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White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Dentistry
President E. Gordon Gee with dentistry students from the class of
On the evening of September 21st, the College of Dentistry's new dental
students and dental hygiene students celebrated their dream of becoming
dental professionals during the annual
White Coat Ceremony.
This event serves as an official welcome to the College of Dentistry,
and it marks the beginning of the professional educational experience of
the members of the Dental Class of 2013 and the Dental Hygiene Class of
2012. The coveted white coats the students wear proudly at the
event are a symbol of their newfound commitment to the art and
science of dentistry.
This year's celebration was held in the ballroom of the
Blackwell Inn, where the students were welcomed by College
of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson, Director of Admissions Joen Iannucci,
Division of Dental Hygiene Chair Michele Carr, President of the Student
Government Association (Class of 2010) Joshua Melton, and
selected dentistry faculty representatives.
After the formal ceremony, faculty, staff, and students gathered at a
reception on the Blackwell patio, where they were joined by Ohio State
President E. Gordon Gee. Talking with students and welcoming them to
their first year of professional dental education at Ohio State, Gee
said, “Welcome to the university -- and to a great education at
Click here to see the White Coat Ceremony slideshow.
Dr. La'Tonia Stiner (left), with Dean Carole
Anderson (center), and Dr. Canise Bean
College's Second Annual Event Focuses on Making a Dent in Diversity
The College of Dentistry's Office of Community Education
brought together faculty, alumni, and friends at the “Dent in Diversity”
dinner and discussion session on October 28th. This second annual event
united dentistry faculty members and local leaders in community
dentistry who met and discussed new strategies aimed at increasing the
College’s recruitment of minority students.
The event also introduced Dr. La'Tonia Stiner, the College of Dentistry’s
new Director of Minority Student Recruitment. Stiner, a College of Dentistry post-doctoral fellow
from 2006-09, is now an adjunct Professor of Oral Biology. In her role as
Director of Minority Recruitment, Stiner will serve as a mentor and
academic advisor for students in dentistry’s innovative “DentPath
program” which focuses on increasing underrepresented minority
enrollment in the Doctor of Dental Surgery program.
Dean Carole Anderson and Director of Community Education
Canise Bean welcomed
Stiner and the "DentPath" students who joined the College this fall.
"We're very glad indeed to have you here," Bean said, " and we look
forward to sharing your educational experiences and your success in the
College of Dentistry!"
Dr. Angelo Mariotti with Dean Carole Anderson
Division of Periodontology Celebrates 60th
Dentistry’s Division of Periodontology celebrated its 60th
anniversary in October with two days of events that
included a poster session, educational seminars on periodontal treatment planning,
and integrating new therapies into clinical practices.
also featured a reception and dinner at the Blackwell Inn which was
attended by periodontology alumni, Dean Carole Anderson, and Division of
Periodontology Chair Dr. Angelo Mariotti.
Established in 1949, the Division of Periodontology has as its motto,
“tradition, education, and scholarship,” which is demonstrated by the
success of its outstanding alumni, the excellence of its faculty
members, and the high-quality education offered by its pre-doctoral,
post-doctoral, and research programs. Commenting on the division’s
strengths and successes, Dr. Mariotti said, “We’re one of the
oldest of dentistry’s specialties – and we’re one of the best!”
Dentistry's Mobile Dental Coach Brings H.O.P.E. to
The "H.O.M.E. Coach" mobile dental clinic
The College of Dentistry’s mobile dental coach rolled through the streets of Columbus that are home to many
of the city’s poorest residents. The Health Outreach Mobile
Experience (H.O.M.E.) Coach is the centerpiece of an outreach program sponsored the
College of Dentistry’s OHIO Project,
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 H.O.M.E. Coach traveled to the Veterans Memorial
Park on September 19th and set up its clinic in preparation for
of H.O.P.E." (Homeless Outreach Programs and Events) organized by
the Peace Lutheran Church of Columbus.
As the city’s 6th annual
the goal of this year’s
outreach effort was to provide health and dental care to an
estimated 1,000 homeless participants. Medical care was provided by
Mount Carmel Hospital, and health care packets were distributed that
included soap, shampoo, and other essentials. Various business
owners in Columbus donated an array of services that included
haircuts by local professionals, hot meals, and free clothing. The College of Dentistry’s H.O.M.E. Coach staff and
students provided dental services to 21 individuals in
Wendell D. Postle Family Featured in OSU Video
For some people, giving is just a way of life, and that tradition of
giving -- and giving back -- has been a Postle family commitment for
generations. It began with Dr. Wendell D. Postle, an Ohio State
dentistry graduate who became the dean of the College of Dentistry
in 1938 and for whom the building that houses the College of
Dentistry -- Postle Hall -- was named.
Dr. Wendell Postle
Knowing the value and the costs of a dental education inspired the
Postle family to make donations that have helped generations of
dentistry students. Wendell and his wife Helen created The Wendell
D. and Helen R. Postle Scholarship Fund to support students who need
and deserve financial help. Wendell’s son Harry and his
daughter-in-law Margaret also gave funds to create The Harry H. and
Margaret B. Postle Scholarship Fund, which has provided support to
dentistry students for more than 30 years.
Because of their lifelong support of Ohio State's dentistry
students, the Postle family is featured in a video on OSU's
Students Now web site, which showcases one of the university's
campus-wide scholarship initiatives that was introduced by President
E. Gordon Gee in 2008.
Thanking alumni and friends of Ohio State, like the Postle family
whose support helps students start and finish their education at
OSU, President Gee said, "Our profound commitment is to providing
access to Ohio State's excellent educational opportunities. Now more
than ever, we must assure that young people are able to pursue their
dreams, earn a degree, and use their talents to enhance our economy,
our state, and our world."
Click here to read more.
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Dr. Hilary Soller is Inducted as a Fellow of the
American College of Dentists
Dr. Hilary Soller, a clinical associate professor in the
College of Dentistry, was recently inducted as a Fellow
of the American College of Dentists (ACD), whose mission
is the advancement of excellence, ethics,
professionalism, and leadership in dentistry.
As a Fellow of the ACD, Soller joins an elite group of
dentistry professionals. “I’m very honored to have been
selected for fellowship by the ACD. Recognition by one’s
peers of the work you do each day is gratifying and
humbling,” Soller said.
Soller holds a bachelor’s degree and a certificate in
dental hygiene from The Ohio State University, and she
received her D.D.S. (doctor of dental surgery) degree
from the Case Western Reserve University School of
Dentistry in 1985. She joined the College of Dentistry as a
faculty member later that same year. Soller focuses on
early clinical education and community service.
Currently, she serves as Chair of the Dental Faculty
Council, Assistant Director of the
Director of EFDA Continuing Education, and Director of
the D.D.S. Early Clinic Curriculum.
Drs. Larsen and McGlumphy Present
Guest Lectures at ASDA Meeting
College of Dentistry professors Peter Larsen,
of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and
Edwin McGlumphy, Director of Implant Prosthodontics,
were invited lecturers at the
American Student Dental
Association (ASDA) “Steel City Dental Expo,” sponsored
on October 22nd by the University of Pittsburgh’s School
of Dental Medicine.
As keynote speakers for this annual event, Dr. Larsen
(left in photo) and Dr. McGlumphy
presented lectures to more than 300 students, faculty
members, and residents in the School of Dental Medicine.
Their discussion included an array of topics related to their combined areas of
expertise that include evaluating the efficacy of
various implant systems, the use of implants in
compromised settings, and
general aspects of successful pre- and post-doctoral
Dr. La'Tonia Stiner Appointed as
Director of Minority Recruitment
The College of Dentistry recently welcomed Dr. La’Tonia M. Stiner as
Director of Minority Student
Recruitment. Stiner is an adjunct Assistant Professor of
Oral Biology who joined the College of Dentistry as a
postdoctoral fellow (2006-09), working with Associate
Dean of Research
Dr. John Sheridan, in the
Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC)
In her current role as Director of Minority Recruitment,
Stiner's goals include establishing connections with
minority students who are interested in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields,
while also promoting dentistry and its specialties as a
career path for students from underrepresented
“I’m proud to have been offered this position in the
College of Dentistry,” Stiner said. “It’s an honor and a
privilege to have the opportunity to pursue my passion
for diversity, outreach, and for research.”
Please welcome Dr. La'Tonia Stiner to the College of
Dentistry, and feel free to contact her at
Dr. Abdel Mohammad Speaks at World
Dental Congress and Leads New Dental Education
Dr. Abdel R. Mohammad, Professor and Director of
Geriatric Dentistry and Community Outreach Programs in
the College of Dentistry, was a guest speaker in
September at the
2009 FDI (Federation Dentale
Internationale) Annual World Dental Congress in
Singapore. A recognized authority on geriatric dentistry
and the concomitant health care needs of elderly
patients, Dr. Mohammad is the author of a foundational
textbook, Geriatric Dentistry: A Clinical Guidebook,
which is now in its 5th edition.
As the author of more than 100 scholarly publications on
geriatric dentistry, Dr. Mohammad has served as an
external curriculum evaluator for the Suez Canal
University’s dentistry program, and he was recently
asked to develop a geriatric dentistry education and
treatment program for the National University of
Singapore. Working closely with Dr. Tan B. Keson, the
Faculty Dean of Dentistry at the University of
Singapore, Professor Mohammad will develop a model for a
comprehensive geriatric dentistry education
program for the University of Singapore’s school of
dentistry. The model will be based on the College of Dentistry’s
geriatric dentistry treatment, education, and outreach
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SRG Selects Tharon Smith 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
identify and pursue their research interests. The organization also
recognizes outstanding student research projects by selecting a "student
researcher of the month."
D4 student Tharon Smith was recently selected as SRG's student
researcher of the month for a project he conducted using
“cone-beam CT” diagnostic imaging for the examination of alveolar bone structure
changes that occur after orthodontic treatments. Working
Sun, a professor in the Division of Orthodontics, Smith's
research goal is to answer the question of whether or not alveolar bone can
be accurately assessed with cone-beam (CBCT) imaging when the thickness
of the bone is reduced to a level that is close to the cone-beam's imaging
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Reunion Weekend Brings Alumni Back to Campus!
The College of Dentistry's Alumni Reunion and Tailgate Weekend on September
11th and 12th was another fun-filled event that brought more than 500
alumni back to campus for the weekend.
from the classes of 1959, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, and
2004 gathered at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center in Columbus for
individual class reunion receptions, and a gala dinner where they
reconnected with classmates, faculty, friends, and fellow Buckeyes.
The next day -- Saturday, September 12th -- featured the Alumni Tailgate
in the courtyard adjacent to Postle Hall from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.,
followed by the OSU vs. USC football game. A good time was had by all at
this gathering that included alumni and their families, dentistry faculty
members, staff and students. Thanks to all who joined us for this
weekend of alumni reunion events!
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Office of Research
Announces New "Seed Grant" Recipients
The College of Dentistry’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. Recipients of seed grant funding for the
fall quarter (2009) are Dr. Binnaz Leblebicioglu, Lisa Christian, Ph.D.,
and Dr. Zongyang Sun.
Dr. Binnaz Leblebicioglu
D.D.S., Ph.D., and Lisa Christian, Ph.D., received funding
for their research project, Immune Function Primed by
Stress and Periodontal Disease during Pregnancy. Dr.
Leblebicioglu holds a D.D.S. degree from Istanbul
University (Turkey). She also received an M.S. degree in
periodontology and a Ph.D. in oral biology
from The Ohio State University, where she has served as
an assistant professor of periodontics since 2003. A
Diplomate of the American Board of Periodontology, Dr.
Leblebicioglu’s research specialty focuses on signal
transduction in periodontal/peri-implant pathogenesis
and wound healing.
Professor Lisa Christian
Christian, Ph.D., is
an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology,
Obstetrics & Gynecology in the College of Medicine, and
she is an associate member of Ohio State’s
Behavioral Medicine Research. Professor Christian’s
primary research focus is perinatal
psychoneuroimmunology, which is the study of
interactions between psychological processes and the
nervous and immune systems of the human body during the
phases of gestation and giving birth.
Dr. Zongyang Sun
Division of Orthodontics professor
received seed grant funding for his research on
Alveolar Bone Loss and Functional Mechanics. Dr. Sun
holds a dental degree from the West China University of
Medical Sciences (Chengdu, China), and he received a
Ph.D. in oral biology from the University of Washington
(Seattle) in 2007.
Dr. Sun’s primary research interest is in
craniofacial growth and adaptation in response to
mechanical loading. His research involves cranial
sutures, mandibular osteodistraction sites, craniofacial
periosteum, and the dental alveolus. Dr. Sun is a board
certified orthodontist, an active reviewer for the
American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial
Orthopedics, and he is a graduate faculty member in
the Division of Oral Biology in the College of
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DSAC Announces Rho-Sigma Award Winners
The Dental Staff Advisory Committee (DSAC) recently
announced Robert Harris and Dalandrea Whiteside as
recipients of the College of Dentistry’s Rho-Sigma staff
excellence awards, which are presented monthly to
outstanding staff members.
Rho-Sigma recipients Dalandrea Whiteside (right) and Robert Harris
Robert Harris (Treasurer, Dental Faculty Practice) and
Dalandrea Whiteside (Dental Assistant, Division of
Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry) were honored with
these awards that recognize their professionalism and
their “pleasant demeanor that has a positive effect on
the College.” Harris and Whiteside each received
certificates of recognition, and they were invited
guests at a DSAC breakfast celebration held in their
To nominate Rho-Sigma award recipients, please contact:
Dental Faculty Practice Welcomes Tim
Rumfield as Director
On October 1st, Tim Rumfield joined the College of
Dentistry as the Director of the
Practice. Rumfield graduated from Shawnee State
University in 1993 with a B.A. degree in social science,
and he holds dual master’s degrees in sociology and
health administration from Ohio University.
Throughout his professional career, Rumfield has served
as an administrator in the Pike County General Health
District, where he promoted county programs and
services, and managed the district’s $2.4 million dollar
budget. Joining The Ohio State University’s Medical
Center in 2001, Rumfield was a Division Administrator
for the Department of Internal Medicine’s Digestive
Health Division, and later, the Division of
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. In that
role, Rumfield was responsible for daily operations
management, business planning and development, and
personnel management, as well as faculty recruitment,
procurement, and credentialing compliance.
Please welcome Tim Rumfield to the College of
Dentistry, and feel free to reach him at
Dentistry Helps Those
in Need through "Bucks for Charity"
Bucks for Charity Drive is underway now in the College of Dentistry!
A university-wide effort that gives students, faculty, and staff a
chance to donate to organizations that provide assistance and services
to the needy in our communities, the Bucks for Charity drive runs
through December 11 and aims to raise $1,225,000.
Thanks to faculty, staff and students who made donations and
participated in a recent “bake sale” and “hot dog” lunch, the College of
Dentistry has raised more than $500.00 for those in need. Mark your
calendars now and join these fund-raising events that show the
generosity of the Buckeye spirit!
Don't miss the chili competition and bake sale!
November 12: Campeonato del Chile! (Chili
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Canteen
Taste of chili = $0.25; Bowl of chili = $1.50
November 19: Bake Sale
8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Featuring homemade cookies, cupcakes and assorted pastries!
Located in the hallway between room 1187 and the Dean's office
Friday, December 4: Silent Auction
An array of items available for the highest bids – and all for a
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room 3089 B
Questions? Contact this year’s campaign chairs:
Candace Brown, Human Resources
Shannon Prince, Clinic Administration
Dr. Stan Sharples, Assistant
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November 12: Bucks for Charity's Chili
Championship: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Postle Hall
November 19: Bake Sale for Bucks for Charity:
8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the first floor hallway
between room 1187 and the dean's office; contact:
December 4: Silent Auction for Bucks for
11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 3089 B; contact:
Continuing Dental Education
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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. All courses will be held at the
Blackwell Inn on the OSU campus. For more information, contact:
FREE Online CE (2 CEUs)
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