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        December 2009

College News

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College of Dentistry is Approved as National Treatment Center for Ectodermal Dysplasias

The College of Dentistry was recently approved as a treatment center for congenitally missing teeth due to ectodermal dysplasia. The College joins a list of just six other institutions in the U.S. that are approved treatments centers for ectodermal dysplasia syndromes.

The National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED) defines ectodermal dysplasias as a set of approximately 150 inherited disorders that effect the ectoderm, or outer layer of tissue that forms during an infant’s development. The ectoderm is vital to the proper formation of many parts of the body, including teeth, eyes, hair, sweat glands, nerves, parts of the inner ear, and fingers and toes.

Children and young adults who have congenitally missing teeth due to ectodermal dysplasia typically require a combination of oral surgery, dental implants, and prosthodontics, along with specialized oral health care.

According to Dr. Lisa Knobloch, an associate professor in the College of Dentistry and the Director of the Ectodermal Dysplasias Treatment Center, patients will receive a comprehensive approach to treatment that includes ready access to an array of health care specialty services provided by the College of Dentistry and the OSU Medical Center.

“We were prompted to become a nationally recognized center to treat children and young adults with congenitally missing teeth because we’ve treated a large number of patients with an ectodermal dysplasia diagnosis over the years,” Dr. Knobloch said. “We’re able to offer patients high-quality, coordinated care because we have the all specialties they need in one physical location.”


Faculty News

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Dr. Homa Amini Receives 2009 Quilty Award

Dr. Homa Amini (left)
with Dr. Mark Siegal

Dr. Homa Amini was chosen as the 2009 recipient of the Quilty Award, presented by the Ohio Department of Health. Formerly called the “Champions for Children” award, this honor goes to an individual who is an outstanding proponent of oral health care for children. The award was presented by Dr. Mark Siegal, Chief of the Bureau of Oral Health Services, Ohio Department of Health.

Dr. Amini is Chief of the Section of Pediatric Dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (Columbus), and she is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Amini received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and a master's degree in public health from Ohio State. She completed her specialty training in pediatric dentistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition to her pediatric dental practice, Dr. Amini maintains a special interest in public dental health and health policy.



Dr. Julie Holloway Joins Fellows of the American Board of Prosthodontics

Dr. Julie Holloway (center) with
Drs. Kenneth Malament (left)
and Charles Goodacre

College of Dentistry associate professor Julie Holloway has been approved as a board certified prosthodontist in the state of Ohio. Holloway, who is the director of the Advanced Prosthodontics Graduate Program, is one of only eleven board certified prosthodontists in Ohio, making her the only woman in the state who is currently a Fellow of the American Board of Prosthodontics.

Holloway completed the highly competitive prosthodontics board exams in February (2009), and she was awarded her certificate at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Prosthodontists in November. This honor was presented to her by Dr. Kenneth Malament, President of the American Board of Prosthodontics, and by Dr. Charles Goodacre, President of the American College of Prosthodontists.

An alumna of the College of Dentistry's Doctor of Dental Surgery program and the Advanced Prosthodontics Graduate Program, Dr. Holloway has served in a number of dental leadership positions throughout her career. She is a current member of the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics, and she is a former president (2003-2008) of the Ohio chapter of the American College of Prosthodontists. Holloway also serves as an advisory committee member for the American Dental Education Association.


Student News

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Jared John Schellenberg Receives ADA Foundation Scholarship

College of Dentistry D2 student Jared John Schellenberg has received a Predoctoral Dental Student Scholarship Award from the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation. As one of only 18 ADA Foundation scholarship winners nationwide in 2009, Schellenberg joins a group of students whose academic excellence has been recognized with financial support for their pre-doctoral studies in the field of dentistry.

Commenting on the ADA Foundation award, Schellenberg said, "I love dental school, and I'm very excited about becoming a dentist. I'm extremely grateful for this scholarship!"


Dr. Michael Lynn Gurney Wins "Best of the Best" Award

Dr. Michael Lynn Gurney (left)
received the "Best of the Best"
award from Shirlene O'Russa.

Dr. Michael Lynn Gurney, a first-year resident in the Advanced Prosthodontics Graduate Program in the College of Dentistry, received a "Best of the Best" Prosthodontics Award at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Prosthodontists in November (2009). 

The award was presented by Whip Mix Corporation sales manager Shirlene O'Russa, who congratulated Gurney on winning this award that recognizes his excellence as a post-doctoral student in the field of prosthodontics. Dr. Gurney is a summa cum laude graduate of the Creighton School of Dental Science, and he is a member of the College of Dentistry's Theta Chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon honor society for dental students, which promotes and recognizes scholarship and character among students of dentistry.



Join the "Build-A-Snowman" Competition!

Date: First heavy snowfall of 2010!
Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Place: Postle Hall lawn
Questions? Click here

All students in the dental and dental hygiene classes are invited to participate in the College of Dentistry's first annual build-a-snowman competition sponsored by the Sterilization and Monitoring Services and the Office of Admissions.

Each class must choose five students to create their class snowman. (Substitutions throughout the competition are allowed and encouraged!) The competition will take place from 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. on the lawn adjacent to Postle Hall. Judges will choose the winning snowman after the competition and the winning class will be treated to a pizza lunch during winter quarter. 

The date of the competition will be determined as snowfall occurs -- so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!



Board Screening Day Offers Free Dental Exams and X-rays -- January 6th

As part of their clinical training, the College of Dentistry’s students from the class of 2010 will offer free dental screening exams and free dental x-rays on Wednesday, January 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the main clinic (room 1038 A) on the first floor of Postle Hall.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and in good general health.

All participants who receive free dental exams and x-rays at this event will also be evaluated for additional free treatments in conjunction with dentistry students’ clinical board exams in February (2010).

Ohio State faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend, but all members of the Columbus area community are welcome at this event that offers one free dental exam and two free x-rays to all attendees.

~No fees will be charged, and no appointments are necessary!~

Click here for directions and parking information.


Alumni News

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Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Sought

Each year at the annual Post College Assembly event, the Dental Alumni Society presents its Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominees for this award must be graduates of the College of Dentistry who demonstrate good character, outstanding contributions in the fields of art, science, scientific literature, organized dentistry or public service, and they must have given outstanding service or contributions to Ohio State's College of Dentistry.

To nominate an individual for the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award, please send a letter of recommendation to the Office of Alumni Affairs (attention, Kate Charlesworth-Miller), 660 Ackerman Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43218. Or send an e-mail to Nominations will be open until January 31, 2010. All nominations will be submitted to the Dental Alumni Society's Board of Governors, which will select the winner.


Dental Alumni Society Dues Mailer Coming Soon!

The Dental Alumni Society's annual membership mailing will arrive in members' mailboxes in the next few weeks. Please consider joining at the lifetime member level! Your $400 investment in a lifetime membership will pay off in many ways, beginning with a 10% discount on all Continuing Dental Education courses, as well as $50 off Sterilization and Monitoring Services each year. If you have questions about your membership status, or about the Dental Alumni Society's membership benefits, please contact Kate Charlesworth-Miller at 614-366-4990, or e-mail



College of Dentistry's "Historical Remembrance" Available Now!

Copies of A Historical Remembrance are available for purchase now! Originally written by members of the Dental Alumni Society, this hard bound book tells the story of more than 100 years of dental history in the state of Ohio and here at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. A Historical Remembrance is a fact-filled publication that dentistry alumni will enjoy reading and passing along to others. Individual copies are available for $30 (plus shipping costs). If you're interested in this fascinating trip down memory lane, complete with historical photos, please send en e-mail to, and let us know how many copies you'd like to buy!


Research News


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College Hosts 26th Annual Research Day -- February 16th

Event: Research Day
February 16, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Biomedical Research Tower

The College of Dentistry’s Office of Research presents its 26th Annual Research Day on February 16th. Showcasing outstanding research conducted by students in the College, this annual event includes a poster session that offers visitors an opportunity to discuss research projects with dental students, graduate students, and fellows. (Posters will be presented online prior to the event.)

The Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Research will also be presented to members of the College of Dentistry community who have engaged in outstanding research projects. There are first-, second- and third-place winners for dental student awards; first- and second-place winners for graduate student awards; and one post-doctoral fellow award. All award winners will receive a cash prize for their research and their contribution to the College.

This year's Research Day will also feature a distinguished lecture by Dr. Dennis Drayna, whose presentation titled, “Our Genes and Our Sense of Taste,” will discuss the genetic differences that contribute to taste perception among individuals. Dr. Drayna is a researcher and Chief of the Section on Systems Biology of Communication Disorders for the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders at the National Institutes of Health. The lecture is scheduled for 9:00 a.m.

For more information, please contact: Spires.56@osu.


Staff News

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DSAC Announces Rho-Sigma Award Winners

The Dental Staff Advisory Committee (DSAC) recently announced Carmen Benton and Jan Bourke as recipients of the College of Dentistry’s Rho-Sigma staff excellence awards, which are presented monthly to outstanding staff members.

Carmen Benton (Information Associate) and Jan Bourke (Dental Hygienist) were honored with these awards that recognize their professionalism and their “pleasant demeanor that has a positive effect on the College.” Benton and Bourke each received certificates of recognition, and they were invited guests at a DSAC celebration held in their honor.

To nominate Rho-Sigma award recipients, please contact:

College of Dentistry Joins American Red Cross Blood Drive

The College of Dentistry is partnering with the American Red Cross for a blood drive scheduled for January 7th from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Postle Hall canteen on the ground floor.

Participants who want to donate blood can make an appointment by calling 1-800–GIVE-LIFE. Or visit the web site at (Use the sponsor code: buckeyes.) All donors will receive a Red Cross fleece blanket, and each donor will be eligible to enter a drawing for a year of FREE groceries from Kroger.


Upcoming Events


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January 6: Free dental exams and x-rays offered at Board Screening Day; 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., room 1038 A, first floor clinic in Postle Hall. Click here for more information.

January 7: American Red Cross Blood Drive: 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Postle Hall canteen on the ground floor. For more information, go to:

February 16: Annual Research Day events, including student research competition and guest lecture by Dr. Dennis Drayna. Contact: for more information.



Continuing Dental Education




January 15: A Review of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology offers an intensive update and review of oral pathology in two parts. Part 1 will be relevant to general and specialty dental practice, emphasizing case-based clinico-pathologic correlation (CPC) vignettes. Part 2 will be geared for Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons preparing for the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (ABOMS) Oral Board Examination.

January 19: Free one-credit CE course: The College of Dentistry's Cultural Awareness Council is offering a one-credit, free CE course titled, "Clinical Application of Cultural Effectiveness," which will address clinical issues related to dental care for diverse populations. The course will be presented in three separate one-hour sessions that are open to College of Dentistry faculty, staff and students only. Pediatric dentist Dr. Marcio da Fonseca will present the first course segment on January 19th from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 1187 Postle Hall. No fees will be charged for College of Dentistry participants. Contact Melody Young ( for more information.

January 28 - February 1: Cruise and Learn at sea while traveling from Miami, Florida, to Cozumel, Mexico! This four-day excursion and continuing education course features Dr. Clark Stanford, Associate Dean for Research at the University of Iowa's College of Dentistry. The course will focus on complex risk factors associated with esthetic, phonetic and functional demands that tax restorative dentistry teams. Discussions will also include general patient assessments for esthetics and phonetics, combined with critical assessments for tooth position, size, and key features that identify treatment plans for predictable esthetic outcomes.

February 12: Temporary Anchorage Devices Symposium (TAD) provides an understanding of the biological and biomechanical factors that relate to the success and failure of TADs. Also included will be TAD placement and management of complications, orthopedic applications of TADs, and case presentations and clinical results.



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January 15:
A Review of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

January 19: Free one-credit CE course: "Clinical Application of Cultural Effectiveness to Practice." [For College of Dentistry faculty, staff and students only.] Contact Melody Young for more info.

Jan. 28-Feb.1:
Cruise and Learn at sea while traveling from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico.

February 12: Temporary Anchorage Devices Symposium





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