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2016 Alumni Weekend and Annual Meeting

The 2016 UABSO Alumni Weekend will be held August 26-28 on the UAB campus. In conjunction with an 18-hour continuing education program presented by our UABSO Office of Continuing Education, the UABSO Alumni Association will host alumni weekend activities recognizing the Classes of ’76, ’81, ’86, ’91, ’96, ’01, ’06, and ‘11. We are also excited to incorporate our Annual Alumni Meeting and Board Election into the weekend’s program. Alumni weekend activities are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, and you do not have to participate in the continuing education program to attend the weekend’s alumni events. For more details and info on how to register, contact Virginia Rogers at vsr@uab.edu

2015 Dean’s Report Online

Deans ReportThe 2015 UABSO Dean’s Report, recapping some of the academic highlights, faculty achievements, and clinical outreach efforts, is posted online HERE.

UABSO Convocation & Doctoral Hooding

The School of Optometry’s 2016 Convocation & Doctoral Hooding ceremony took place on Friday, May 20 at the Alys Stephens Center. This year’s convocation guest speaker was Dr. Rick Weisbarth, Vice-President of Professional Affairs for Alcon Laboratories. Dean Nichols also honored this year’s recipients of the Dean’s Distinguished Service Awards, Dr. Leo Semes and Mr. Brian Rosenow. UABSO graduated 46 OD students this year, and 13 of those have accepted residency positions for 2016-17 at sites across the nation.

New Dual Degree Program Option

UABSO is pleased to announce the 2nd dual-degree program option, the OD/MPH, is now open and available to students. Enrolled students will have the opportunity to take the MPH courses either traditionally in the classroom or online, giving them the opportunity to pursue both degrees at the same time but according to a schedule that works best for them. Another dual program option, the OD/MBA, combines fundamental and advanced principles of both optometry and business. The first of its kind in the nation, the OD/MBA program provides students with a greater understanding of the business of eye care.

Considering the Impacts of Blue Light

Blue Light 2020UABSO alumnus and faculty member Dr. Adam Gordon weighs in on the topic of blue light, including the lack of clinical evidence in advertisements overstating dangers, as well as the effects on sleep and eye discomfort.

Read more about the impact of blue light HERE!