BUSINESS: Associations American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2021 William C. Ezell Fellowship Recipients By Staff Tuesday, July 20, 2021 12:15 AM ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) has announced the 12 recipients of the 2021 William C. Ezell Fellowships. The Ezell Fellowship program is named after the founding president of the AAOF, William C. Ezell, OD. It was established to provide recognition and support to talented post-doctoral students in pursuit of an advanced degree in optometric research and education. More than 440 William C. Ezell Fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the program in 1949.Funding for these Fellowships is provided by leading optometric companies, private endowments, and other generous business organizations that represent most sectors of the industry. The AAOF congratulates the following recipients who have been selected as the 2021 Ezell Fellows: AAO Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technologies (CCLRT) Ezell FellowYoung Hyun KimUniversity of California at Berkeley School of OptometryAmerican Academy of Optometry (AAO) Ezell FellowJennyffer D. Smith, ODUniversity of Houston College of OptometryAmerican Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) Ezell FellowYiyi (Charlotte) Wang, OD, FAAOUniversity of California at Berkeley School of OptometryDanne Ventura / Essilor Ezell FellowMaureen D. Plaumann, OD, FAAOThe Ohio State University College of OptometryFacebook Ezell FellowRebecca Deffler, OD, MS, FAAOThe Ohio State University College of OptometryIrvin M. Borish / Essilor Ezell FellowNeeraj Singh, BSOptom, MPhilIndiana University School of OptometryJohn N. Schoen Ezell FellowErin Sayoko Tomiyama, OD, MS, FAAOUniversity of Houston College of OptometryMerton C. Flom Leadership Ezell FellowBreanne McGhee, OD, MEd, FAAOPacific University College of OptometryMichael G. Harris Ezell FellowErica R. Shelton, OD, MS, FAAOThe Ohio State University College of OptometryMike Daley / Essilor Ezell FellowRabia MobeenUniversity of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision ScienceOptometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) Ezell FellowJanelle Tong, BOptomUniversity of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision ScienceRod Tahran / Essilor Ezell FellowAmy Hiu Yan Chow, ODUniversity of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision ScienceThis year’s Ezell Fellows will be honored during Academy 2021 Boston, scheduled for Nov. 3-6 in Boston. The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) inspires excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journal, Optometry and Vision Science, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange.