• UWA to Host Seminar Series Featuring Dr. William Benjamin

    Posted: September 09, 2016

    Author: Public Relations

    The University of West Alabama to host Dr. William J. Benjamin on Friday, Sept. 16. for a seminar series entitled “Lewis & Clark: First Eye Care Practitioners West of the Mississippi”. The event will be held at Bibb Graves Hall in room 109 from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. There is no cost or registration to attend the series and the event is open to the public.

    The seminar series is sponsored by UWA’s College of Natural Science and Mathematics.

    Throughout the seminar, Benjamin will present how the visual capabilities the members of the Lewis & Clark Expedition possessed played importance in the success of the expedition. The eye conditions led to instances of near disaster, including an accidental shooting. With Lewis & Clark being the first eye practitioners of the west they were able to generate critical food, and supplies by treating health problems along their journey.

    Benjamin is currently a Professor of Optometry and Vision Science at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and he also participates in the UAB Vision Science Research Center as a senior scientist. Benjamin is the author and editor of the text Borish’s Clinical Refraction (1998), which is currently in its second edition.

    Benjamin earned his bachelor’s degree in physiological optics from The Ohio State University in 1977. He then continued to obtain his O.D. from TOSU College of Optometry, and completed his Ph.D. at TOSU in 1982.

    He has served on many committees and boards including, American Optometric Association, American National Standards Institute, and UABSO (University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry) Optometry Faculty Advisory Committee.
    For more information, contact Biological and Environmental Sciences Instructor Tracy Keener at tkeener@uwa.edu or 205-652-5506.

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