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Dean Carole Anderson Holds Town Hall Meeting
College of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson held a “town hall” meeting on
November 23rd that was attended by faculty, staff, and students. The
meeting began with the Dean’s update on recent improvements in the
College that include ongoing building renovations, changes in
administrative positions, and a renewed emphasis on excellence in
service to students and patients.
Other topics included establishing a college-wide “high performance,
high accountability culture” that incorporates a shared vision among the
members of the College community, professional accountability, and
effective leadership. Additional information was presented on the
Strategic Plan, as well as changes that have been implemented in
accordance with the recommendations of the (2008) External Review
Dean Anderson also commented on the College's highly qualified students
whose academic credentials make them outstanding members of the
University community. Other discussion included the contributions made
by the College of Dentistry that support Ohio State's overarching goals,
which include President Gee's emphasis on putting "Students First," and
working together as "One University."
Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation.
Click here to listen to the town hall meeting.
Head Start Screenings Connect Dental Students and Local Community
The College of Dentistry's Doctor of Dental Surgery students
hands-on experience as they give dental screenings and fluoride
treatments to children in Columbus's Head Start program. Designed to
promote health education, "school readiness," and social services for
children in low-income families, the Head Start dental screenings have
been a collaborative outreach and education project since 2005.
“All first-year dental students participate in these
screenings," said Hilary Soller, a clinical associate
coordinates the screenings for the College of Dentistry. "This
experience helps to keep students connected with their desire to become
health care professionals, and it's an enjoyable break from the heavy
schedule of classroom and laboratory courses.”
Trained specifically for these pediatric screening
events, dental students perform the screenings and provide varnish
treatments under the supervision of clinical associate professor
Janet Bolina. Other participants include
local dentists who volunteer their time and expertise as members of the
Providing a much-needed service to the community, these Head Start
screenings are a first-time dental experience for many children
from low-income families that have limited access to dental care. And
for the dental students, this is often their first experience of working
directly with pediatric patients. The impact of the screenings is
significant. From October through November of this year, the College of
Dentistry's students screened 404 children and provided fluoride varnish
treatments for more than half that number.
As part of this hands-on educational and outreach
experience, dental students are required to write summaries that serve
as "reflections" on their work with
the Head Start screening program, and most have a strong,
positive reaction to the learning process that results from this direct interaction.
One College of Dentistry student said, "I learned that I really enjoy
working with children and that it gives me great satisfaction to help
people. I felt that I got more out of this experience than the kids I
was helping, because it boosted my confidence and reminded me why I chose
this profession in the first place."
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Hague Presents New Course on Oral Manifestations of
Dr. Anne Hague, an assistant professor in the
of Dental Hygiene, will present a continuing education
course titled, "The Role of the Oral Health Care
Professional in the Detection, Intervention, and
Treatment of Eating Disorders."
Addressing the importance of early recognition, clinical
manifestations, and oral health management of patients
with eating disorders, the course will provide
information for oral health professionals who are
uniquely positioned to detect the early warning signs of
these disorders. The course will also inform
participants about the process for initiating referrals
for mental and medical treatment, as well as providing
oral and dental health care for these patients.
A registered dietitian and a dental
hygienist, Dr. Hague also holds a Ph.D. in Food and Nutrition
Sciences from The University of Maine. Throughout her
career, she has presented continuing education courses
on nutrition and oral health,
conducted research in the area of body weight, oral
health and nutrition education, and she has published
scholarly articles in numerous peer-reviewed journals.
Rachel Henry is Elected to ODHA
House of Delegates
Division of Dental Hygiene faculty member Rachel
Henry has been elected as an alternate delegate to the
Ohio Dental Hygienists'
Association (ODHA), which has as its mission the
advancement of the profession of dental hygiene,
as well as improving and protecting public health in
Elected by her peers at the recent ODHA Annual
Session, Ms. Henry will serve a one-year term as an alternate delegate representing the ODHA at
the national meeting of the
Hygienists' Association (ADHA) in June 2010. In
addition to her position as a delegate, Ms.
Henry will also serve as secretary for the executive council of
the ODHA. Her responsibilities
will include recording the various meeting minutes, and implementing
policies and changes approved by the House of
Delegates or the Board of Trustees.
Earlier this year, Ms. Henry was honored as the 2009
winner of the ADHA
Esther Wilkins Future Leader Award, which recognizes
dental hygienists who “exhibit a strong commitment to
the dental hygiene profession and who have demonstrated
leadership in the American Dental Hygiene Association.
An alumna of the College of
Dentistry’s Dental Hygiene Program, Ms. Henry
received the ADHA's Future Leader Award at the Annual
Session of the American Dental Hygienists' Association
held in June.
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SRG Selects Heidi Snider 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."
Heidi Snider, a Fellow in the College
of Dentistry's Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
(CTOC) combined D.D.S. and Ph.D. program, is the student researcher
of the month. In her 5th year of this 7-year
dual degree program, 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. Currently focusing on the effects of Leishmania donovani, a potentially fatal,
visceral form of the Leishmania disease, Snider's research
aims at understanding the role that the transcription factor,
STAT1, plays in phagocyte trafficking and parasite uptake.
An outstanding pre-doctoral student and researcher, Snider's work was
recognized earlier this year when she received 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 Symposium.
Board Screening Day Success for
Students and Patients!
On November 4th, dental students from
the class of 2010 held their second Board Screening Day
of the year, drawing 120 new patients to the College of
Dentistry's clinic. The event was open
to Ohio State's faculty, staff, and students, and to the Columbus
area community, offering all participants a free dental exam and two free
As part of their clinical training -- and to recruit
patients for participation in the required
North East Regional Board
(NERB) exams -- dental students offer these free
screening exams and x-rays twice annually. Both the students and patients benefit
from this experience that recruits NERB participants,
while also offering much-needed exams and x-rays to
members of the community who have no other access to
Dental Hygiene Student Tonda Hockenberry Joins ODHA Student Delegates
Dental Hygiene student Tonda Hockenberry has been elected as a student
delegate and a voting (student) member of the
Ohio Dental Hygienists'
Association (ODHA), which is the state constituent of the
Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA).
Elected by a committee of other delegates at the ODHA's annual session in November, Ms. Hockenberry joins other ODHA student
delegates representing all 12 dental hygiene schools in Ohio.
"This is quite an honor," said Rachel Henry, an assistant
professor in the Division of Dental
Hygiene. "At the recent ODHA meeting, Tonda voted
on the students’ behalf, along with the
other dental hygiene delegates from throughout Ohio. She represented Ohio
State very well, and we're proud that she took the initiative to pursue
this opportunity to get involved in her professional organization."
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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,
Or send an e-mail to Charlesworthfirstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations will be open until
31, 2010. All nominations will be submitted to the Dental Alumni
Society's Board of Governors,
which will select the winner.
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 include official “minutes,”
hand-written notes, and agendas. If you have hard copy (paper) records
you’d like to have preserved for future generations of dental alumni,
please contact Kate
Charlesworth-Miller or call 614-366-4990.
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Clinical Trials Seminar
Series Presented by CCTS
Ohio State's Center for Clinical and
Translational Science (CCTS) partners with
researchers at the College of Dentistry, the University
Medical Center, Nationwide Children's Hospital and other
research programs at OSU. The CCTS also provides access to information for research opportunities
that support Ohio State's overall research mission,
including multi-disciplinary seminars and guest lectures
of interest to medical and science-based researchers.
A series of upcoming lectures will feature a seminar
titled, "Analysis of
Missing Data in Clinical Studies," presented by
Dr. Bo Lu,
an assistant professor in the Division of Biostatistics
in the College of Public Health. The event is scheduled
December 9th, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., in
room 240 at the Prior Health
The seminar will address issues related to data from
clinical trials, observational studies, and surveys that
typically contain missing values, as well as commonly
used treatments for addressing missing data that
may produce severely biased results. The presentation
will include an overview of basic concepts of missing
data analysis framework, including missing data patterns
and missing data mechanisms. Statistical models that are valid
under missing at random (MAR) assumption will also be
reviewed, and an illustration from clinical trials will
be presented for clinical researchers.
Click here for more information.
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DSAC Announces Rho-Sigma Award Winners
The Dental Staff Advisory Committee (DSAC) recently
announced Phillip Shepherd and Barbara Ahmed
as recipients of the College of Dentistry’s Rho-Sigma
staff excellence awards, which are presented monthly to
outstanding staff members.
Rho Sigma award recipients Phillip Shepherd (left) and Barbara Ahmed
Phillip Shepherd (Dental Technician, Dental Lab)
and Barbara Ahmed (Office Assistant, Clinic
Administration) were honored with these awards that
recognize their professionalism and their “pleasant
demeanor that has a positive effect on the College.”
Shepherd and Ahmed 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:
Hit the Road with the Buckeyes
The College of Dentistry boasted 11 teams in
this year's “Hit
the Road with the Buckeyes” challenge! A university-wide fitness event sponsored by
Your Plan for Health, the challenge was organized around the
2009 OSU football season.
The College of Dentistry's Buckeye challenge teams, each
of which included five participants, counted their steps with pedometers
between September 25th and November 23d. Each week, team
captains logged on to the challenge web site to record
their team’s total steps. The teams competed for
inclusion in one of four
groups: the Bowl-Eligible group,
with 1.5 miles walked per team member; the Top 25 group, with 3 miles walked per team member; the Conference
group, with 5.5 miles per
team member; and the National group with 6.5 miles
walked by each team member.
The challenge began with a
kick-off event on the Oval on September 25th. Each team
received a kick-off kit -- including pedometers -- and
they took a lap around the Oval with a group of university
leaders that included Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. In addition to improving their own health,
the teams competed for prizes,
and any team member who walked enough steps to be
included in the "Bowl-Eligible" group also received ten points towards the
Your Plan for Health Incentive Program.
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December 4: Silent Auction for Bucks for
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 3089 B; contact:
December 9: Presentation on "Developing
Students' Self-Directed Learning Skills;" 11:30 a.m. -
1:00 p.m. in room 1183; contact:
Continuing Dental Education
Last Chance CE offers two days of continuing dental education
for dentists and dental hygienists. Courses include the following:
updates on infection control, dental radiography principles and
techniques, solvent free adhesives and low shrinkage composites,
introduction to lasers, and more. For more information, contact:
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 28 - February 1:
Cruise and Learn at sea while traveling from Miami, Florida, to
Cozumel, Mexico! This four-day excursion and continuing education course
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.
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.