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Volpe Prize Competition Begins May 15th
The Division of Periodontology announces the biennial Volpe Prize competition for the best clinical research in periodontology by students in dentistry. The competition draws
participants from Canada, Mexico, and the continental U.S.
Co-sponsored by OSU’s College of Dentistry and the Colgate-Palmolive
Company, the competition begins on May 15th at the Blackwell Inn.
Competition finalists receive a $500 travel grant, and the winner
receives the Volpe Prize trophy, a certificate of recognition, and a
cash prize of $3,500.
OHIO Project’s HOME Coach Posted on “Twitter” Blog
The College of Dentistry’s mobile dental clinic or “HOME Coach”
recently appeared in a blog on “Twitter,” a social networking and
microblogging service that's ranked as a “top 50” web site with
approximately 15 million viewers. Twitter’s users send and read other
users' updates known as “tweets” or text-based posts of up to 140
characters that are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered
to other users who have subscribed to them.
The recent Twitter post referenced a 2008 Columbus Dispatch article
about the HOME Coach, offering the blog’s viewers details of the Health
Outreach Mobile Experience (HOME) Coach’s mission of providing dental
education and treatment for Ohio’s underserved children.
Click here to read the “Twitter” news item.
Lecture Fund Honors Dr. Ernest Svensson
Dr. Ernest Svensson, an OSU alumnus of the class of 1959 and an
associate professor in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic
Dentistry, has been honored with an endowment fund that provides
compensation for the speaker at the College’s annual Carl O. Boucher
As the Director of the Advanced Prosthodontics Education Program and a
longtime faculty member in the College of Dentistry,
is a well-respected educator whose many contributions to the
College are highly valued by faculty members, students and alumni.
Contributions to the Ernest “Swede” Svensson Lecture Fund can be
made by contacting Rachel Childress, Development Director, at
email@example.com or by
Post College Assembly Onsite Registration Still Open!
The 65th annual Post College Assembly (PCA) event is in full swing,
and onsite registration is still available for continuing education
courses and selected alumni events. This year’s PCA showcases the College of
Dentistry’s faculty experts as they partner with renowned speakers for
CE presentations on an array of subjects that include lasers,
periodontics, biomodifiers, pediatric dentistry, bisphosphonates,
orthodontics, esthetics, anesthetics and more.
All PCA events -- and onsite registrations -- are being held on campus
at OSU’s Blackwell Inn, located at 2110 Tuttle Park Place. (Valet
parking is available.)
Come and join us for Post College Assembly’s great continuing
education courses, alumni events, and a celebration of the College of
Dentistry’s Buckeye Spirit!
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WBNS-TV 10 and OSU's Research News
Feature Dr. Shereen Azer
Associate professor of restorative and prosthetic
Shereen Azer has conducted a research study
that was featured recently in Ohio State’s Research News
and on Columbus’s channel 10 TV (WBNS) news at 11:00.
Dr. Azer’s new research shows that human teeth lose
some enamel hardness after they’ve been treated with
several different products used in the
home to whiten teeth. The study suggests that future
generations of these products may be reformulated to
reduce these side effects.
“There is some significant reduction in nano-hardness
of enamel, but we're talking on a very minute scale. So
even though it may not be visible to the human eye, it’s
important for research because that’s how we improve
products,” said Dr. Azer, the lead author of the study.
Azer and his research colleagues also noted that
human teeth typically do restore their previous hardness
after losing small amounts of enamel calcification, but
this is the first study to show at a nanometer scale --
measured in billionths of a meter -- how human teeth
are affected by some popular home whiteners.
The products used in this research study were Crest
Whitestrips Premium Plus, Crest Whitestrips Supreme,
Nite White ACP, Oral B Rembrandt and Treswhite
Click here to read the OSU Research News article.
Evans Appointed Director of Oral and
Maxillofacial Residency Program
Following a national search, Associate Professor of
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Erik Evans has been appointed as the College of
Dentistry’s Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial
Surgery Residency Program, after serving as the interim
director of the program for the past year.
Evans holds a D.D.S. degree from The Ohio State
University (1996) and an M.D. degree from the
Northwestern University Medical School (2001). A board
certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Evans was
formerly a clinical instructor of oral and maxillofacial
surgery at The Ohio State University. He currently
serves as an assistant professor of oral and
maxillofacial surgery with concurrent appointments at
the College of Dentistry, the OSU Medical Center, and
the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.
Seghi Wins Lumley Interdisciplinary
Research Award for Excellence in Research Contributions
Professor of restorative dentistry
Robert Seghi has been selected as a recipient of
Ohio State’s Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award,
which recognizes outstanding interdisciplinary research
accomplishments as shown by co-authored publications,
jointly sponsored research programs, and co-advising
Seghi partnered with (OSU) mechanical engineering
professor Noriko Katsube to examine the
effect of adhesive resin cement on crack propagation in
ceramic dental restorations. One of their resulting
publications that has an impact in the fields of
fracture mechanics and dentistry is titled,
“Statistical Failure Analysis of Adhesive Resin Cement
Bonded Dental Ceramics.”
Seghi and other Lumley Interdisciplinary Research
Award winners will be honored at the College of
Engineering’s annual faculty awards dinner on May 4th.
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DSAC Announces Rho Sigma Staff Award
The Dental Staff Advisory Council recently
announced the April (2009) recipients of the College of
Dentistry’s Rho Sigma staff award, which is presented
monthly. Julie Lovell [Primary Care Information
Associate] and William (Ernie) White [Electronics
Technician] were honored with this award that recognizes
their professionalism and their “pleasant demeanor that
has a positive effect on the College.” Lovell and White
each received certificates of recognition, and they were
invited guests at a DSAC breakfast celebration held in
“Operation Feed” Program Continues
Through May 15th
The College of Dentistry participates each year in
the campus-wide Operation Feed program that collects
food and funds for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Dentistry’s
faculty and staff participants collected more than $1600
dollars and 900 food items for the food bank in 2008.
This year’s Operation Feed program will continue
through May 15th. Canned food contributions can be left
in the "drop boxes" at these College of
Dentistry locations: the Office of Human Resources; the
lobby area on the 4th floor; the area outside the implant clinic
on the 3rd floor; and in the front desk area of the
dean’s office. Contact
for more information.
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President Daniel Klauer Announces $11K Given for Student
Inter-Professional Council (IPC) President and
third-year dentistry student Daniel Klauer recently
announced the disbursement of $11,000 from the
IPC's Professional Development
Fund in support of Ohio State’s professional students.
The IPC is the official student government organization
for OSU’s six professional colleges that include
dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and
of this organization is to support and address the needs
of professional students while fostering a sense of
camaraderie," Klauer said. "Our Professional Development
Fund allows us to meet our students’ various needs, and
we’re grateful that we can support extramural activities
and other professional development programs for students
in the professional colleges at Ohio State."
Snider Wins American Association of Immunologists
(AAI) Abstract Trainee Award
Heidi Snider, a student in the College of Dentistry’s
Comprehensive Training in
Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC) combined D.D.S.
program, has won the American Association of
Immunologists (AAI) Abstract Trainee Award, which
supports members whose first-author abstracts are
selected for oral presentation at an AAI Block
A graduate fellow in the Division of Oral Biology,
Snider works closely with Dr. Abhay Satoskar, a faculty
member in the College of Medicine’s Department of
Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics.
Snider’s research focuses on immunology issues related
to Leishmania, a parasitic disease commonly found in the
tropics, sub-tropics, and parts of southern Europe.
In July, Snider will join 40 other
graduate students chosen worldwide who will present
their research at the 2009 RCAI International Symposium
on Immunology sponsored by the
Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) in
Jacki Mays is Featured Guest Speaker on “Dentally
Speaking” Radio Talk Show
Jacki Mays, a student in the College of Dentistry’s
Comprehensive Training in Oral and
Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC)
program, was the featured guest speaker for the April 19th
presentation of a radio talk show called “Dentally Speaking,” hosted
by Columbus-based dentist Dr. Brian Kvitko.
The “Dentally Speaking” program was broadcast on Fox Sports radio
station AM 1230 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., and it showcased the
College’s CTOC program that offers students a Doctor of Dental
Surgery (D.D.S.) degree in conjunction with a Doctor of Philosophy
(Ph.D.) degree in oral biology.
Mays, whose seven-year commitment to this dual-degree graduate program has
yielded outstanding immunology research and a number of related
publications, has accepted a post-doctoral research position at the
prestigious National Institutes of
Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, working with Drs. Jack
Bennink and Jonathan Yewdell, two of the NIH’s nationally renowned
Distributed by Fox Sports radio, the “Dentally Speaking” program
was broadcast via Clear Channel AM 1230 on selected stations throughout the
U.S. Interviews are also available (commercial free) by podcast.
Click here to listen to the radio interview with Jacki
Click here to read more.
Weisenstein Scholarship Donors Meet with Dean and
The Weisenstein Endowment Scholarship Fund that benefits D.D.S.
students at Ohio State was created by Terry and Christy Weisenstein in
honor of Terry’s father, the late Dr. Paul R. Weisenstein, a former
faculty member at the College of Dentistry.
During a recent visit to the OSU campus, Terry and Christy
Weisenstein and Mrs. Thelma Weisenstein, wife of the late Dr. Weisenstein, met with several dentistry students who received funding
from this endowment, all of whom expressed their gratitude for the
Dean Carole Anderson met with and thanked the Weisensteins. “Your generosity shows our students and faculty members
that our alumni and friends are committed to the future of this college
and that they believe in its mission,” Anderson said. “On behalf of the
college, I thank you for your gift and your support.”
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Register Onsite for Post College Assembly Events!
PCA Events Still Open: Onsite registration for the 65th annual
Assembly is still available at
the Blackwell Inn
on Ohio State’s campus. Come and join us for Post College Assembly’s
great continuing education courses, alumni events, and a celebration of
the College of Dentistry’s Buckeye Spirit!
Raffle Tickets and Silent Auction: The Dental Alumni Society’s Board
of Governors is raffling off a pair of OSU vs. USC football tickets to
support the Dental Alumni Society Student Fund. Tickets will be
available at Post College Assembly, as well as other events leading up
to Alumni Weekend ‘09. A gift basket will also be offered in a silent
auction to benefit the Student Fund. (Silent auction and raffle tickets
are available at the development booth at PCA.)
Reunion Weekend 2009 Football Ticket Lottery
On Saturday, September 12th, Ohio State’s football team will play the
USC Trojans! The Dental Alumni Society will hold its annual tailgate
prior to the game, and all alumni are welcome to purchase tickets for
themselves, their families and friends for this event. Because of the
limited number of football tickets this year, a lottery will be
conducted to distribute the tickets that are available.
Click here for football ticket lottery details.
John Frye, D.D.S. ’05 Joins OSU Presidents Club
Dr. John Frye (class of 2005) and his brother, Dr. Bret Frye (class
of 1992), are the team that makes up the Frye Dental Group of Marietta,
Ohio. John’s recent donation to the OSU College of Dentistry’s
Pre-Clinic Lab Fund has earned him recognition from the President’s
Club. John credits his brother, who is also a President’s Club member,
and their dental practice staff for the success that has enabled him to
give back to his alma mater.
As one of the College’s youngest
members, Frye’s donation will be used to improve the College of
Dentistry’s Pre-Clinic Lab facility that serves as dental students’
primary work space.
“I’m giving back to OSU and the College of Dentistry because somebody
gave for me,” Frye said. “Someone I didn’t know made gifts in the past
to help purchase the equipment I used, and the opportunity to give back
is a nice benefit. I think the students will appreciate a nice facility
and how it affects their ability to learn and to achieve.”
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NIDCR Web Site Features College of
The National Institutes of Health’s National
Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)
recently featured on its web site a research article
written by members of the College of Dentistry’s Periodontics and
Oral Biology Divisions.
The article titled,
“Gene Change and Aggressive Periodontitis in African
Americans,” was written by Periodontology Graduate
Teaching Associate Pinar Emecen, Oral Biology Research
Associate Pooja Maney, Montana State University
Professor of Microbiology John S. Mills, and
Periodontology Professor John Walters.
The publication suggests that biology-based dentistry
may transform the profession so that dentists no longer
rely on X-rays, mechanical instruments, and ceramo-metallic
materials to visualize and repair damaged tissue.
Instead, diagnoses and treatments will use molecular
information as operational guides that also employ the
body’s own cells and biochemistry as their engineering
Click here to read more.
Dentistry Faculty Receive CCTS Pilot Grant Awards
The OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and
the College of Dentistry recently awarded pilot grants to the
following faculty recipients:
Ulysses J. Magalang, M.D. ~ College of Medicine
Research project: Health outcomes of treatment of obstructive sleep
apnea with dental devices
Dimitris N. Tatakis, D.D.S., Ph.D. ~ College of Dentistry
Research project: Intervention strategies to improve periodontal
surgical outcomes in smokers
Susan Mallery, D.D.S., Ph.D. ~ College of Dentistry
Research project: Mucoadhesive patch delivery of fenretinide and
berry anthocyanins for oral cancer chemoprevention
These awards are intended to encourage new multidisciplinary
research groups to address integrated solutions to complex clinical
and translational problems, while also providing support for new
research teams. The awards are funded by the College of Dentistry
and the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS/CTSA).
“Seed Grant” Awarded to Dr. Sarandeep Huja
In 2006, the College’s Office of Research created a “Seed Grant
Program” that provides start-up funding for faculty members engaged
in innovative, interdisciplinary, and collaborative research
projects that represent a new research direction or the application
of new theories or methodologies.
This year’s most recent “seed grant” recipient is Dr.
Huja, an associate
professor and Graduate Program Director in the Division of
Orthodontics, who received funding for his project titled, PTHrP and
Craniofacial Development, which examines the role of PTHrP -- a
parathyroid hormone-related protein -- as it relates to craniofacial
Dr. Huja is engaged in various research initiatives that include
a project titled, Bisphosphonate Associated Osteonecrosis
Following Controlled Injury, which examines Osteonecrosis of the Jaw
(ONJ) and potential methods for preventing injury-related bone
decay. Dr. Huja’s preliminary findings in this study have received
additional funding from the American Association of Orthodontists
Foundation, and a grant proposal has been submitted to the NIH.
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May 1: DDS IDOL kicks off its 5th annual
competition on Friday, May 1st at 5:00 p.m. in 1183
Postle Hall. Contact:
May 1: FREE Oral Cancer Screening Exams
provided from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Oral and
Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic on the 2nd floor of Postle
May 7: Lunch discussion and video presentation
on 10 Ways to Improve Blended Learning Course Design:
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in room 1188 Postle Hall.
May 15: Volpe Prize competition held at the
Blackwell Inn. Contact:
May 16: Join the College of Dentistry's team in a
“Race for the Cure 2009” 5K fun run in downtown Columbus
at 8:00 a.m. $25 registration fee includes fun run
participation and a t-shirt. Contact:
Continuing Dental Education
FREE Online CE (2 CEUs)
Case Study—Oral Health Risk Assessment: an Online Interactive Case Study
that focuses on advancing practice skills in risk assessment.
April 29 – May 2:
Post College Assembly: Events include an array
of continuing education courses and alumni reunion events. Onsite
registration is still available at the
Blackwell Hotel on the OSU
Osseointegration Lecture Series 6, Optimizing Esthetic
Results: Topics include identifying options for the replacement of a
single tooth, predictably and esthetically; understanding the benefits
and procedures for solid abutments; and recognizing the role of implant
design and surface topography in maintaining bone and soft tissue.
May 29 – 31:
AGD Mastership Program: Presented at Sawmill Creek
Resort in Huron, Ohio; courses include prosthetic treatment planning and
advanced technologies for dental implants.
June 27: FREE CEUs offered by "Special Olympics Special Smiles" at OSU’s
Recreation and Physical Activity Center
(RPAC). Dentists and dental hygienists receive
free continuing education units for volunteering at this Ohio Summer
Special Olympics oral health screening event. Contact:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call