It is a pleasure to introduce Prof. Thomas Raasch, OD, PhD, FAAO, as the newest associate editor of Optometry and Vision Science. Dr. Raasch completed his undergraduate training, clinical optometric training, and doctor of philosophy degrees all at the University of California at Berkeley. He then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Wilmer Eye Institute. His faculty career has spanned four different institutions, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry, the University of California at Berkeley, School of Optometry, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the Ohio State University. Dr. Raasch's wide knowledge and broad perspective have made him a valuable member of the OVS community for many years. His many talents span topics ranging from matrix optics to clinical low vision, from public health to optical instrumentation, and much more. Moreover, his collegial encouragement has been an asset to building our discipline and our sense of community.
Dr. Raasch has been a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry for almost 40 years and is a former Ezell fellow. He has served the Academy in many roles that reflect his wide-ranging talent and his thoughtful and collegial spirit. Dr. Raasch has served as the chair of the Scientific Program Committee, as a member of the Awards Committee and the Research Committee, as a member of special advisory panels, and as a former OVS Editorial Board member. Dr. Raasch has also served other academic societies: the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the Optical Society of America.
Innovations in research have also been an important part of Dr. Raasch's contributions to the community. His research activities have been continuously funded for 35 years. His work has led to two patents and federal funding for a Small Business Innovation Research grant. Dr. Raasch is widely published in the peer-reviewed literature and has made many contributions to books and book chapters.
Importantly, Dr. Raasch has chaired the Ohio State University Institutional Review Board, providing him with experience in research ethics and the management of conflicts of interest. His service experience also includes review of research grant applications to the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
I am very pleased to have Dr. Thomas Raasch as an associate editor of the journal; he brings great talent and experience to the team. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating Dr. Raasch on this latest achievement.