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        March 2010

College News

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 Register Now for Post College Assembly 2010!

The 2010 Post College Assembly, held April 29 through May 1, continues a tradition of educational excellence by offering more than 70 continuing education (CE) sessions on an array of topics for today’s dental practitioner. Participants can earn up to eight continuing education units each day -- in one location and for one low price!

This year’s Post College Assembly (PCA) will showcase the College of Dentistry’s faculty experts as they partner with renowned speakers for CE presentations on a variety of subjects that include lasers, periodontics, pharmacology, facial esthetics, cancer and nutrition, orthodontics, anesthetics and more.

Other PCA events this year include the Dean’s Reception, the Dental Alumni and Dental Hygiene Alumni luncheons, as well as student-centered events that feature Recruitment Night, Clinical Excellence Day and the ever-popular DDS Idol.

All PCA events will be held on campus at OSU’s Blackwell Hotel. (Attendees who mention their Post College Assembly participation will receive a special rate for hotel reservations.)

Online registration for CE courses and alumni events is open now at, or call (614) 292-9790 to register by phone or to request a hard-copy registration form.

Come and join us for Post College Assembly’s great continuing education courses, alumni events, and a celebration of the College of Dentistry’s Buckeye Spirit!



Dentistry Partners with James Cancer Center for Free
Head and Neck Cancer Screenings -- April 16

The College of Dentistry is partnering with The Ohio State University’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – which includes the James Cancer Hospital and the Solove Research Institute – to provide free head and neck cancer screenings for all who attend the Friday, April 16 event.

Screenings will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the OSU Medical Center in the Cramblett Medical Clinic. The clinic is located on the 4th floor at 456 W. 10th Avenue (Columbus).

Head and neck cancer symptoms include the following: persistent sore(s) of the mouth; hoarseness lasting longer than three weeks; sore throat that persists for more than six weeks; swelling in the neck that lasts for more than six weeks.

Appointments for a free screening will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Complimentary garage parking will be provided. Call the James Line at 614-293-5066 or 800-293-5066 to make an appointment now!



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

On March 31st, dentistry's Cultural Awareness Council presented 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 second episode of this documentary series titled, Not Just a Paycheck that examines how employment policies and job insecurity affect our health. The event also included a facilitated discussion by OSU College of Social Work professor Linda Ginzer.



Campus Campaign Runs through April 30th

The Ohio State University Campus Campaign is an annual, campus-wide fundraising initiative that brings together the university community.

Since its beginning in 1985, the Campus Campaign has evolved into one of the most successful faculty and staff campaigns in the nation.

As of April 6th, the College of Dentistry reached it's highest participation ever with 43% of faculty and staff donating to funds of their choice. This year's plan is to reach 50% by April 30th, so plenty of time remains to help the College meet this goal!

In addition to the many donation options that exist for faculty and staff, the College will sponsor a silent auction on April 28th that will benefit the Dental Care Emergency Fund, which assists patients who need emergency care, but are unable to pay for services.

Please join us for this event that supports a worthwhile cause!

What: A Silent Auction
When: Wednesday, April 28
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (actual bids collected)
Location: room 3089-B, Boucher Conference Room (Postle Hall)

By supporting the areas of the university that mean the most to them, faculty and staff make a significant impact on many of the projects, programs, research, and scholarship funds that make Ohio State a great place to work, learn, and grow!



Offices of Alumni Affairs and Development Return to Postle Hall

Formerly housed off-campus, the College of Dentistry’s Offices of Development and Alumni Affairs have returned to Postle Hall and are now located in the east section on the third floor. Please feel free to visit the alumni affairs and development teams in their new offices, or get in touch by phone at 614-292-9254 or e-mail:

~Senior Director of Development Mike Kessler: room 3166; 614-247-8621

~Development Director Thomas Dauber: room 3143; 614-292-9714

~Development Director Rachel Childress: room 3139; 614-292-9307

~Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs Kate Charlesworth-Miller: room 3139; 614-292-9046

~Program Coordinator Penny Moyer: room 3143; 614-292-9254


Faculty News

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Drs. Rosenstiel, Holloway, and Peregrina Join Leadership of the AAFP

Dr. Rosenstiel

Dr. Peregrina

Dr. Holloway

College of Dentistry professors Stephen Rosenstiel, Julie Holloway, and Alejandro Peregrina have been chosen for leadership positions in the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics (AAFP).

Established in 1951, the AAFP is an organization that is “dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge, excellence, and the highest ethical standards within the dental discipline of fixed prosthodontics.”

Throughout 2010-11, Dr. Rosenstiel will serve as the president of AAFP. Dr. Holloway will be the organization’s web master, and Dr. Peregrina will serve as chair of the exhibits committee.


Dr. Abdel Mohammad Featured in OSU Alumni Magazine

In the March-April (2010) issue of The Ohio State University Alumni Magazine, Dr. Abdel Mohammad was featured for his work in geriatric dentistry that provides dental care to patients throughout Appalachia.

A Professor and the Director of Geriatric Dentistry and Community Outreach Programs in the College of Dentistry, Dr. Mohammad is a recognized authority on geriatric dentistry and the concomitant health care needs of elderly patients. He is the author of a foundational textbook, Geriatric Dentistry: A Clinical Guidebook, and he speaks at national and international conferences on geriatric and community-based dentistry.


Student News

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Byungdo (Brian) Han Wins 2010 DENTSPLY/Caulk Research Competition

D2 student Bygundo (Brian) Han was recently chosen as the Basic Science first-place winner of the 2010 DENTSPLY/Caulk Student Research Group Award Competition held by the American Association for Dental Research.

As the first-place winner for his original research, Endostatin Inhibits Tyrosine Phosphorylation in Oral Squamous Carcinoma Cells, Han received a cash prize and an award presented at the 2010 ADEA Annual Session and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.



Dentistry Students Give "Practice Connection" Donation

College of Dentistry students Rajan Sheth, Dan Kelley and Kevin Snyder worked together in 2008 to develop the Practice, a web-based job search tool that helps connect dental students and graduates with practicing dentists who seek partners and staff for their practices.

Having made a commitment to give a portion of their profits from the Practice Connection to the College of Dentistry, Kelley, Snyder and Sheth presented their second donation check in the amount of $576.97 to dentistry's Dean Carole Anderson on March 5th.

The donation will be dedicated to the OSU College of Dentistry Student Development Fund, and the hope was expressed by Sheth, Kelley and Snyder that future donations would be even larger.
Click here to read more.

ASDA Buckeye Dental Expo -- Scheduled for April 12!

The College of Dentistry's chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) invites ASDA members and dentistry's faculty and students to attend the first-ever ASDA Buckeye Dental Expo!

Held at the Fawcett Center near the OSU campus, the event features a lecture presentation, a vendor fair with give-away items, and a reception with food and beverages for all attendees.

Lecture Presentation: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
George Kushner, D.M.D. will present a lecture titled, Complications in Dentistry. Dr. Kushner is an associate professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at the University of Louisville. [Sponsored by The Transitions Group.]

Vendor Fair: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
More than 60 vendors attending: P&G, Benco, Dentsply, Colgate, Practice Impact, Henry Schein, Kodak PracticeWorks -- and more!

Reception: 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
All faculty and students are welcome to attend this reception with free food and beverages. ASDA members also will be eligible to win raffle prizes that include an LCD television, a Wii game console, and a GPS system.

Questions? Click here to find out more, or contact ASDA President Sunny Pahouja.


DDS Idol Returns April 30th!

On Friday, April 30th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Fawcett Center, the College of Dentistry's popular DDS Idol event returns for its sixth season!

Each year since 2005, the College has held its own version of American Idol, called DDS Idol, which showcases the singing and songwriting talents of dental and dental hygiene students who compete for cash prizes.

 Click here to find out more about this fun-filled event!



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 614-292-9254, or e-mail



Save the Date!
 Alumni Reception in Orlando, Florida -- June 11

The Ohio State University College of Dentistry will host an alumni reception on Friday, June 11th in conjunction with the Florida National Dental Convention.

Please mark your calendars now! Invitations and detailed information will arrive by mail.



2010 Upcoming Alumni Events

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


Memorial Celebration for Dr. Kenneth Joseph Hines -- April 10

Dr. Kenneth Joseph Hines, II, was a 2008 alumnus of the College of Dentistry who passed away unexpectedly in September 2009. Serving as a role model for other dental students, Joe is remembered as a class leader and an individual with the potential to make a difference in the dentistry profession.

Please join us Saturday, April 10th as we honor Dr. Hines' life and legacy at a Tree Dedication Ceremony and Memorial Celebration.

For more information, please contact:




Research News


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Dr. Charles Shuler (left) with Associate Dean of Research John Sheridan

The Office of Research Presents a
Distinguished Lecture

The College of Dentistry’s Office of Research presented a distinguished lecture April 7th, featuring 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, presented a lecture titled, When Oral Biology and Clinical Dentistry Collide: Bisphosphonates and Osteonecrosis of the Jaw, which discussed clinical presentations of osteonecrosis and its linkage to the use of bisphosphonate medications.

For more information about the distinguished lecture series, contact:


Staff News

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Kristen Schoeff Joins Dental Staff Advisory Council

Kristen Schoeff, an Information Associate and Assistant to the Director of Student Affairs, was recently elected as a member of the Dental Staff Advisory Council (DSAC), which serves as an advocacy group for fair and consistent staff policies in the College.

Kristen has been an Ohio State University employee for four years, serving first in the student dental clinics before transitioning to her current position in the dean’s office. Her current responsibilities include providing general information for faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as assisting with student orientations and other events sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs. As a DSAC member, Kristen will serve a three-year term.

To find out more about DSAC, please contact:


HR Director Graciela Chanfrau Joins College

Ms. Graciela Chanfrau
recently joined the College of Dentistry as Director of Human Resources. An attorney with extensive experience as a senior human resources professional, Ms. Chanfrau previously served as the Director of Human Resources for the Ohio Education Association, and as Vice President for Human Resources at iQor, a privately-owned global corporation.

Please welcome Graciela Chanfrau as dentistry's Director of Human Resources, and feel free to contact her at:


DSAC Announces Rho-Sigma Award Winners

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

Chantal Moore (Senior Dental Assistant, Graduate Endodontics) and Scott Burch (Account Clerk, Business Office) were honored with these awards that recognize their professionalism and their “pleasant demeanor that has a positive effect on the College.”

Moore and Burch 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:


Join the Official College of Dentistry "Race for the Cure" Team!

The College of Dentistry is sponsoring an official team for this year's Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer scheduled for Saturday, May 15, 2010.

Registration for team members ends April 23rd, so register today at and choose the "OSU Dentistry" team! For more information, please contact Maria Gentile at



Upcoming Events


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April 10: Kenneth Joseph Hines memorial celebration; contact:

April 12: ASDA Buckeye Dental Expo; 1:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the Fawcett Center; contact:

April 16: FREE head and neck cancer screenings; 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the OSU Medical Center Cramblett Medical Clinic; call 614-293-5066 or 800-293-5066 to make an appointment.

April 28: Campus Campaign silent auction; 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in room 3089-B (Postle Hall); 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:

May 15: Dentistry team joins Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure; please visit

June 11: Alumni reception held at the Florida National Dental Convention; 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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