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UAB School of Optometry faculty and PhD trainees, Anna Ablamowicz, OD, and Cameron Postnikoff, MASc, have been named Ezell Fellows by the American Optometric Foundation (AOF).

The AOF recently announced the nine recipients of the prestigious fellowships, named after the organization’s founding president, Dr. William C. Ezell. The program was established to provide talented post-doctoral students who are pursuing an advanced degree in optometric research and education recognition and support.  More than 300 Ezell Fellowships have been awarded since the program’s 1949 inception.

William C. Ezell Fellowships are regarded among the highest recognition awarded to vision science graduate students, and are offered by the AOF to encourage talented individuals to pursue full-time careers in optometric research and education. These fellowships support graduate students enrolled in a full-time program of study and training in vision-related research that leads to a Master's or PhD degree.

Dr. Ablamowicz received the Merton C. Flom Ezell Fellowship in Leadership, and is mentored by Jason Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, Assistant Vice President Industry Research, UAB Office of Research and Economic Development.  Postnikoff received the AAO Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Ezell Fellowship and is mentored by Kelly Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, Dean, UAB School of Optometry.

“I could not be more proud to say that two of the nine Ezell recipients are from the UAB School of Optometry,” said Dean Kelly Nichols. “These awards are recognized with tremendous esteem within academic optometry and we congratulate Dr. Ablamowicz and Mr. Postnikoff on their accomplishments.”

Among the list of former Ezell Fellows are over 20 deans and presidents of optometric schools and colleges, over 100 faculty members and over 100 Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry, including three of its presidents. Current UABSO faculty who are former Ezell Fellows include Drs. Stephanie M. Cox, Jillian F. Meadows, Robert N. Kleinstein, Timothy W. Kraft, Jason J. Nichols, Kelly K. Nichols, and Michael D. Twa.

The 2016-17 Ezell Fellows will be honored at the AOF’s Annual Celebration Luncheon on November 12th, 2016 during the American Academy of Optometry’s Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California.




 

The American Optometric Foundation recently awarded Ezell Fellowships to UABSO faculty members and PhD trainees, Drs. Jillian Meadows and Stephanie Cox. Both were recognized during the annual American Academy of Optometry meeting in October 2015.

William C. Ezell Fellowships are the most prestigious recognition awarded to vision science graduate students by the American Optometric Foundation. Since 1949 the American Optometric Foundation has offered Ezell Fellowships to encourage talented persons to pursue full-time careers in optometric research and education. These fellowships support graduate students enrolled in a full-time program of study and training in vision-related research that leads to a Master's or PhD degree.

 

Dr. Meadows received the Merton C. Flom Ezell Fellowship in Leadership, and is mentored by Kelly Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, Dean, UAB School of Optometry. Dr. Cox received the AOF Ezell Club Gerald E. Lowther Ezell Fellowship, and is mentored by Jason Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, Assistant Vice President Industry Research, UAB Office of Research and Economic Development.

 

“Ezell Fellowships are extremely competitive awards and are recognized with high esteem in academic optometry,” said Dr. Kelly Nichols. “We celebrate with Dr. Cox and Dr. Meadows on their accomplishments, and are proud that they will represent the UAB School of Optometry in the list of Ezell Fellows.

 

“These awards recognize leadership and excellence in research. Looking through the list of previous awards, you find many of the giants in our field including prominent scientists, Deans, and leaders in our profession,” Michael Twa, OD, PhD, Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies, UAB School of Optometry. “It is a real honor to receive this recognition and quite a proud moment for UAB to have two new Ezell awardees. “

 

The American Optometric Foundation has awarded more than 250 Fellowships to students pursuing graduate studies. Among the list of former Ezell Fellows are over 20 deans and presidents of optometric schools and colleges, over 100 faculty members and over 100 Fellows of the American Academy of Optometry, including three of its presidents. Current UABSO faculty who are former Ezell Fellows include Professors Robert N. Kleinstein, Timothy W. Kraft, Jason J. Nichols, Kelly K. Nichols, and Michael D. Twa.