By Eric Craypo
The American Academy of Optometry Foundation has announced the recipients for the 2019 William C. Ezell Fellowship program, and the list includes Vision Science PhD student Billie Beckwith-Cohen.
The Ezell Fellowship program is named after the founding President of the AAOF, William C. Ezell, OD. It was established to provide talented post-doctoral students who are pursuing an advanced degree in optometric research and education with recognition and support. To date, over 300 William C. Ezell Fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the program in 1949.
Berkeley Optometry 2019 Fellowship Recipient:
American Academy of Optometry Ezell Fellow
Billie Beckwith-Cohen, DVM, MBA, FAAO
University of California Berkeley School of Optometry
Beckwith-Cohen is a member of the Kramer lab where she studies chemical photoswtich compounds to impart visual sensitivity to degenerated retinas. Her professional dream is to join an academic program where she can teach and inspire young people in the fields of vision and ophthalmology and to create meaningful advancement for visually impaired patients, human and animal alike.
This year’s Ezell Fellows will be honored at the AAOF’s Annual Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Academy 2019 Orlando and the 3rd World Congress of Optometry in Orlando, FL.