November 16, 2016 Women in Optometry magazine recently presented its first Theia Awards of Excellence to six women ODs. The awards, named after the Greek goddess of vision and sight, honored women in the areas of optometric leadership, mentoring, and innovation. Each of the six awards is named after a pioneering and trailblazing woman in optometry. New England College of Optometry Professor Dr. Stacy Lyons was awarded one of two Dr. Mae Booth-Jones Awards for Mentoring and Education. Dr. Booth-Jones became the first female president of an optometry school in 1920 when she received the post at the Washington School of Optometry in Spokane, Washington.
Dr. Lyons and her fellow awardees were chosen from a field of over 160 nominations. She received the Dr. Mae Booth-Jones Education Award for her passionate work serving children as a clinician, teaching optometry students, and conducting outreach work with community residents. She serves as the current chair of the Specialty and Advanced Care Department at New England College of Optometry and director of the New England Eye Framingham clinic in the Framingham Public Schools.
April Jasper, OD, FAAO, professional co-editor of Women In Optometry magazine presented the award, saying: “Since 2005, she’s been the director of the Framingham Public School Vision Center at New England Eye. She’s been an investigator or consultant for numerous research grants and a frequent author and presenter on the subject of children’s vision. Her nominators (and there were many) cite not only her passion for children’s vision but for educating the next generation of ODs. Dr. Lyons was nominated by her colleagues and her students who talked about her outreach with programs for kids, her advocacy of her colleagues and her inspiration and approachable style in and out of the classroom.”
Read more about the award winners.
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About New England College of Optometry
New England College of Optometry is an independent graduate college of optometry that educates students for careers in eye care delivery, research and education. NECO was founded in 1894 as the Klein School of Optics, and is the oldest continuously operating school of optometry in the United States. NECO prepares the next generation of eye care providers, educators, leaders, and innovators through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences. Through a vast network of clinical affiliations, our students put patient care first, providing vision care to children, older adults, the homeless, and individuals with disabilities through our mobile eye clinic, satellite clinics in schools, homeless shelters, community health centers, and VA medical centers.
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