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Dr. Barbara Fink, associate professor of optometry and vision science and chair of the Committee for Inclusion and Diversity at The Ohio State University College of Optometry, received the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) Dr. Jack Bennett Innovation in Optometric Education Award.

Named after Dr. Jack Bennett, a leader in optometric education who served as dean at three optometric institutions, the award recognizes outstanding innovation in optometric education through ASCO. Dr. Fink received the Bennett award for her work to consistently put into practice ASCO Cultural Competency Curriculum Guidelines at schools and colleges of optometry nationwide.

“I have a high regard for Dr. Jack Bennett, and I feel privileged to receive this award that was named in his honor,” Dr. Fink says. “The list of previous award winners is humbling. I am pleased that my efforts for ASCO have been deemed valuable.”