Ira Combs, community liaison nurse coordinator for the UNMC College of Public Health Center for Reducing Health Disparities, has been selected as the grand marshal of the 2014 Juneteenth Parade. The annual parade will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 28. The parade route runs from 30th and Lake streets to 30th and Sprague streets. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.
Carol Toris, Ph.D., professor and director of glaucoma research, ophthalmology and visual sciences, has been elected vice president of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). ARVO is the largest and most respected eye and vision research organization in the world. Its membership includes more than 12,750 researchers from more than 80 countries. The organization encourages and assists research, training, publication and knowledge-sharing in vision and ophthalmology. Dr. Toris has served as the chair and member of the ARVO Animals in Research Committee, on the Diversity Issues Committee and as a Physiology/Pharmacology member of the ARVO Annual Program Committee. She has been named an ARVO Gold Fellow in recognition of her service to the organization. She and her colleagues combine clinical studies and animal models to study effects of the glaucomatous disease process on fluid flow within the eye and how it can be treated with different glaucoma medications and drainage devices to lower the eye pressure.