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        January-February 2010

College News

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 Post College Assembly Registration -- Now Open!

The 66th Annual Post College Assembly (PCA) will be held April 29th - May 1st. Continuing a tradition of educational excellence, this year’s PCA offers more than 70 continuing education (CE) sessions on an array of topics for today’s dental practitioner. Participants can earn up to eight CE units each day -- in one location and for one low price!

New Kick-off Event: April 29th, 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. This year's PCA features a kick-off event for all participants that includes a welcome address by Dean Carole Anderson and a lecture by Douglas Young, D.D.S. and Associate Professor at the University of the Pacific. [All participants will receive CE credit for this opening session.]


Clinical Excellence Day Poster Sessions: April 29th, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m. Clinical Excellence Day will take place in conjunction with PCA this year. Each student participant will present clinical case study posters. Alumni who attend both poster presentations will receive 2 hours of CE credit.

Recruitment Night: April 29th, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Join us for Recruitment Night as third - and fourth- year dental and dental hygiene students meet and talk one-on-one with alumni and potential employers.


Other PCA events will include alumni celebrations with the Dean’s Reception, as well as the Dental Alumni and the Dental Hygiene Alumni luncheons.

This year's Post College Assembly will be held at Ohio State's Blackwell Inn. Please make your hotel reservations by Monday, March 29th to receive the special OSU rate.


Dentistry’s Cultural Awareness Council Presents “Unnatural Causes” Series

On February 24th, dentistry's faculty, staff, and students joined Dean Carole Anderson and the Cultural Awareness Council for a screening and discussion of the acclaimed PBS documentary, "In Sickness and in Wealth," which examines the causes of socio-economic and racial inequities in health that exist throughout the U.S.

The event featured the first episode of this documentary series, and Dean Anderson facilitated a discussion following the 57-minute program. The next episode titled, Not Just a Paycheck, will be presented March 31st from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  [Location TBD.] For more information, please contact: or call 614-247-8064.



Faculty News

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Dr. John Kalmar Joins ADA Council on Scientific Affairs

Dentistry’s Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery John Kalmar has been appointed to the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs Advisory Committee that examines osteonecrosis of the jaw.

As a council member, Dr. Kalmar joins a select group of health experts from such institutions as the University of Iowa's College of Dentistry, Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, and the Mayo Clinic's Dental Specialties Department. This gathering of medical experts comprises an Advisory Committee that will monitor current scientific literature with the purpose of gathering new information related to medication-associated osteonecrosis of the jaw.

Dr. Kalmar and the other Advisory Committee members will review medical policies that relate to dental evaluations that precede treatments for osteonecrotic jaw conditions, and they will collaborate on the development of periodic ADA Council reports on this topic.

A Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Kalmar also serves on the Research and Scientific Affairs Committee for the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, and he holds a position on the editorial Board of Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Endodontics.


Student News

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Joseph Mess Wins ADEA/Johnson & Johnson Scholarship

D4 student Joseph Mess was recently chosen as a 2010 recipient of the American Dental Education Association's Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Preventive Dentistry Scholar award.

As an ADEA/Johnson & Johnson scholarship winner, Joseph Mess is one of just twelve dentistry students nationwide who receive these awards that are presented annually to predoctoral students who demonstrate academic excellence in preventive dentistry.

Scholarship recipients are given a cash award for use in their professional dental studies. The awards for 2010 were presented March 2nd at the 2010 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.


SRG Selects Amy Hufnagle 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."

Amy R. Hufnagle, a graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in oral biology, was selected as the January student researcher of the month. Hufnagle works closely with Dr. Michael Bailey, a faculty member in the College of Dentistry’s Division of Oral Biology.

Hufnagle’s current research focuses on finding the mechanism for heightened inflammation produced by treatment of Citrobacter rodentium-infected intestinal epithelial cells with the stress-induced hormone corticosterone.


MandiBall Celebration was an "Odonto Blast!"

The College of Dentistry’s Student Government Association (SGA) presented its annual MandiBall celebration on February 12th at the Columbus Atheneum on North Fourth Street. All students, faculty, staff, and alumni were invited to attend this annual event that promised to be an “Odonto Blast!”

Sponsored by the SGA and the Dental Alumni Society, this year’s event featured music, hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet buffet, drinks and dancing, and a raffle for door prizes. The event was attended by dentistry’s Dean Carole Anderson and Ohio State’s President E. Gordon Gee. Special thanks to all faculty, staff and students who supported this event!

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"Build-A-Snowman" Competition Winners Announced!

The first College of Dentistry “Build-A-Snowman” student competition took place on the lawn outside Postle Hall on February 10th, after several days of heavy snow blanketed the campus area.

All students in the dental and dental hygiene classes were invited to participate in this 50-minute snow sculpture competition. The Dental Class of 2013 created a massive molar complete with a Class II prep. The Dental Class of 2012 created a mandible with two canine teeth, and the dental hygiene class of 2011 created a snow princess sculpture titled, “Cinderella goes to the Mandiball."

Under the direction of Dr. Julie Holloway, several post-doc students in the Advanced Prosthodontics Residency Program created a colossal maxillary denture that won the competition. The sculpture also garnered attention from both The Lantern and Channel 10 News.

Sponsored by the Sterilization Monitoring Service and the Office of Admissions, the first annual "Let it Snow"  build-a-snowman competition was one of a series of events created to provide students, faculty and staff with memorable and positive experiences in the College of Dentistry.


Alumni News

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Register Online for Post College Assembly Alumni Events Now!

Dentistry’s annual Post College Assembly (PCA) has reunited OSU’s dental alumni since 1939, and that tradition continues as dentistry’s faculty, students, alumni, and friends gather at the Blackwell Inn from April 29 - May 1 for continuing education, social events, and alumni gatherings.

Please join your fellow alumni for the Dean’s Reception on Thursday evening, and on Friday at the general meeting of the Dental Alumni Society, and the Dental Alumni and Dental Hygiene Alumni luncheons. [The 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award will be presented at the Dental Alumni Luncheon.]

Online registration is open now at:

To find out more about continuing education events, contact:; For more information about alumni events at PCA, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 614-293-0571, or e-mail



Share Your News with Your Fellow Alumni!

Have you received an award?
Accepted a new position?
Are you newly married or proud new parents?

Please send your class notes and photos to: Be sure to include your full name and graduation year!

[Class notes submitted may be used in future College of Dentistry marketing and alumni publications.]


Upcoming Alumni Events for 2010

Save the date for alumni reunions – September 10th and 11th: If you’re in a reunion class (’60, ’65, ’70, ’75, ’80, ’85, ’90, ’95), please join us for Alumni Weekend 2010. Your class chairs will contact you with details about our plans for private receptions for each class at the Hyatt Regency Convention Center, followed by a gala dinner. The next day, the Alumni Tailgate will kick off at the new Ohio Union, as the Buckeyes host the Miami Hurricanes. We hope to see you there!


Football Ticket Lottery: We're running a lottery again this year for Reunion Weekend football tickets to the OSU versus Miami game!

All alumni who are members of both the Dental Alumni Society and The Ohio State University Alumni Association, and who do not receive tickets to the OSU-Miami game from any other source (such as the President's Club, Buckeye Club, OSUAA ticket lottery, staff tickets, or longtime season ticket holders) will receive an application for the lottery by early summer.

Additional football ticket lottery information will be coming soon! Please note: You must be a member of BOTH the Dental Alumni Society AND The Ohio State University Alumni Association by June 1, 2010 to qualify for the lottery.

Questions? Call 614-293-0571, or e-mail



ADA reception in Orlando, Florida: On Sunday, October 10, we welcome alumni to join us for an Alumni Reception held in conjunction with the ADA Annual Session in Orlando.

The reception is tentatively scheduled for the Hard Rock Hotel, a Universal Studios and ADA partner hotel located within easy walking distance of the annual session events at the Orange County Convention Center. ADA-sponsored shuttles to and from the Convention Center are readily available and convenient.

Please let us know if you’ll be joining us -- and we'll look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, please call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 614-293-0571, or send an e-mail to We’re here to serve you!


Research News


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26th Annual Research Day Winners Announced

The College of Dentistry’s 26th Annual Research Day featured dental and dental hygiene students, post-doctoral and Ph.D. students, residents, and fellows who presented abstracts on an array of cutting-edge research topics. Originally planned for February 16th, the event was rescheduled for February 24th, due to a rare snow day closure of The Ohio State University campus.

Posters were displayed on the fourth floor of Postle Hall as researchers presented their findings for faculty members, guests, and judges.

The following recipients were chosen as winners of the 2010 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research for their innovative projects:

1st place Dental Student Award - Yirae Kang
“A Comparison of Histology and Micro-CT Evaluations for Regenerated Bone”

2nd place Dental Student Award - Matthew Mason
“Contributions of Ethnicity to Composition of the Supragingival Biofilm”

3rd place Dental Student Award - James Heaton
“Reliability of Resin Cement Try-In Shades in Color Determination”

1st place Graduate Student Award - Heidi Snider
“OX40L Mediates Susceptibility to Chronic L. Donovani Infection”

2nd place Graduate Student Award - Letitia Randall
“Bone Remodeling in Maxila and Mandible of Skeletally Immature Dogs”

Post Doctoral Fellow Award - Meng Tong
“Epithelial-to-Endothelial Transition: An Epithelial Phenotypic Modulation Facilitating Oral-Squamous-Cell Carcinoma Progression”

CTSA Best Clinical & Translational Abstract - Michael Trimarchi
“Social Stress Effects on Asthma: A Role for Osteopontin”



Dr. Charles Shuler Presents a Distinguished Lecture – April 7

The College of Dentistry’s Distinguished Lecture Series presents Dr. Charles F. Shuler, Dean of Dentistry at the University of British Columbia. Shuler, who holds a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago and a D.M.D. degree from Harvard University, focuses his research on clinical presentations of osteonecrosis of the jaw and its linkage to the use of bisphosphonate medications.

Dr. Shuler’s lecture is titled, "When Oral Biology and Clinical Dentistry Collide: Bisphosphonates and Osteonecrosis of the Jaws.” The presentation will be held April 7th from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in room 1183 Postle Hall. (Lunch is provided.)

For more information about this event, contact:


Staff News

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DSAC Announces Rho-Sigma Award Winners

The Dental Staff Advisory Committee (DSAC) recently announced Victoria Rexford and Kenneth Herman as recipients of the College of Dentistry’s Rho-Sigma staff excellence awards, which are presented monthly to outstanding staff members.

Victoria Rexford (Dental Assistant in Restorative Prosthodontics) and Kenneth Herman (Research Assistant in Oral Biology) were honored with these awards that recognize their professionalism and their “pleasant demeanor that has a positive effect on the College.”

Rexford and Herman 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:


Upcoming Events


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March 31: The Cultural Awareness Council presents a feature film, Not Just a Paycheck; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., location TBD. Contact:

April 7: The Office of Research presents a distinguished lecture; 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in room 1183 Postle Hall. Contact:

April 29 - May 1: Post College Assembly 2010 offers continuing education (CE) courses and alumni events. For CE information, contact:; for alumni events, contact:

April 30: DDS Idol returns for its sixth year! Held at the Fawcett Center auditorium, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.; contact:



Continuing Dental Education




April 29 – May 1: Post College Assembly 2010 offers more than 70 continuing education (CE) sessions on an array of topics for today’s dental practitioner. CE courses include caries management, radiography, local anesthesia, pharmacology, practice management, lasers, and more.

June 12: Advanced Duties for the Dental Assistant offers training in coronal polishing for certification, and training for certification in the proper application of dental sealants.

June 25-26: AGD Mastership Program-Invisalign Symposium provides participants with the clinical and operational training necessary to begin treating a broad range of patients with Invisalign.



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April 29 – May 1: Post College Assembly offers more than 70 continuing education (CE) sessions on an array of topics for today’s dental practitioner.

CE courses include caries management, radiography, local anesthesia, pharmacology, practice management, lasers, and more!

June 12: Advanced Duties for the Dental Assistant offers training in coronal polishing for certification, and training for certification in the proper application of dental sealants.

June 25-26: AGD Mastership Program-Invisalign Symposium provides participants with the clinical and operational training necessary to begin treating a broad range of patients with Invisalign.




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