Heather Chandler receives Gray Lady Foundation award

Dr. Heather Chandler, associate professor of optometry at The Ohio State University, received an award from the Gray Lady Foundation to study Intraocular drug delivery via a pentablock polymer to prevent canine posterior capsule opacification.

In this work, Dr. Chandler will continue her study of a thermogel drug delivery device designed for intraocular release. Her aim is to develop a new strategy for preventing posterior capsule opacification in canines, which occurs in a majority of dogs after cataract surgery.

Welcome New #OSUopt BSK Members

On Nov. 3, Dr. Greg Nixon, The Ohio State University College of Optometry associate dean for clinical services and faculty advisor for Beta Sigma Kappa, along with the current BSK officers: Steven Manning, president; Sandy Veres, vice president; Sarah Baughman, secretary; and Heather Van Law, treasurer, welcomed 40 new members to the local chapter of this optometric honor society that recognizes scholastic excellence within the optometry curriculum.

They are:

Marielle Blumenthaler

Alicia Borer

Macy Caldwell

Bradley Dougherty receives OLERF grant

Dr. Bradley Dougherty, assistant professor of optometry at The Ohio State University, received the 2016 Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation Dick Neiderhauser AMD Grant for his project “Socioeconomic status affects health.”

His study will examine in greater depth his recent findings suggesting that among patients with age-related macular degeneration, those with lower socioeconomic status were more likely to have worse outcomes.

Emmanuel Owusu receives OLERF fellowship

Emmanuel Owusu

Dr. Emmanuel Owusu, a graduate research associate in The Ohio State University College of Optometry, received the the 2016 Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation Fellowship.

T.J. Plageman receives OLERF Continuation Award

Assistant Professor T.J. Plageman of The Ohio State University College of Optometry received the 2016 Ohio Lions Eye Research Foundation Continuation Award. His new grant, Characterizing the role of Shroom3 in corneal collagen expression and keratoconus, was awarded for his work in the development of a mouse model of keratoconus, a condition in which the clear tissue on the front of the eye bulges outward. 

See What's Possible: Visit Day is Oct. 15

Thinking about a career in optometry? See what’s possible at The Ohio State University College of Optometry Admissions Visit Day on Saturday, October 15 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Maggie Nikituk Earns Fellowship

Maggie Nikituk

Maggie Nikituk, of The Ohio State University College of Optometry Class of 2018, has been awarded the 2016 Essilor Private Practice Student Travel Fellowship. This award was created to encourage optometry students to attend key national meetings and contribute to the body of knowledge within the field.

Want to hit your target? Good luck, short stuff

Tall people have built-in advantage when it comes to spatial relations, study finds


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Tall quarterbacks might have more going for them than a clear view over the offensive line.


New research shows that tall people are better than shorter people at correctly identifying the location of targets in their middle-distance vision – between three and 20 meters away. (In football, that would be about three to 22 yards away.)


T.J. Plageman awarded NIH grant

Dr. T.J. Plageman

Assistant Professor T.J. Plageman of The Ohio State University College of Optometry has been awarded a new NIH grant, Characterizing the fundamental mechanisms of epithelial invagination during ocular morphogenesis. 

Ann Morrison Wins Pediatric Residency Award

Dr. Don Mutti, advisor, and Dr. Ann Morrison, award winner

Ann Morrison (OD’14, MS’16), an Ohio State University College of Optometry doctoral student, is one of just two pediatric residents nationwide to receive the 2016 Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Award.


Katherine Fisher Wins J. Pat Cummings Scholarship

Katherine Fisher, Class of 2018

Katherine Fisher (Class of 2018) has been named the 2016 Ohio State University College of Optometry winner of the J. Pat Cummings Scholarship sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Vision Care and the American Optometric Foundation. 

Optometry Lab is Green Buckeye Certified

Scarlet and Gray … and Green! The Ohio State University College of Optometry’s basic science laboratory has been awarded Green Buckeye Certification. This campus-wide program informs and encourages implementation of best practices to improve the sustainability performance of campus laboratories. The program includes resource conservation education, recycling and waste reduction, energy efficiency, green purchasing, and health and wellness. By becoming Green Buckeye Certified, the basic science laboratory, under the direction of Dr.

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