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Nominate Someone for the Corinne Kirchner Research Award

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announces an invitation for nominations for the Corinne Kirchner Research Award, which honors the best minds in the field of visual impairment. In 2007, the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) established the Corinne Kirchner Research Award in honor of AFB's longtime staff member, Corinne Kirchner, Ph.D., whose tireless pursuit of excellence in research led AFB and the blindness field to a higher level of expectation concerning the investigation of demographic data, analysis of outcomes in program and service delivery, and scientific examination of socio-ecological trends in the population of people who are blind or have low vision. Dr. Kirchner’s groundbreaking research set the benchmark against which much of the subsequent research in the field has been compared.

For the purposes of bestowing this award during the AFB Leadership Conference (AFBLC), which will be held in Arlington, Virginia, February 28-March 1, 2019, AFB invites nominations for this esteemed honor.

Qualified candidates are individual researchers or research teams who have, through their published work, made groundbreaking contributions to the field of blindness and low vision. The work must address topics related to blindness or low vision and have been recently published in a peer-reviewed journal or scholarly publication. The award is intended to recognize research that employs a novel approach or investigates a new area of inquiry with the potential to impact policy or systems change. Research that reflects innovative methods or inquiries will receive favorable consideration.

Nominations for AFB's Corinne Kirchner Research Award are due by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on December 3, 2018, and should be e-mailed to Rebecca Burrichter, senior editor—JVIB, AFB Press, at

14. Submit two letters of support to with the subject line "Kirchner Research Award."

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