Dr. Nicole Ross, Assistant Professor at New England College of Optometry (NECO), was awarded the 2016 Rising Star Award at the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry ‘s (ASCO) Annual Luncheon in Boston on June 29, 2016.
The award, sponsored by Oculus, recognizes a faculty member or administrator with less than seven years of service who has made significant contributions to the field through teaching, scholarship, administration, and personal service. Dr. Ross, OD ’11, was selected for her contributions to the area of low vision both locally and nationally, her excellence in all the areas of teaching, research, and service, as well as her work on ASCO’s Low Vision Special Interest Group.
“It is both a pleasure and an honor to be involved in the care of patients with visual impairment and educating future colleagues who will continue to grow and move this field forward,” says Dr. Ross.
The Rising Star Award is one of several Special Recognition Awards ASCO presents annually to honor outstanding contributions to the field of optometry. In addition to Dr. Ross, Dr. Nathan Lighthizer, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma College of Optometry was also presented with a Rising Star Award. Dr. Morris Berman, Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University, received the ASCO Lifetime Achievement Award and R. Mike Daley, The Vision Council, received the Industry Leadership Award. All recipients were on hand to receive their awards at Wednesday’s luncheon.
About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. Located in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston, New England College of Optometry is the oldest college of optometry in the country. This small, independent graduate institution has been advancing optometric education, patient care, and public health since 1884. The New England College of Optometry is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association (a member of the Council of Post-Secondary Accreditation) and the New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. (NEASC).
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