Oscar W. Schalm Lectureship
The Oscar W. Schalm Lectureship, established in 1988, honors the memory of Oscar W. Schalm, a founding faculty member of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and an eminent teacher and research scientist in the fields of bovine mastitis, diagnostic veterinary hematology and clinical pathology. The lectureship promotes a tradition of scholarship, service and commitment to veterinary medicine and recognizes the lecturer's distinguished contributions to the profession.
"Sensory Diversity and the Eye"
Date: Saturday, April 29, 2023
Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location: Schalm Hall 170
CE Credit: Pending
Ivan R. Schwab, MD, FACS
Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology
University of California, Davis
Sensory information fills our environment, yet we sample only a portion of it. We rely on vision as our primary sense, but other senses contribute to our interpretation and understanding of the world around us. Other animals use some of the same mechanisms as we use to interpret the world around them but many use alternative mechanisms that fulfill the needs of their niche. Most of the alternate mechanisms combine with visual pathways as vision remains important in most animals. To understand why visual pathways are so important to these alternate sensory mechanisms, we need to understand the specialized niche of the animal and its evolution.
During his career Schwab has engaged in research with defense peptides and bioengineered tissues, including silk and the ocular surface. The latter portion of his career has been focused on comparative ocular physiology and optics with an emphasis on the evolution of eyes.
Schwab is the author of the highly acclaimed text, Evolution’s Witness: How Eyes Evolved, published in Nov. 2011. He has over 245 articles in peer reviewed journals as well as numerous chapters, abstracts and five textbooks. He has served on the editorial boards of EyeNet, the British Journal of Ophthalmology, the journals Cornea and Ophthalmology, and the PanAmerican journal.
Schwab is active in several professional societies. He has served in leadership positions in the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group, the Cornea Society, and is an emeritus board director on the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has received numerous teaching awards within his department and nationally, as well as been cited as a Distinguished Alumnus of West Virginia University. In 2006, he won the IgNobel for Ornithology
Schwab graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University (WVU) with a bachelor's degree from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. He also received his medical degree from WVU. After completing his residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and two fellowships, he returned in 1982 as a faculty member in the School of Medicine. During his tenure at WVU, Schwab served as chief of staff for the WVU Medical Center Hospital and was a consultant to WHO. In 1989, he moved to the University of California, Davis, and has been on its faculty since then.
The Oscar W. Schalm Lectureship, established in 1988, honors the memory of Oscar W. Schalm, a founding faculty member of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and an eminent teacher and research scientist in the fields of bovine mastitis, diagnostic veterinary hematology and clinical pathology. The lectureship promotes a tradition of scholarship, service and commitment to veterinary medicine and recognizes the lecturer’s distinguished contributions to the profession.
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