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        February 2009

College News

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Post College Assembly Registration Open Now!

The 2009 Post College Assembly (April 29 – May 2) continues the tradition of educational excellence by offering more than 50 continuing education (CE) sessions on an array of topics for today’s dental practitioner. Participants can earn up to 8 continuing education units each day – in one location and for one low price.

This year’s Post College Assembly (PCA) will showcase the College of Dentistry’s faculty experts as they partner with renowned speakers for CE presentations on a variety of subjects that include lasers, periodontics, biomodifiers, pediatric dentistry, bisphosphonates, orthodontics, esthetics, anesthetics and more.

Other PCA events will include alumni celebrations with the class of 1959 Golden Buckeye Reunion, the dean’s reception, as well as the Dental Alumni and the Dental Hygiene Alumni luncheons.

All PCA events will be held on campus at OSU’s Blackwell Hotel. (Attendees who mention their Post College Assembly participation will receive a special rate for hotel reservations.)

Online registration for CE courses and alumni events is open now at, or call (614) 292-9790 to register by phone or to request a hard-copy registration form.

For PCA course and alumni event registration, contact Melody Young at To find out more about alumni event details, contact Kate Charlesworth-Miller at or call 614-366-4990.

Join us for the 2009 Post College Assembly’s great continuing education courses, alumni events, and a celebration of the College of Dentistry’s Buckeye Spirit!


OHIO Project Recognized as One of OSU’s Top 15 Outreach Programs

The Ohio State University won recognition this month by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for both community outreach efforts and for community-engaged curricula. OSU is one of 68 public and 51 private institutions selected for the Carnegie Foundation’s 2008 “Curricular Engagement and Outreach Partnerships” classification.

The Ohio State outreach initiatives in the Carnegie foundation’s recognition include collaborations with community partners, businesses, and other universities. Among the top 15 outreach programs featured at OSU was the College of Dentistry’s OHIO Project, which sponsors an array of community outreach initiatives that include the mobile dental clinic or H.O.M.E. Coach, which provides preventive care and dental treatment for underserved young Ohioans. Staffed by 3rd-and 4th-year dental students and College of Dentistry faculty and residents, the OHIO Project’s programs provide a health care resource throughout the local community, while also enhancing the educational experience of Ohio State’s dental students.

“This recognition from the Carnegie Foundation underscores Ohio State’s profound commitment to meeting the needs of people throughout Ohio and around the world,” said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. “Reaching out and improving communities is a proud part of our land-grant heritage. It is fully embedded in our mission, our curriculum, and our daily lives.”


College of Dentistry Featured in New Medical Center Publication

The College of Dentistry was featured this month in a new OSU Medical Center publication titled, The Global Address. Produced by the University Health Sciences’ Center for Global Health, this publication is designed to showcase the activities, achievements and aspirations of each of the health sciences colleges in the area of global health, while also highlighting the most successful collaborations among OSU’s medical and health sciences colleges and clinics.

Click here to read The Global Address...



SMS Newsletter -- Online with a New Look

The College’s Sterilization Monitoring Service (SMS) has re-launched its free newsletter, Spore Check News, with a new look for 2009. Available online now via the SMS website, the electronic version of the newsletter is located under the option: “about our service.”

Spore Check News was developed to provide dental practitioners with the latest information about infection control and disease prevention. The Sterilization Monitoring Service at the College of Dentistry is dedicated to providing reliable sterilization services that assure hassle-free monitoring of sterilization equipment.

For more information about the Sterilization and Monitoring Service, go to: or call 1-888-476-7678.

View the winter issue of Spore Check News…

Faculty News

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Dentistry Professor Serves as Curriculum Evaluator at Suez Canal University

Dr. Abdel R. Mohammad, Professor and Director of Geriatric Dentistry and Community Outreach Programs in the College of Dentistry, recently served as an external evaluator of curriculum and accreditation for dentistry faculty members at the Suez Canal University (Egypt).

Suez Canal University's dentistry faculty members selected The Ohio State University as a benchmark institution, and Dr. Mohammad was chosen as their external evaluator. Using Ohio State’s College of Dentistry as a model of teaching, research and service, a report was submitted to the Suez Canal University president that includes an outline of new concepts to be considered for implementation, based on current College of Dentistry programs and practices.


Dental Hygiene Faculty Member Conducts Study — Offers Free CEUs

Dr. Anne Hague, a faculty member in the Division of Dental Hygiene, is conducting an online research project titled, “Oral Health Risk Assessment,” which is a free course/study that challenges and advances dental practitioners’ risk assessment skills.

All participants in the study will receive two free continuing education units (CEUs), and each participant will be automatically entered in a drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate at Barnes and Nobles. The course takes approximately two hours to complete, and it can be done online in one or two visits that occur within 72 hours. Each study participant must be a licensed dentist.

Sign up for the course at, or contact for more information.

Staff News

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DSAC Requests Book Drive Donations

The Dental Staff Advisory Committee (DSAC) requests donations of used (or new) books, magazines, VHS movies, CDs and DVDs for their inaugural Book Drive, which runs through March 9th.

Book Drive donation dropoff boxes are available in the canteen and in rooms 0118, 1043A, 2039, 3082, 3127, and 4015. All donations will be used for the DSAC book sale, which supports staff programs and initiatives. All unsold book drive donations will be given to patients at the James Cancer Hospital. Contact Jesse Tudor at

Student News

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“Dental Impressions” Photo Contest – Deadline is March 6th

The dentistry class of 2011 is sponsoring a College-wide photo contest that is open to all faculty, staff, and dentistry/dental hygiene students. Contest requirements include the following: high resolution digital photo entries only; photos must depict an image related to Ohio State, the College of Dentistry, or the faculty, staff, and students in Postle Hall; horizontal and vertical images, and black and white or color images are acceptable.

Photos must be submitted on a CD that is delivered to the Office of Admissions in room 0114. (Please include your name and the photo title.) The deadline for submissions is March 6th at 4:30 p.m. The top ten contest winners’ photos will be displayed as poster-sized images (25” X 36”) in the hallway gallery near the student lockers on the ground  floor of Postle Hall.


Dentistry’s Student Volunteers “Give Kids a Smile!”

Dentistry students and faculty members joined together last Thursday (February 19th) for the 7th annual “Give Kids a Smile Day,” as part of a national initiative by the American Dental Association to focus attention on untreated oral disease among children from low-income families.

Ohio State’s student-planned effort helped children at Columbus's Broadleigh Elementary School -- with the support of the College of Dentistry and the Ohio Dental Association.

Sunny Pahouja, a College of Dentistry student and the Chapter President for the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), was key in planning this event. “It’s a great opportunity to give back because these kids don’t have a chance to receive dental care since their access to it is so limited,” Pahouja said. “It makes us feel good to get involved because we can use what we’ve learned as dental students.”

Read more…

Alumni News

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Reunion Weekend Football Tickets for DAS and OSU Alumni Members Only

Football tickets for this year’s OSU vs. USC game during the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend (September 12th) are available only to members of both the Dental Alumni Society and the OSU Alumni Association.

To verify membership in the OSU Alumni Association, call 1-800-762-5646; for Dental Alumni Society membership information, contact Kate Charlesworth-Miller or call 614-293-0571.



Dental Alumni Society Board of Governors Meet and Welcome New Dean

The Dental Alumni Society’s Board of Governors met February 20th to share information and to plan new initiatives for 2009. Leadership reports were presented by the following members and guest speakers: Dr. John Rhodes (president); Dr. Henry Fishbach (secretary/treasurer); Josh Melton (student representative); Craig Little (OSU alumni association representative); Rachel Childress (dentistry development); Kathleen Kennedy (marketing and communications); Kate Charlesworth Miller (dentistry alumni affairs); and College of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson.

After welcoming Dean Anderson to her new position, members of the board received the Dean’s report on her first objectives for the College, which include moving forward on implementing the goals of the College’s strategic plan, increasing diversity by focusing on the recruitment and retention of outstanding minority students and faculty members, and facilitating collaboration between the College and the medical center’s health sciences units.

Research News

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2009 Dean's Awards Presented for Research Excellence

The College of Dentistry’s 25th Annual Research Day featured dentistry and dental hygiene students, post-doctoral and Ph.D. students, residents, and fellows who presented more than 50 abstracts on an array of cutting-edge research topics. Posters were displayed throughout the day as researchers presented their findings for faculty members, guests, and judges.

The following recipients were chosen as winners of the 2009 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for their innovative projects:

1st place Dental Student Award ~ Byungdo (Brian) Han
Influence of Androstenediol on TLRs Signaling

2nd place Dental Student Award ~ Andrew Holpuch
Feasibility of Local Nanoparticle Delivery for Oral Cancer Chemoprevention

3rd place Dental Student Award ~ Brandon Lloyd
VEGF Influences the Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) in Oral Cells

1st place Graduate Student Award ~ Erin Gross
Molecular Microbiological Analysis of Severe Caries in Primary Teeth

2nd place Graduate Student Award ~ Rebecca Allen
Stress-Induced Increases in Bacterial Killing Are p38 Dependent

Post Doctoral Fellow Award ~ Nicole Powell
Dendritic Cells Exposed to Social Stress Display Enhanced Antigen Processing as Indicated by Robust CD4+T Cell Proliferation and Cytokine Secretion


Periodontology Resident Receives “Research in Prevention Award”

Periodontology post-doctoral resident Anastasia Papapostolou recently received the Research in Prevention Award given by the International Association of Dental Research for her project titled, “The Role of Genetics in Subgingival Bacterial Colonization.”

Papapostolou’s research, conducted with periodontology faculty advisor Purnima Kumar, focuses on bacteria that colonize the subgingival sulcus to form a biofilm, and the periodontal diseases that occur due to the presence of certain species or consortia of organisms in the subgingival microbiome.

Papapostolou’s award-winning research focused on examining periodontally healthy adult pairs of identical and fraternal twins to gain a better understanding of the role of genetics in subgingival bacterial colonization. After examining the subgingival microbial profiles of 95 pairs of twins, the research results showed that the profiles of identical twins were not significantly different from those of fraternal twins, which suggests that the effects of genetics on microbial colonization of the subgingival crevice are not evident in an established, health-compatible community.

Upcoming Events

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March 6: “Dental Impressions” photo contest deadline; submit photos on a CD by 4:30 p.m. in the Office of Admissions and Records (room 0114). Contact:

March 9: Last day to contribute to the DSAC book drive. 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.

March 13 - 14: Orthodontic Alumni Foundation Annual Meeting: courses include Residents Research Program--Review of Current Orthodontic Research by OSU Orthodontic Residents for 2009; Current Trends in Orthodontics: Do We Have the Evidence to Justify What We’re Doing?


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

March 13 - 14: Residents Research Program--Review of Current Orthodontic Research by OSU Orthodontic Residents for 2009;

Current Trends in Orthodontics: Do We Have the Evidence to Justify What We’re Doing?





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