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Unless otherwise indicated, the ASCO contact for all Special Interest Groups (SIGs) is LaShawn Sidbury, CMP, Director, Meetings and Special Interest Groups, lsidbury@opted.org or (301) 231-5944 ext. 3012.

LOW VISION EDUCATORS

Members of the Low Vision Educators SIG at their July 2015 meeting.

Members of the Low Vision Educators SIG at their July 2015 meeting.

Met: July 9-11, 2015, Pacific University College of Optometry

Chair: Dr. Tracy Matchinski

Actions: Dr. Sharon Lee became SIG Chair; two new steering committee members elected: Dr. Swati Modi and Dr. Rebecca Marnioff

Additional Topics Discussed: Review and discussion of the not-yet-finalized Advanced Competencies in Low Vision Rehabilitation document; methods for teaching near magnification; testing on near magnification

OPHTHALMIC OPTICS EDUCATORS

Met: July 23-25, 2015, Michigan College of Optometry

Chair: James Brady

Actions: Marilyn Smith and Dr. Natalie Hutchings, University of Waterloo, were appointed Chairs of the SIG; the SIG is recommending to the ASCO Board that ASCO become a member organization of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z80 (The Low Vision Educators SIG also supports this recommendation.); members decided to incorporate an Educating the Educator session into each workshop; the SIG will meet next on July 21-23, 2016, in Ontario, Canada.

SIG Chair James Brady, left, presents Dr. James Sheedy with a plaque commemorating his presentation of the Joe Bruneni Lecture in memory of Daryl Meister.

SIG Chair James Brady, left, presents Dr. James Sheedy with a plaque commemorating his presentation of the Joe Bruneni Lecture in memory of Daryl Meister.

Topics Discussed/Speakers: Dr. James Sheedy, who was instrumental in forming the Ophthalmic Optics Educators SIG in 1996, was honored for his contributions in ophthalmic optics and delivered the Joe Bruneni Lecture (“Blue Light-Good or Bad?”) in memory of Dr. Daryl Meister (Dr. Sheedy received this award in 2005 as well.); Education and Scholarship in Ophthalmic Optics (Dr. Sheedy); Research Ideas in Ophthalmic Optics (Vision Research Institute); Measuring Devices from Manufacturers (Essilor, Hoya, Carl Zeiss); ANSI Membership for Ophthalmic Optics (Dr. Karl Citek)

Sponsors: Carl Zeiss, Essilor of America, EyeMed, Hoya, Transitions Optical