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        September-October 2009

College News

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White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Dentistry Students!

President E. Gordon Gee with dentistry students from the class of 2013

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 Ohio State!”
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 Anniversary

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.

The celebration 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 Columbus's Homeless

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  "Picnic of H.O.P.E." (Homeless Outreach Programs and Events) organized by the Peace Lutheran Church of Columbus.

As the city’s 6th annual “H.O.P.E.” event, 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 need.

Wendell D. Postle Family Featured in OSU Video

Dr. Wendell Postle
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.

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 First, 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."
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Faculty News

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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.

Dr. 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 OHIO Project, 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, Chair 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 implant education.

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 Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC) program.

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 populations.

“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 or 614-292-1891.

Dr. Abdel Mohammad Speaks at World Dental Congress and Leads New Dental Education Initiative

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 programs.

Student News

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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 Dr. Zongyang 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 threshold.

Alumni News

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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.

Dentistry alumni 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!

Research News

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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

Periodontology professor 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

Lisa 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 Institute of 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 Zongyang Sun 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 Dentistry.

Staff News

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DSAC Announces Rho-Sigma Award Winners

Rho-Sigma recipients Dalandrea Whiteside (right) and Robert Harris
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.

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 honor.

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 Dental Faculty 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 or 614-688-4378.

Dentistry Helps Those in Need through "Bucks for Charity"


The 2009 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 Championship)
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 good cause!
11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Room 3089 B

Contact this year’s campaign chairs:
Candace Brown, Human Resources
Shannon Prince, Clinic Administration
Dr. Stan Sharples, Assistant Clinical Professor

Upcoming Events

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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 canteen; contact:

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 Charity: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 3089 B; 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. All courses will be held at the Blackwell Inn on the OSU campus. For more information, contact:

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.


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


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





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