Longtime ASCO consultant, Dr. Les Caplan passed away on December 2. He was 98 years old. Dr. Caplan was responsible for and led ASCO’s Clinic and Externship Directors and retired from ASCO a few years ago.
Dawn Mancuso, MAM, CAE, FASAE, the CEO/Executive Vice President of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO), was recently elected the president of the Federation of Associations of Schools of the Health Professions (FASHP).
ASCO is pleased to announce its release of a new virtual cultural competency training workshop and toolkit. The workshop and toolkit are part of its Eye on Diversity Initiative, which is generously sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision.
ASCO announces the online availability of the recordings of its recently-completed Eye on Diversity Speaker Series, a component of a larger diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiative generously sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision.
Direct costs awarded from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 for research at ASCO member institutions rose 23% to nearly $38 million, according to ASCO’s 2021-22 Research Survey Report. $20.7 million came from the National Eye Institute (up from $19.1 million) and $9.9 million from industry (up from $7.4 million), while other federal awards more than doubled to $3.6 million.
Safal Khanal, OD, PhD, FAAO, assistant professor at the UAB School of Optometry, received the 2022 Career Development Award from the American Academy of Optometry. Khanal is the School’s first faculty member and one of only six faculty members nationwide to receive this honor since its inception in 2015.
To support the future of optometry, VSP Vision and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation, part of the American Academy of Optometry, teamed up to provide the Practice Excellence Scholarship to 50 top fourth-year optometry students in the United States and Canada.