USAC Shines Staff Spotlight on Dr. Karla Gengler-Nowak

The University Staff Advisory Committee recognizes Ohio State staff members who exemplify what it means to be a Buckeye. This month, they focused their staff spotlight on #OSUopt Grants and Contracts Administrator Karla Gengler-Nowak, PhD, CRA. Learn more about Dr. Gengler-Nowak in the Q&A below.

Ohio State Optometrists Earn Ezell Fellowships

Ohio State University College of Optometry Vision Science PhD students Rebecca Deffler (OD, MS’19), Erica Shelton (OD/MS’18), and Marielle Reidy (OD/MS’19), are among 15 recipients of 2022 American Academy of Optometry Foundation William C. Ezell Fellowships. Dr. Deffler is a PhD student advised by Dr. Bradley Dougherty and has been awarded the American Academy of Optometry Foundation Ezell Fellowship. Dr. Shelton is a PhD student advised by Dr. Dean VanNasdale and has been awarded the John N.

An “Eye” for Talent

Shane Foster (OD’08) Exemplifies How Alumni Play a Vital Role in Recruiting the Best and Brightest Optometry Students

Ohio State Researchers Receive UnEYEted Collaborative Funding Initiative Award

A collaboration between Dr. Heather Chandler, Associate Professor of Optometry at The Ohio State University, and Drs. Katelyn Swindle-Reilly, Colleen Cebulla, Shigeo Tamiya, was awarded the UnEYEted Collaborative Funding Initiative.

The UnEYEted Research Symposium began in 2016 to stimulate collaboration between The Ohio State University Department of Ophthalmology and College of Optometry. Each year since then, Ophthalmology and Optometry have awarded $4,000 to support collaborative initiatives likely to lead to further funding.

Drs. Kulp, Plageman Receive Research Innovations Grants

The Ohio State University College of Optometry awarded faculty members Dr. Marjean Kulp and Dr. TJ Plageman with Research Innovations Grant awards, sponsored by an endowment from Vision Service Plan. Dr. Kulp plans to use the funds to explore quality-of-life (QoL) issues faced by children with binocular vision, accommodative, and visual tracking problems associated with concussions or not. Ultimately, she hopes to develop a patient-reported outcome measure to evaluate the impact of these problems on children and potential treatment effects. Dr.

Dr. Jacqueline Davis, Dr. Erica Shelton Receive Public Health Awards

At the American Public Health Association's (APHA) conference in October, Dr. Jacqueline Davis, Ohio State Optometry professor emeritus, received the Distinguished Service Award, and Dr. Erica Shelton, Ohio State optometry PhD student and clinical instructor, received Distinguished Student Service Award for service to the organization's vision care section. 

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