Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and former part-time faculty member Steven Ganzberg has returned to the College as a full-time faculty member and the director of the Dental Anesthesiology Program.
Ganzberg, who holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of anesthesiology, as well as being a Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Orofacial Pain.
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Jesse Tudor Wins Dawson Staff Award for Excellence
At the College’s holiday celebration and awards
presentation event at the Drake Union on December 12th,
administrative staff member Jesse Tudor was honored with the College’s Mark
Dawson Memorial Staff Award for Excellence, which
recognizes outstanding service and contributions from the College’s full-time staff members.
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Dental Students Take Mission Trip to Uganda
While many students packed their bags and headed home
for the winter break, a group of OSU dental students
traveled to Kampala, Uganda, to provide local villagers
with free dental care and oral health education — both
of which are in great demand in this underserved region
of Africa. The mission trip was a collaborative effort
with the Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA), a
non-profit organization dedicated to fostering
understanding, appreciation, and respect between young
American and African student leaders who are the global
decision-makers of tomorrow.
D2 Student Uses Artistic Skills to Redesign College Mural
Second year dentistry student -- and former artist and painter --
Scott Bossert has taken on the large-scale project of redesigning the
College’s wall-length mural outside the basement-level Pre-Clinic
MandiBall Set for February 20th
The College of Dentistry’s Student Government Association (SGA) will
present this year’s MandiBall celebration — formerly called the
ToothBall — at 8:00 p.m. on the evening of February 20th.
Dentistry Students Bring Health and Hope to the Dominican Republic
The cheer “O-H I-O!” has been shouted out in countries all over the world by OSU alumni, faculty and students who serve as volunteers and ambassadors for hope, health and change.
Recently, a group of Ohio State’s College of Dentistry students brought this great OSU cheer, a helping hand, and new hope to the Dominican Republic, as they joined with practicing dentists and professional hygienists from the U.S. and Ecuador to provide dental health care for those in need in Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, and the surrounding cities of La Romana and Las Americas.
The College of Dentistry’s student team spent December 12th through the 21st (2008) in Santo Domingo and the surrounding region, where they were paired with local mentors who introduced them to the Dominican culture, while also preparing them for their stint as international health care volunteers. Providing free dental treatment to members of the local community, the students performed dental restorations, removed decayed teeth, and provided cleaning and preventive dental care for Dominicans who would otherwise have no access to dental treatment.
Dental Hygiene Students Help with “Project Compassion”
The College of Dentistry’s members of the Student Chapter of the
American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) collected food items for
Project Compassion, a
non-profit organization that provides services to men, women and
children in central Ohio who are affected by HIV/AIDS.
Dentistry Students Present First “Practice Connection”
College of Dentistry students Rajan Sheth, Dan Kelley and Kevin Snyder worked together in 2008 to develop The Practice Connection.com, a web-based job search tool that helps connect dental students and graduates with practicing dentists who seek partners and staff for their practices.
The web site offers dental practitioners the ability to create a profile that includes pictures, relevant statistics, and a detailed description of their practice and positions that are available. Users can log in to search profiles for the ideal associate, partner, buy-out, or support staff.
Having made a commitment to give a portion of their profits from the Practice Connection to the College of Dentistry, Kelley, Snyder and Sheth (shown left to right above) presented their first donation check to Associate Dean Cheryl Devore and Assistant Dean Darrell Young on January 22nd.
The donation will be dedicated to the OSU College of Dentistry Student Development Fund, and the hope was expressed by Sheth, Kelley and Snyder that future donations would be even larger.
“This first check is a small one,” Snyder said, “but we hope to present the College with larger and more significant donations in the future, as we expand the Practice Connection to make it as successful as possible.”
The most recent improvements to the PracticeConnection.com include a redesigned pricing structure for individual and multiple postings, and new options for posting as many profiles as needed, both of which are changes that accommodate dental brokers and a broader range of clients.
Links to The Practice Connection are available in the “job postings”
sections on the College’s alumni web page, and on the current students
page. Or go directly to the web site at:
Dentistry student and Vice President of the Inter-Professional Council Daniel Klauer worked with student leaders to organize an open forum discussion with Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee on January 8th.
Opening the discussion by introducing Carole Anderson’s appointment as Dean of the College of Dentistry, Gee engaged in an hour-long question and answer session that included students’ comments on the need for a new dentistry facility, as well as questions about tuition rates and plans for an array of future-oriented improvements in the College.
Gee’s responses focused on comparing this College with
other colleges of dentistry throughout the U.S., and he emphasized the
importance of implementing dentistry's new and ambitious strategic
plan, fostering collaborations with the Medical Center, and
directing the College’s efforts toward moving it into a “world class”
The Dental Alumni Society (DAS) currently offers
annual members a 5% discount for Sterilization
Monitoring Services and Continuing Education courses,
with 10% discounts given to lifetime members.
As of January 2009, both annual and lifetime DAS members will receive the additional benefit of submitting information about available practices and positions for posting on the College’s “job postings” page, which is located in the alumni section of the College of Dentistry web site.
To submit information about available practices or positions, contact Kate Charlesworth-Miller.
For alumni who are not DAS members, the PracticeConnection.com offers dental practice and position postings for dental hygiene and dentistry practitioners, students, and recent graduates.
The late Dr. John Horton, a former chair of the Division of
Periodontology and a well-respected faculty member and alumnus, has been
honored by Drs. Lori Little-Levenson and Ira Levenson, who have
partnered with other alumni to create an endowment in Dr. Horton’s name
for the Division of Periodontology.
After Dr. Horton’s passing in October 2008, contributions to the endowment fund poured in from the College’s faculty members, former students, and the many friends Horton made throughout his lifetime. As a result of these donations, the endowment fund has reached nearly $15,000, and it will be fully endowed once it totals $50,000.
For more information about this endowment fund, contact Rachel Childress or call 614-366-1392.
Football tickets for this year’s OSU vs. USC game during the
annual Alumni Reunion Weekend (September 12th) are available only to members of
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.
The College of Dentistry will host its 25th Annual Research
Day on Tuesday, February 17th, from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the
Biomedical Research Tower.
The Annual Research Day event gives the College’s students and researchers an opportunity to present abstracts in a public forum and to compete for awards. Featuring the College’s biomedical researchers, this event also provides a venue in which dentistry colleagues and visitors from other departments at OSU can learn about the new and innovative research projects being conducted within the College.
Guest speaker Susan W. Herring, Ph.D., of the University of Washington will deliver a presentation titled, “We Are What We Eat: Jaw Muscles and the Skull.”
College presenters include dental and dental hygiene students, post-doctoral and Ph.D. students, residents, and fellows. More than 50 abstracts will be presented, covering an array of research topics. Posters will be displayed throughout the day, with presenters available to discuss their research findings with visitors, guests, and judges.
The event is free and all OSU health sciences professionals are welcome to attend. For more information, click here.
Dr. John Sheridan, a professor in the College of Dentistry’s
Division of Oral Biology, has joined the ranks of the most
prestigious researchers in the nation with his recent selection as a
Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
Established in 1848, AAAS is the largest general scientific society in the world, and those who are honored as Fellows in the organization represent an elite group of scientists whose outstanding work has increased the body of knowledge in a particular subject area.
Dr. Sheridan’s Fellow award is a result of his “distinguished contributions to the fields of oral biology, molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics.” Sheridan is the College of Dentistry’s Associate Dean of Research, and he is a faculty member in the College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. He also holds the George C. Paffenburger Endowed Chair in Dental Research, which supports his study of the interactions of the mind and body as they relate to the regulation of the human immune system.
Researchers in the Advanced Endodontic Program at the College of
Dentistry continue to make advances in helping patients experience
less pain during dental treatment. The latest finding, recently
published in the prestigious Journal of the American Dental
Association (JADA), shows that articaine is superior to lidocaine when
administered next to the tooth of the first molar following a jaw
injection or alveolar nerve block.
After randomly testing seventy-three adult subjects, endodontic alumnus Andrew Haase, Professor Emeritus Al Reader, Associate Professor John Nusstein, Faculty Emeritus Mike Beck, and Assistant Professor Melissa Drum concluded that a 4 percent articaine formulation resulted in successful pulpal anesthesia 88 percent of the time for the first molar, in comparison to 71 percent of the time with a 2 percent lidocaine formulation after a standard jaw injection.
This new method of pain management is significant to all dentists and patients because it presents a way to numb the first molar in the lower jaw when an inferior alveolar nerve block fails to prevent the sensation of pain.
Click here to read the published article.
The College’s Office of Research created a “Seed Grant Program” in 2006 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.
The most recent recipient of seed grant funding is Oral Biology Professor Joseph Travers, whose research project is titled, “An In Vitro Model for Gustatory Oromotor Processing in the Caudal Brainstem.”
Travers’ research focuses on the highly complex “reticular formation” section of the brainstem where there are essential circuits that are necessary for coordinated oromotor (chewing and swallowing) functions. Travers’ laboratory uses neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and neuropharmacological approaches to find out how the brain’s circuits process sensory information to switch between multiple behaviors.
February 4: “Book Club” lunch discussion at 11:30 a.m. in the dean’s conference room; the topic will be “The Skillful Teacher,” by Stephen D. Brookfield. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 20: MandiBall celebration at 8:00
p.m. in the Gateway Theater on North High Street.
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