Thursday, April 24, 2014

Name Droppers: UCD eye specialist hailed as up-and-coming professional


With Yolo County Sheriff Ed Prieto, center, are four new correctional officers, from left, Utodi Madu, Kelly Lemere, Pedro Esparza and Ramiro Solis. Courtesy photo

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UC Davis eye specialist Khizer Khaderi, is combining expertise in neuro-opthalmology with technological know-how to develop new tools to improve vision and patient care, from athletes in training to individuals with traumatic brain injury.

His work and vision for establishing a sports vision center for student athletes and the community has earned him a spot on the Sacramento Business Journal’s list of up-and-coming local professionals under age 40 who are making important contributions to the community. Selected from more than 300 nominations by a panel of outside judges, the 2013 honorees were celebrated at an event in Sacramento on Dec. 11.

As director of the neuro-ophthalmology service, Khaderi evaluates, diagnoses and treats conditions that affect how the eye and brain communicate, such as genetic and inflammatory diseases of the optic nerve, eye movement disorders, brain tumors that affect vision, and facial and eyelid spasms.

Khaderi also conducts research and creates innovative ways of incorporating technology into the diagnosis, monitoring, training and rehabilitation of the visual system. His apps and online video games are designed to assess and improve vision performance. The GameDay Vision Baseball game, for example, improves on-field batting performance, and a suite of gamified vision tests for contrast, visual acuity and color aims to make the test-taking experience more interactive and fun.

Khaderi has consulted with major sports organizations including the Chicago White Sox, Boston Celtics and San Francisco 49ers; college sports teams at the University of Arizona, University of Southern California and Caltech; and Sony, EA Sports, Microsoft, Creative Artists Agency and other organizations.


The Yolo County Sheriff’s Department welcomed four new correctional officers at a badge-pinning ceremony on Dec. 16.

Correctional Officers Pedro Esparza, Utodi Madu and Ramiro Solis; and Correctional Records Specialist Kelly Lemere will serve in the department’s Detention Division, which operates the Yolo County Jail.
Sheriff Ed Prieto commended the new officers during the ceremony: “Today you have accepted a responsibility to serve all Yolo County residents, as well as our office. It means you have made sacrifice by putting your life on the line for the greater good. It’s a sacrifice that few are willing to give.

“We welcome you to the Sheriff’s Office, and we congratulate you.”


Bobby Weist, 51, of Vacaville, has been appointed to the California Volunteers Board of Commissioners. Weist has served in multiple positions at the Davis Fire Department since 1985, including fire captain and firefighter. He also heads the Davis Firefighters Local 3494.

He was a field representative at Carroll Burdick and McDonough from 1999 to 2007.

This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Weist is a Democrat.

Samuel Luoma, a research ecologist with the John Muir Institute of the Environment at UC Davis, is the recipient of this year’s Founders Award from the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry.

The award is presented annually to an individual whose career and influence have been used to promote research, education, communication and training in the environmental sciences. The winner also must provide solutions for global environmental problems across multiple sectors, disciplines and nations.

Luoma’s colleagues describe him as one of the top five ecotoxicologists and translational scientists of the past four decades. His research has helped strengthen the scientific foundation for monitoring and regulating contaminants, and his work monitoring San Francisco Bay has held tremendous ecologicial value, providing a practical assessment of contaminant trends in the bay.


The Illuminating Enginering Society recently recognized Konstantinos “Kosta” Papamichael of UC Davis for outstanding service and leadership, particularly his role in creating the society’s new publication, “Recommended Practice for Daylighting Buildings.”

“There was a need for this,” Papamichael said of the publication, which came out in September and is considered the authoritative reference guide for architects, engineers and lighting designers.

“Fenestration (the design and disposition of windows and other exterior openings of a building) and daylight harvesting technologies have come so far, and daylighting should be the first step of the lighting design process in any building project, especially those focusing on energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Papamichael, chair of the IES Daylighting Committee.

The society’s outgoing president, Chip Israel, recognized Papamichael by giving him a Presidential Award at the society’s annual meeting.

Papamichael, a professor of environmental design, is one of the world’s foremost authorities on daylighting. As co-director of the California Lighting Technology Center, he has led the development of smart windows and skylights, daylight sensor breakthroughs, and advanced algorithms for electric lighting control systems and fenestration controls.

His work on daylight harvesting has resulted in three patents and past recognition from the IES for significant advancement in the art and science of lighting.


Plant sciences professor Jorge Dubcovsky of UC Davis, is a new fellow, twice over, in the Crop Science Society of America (as one of 11 new fellows for 2013) and the American Society of Agronomy (as one of 17 new fellows for 2013).

Each organization recognized Dubcovsky for major contributions in the areas of wheat genetics, genomic and breeding.

— Do you know of someone who has won an award or accomplished something noteworthy? Send it, preferably by email, to, or to Name Droppers, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617

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