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September, 2018

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New England College of Optometry Graduate Receives Low Vision Residency Award

New England College of Optometry, NECO, is pleased to announce that alumna Rebecca Deffler, OD ’17, has been selected to receive the Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Residency Award. The award is presented by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation and honors the memory of Alfred A. Rosebloom, Jr., OD, DOS, FAAO. The AAOF explains that “The Alfred A. Rosenbloom, Jr. Residency…

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New England College of Optometry Graduate Receives Pediatric Residency Award

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce that alumna Emily Wiecek, OD, PhD (Pediatric Resident ‘18, AODP ‘17, PhD) was awarded the Terrance Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award for 2018. The award is presented by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF). Dr. Wiecek joins a distinguished group of recipients, including twelve Pediatric Optometry Residents from NECO who have received…

August, 2018

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NECO Launches Search for Vice President/Dean of Academic Affairs

(Boston, MA) New England College of Optometry (NECO) and the Dean Search Committee have launched the College’s search for a Vice President/ Dean of Academic Affairs. Reporting directly to the President of the College, the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs (VP/Dean AA) is the chief academic officer responsible for the faculty and the related administrative departments…

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Dr. Donald R. Korb Joins the Faculty at New England College of Optometry

(Boston, MA): New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce that Donald R. Korb, an alumnus, has joined the faculty as an Adjunct Professor. Dr. Korb is recognized as an international authority on dry eye, having named and described meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), the leading cause of dry eye, and co-inventing two of the leading dry eye products…

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NECO Hosts Annual Global Health Leadership Development Program

This year marked the fourth year of the Global Health Leadership Development Program (GHLDP) at New England College of Optometry, NECO. The program is a collaboration between Wenzhou Medical University (Wenzhou, China), New England College of Optometry (Boston, MA), and SUNY College of Optometry (New York, New York). The GHLDP was held this year from Monday, July 23 through Wednesday, August 1, 2018. …

July, 2018

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NECO Hosts Annual White Coat Ceremony

On Sunday, July 15, 2018, members of the New England College of Optometry (NECO) Class of 2021, AODP 2020, ASIP 2020, and the MS/OD China 2020 gathered with families, faculty, and staff at the annual White Coat Ceremony at George Sherman Union at Boston Union. At the event, students received their white coats and letters granting them clinical privileges. This ceremony marks a milestone in…

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NECO Welcomes President Purcell!

New England College of Optometry is pleased to welcome Dr. Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO as the 13th President of the College. Dr. Purcell began his term on July 1, 2018.

June, 2018

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NECO Opens New Student Clinical Training Center

New England College of Optometry (NECO) is pleased to announce the opening of its new NECO Clinical Training Center for students. The Clinical Training Center (CTC) provides a state-of-the-art learning facility with traditional and high-tech eye care instruments and advanced learning technology.  The College aims to prepare students to provide care in all types of clinical practice. The CTC includes…

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Hannah Yoon, OD/MS ‘20, Receives BSK Student Research Grant

New England College of Optometry, NECO, is pleased to announce that student Hannah Yoon, OD/MS ’20, was selected to receive the Beta Sigma Kappa Student Research Grant. The grant is awarded annually to one or two optometric students to support their planned project. Students can apply for grant funding for their research projects. Proposals are reviewed by the Board of…

May, 2018

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New England College of Optometry Celebrates 124th Commencement

On Sunday, May 20, 2018, New England College of Optometry (NECO) celebrated its 124th commencement ceremony at historic Boston Symphony Hall. The College conferred 126 Doctor of Optometry degrees to students in the four-year OD program and in special programs – AODP (Accelerated Optometry Degree Program), ASIP (Advanced Standing International Program) and MS/OD China. Three students were awarded a Master of Science Degree…

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Third Year NECO Student Receives Student Innovator of the Year Award

Graham Stetson, New England College of Optometry Class of 2019, was chosen to receive the Rick Bay Foundation Student Innovator of the Year Award this spring. The NECO student received the award together with additional groups and individual students from three other colleges of optometry. The award is named in honor of OD Rick Bay and highlights innovations by optometry students.…

April, 2018

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NECO Selects Dr. Howard Purcell As Next President

The New England College of Optometry Board of Trustees has named Howard Purcell, OD ’84, FAAO, Diplomate, as the thirteenth President and CEO of the College. Dr. Purcell was selected following a national search to succeed Clifford Scott, OD, MPH, who will be stepping down after serving for nine years. He will take office on July 2, 2018.

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NECO Honors 2018 Scholarship Recipients

New England College of Optometry is please to announce the 2018 Scholarship Recipients. This distinguished group of students was honored for their excellence in scholarship, leadership, and clinical expertise on April 5, 2018.

February, 2018

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NECO Professor Interviewed on NBC For Revolutionary Low Vision Device

Nicole Ross, OD, MSc, FAAO, Assistant Professor at New England College of Optometry (NECO), was recently interviewed by NBC to share her expertise in low vision devices. The segment focused specifically on the ORCAM, a vision device that utilizes technology to assist individuals who are blind and partially sighted. The device utilizes a wireless smart camera, attached to the side…

January, 2018

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NECO and Wenzhou Medical University Move Towards Joint PhD/OD Program

The China Scholarship Council recently announced the recipients of the 2018 Chinese International Cooperative Innovative Talents Project funding. Included in the list of 29 approved projects was the PhD/OD program with New England College of Optometry and Wenzhou Medical University (WMU), a joint optometry and doctoral degree program between China and the US. It was the only project selected in the…

December, 2017

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NECO Kicks off Campaign 2020

New England College of Optometry, NECO, has launched an ambitious Fundraising Appeal called Campaign 2020 to support the development of the new clinical campus for students. The new campus includes the newly renovated NECO Center for Eye Care and a boutique optical shop at the Commonwealth location. Construction is slated to begin in January for a contemporary, state-of-the-art student training facility,…

November, 2017

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Jessica Taylor, OD ‘19, Selected for J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

Jessica Taylor, Class of 2019, was selected as the New England College of Optometry (NECO) recipient of the 2017 J. Pat Cummings Scholarship. The award is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) and presented to a second or third year student from each of the optometric…

October, 2017

New England College of Optometry & Orbis Announce Partnership to Increase Access to Global Optometry

New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Orbis International (Orbis) are pleased to announce their formal partnership to address the global unmet need for refractive and low vision services, with the goal of reducing avoidable visual impairment in low-income regions of the world. NECO prepares students for careers as an eye care provider, educator, and innovator through a rigorous curriculum…

Fourth Year NECO Students Awarded Scholarship for Practice Excellence

Each year, VSP Global® and the American Academy of Optometric Foundation (AAOF) provide a $4,000 grant to two students entering their fourth year at each of the optometric schools and colleges throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. This year, 46 scholarships were awarded. Chantelle Davis and Karlee Muller, Class of 2018, represent New England College of Optometry, NECO, in this year’s…

NECO Professors Participate in World Congress of Optometry in India

Continuing its long-standing commitment to global optometry, faculty from the New England College of Optometry, NECO, recently participated in the second World Congress of Optometry in Hyderbad, India. Hosted by the World Council of Optometry (WCO) in September 2017, the Congress welcomed optometrists, vision scientists, ophthalmologists, educators, health care providers, public health vision providers from around the world to engage in…