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        August 2009

College News

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College Gears Up for Alumni Reunion Weekend -- September 11th and 12th!

The College of Dentistry's Alumni Reunion and Tailgate Weekend is coming soon, and we hope you'll join us for this year's fun-filled events! On Friday, September 11th, private receptions will be held for the classes of 1959, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, and 2004 at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center (Columbus), followed by a gala dinner where you can reconnect with classmates, faculty, and fellow Buckeyes.

The next day -- Saturday, September 12th -- will feature the Alumni Tailgate in the courtyard adjacent to Postle Hall, followed by the OSU vs. USC football game. The tailgate will be held from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., with the football game kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. All College of Dentistry faculty, staff and students are welcome at the tailgate, and we look forward to seeing you there!

~Registration for alumni weekend receptions and the tailgate will close on
Tuesday, September 8th. Call 1-800-762-5646 to register now!~

In conjunction with the tailgate and other reunion weekend festivities on September 12th, the Continuing Dental Education program will offer a course from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. titled, OSU vs. USC CE: The Carroll Tressel Effect; Their Role in the Changing Face of Dentistry, featuring Dr. Curtis Jansen.
For more information about Reunion Weekend and Tailgate events, call 614-366-4990 or e-mail



Road Construction and Campus Parking Information

 When the Ohio State Buckeyes kick off their 2009 season, fans will travel through areas of significant road construction before reaching campus. Motorists should be prepared for delays along route 315, which is currently under construction.

Fans who attend this season's football games -- especially the night game vs. USC -- may experience long delays as they leave the campus area. Vehicles parked closest to the stadium will likely take the longest to exit. In general, fans planning to travel south after the game should plan to park in lots south of Ohio Stadium; likewise, fans who are traveling north after the games should park in lots north of Ohio Stadium. [A color-coded parking map is available at]

Alternative routes and road construction updates are available on the following web sites: for information about State Route 315 construction, click here; to find alternative routes to Postle Hall, go to: dentistry maps and directions; for OSU campus and related road construction updates, please visit the OSU Parking and Transportation "customer alert" web site



College Honors Students in White Coat Ceremony -- September 21st

On September 21st, the College of Dentistry's new dental students and dental hygiene students will celebrate their dream of becoming dental professionals during the annual White Coat Ceremony.

The event serves as an official welcome into the College of Dentistry, and it marks the beginning of the professional educational experience of the members of the Dental Class of 2013 and the Dental Hygiene Class of 2012. The coveted white coats that the students wear proudly at the event are a visual symbol of their newfound commitment to the art and science of dentistry.

This year's event will be an evening ceremony held on the patio of the Blackwell Inn. As a special feature of the ceremony, each student will receive a white coat and an official welcome to the College by Director of Admissions Joen Iannucci, College of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson, and selected faculty representatives.

Faculty News

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Pediatric Dentistry Professor da Fonseca Leads Symposium on Children's Health

Dr. Marcio da Fonseca is a dentistry professor whose career is dedicated to making children healthier. Now a clinical professor of pediatric dentistry at Ohio State and at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Dr. da Fonseca’s work with children began when he did a pediatric dentistry rotation as a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) student. “After I worked with those kids, I knew that was what I wanted to do with my life and my career,” da Fonseca said.

After graduating with his D.D.S. degree, Dr. da Fonseca completed a Master of Science degree in pediatric dentistry at the University of Minnesota, where he spent two years learning about oral health care for children. Following that experience, he received a pediatric dentistry fellowship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, where he began working with young patients whose health problems were life-threatening.

For those children who were critically ill, an oral cavity infection or an abscessed tooth could mean the difference between life and death, and it was then that Dr. da Fonseca discovered another calling -- that of educating his medical colleagues about the connection between oral and systemic health in children.

With that goal in mind, Dr. da Fonseca developed an annual symposium that draws pediatric dentists and adolescent health care specialists from the U.S. and abroad. Co-sponsored by the College of Dentistry, this year’s symposium on October 9th will be the 3rd International Symposium on the Oral-Systemic Health Connection in Children (OSHCC), and it will include an international panel of pediatric health care specialists. Held in Columbus at the Conference Center at NorthPointe, the goal of the symposium is to discuss the connections between oral health and systemic health in children, and to examine those connections as they relate to providing medical care for children and adolescents.

For more information about the symposium, visit the OSHCC web site or contact Dr. Marcio da Fonseca at 614-722-5648.

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Student News

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Periodontal Resident is Finalist in Balint Orban Memorial Award Competition

Third-year periodontal resident Chad Matthews has been selected as a finalist for the Balint Orban Memorial Award for Periodontal Research at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Periodontology in Boston on September 12th. The Balint Orban Competition is open to current students or recent graduates of U.S. or Canadian periodontics programs, and it includes a total of eight finalists who will present their research to a panel of judges at the Annual Meeting.

Dr. Matthews worked with faculty advisor and Professor of Periodontology Purnima Kumar on his research project titled, "Effects of smoking on subgingival bacterial acquisition and colonization."


SRG Selects Lauren Mell as "Student Researcher of the Month"

The College of Dentistry's Student Research Group (SRG) facilitates student-faculty research relationships, and it helps dental students to identify and pursue their research interests. The organization also recognizes outstanding student research projects by selecting a "student researcher of the month."

D3 student Lauren Mell was recently selected as SRG's student researcher of the month for a research project she conducted under the guidance of Professor of Periodontology Dimitris Tatakis, who provided help in the development of her research abstract. Titled, "Gingival Morphology Differences Among Determined Periodontal Phenotypes," Mell's research project examines several gingival (gum-related) characteristics that play a role in the prevalence and severity of gum recession, which can be a symptom of periodontal disease.

Alumni News

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ADA Reception in Honolulu

Aloha! We’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the American Dental Association (ADA) in Hawaii this year, and we look forward to welcoming our alumni at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki on October 2nd for our Alumni Reception. Joining us will be Dean Carole Anderson and Development Director Rachel Childress, as well as members of the Dental Alumni Society Board of Governors.

If you plan to attend the ADA meeting and our Alumni Reception, please let us know. Send an e-mail to Kate Charlesworth-Miller or call 614-366-4990.

Alumni Historical Records Wanted for OSU Archive!

The College of Dentistry’s Alumni Affairs office has an opportunity to ‘digitize’ its records by creating electronic copies of all issues of The Alumni Quarterly, as well as records from the past 30+ years of Dental Alumni Society meetings, which includes official “minutes,” hand-written notes, and agendas. If you have hard copy (paper) records to be preserved for future generations of dental alumni, contact

Research News

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Dr. Peter Reiser's Research Findings Published in the Journal of Experimental Biology

Dr. Peter Reiser holds dual appointments as a professor of oral biology in the College of Dentistry, and as a professor of physiology and cell biology in the College of Medicine. Reiser's decades of research have included projects that examine various species' craniofacial (head and face) muscles, jaw muscles, and the proteins or “myosin” that comprise these muscles that allow mammals to consume and chew their food.

Dr. Reiser’s research has been published in an array of academic journals, including the American Journal of Physiology, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Journal of Clinical Investigation. His most recent publication is in the Journal of Experimental Biology, a leading international journal that publishes inter-disciplinary research on the form and function of living organisms at all levels of biological organization, from the molecular and subcellular to the integrated whole animal.

The August 2009 edition of the journal, which features Dr. Reiser's article, Carnivore's Masticatory Myosin in Squirrel Jaws, also includes publications that examine the effects of age and behavioral development in honey bees, and the intricacies of cognitive mapping in humans and other animal species.

Staff News

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Staff Appreciation Day is a Success!

Dentistry's annual “Staff Appreciation Day” was held August 20th in recognition of the contributions made by the College’s administrative and professional and classified staff employees. As part of the celebration, a barbecue luncheon was provided for staff members in the courtyard adjacent to Postle Hall.

A good time was had by all this event, and staff members offer a special thanks to the Office of Human Resources for organizing the luncheon, and to the faculty volunteers who helped with event coordination.

Upcoming Events

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September 10: "Educating the Net Generation" lunch and learn session: 11:30 a.m. in room 4141 (Postle Hall); Contact:

September 11 and 12: The College of Dentistry celebrates Alumni Reunion Weekend with receptions at the Hyatt Regency (Columbus) on Friday, the 11th, and the OSU vs. USC Tailgate on the 12th from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Postle Hall courtyard. Contact:; Also on Saturday, September 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., an OSU vs. USC CE course is offered: The Carroll-Tressel Effect; Their Role in the Changing Face of Dentistry; Contact:

September 17: Faculty retreat at the Conference Center at Northpointe; RSVP to by September 8th.
For more information, contact:

September 21: White Coat Ceremony: September 21st on the patio of the Blackwell Inn; Faculty attendees must RSVP by September 11th. For more information, contact:

October 2: American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session and Alumni Reception in Honolulu at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki; Contact:

October 9: 3rd International Symposium on the Oral-Systemic Health Connection in Children (OSHCC); Contact: Dr. Marcio daFonseca or call: 614-722-5648


Continuing Dental Education


September 12: OSU vs. USC CE: The Carroll Tressel Effect; Their Role in the Changing Face of Dentistry; This course is presented from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the same day as the OSU vs. USC football game and the College of Dentistry Alumni Reunion Weekend Tailgate, which begins at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m., just prior to kickoff at 8:00 p.m.

September 14: EFDA Review; This course prepares the Registered Dental Hygienist or Certified Dental Assistant for the EFDA certification examination administered by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio.

October 9: Arthur B. Lewis Lecture Series: Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Treatment Mechanics; This course emphasizes diagnosis and treatment planning goals for orthodontic patients, including surgical, non-surgical and "borderline" surgical/non-surgical cases. 

October 16: CAD/CAM Technologies: Pushing New Horizons in Dentistry (AGD Mastership Program);Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist; This course is part of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Mastership Program. (Participants do not have to be members of the AGD in order to take this course.)

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.


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September 12: OSU vs. USC CE: The Carroll Tressel Effect; Their Role in the Changing Face of Dentistry

 September 14:
EFDA Review

October 9: Arthur B. Lewis Lecture Series--Diagnosis, Treatment Planning, and Treatment Mechanics

October 16:
CAD/CAM Technologies: Pushing New Horizons in Dentistry
(AGD Mastership Program)

FREE Online CE (2 CEUs)
Case Study—Oral Health Risk Assessment




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