Houston ISEE Chapter

The Houston ISEE Chapter began in 2014 as one of first ISEE Regional Chapters. This Chapter currently focuses on optometry and vision science, supporting participation and teaching venues in this interdisciplinary field of study. The disciplinary focus of the Chapter aligns with the interests of Houston’s ISEE Liaison, Jason Porter (Associate Professor, University of Houston College of Optometry and Department of Biomedical Engineering) who was a participant for multiple years in the Professional Development Program (PDP) and is now a member of the PDP instructional team. 

Past teaching activities at this Chapter include:
  • In 2015, Emma Storm (UCSC, Lead), Arunkumar Krishnan (U Houston), and Jakaria Mostafa (U Houston) designed and taught an inquiry activity on the ray model of light, and constructing explanations that include causal coherence. The team taught this activity for the TEXOCOP summer program at the University of Houston College of Optometry. The program's primary goal is to increase the number of academically disadvantaged and/or underrepresented undergraduate students interested in the profession of optometry. 
  • Texocop inquiry teaching activity
    In 2014, Mike Lum (U Hawaii, Lead), Amitabha Bhakta (U Houston), Aubrey Hargrave (U Houston), and Julie Mocko-Strand (U Houston) designed and taught an activity on pinhole optics that also supported scientific explanations based on evidence. This activity was taught in the TEXOCOP summer program.

Graduate students and postdocs at University of Houston with interests in optometry, vision science, or related fields can apply for PDP fee waivers and travel support from ISEE (via PDP application). Applicants are encouraged to secure some of their own institutional or grant funding, which will increase likelihood of acceptance and financial support from ISEE.

Texocop inquiry instructor

Individuals from the University of Houston who are interested in applying to the PDP should contact the Houston ISEE Liaison: Jason Porter, jporter@optometry.uh.edu, (713) 743-1806.

Others in the region interested in applying to the PDP, or seeking general information about ISEE, should contact the ISEE program manager in charge of this chapter, Rafael Palomino: rpalomin@ucsc.edu