Student Travel Fellowships
Melissa Huynh
Neda Tahvilian

Michael G. Harris Student Travel Fellowship
Ryan Funai

N. Rex Ghormley Student Travel Fellowship
Jin Zhao

Robert D. Newcomb Student Travel Fellowship
Jaime Antonio
Read the feature article from the August issue of the Optometry and Vision Science journal titled, Photophobia Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis by Natalya Merezhinskaya et al.
Congratulations to Dr. Lyndon Jones for being named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada!