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New England College of Optometry Names President Emeritus

He’s spent 50 years in service to the college.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BOSTON, MA – New England College of Optometry announces that former President Clifford Scott, OD, has been appointed with the title of president emeritus. The honor comes in recognition of his accomplishments during a decade of leadership and 50 years of service to the college.

Pano Yeracaris, MD, MPH, Board of Trustees chair for New England College of Optometry, noted, “Dr. Scott has been associated with the New England College of Optometry for his entire 50 year stellar career, serving as president from 2009 to 2018. During the last 10 years, Dr. Scott, with visionary leadership, has guided NECO to continued excellence in strengthening our unique clinical and academic programs. The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to bestow the emeritus title to Dr. Scott at the December 5th 2018 meeting to recognize the vital contributions he has made through the years.”

Scott served as the 12th president of the college from 2009-2018.

“His spirit of innovation helped shape a curriculum and clinical program for NECO’s graduates to be successful in the tumultuous world of health care reform,” the college stated.

Scott was instrumental in implementing the clinical campus concept where all of NECO’s clinical functions — patient care, learning and clinical research — are brought together under one roof, sharing space and incorporating high-tech instrumentation. The final phase of this clinical campus was completed earlier this year with the opening of NECO’s student clinical training center.

“Dr. Scott has been a positive presence at the College for over 50 years, serving as a member of the faculty, as dean, and as president,” said former President Alan Lewis. “As unpretentious as he is capable, he embraced the long tradition of valuing NECO as a family and community rather than just as a workplace. Above all, he was dedicated to the welfare and the professional success of the students. This signal honor recognizes his many contributions to the College and to the profession as well as the deep respect with which he is held by his colleagues.”

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Former president Larry Clausen said, “President Scott stands as one of NECO’s greatest champions of the College and leaves a legacy of exceptional service to both the college and the optometric profession. Throughout his fifty-year career, he was an ever-present, positive influence on the college’s advancement. It was fitting that he was named president in 2009; it is fitting that he is to be honored as president Emeritus in 2018.”

During his tenure as president, Scott worked as a community leader, building partnerships locally, nationally and internationally. James T. Brett, president and CEO of The New England Council notes, “Dr. Scott’s contributions over five decades of service to the New England College of Optometry have left behind an incredible legacy, and I cannot think of a more fitting way to honor this remarkable leader than by naming him President Emeritus.”

Throughout his 50 years in the profession, Scott also worked tirelessly to advocate for optometry. Executive Director Jay Gardiner, Massachusetts Society of Optometrists, said, “Dr. Clifford Scott’s inclusive leadership style and forward thinking vision of optometry has profoundly advanced the profession. Dr. Scott has played an influential role shaping the future impact of optometry at both a state and national level.”

“Dr. Scott’s entrepreneurial spirit has helped mold and change the profession for the better during his time as professor, department chair, academic dean and president,” said Professor Bina Patel, faculty chair and director of international programs at NECO. “Throughout his career, he strengthened our relationships with community partners, pushed for optometric legislation on a state and national level, helped establish optometry within the VAMC (Veteran’s Administration Medical Center) system, and supported the wider scope of optometry internationally. While helping to advance the profession, he also remained a huge advocate for students at the College.”

“I’m grateful for the opportunity I had to help lead the College in becoming a such a dynamic institution that produces knowledgeable, caring optometrists fully prepared for success in the rapidly changing world of health care,” said President Emeritus Clifford Scott. “It is personally very gratifying that Dr. Howard Purcell was selected to accelerate that momentum with the support of the NECO community. I’m truly honored by the Board of Trustees’ recognition and will continue to be a resource for the College.”

Current President Howard Purcell said, “The impact Dr. Scott (Scotty) has had on NECO is far reaching and significant. His legacy is only surpassed by his passion for the profession and for every graduate that has been part of the NECO family. We are forever indebted to his unwavering support and countless contributions. We look forward to his continued contributions to the Board of Trustees, the College leadership, and the faculty in years to come.”

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Sales of Sun Lenses Are Up, According to Data from ABB Optical Group’s Digital Eye Lab Network

Company releases new statistics ahead of National Sunglasses Day on June 27.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CORAL SPRINGS, FL – ABB Optical Group, released market data from its Digital Eye Lab (DEL) Network division showing significant year-over-year growth in the sale of prescription sun lenses.

DEL Network’s data shows that orders were up 25 percent in 2018 over 2017. In breaking down all orders placed in 2018, the data also showed a year-over-year increase of 30 percent for mirrored lenses, 30 percent for photochromic lenses, and 20 percent for polarized lenses.

Just in time for National Sunglasses Day on June 27, DEL Network also identified silver, blue and gold, respectively, as the three most popular colors ordered in polarized mirrored lenses.

“Since 2017, our portfolio of Digital Mirror Solutions has allowed ECPs to expand their lens offerings to meet the growing patient demand for this trending, colorful look,” said DEL Network Managing Director Scott Pearl. “With the kick-off of summer right around the corner, now is an opportune time for ECPs to be discussing the importance of sun wear with their patients and offering them a variety of sun wear to meet their needs, lifestyles and budgets.”

For more information about DEL Network’s products and services, visit DigitalEyeLab.com.

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Coburn Technologies’ Velocity Spin Coater Wins Award for Best Value Enhancer

It’s one of 17 awards given annually.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTH WINDSOR, CT – Coburn Technologies, Inc. announces that its Velocity Spin Coater has been named “Best Value Enhancer (Lab)” by the CiO VisionPlus Awards.

“We are thrilled and honored to receive this award for our Velocity Coater, especially considering our focus on developing innovative technology for the laboratory market. The Velocity Coater has become the market’s preferred spin coating system, optimizing the yield in many of the world’s largest labs,” stated Alex Incera, president of Coburn Technologies.

This award is one of 17 awards given annually by the Cairo International Optical Fair’s VisionPlus Awards, landing in the Instruments & Equipment category. Nominations criteria for “Best Value Enhancer (Lab)” include utility, value enhancement, innovation and technology.

The Velocity Optical Lens Spin Coater is a fully automated industrial hard coating system that conveniently transports lenses utilizing a job tray, beginning the process with a multi-stage pre-cleaning system, followed by a secondary cleaning system, coating and curing, and finally returning the lens to the job tray. Velocity is also available in a stand-alone, manual version.

For additional information about Coburn Technologies and the Velocity Optical Lens Spin Coater, visit www.coburntechnologies.com or call 1-800-COBURN-1.

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Marcolin Group Renews Licensing Agreement with Harley-Davidson

It has been extended through Dec. 31, 2021.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LONGARONE BL — Marcolin Group announced the renewal of the licensing agreement for the design, manufacturing and worldwide distribution of sunglasses and eyeglasses for Harley-Davidson Motor Co.

The agreement for Marcolin Group to produce Harley-Davidson branded eyewear for men, women and kids has been extended through Dec. 31, 2021.

Marcolin Group remains committed to faithfully incorporating the Harley-Davidson brand’s heritage into every frame produced with subtle call-outs to those same handcrafted parts that make Harley-Davidson motorcycles an enduring fixture on the world’s highways.

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