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        November 2009

College News

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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 Committee.

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 get 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 professor who 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 Columbus Dental Society.

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."

Faculty News

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Hague Presents New Course on Oral Manifestations of Eating Disorders

Dr. Anne Hague, an assistant professor in the Division 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 general. 

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 American Dental 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 Hu-Friedy 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.

Student News

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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 dental x-rays.

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 care.

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 American 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."

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.

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.


Research News

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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 for Wednesday, December 9th, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., in room 240 at the Prior Health Sciences Library.

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.

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Staff News

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DSAC Announces Rho-Sigma Award Winners


Rho Sigma award recipients Phillip Shepherd (left) and Barbara Ahmed
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.

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 (2010) Your Plan for Health Incentive Program.

Upcoming Events

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December 4: Silent Auction for Bucks for Charity: 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


December 17-18: 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:

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 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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December 17-18: Last Chance CE offers an array of continuing dental education courses for dentists and dental hygienists.

January 15:
A Review of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

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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