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ASCO Announces Award Recipients

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(PRESS RELEASE) ROCKVILLE, MD – The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) announces the recipients of the 2019 Special Recognition Awards.

ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Arol Augsburger, president emeritus of Illinois College of Optometry (ICO), is given this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes an outstanding individual who, over an extended period of time, provided exceptional leadership to ASCO and to optometric education, made outstanding contributions to the optometric community, and displayed exemplary commitment and dedication to the association.

Prior to Augsburger’s appointment at ICO in 2002, he served 30 years in a variety of leadership roles in higher education, including the interim provost of UAB, dean and professor of the UAB School of Optometry, and professor of clinical optometry at The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

“I am honored and proud to be named the ASCO 2019 Lifetime Achievement Awardee,” says Augsburger. “Indeed, it is recognition by colleagues in higher education who have revolutionized the profession of optometry during the last 50 years which is most gratifying. I have been fortunate to be an able part of that evolution of our profession during my career. Thank you.”

ASCO Rising Star Award
Sponsored by Oculus, the ASCO Rising Star Award is given to an outstanding faculty member or administrator with less than seven years of service. This year’s Rising Star awardee is Diane Russo, OD, MPH.

Russo is an associate professor in the Department of Primary Care at New England College of Optometry, where she is instructor of record for the public health course sequence. She is also an attending optometrist at the Codman Square Health Center in Boston, where she precepts second-, third-, and fourth-year students.

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Russo received her OD from SUNY College of Optometry, her MPH from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, and received residency training at the West Haven VAMC. She is chair-elect for ASCO’s Public Health Educators Special Interest Group (SIG) and is an active member of the AOA and Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, serving on the Health Promotions Committee and Legislative Action Committee, respectively.

“I am incredibly honored to be nominated and chosen for this award,” says Russo. “It has been an amazing privilege to be able to care for patients, while also contributing to the profession by educating future Doctors of Optometry.”

ASCO Ophthalmic Industry Leadership Award
The ASCO Ophthalmic Industry Leadership Award recognizes an individual from a current or past Corporate Contributor partner company who demonstrates exemplary support of ASCO and its member institutions. The individual serves as an example for his/her colleagues in industry, and has made exceptional and meaningful contributions to the advancement of ASCO and optometric education.

ASCO’s 2019 Industry Leadership Awardee is Richard E. Weisbarth, vice president, professional affairs, U.S. Vision Care of Alcon. Weisbarth received his OD degree from The Ohio State University College of Optometry. He also served in the Contact Lens Practice Residency Program at the University of Alabama in Birmingham School of Optometry.

“Supporting optometric education today is the best investment we can make for the future. By working together – ASCO, academia and industry can create a better tomorrow in vision care,” says Weisbarth.

Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence
The Dr. Lester Janoff Award for Writing Excellence recognizes the outstanding writing of a research article published in the ASCO Journal Optometric Education. The award is named in honor of Dr. Lester E. Janoff, editor of the Journal from 2002-2005, and long-time member of the editorial review board who was known as an exceptional optometric educator, administrator, contact lens clinician and researcher. Janoff was also a beloved mentor of young writers.

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Drs. Mark Dunne and Bhavna Pancholi of Aston University are this year’s recipients. Their article, “Virtual Patient Instruction and Self-Assessment Accuracy in Optometry Students,” was published in the Winter-Spring 2018 (Volume 43 Number 2) of Optometric Education.

Student Award in Clinical Ethics
ASCO and the Ethics Educators SIG announces Negar Sohbati as this year’s winner. This annual award, sponsored by Alcon, provides the winner with a stipend and plaque.

Negar is a student at ICO and is expected to graduate with her doctor of optometry degree next year. Her winning essay, “Optometrist as Mandatory Reporter: What is Our Obligation to Keep the Roads Safe for All?” will be considered for publication in Optometric Education.

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Etnia Barcelona Foundation Partners with Von Miller’s Von’s Vision Foundation

Etnia Barcelona is set to become the exclusive provider of fashionable frames for Von’s Vision Centers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) – In continuation of expanding its growth and outreach efforts in the U.S. market, Etnia Barcelona has announced a partnership with Linebacker Von Miller of the NFL’s Denver Broncos and his charitable foundation, Von’s Vision. With support from its own foundation, Etnia Barcelona is set to become the exclusive provider of fashionable frames for Von’s Vision Centers, one of the signature community outreach program’s Von’s Vision.

The newest program of Miller’s foundation, Von’s Vision Centers allow in-need students to receive vision care on an ongoing basis without the burden of transportation. These new centers are a customized optical center kiosk, located at select Boys & Girls Club facilities in Metro Denver and soon-to-be Texas A&M University, that hold fashionable eyewear and accessories, creating a unique and exciting optical center on wheels.

Volunteer medical providers, provided through Hero Practice Services, will use portable equipment to conduct onsite eye exams and the children and young adults will “shop” for fashionable eyewear, provided by Etnia Barcelona Foundation. Once ready, their fulfilled glasses with lenses will be delivered back to the participating Von’s Vision Center location for a reveal day.

As a part of their contribution the Etnia Barcelona Foundation has recently donated over 3,000 frames with its anticipation for the Von’s Vision Center to serve a minimum of 600 children this year alone. The first Vision Day will commence on May 14, 2019, with a combination of several other charitable events throughout the year.

Together, Etnia Barcelona hopes to continue our partnership in the years to come and expand the outreach of both programs across the entire United States.

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L’Amy America Launches Tri-Flex Performance Series

It offers a 3-point, self-adjusting temple tip system.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NORWALK, CT – America’s athletic wear originator, Champion brings a new 3-tiered sub collection of performance-based eyewear, to a market thirsting for heritage sport brands offering value-added features and true performance.

Perfectly suited for active lifestyles, Champion’s new Tri-Flex collection offers a 3-point, self-adjusting temple tip system which provides custom fit, secure grip, and on face stability. The tip, which adjusts from 1 to 90 degrees downward, gently but securely fits over the mastoidal bend, allowing the frame to fit snuggly and comfortably over the ear. An easy click and the system is engaged-the wearer can perform any task from basketball and golf to yard work and boating without worry of frames slipping, bouncing, or moving around during wear. Offering the same security as other eyewear retaining devices, the Tri-Flex tip is built-in to the frame. No extra “cord” required to insure frame security.

The Tri-Flex collection is comprised of 5 ophthalmic models for adults (2 in Extended Size), 4 ophthalmic models for tweens, and 4 sunglasses also for adults. With features such as handmade acetate and stainless steel fronts, optical quality polarized lenses and custom-crafted color selections, the new Tri-Flex series offers the same fine quality construction and powerful consumer brand recognition as its core eyewear collection.

L’Amy America Lifestyle Brands Director, Connie Reiss reminds “Champion was Lyst.com’s #2 most-searched brand of 2018. We are fueling this explosive brand-trajectory with the Tri-Flex series of eyewear, while ultimately drawing upon Champion roots of athletic functionality.”

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Coburn Technologies New National Sales Manager for Diagnostics Instruments

He will focus on diagnostic instruments for the United States market.

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Ezequiel Lukin

(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTH WINDSOR, CT – Coburn Technologies, Inc. welcomes Ezequiel Lukin as its new national sales manager, with specific focus on diagnostic instruments for the United States market.

“Ezequiel is a great addition to our team,” states vice president of sales, Wayne Labrecque. “Our diagnostics product line is an integral part of our business, and with a growing interest in our products, as well as new product development, we are confident Ezequiel will strategically build our business further.”

Lukin is an experienced veteran in the optical industry. As the former global sales manager for Volk Optical, Lukin brings more than 20 years of sales and optical experience to Coburn Technologies. His experience includes general sales with a specific focus on diagnostics instruments to eye care practitioners in the United States, Latin America and Europe.

“I am excited to be joining Coburn Technologies,” Lukin said. “Coburn is a well-respected company in the industry, and I believe that with my experience and their history, we will drive the company’s share in the diagnostics instruments market to new heights.”

Lukin joins Coburn Technologies’ sales team, which has recently added a number of industry veterans including Marina Vaynberger, international regional sales manager, Al Bednar, director of laboratory sales, Mark Kaplan senior territory sales representative and Jason Frank, sales manager for Latin America.

“Ezequiel represents the latest addition to strengthening our international sales organization,” states Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies. “With specific focus on developing our ophthalmic instruments business, Ezequiel is an integral addition and will help drive our diagnostics product offering and market leadership.”

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