Novartis Names Whitney Hauser, OD, to Key Ophthalmics Post

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:30 AM BASEL, Switzerland—As part of its commitment to developing innovative resources and relevant educational opportunities for ECPS Novartis (NYSE: NVS) has announced that Dr. Whitney Hauser will join its eyecare team as director, peer education for U.S. Ophthalmics.

AOA to Establish Task Force on Diversity and Inclusivity

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:27 AM ST. LOUIS—The American Optometric Association (AOA), moving to follow-up on its earlier statement  on the national dialogue around diversity following the death of George Floyd, has taken the opportunity to look inward and assess how the organization can be even more impactful and focus on advocacy for doctors, patients and as a profession. One of the results has been the effort to develop a board-level Diversity and Inclusivity Task Force appointed by AOA president William T. Reynolds, OD.

Fight for Sight and Prevent Blindness Announce Recipient of the 2020 Joanne Angle Public Health Award

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Friday, September 25, 2020 12:21 AM CHICAGO—Fight for Sight, the first nonprofit organization in the U.S. to promote eye research, and Prevent Blindness, the nation’s oldest voluntary eye health organization, announced today the recipient of the 2020 Joanne Angle Public Health Award as Angela R. Elam, MD, Clinical assistant professor, Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan.  The $25,000 grant was awarded for Dr. Elam’s study, “Engagement in Telemedicine-Based Glaucoma Screening in the Community Clinics.” The Joanne Angle Public Health Award is presented annually to research focusing on the public health side of vision and eye health.

WestGroupe Appoints Alexis Nyiro Director of Product and Marketing

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:24 AM MONTREAL, Canada—WestGroupe has announced that Alexis Nyiro has been promoted to director of product and marketing. Nyiro joined WestGroupe 11 years ago, and “has been instrumental in the design and development of WestGroupe’s product portfolio and has been an integral part of marketing our brands over the years,” the company said.

Inspecs Appoints Key Industry Figure as General Manager of Norville

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:15 AM BATH, England—Inspecs Group PLC (LSE: SPEC), the global eyewear design house and manufacturer, has announced the appointment of Nevil “Nev” Trotter as general manager of Norville, the Group’s manufacturer of optically advanced spectacle lenses. Inspecs acquired Norville from the Administrator on July 14 of this year, as VMAIL previously reported, providing the Group with a full lens offering domestically and globally. Following the acquisition, the Group immediately launched a search for a new general manager to run operations, the company said. 

Services Held for Michael Brown, Industry Veteran and Optical Hall of Fame Honoree

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Thursday, September 24, 2020 12:12 AM MINEOLA, Texas—Services were held here on Sept. 12 for industry veteran and Optical Hall of Fame honoree Michael (Mikey) Brown of Holly Lake Ranch, Texas, who passed away on Aug. 17, 2020 after a battle with cancer. He was 73 years old. Brown was born in Atlanta, Texas, on March 22, 1947. He worked in the optical industry from 1970 until he retired in 2014, holding senior management positions for Semi-Tech, DAC Vision, Salem, Gerber-Coburn, and Signet Armorlite.

Eyemart Express Pledges $20,000 Donation for Fifth Annual Stand Up To Cancer Fundraiser

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:21 AM DALLAS—Eyemart Express,  a leading national optical retailer, is kicking off its fifth annual fundraiser to benefit Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C).

Bollé Brands Announces François Benaben as President of Sport and Luxury Division

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:21 AM LYON, France—Bollé Brands has named François Benaben as the president of its sport and luxury division. Benaben, formerly vice president of the Rossignol Group for Europe, Asia and the Southern Hemisphere, has spent 14 years in several sales and category management positions at various companies.

Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA) Names New Executive and Advisory Board Officers

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020 12:15 AM MANALAPAN, N.J.—The Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International (NORA) announced the appointments of its new executive and advisory board members. For the executive board, DeAnn Fitzgerald, OD, assumes the position of president, succeeding Susan Daniel, OD, who now joins the NORA Advisory Board; Charles Shidlofsky, OD, FCOVD is appointed vice president; and Tanya Polec, OD, FNORA, FCOVD, joins the executive board as secretary/treasurer. Drs. Shirley Blanc and Melissa Zarn Urankar are new members of the NORA Advisory Board, joining returning members Patti Andrich, MA, OTR/L, COVT, CINPP , Shirley Ha, OD, FCOVD , and Gina Kim, MOT, OTR/L, CBIS. 

Salus, Hampton Universities Establish New Partnership to Address Shortage of Black Student Representation in Optometry Schools

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:30 AM ELKINS PARK, Pa.—Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) recently partnered with Hampton University, one of the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) based in Hampton, Va., to offer a new articulation agreement to address the shortage of Black student representation in optometric education and the health care profession.

Leading Industry and Professional Execs to Join SUNY Optometry's 3rd Live Webinar on Diversity, 'An Honest Conversation,' on Sept. 23

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:18 AM NEW YORK—Several leading professional and industry optometric professionals are scheduled to take part in "An Honest Conversation about Race & Optometry," a live webinar exploring Diversity & Leadership Development in Industry and the Profession," the third in a series of panels hosted by the SUNY College of Optometry. The session is open for registration and will be held on Sept. 23 from 7:00 p.m. ET to 9:00 p.m. ET. The third of SUNY Optometry's webinar series discusses how to increase diversity and provide leadership development in industry and professional organizations by bringing together leaders in those areas. The first two parts of the series discussed the experiences of Black optometrists as students and doctors and offered solutions to problems of diversity, inclusion, and mentorship within optometric education.

Sanitas Advisors Expands Executive Team

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Friday, September 18, 2020 12:15 AM BOULDER, Colo.—Moving to expand and optimize capabilities across the eyecare industry, Sanitas Advisors has announced the addition of John Walborn and Dr. Weslie Hamada to their team of strategic advisors. “I am proud of the team we are assembling and excited about building the future together,” said Bart Foster, founder and managing director. He added "Sanitas Advisors partners with organizations across the public and private sector to tackle their important challenges and help accelerate innovation," according to the announcement.

Zeiss C-UVProtect Tablet Wins Finalist Recognition from IDEA

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:27 AM CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—At the Industrial Designers Society of America IDEA Awards Ceremony, held here on Wednesday, the industrial design firm Trig was recognized as an award finalist for its collaborative product design with Voxelight LLC for the Zeiss C-UVProtect.

Jobson Honors Three New ODs on its Online Eyecare Heroes Gallery

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:21 AM NEW YORK—As the COVID-19 virus continues to affect our everyday activities, Jobson continues its salute to the industry's health care workers, especially ECPs, for continuing to provide essential eyecare during the pandemic. This week, we honor three more Eyecare Heroes in our online gallery located at the Eyecare Heroes site. Dr. Gary Chu, New England College of Optometry, Boston, Mass., Dr. Michael McGovern, SUNY College of Optometry, New York, N.Y., and Dr. Eva Yan, Metro Optics, Bronx, N.Y. ECPs in the Gallery were selected from among the nominations submitted by readers of Vision Monday and 20/20.

OWA Launches Online Auction Website, to Host ELEVATE Virtual Event Tonight

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Thursday, September 17, 2020 12:15 AM DALLAS—The Optical Women’s Association will host ELEVATE, an innovate virtual event sponsored by Luxottica, tonight, September 17, at 7:30 p.m. ET. The event honors 2020 Pleiades Award honoree Millicent Knight, OD, Essilor of America; Pyxis Award honoree Jean Sabre of Uptown Vision; and Visionary Award honoree Sheena Taff, @OpticianAboutTown. It is open to both OWA members and non-members alike, and will feature keynote speaker Paula Calise, 2020 founder and principal at Linked Executive Search. Calise is on the Forbes "Top 10 Best Recruiters in the U.S." list, and is a professional branding expert. The OWA said, “Her experience and enthusiasm for ‘The Art of Hello,’ will help all of us create the perfect professional introduction."