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        September-October 2010

College News

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College of Dentistry Alumni Magazine Available Online

In September, more than 10,000 alumni received a copy of the College of Dentistry Alumni Magazine 2008-2009. The magazine, which includes more than 60 pages of photos and news items that showcase the achievements of faculty, staff, students, and alumni, is a publication that has something for everyone.

Click here to view the magazine online, or request a hard copy by sending your name and mailing address to: OSU College of Dentistry; Marketing and Communications; 1198 Postle Hall; 305 W. 12th Avenue; Columbus, Ohio 43210.

Questions or comments? We welcome your feedback! Please send your comments and suggestions to:


College Welcomes New Classes in Annual White Coat Ceremony

On September 20th, the College of Dentistry's new dental hygiene and dental students received their official welcome to the College at the annual White Coat Ceremony.

The event marks the beginning of the professional educational experience of the members of the Dental Class of 2014 and the Dental Hygiene Class of 2013. 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.

More than 500 friends and family members attended the ceremony in the grand ballroom at Ohio State's Blackwell Inn. Guest speakers included dentistry's Dean Carole Anderson, Director of Admissions Joen Iannucci, Chair of Dental Hygiene Michele Carr, and Student Government Association President Ben Basset. Students, family and friends, and other guests enjoyed a reception immediately after the ceremony.
Click here to view the White Coat Ceremony slideshow.


Cultural Awareness Council Presents
Episode Seven of Unnatural Causes: "Bad Sugar"

Dentistry's faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the Cultural Awareness Council and Dr. Canise Bean, director of the Office of Community Education, for a screening and discussion of Episode Seven of the PBS documentary series, "Unnatural Causes: is inequality making us sick?"

Episode seven, titled "Bad Sugar," examines the prevalence of diabetes in native American communities in southern Arizona, with the goal of uncovering potential explanations for the high rates of this disease. A discussion facilitated by Dr. Bean will follow the 29-minute presentation.

Date: Thursday, November 18th
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
(Second showing: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.)
Location: Room 1187, Postle Hall

Lunch is available to a limited number: Please RSVP to by November 11th at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call 614-247-8064.


Implant Clinic Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On October 22nd and 23rd, the College of Dentistry's Implant Clinic celebrated its 25th anniversary. Dentistry alumni from fifteen states and six countries returned to Ohio State's campus for the celebration that was held at the new Ohio Union.

The two-day event featured lectures by Drs. Jay Malmquist and Burt Melton. A plaque commemorating the 25th anniversary was dedicated  during the festivities, and that event was followed by a reception. The next day, attendees rounded out the celebration with a football tailgate to root for the Buckeyes' win over Purdue.



Faculty News

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Dr. Paul Casamassimo Featured on Columbus' Channel 10 TV

Dr. Paul Casamassimo is a College of Dentistry professor of pediatric dentistry, and the Chief of Dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. In a recent interview aired on Columbus’ Channel 10 TV News, Casamassimo was asked to comment on the results of a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, which found that one out of five American children do not receive necessary oral health care.

Casamassimo says the problems associated with inadequate oral health care for children can affect their overall health and growth. “We know that children with severe tooth decay don’t eat and don’t gain weight as they should. Or they go the other way and eat too many foods that are high in calories and low in nutrition. It all affects their behavior and their learning ability.”

As a practicing pediatric dentist, Casamassimo is active in Ohio-based legislative initiatives aimed at increasing funding for children’s health care programs, and he is a frequent participant in the College of Dentistry’s OHIO Project outreach programs that provide dental care and education for underserved children in Columbus.

Dr. Casamassimo received his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the Georgetown University School of Dentistry, with specialty training in pediatric dentistry from the University of Iowa. An inductee in the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Scotland, Casamassimo is also a past recipient of the Manuel M. Album Award, and he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.


Dr. Henry Fields Receives Distinguished Dentist Award

Dr. Henry Fields, a College of Dentistry professor and current chair of the Division of Orthodontics, is this year's recipient of the Ohio Dental Association’s (ODA) Distinguished Dentist Award. The highest honor bestowed by the ODA, this award was presented on September 24th at the 144th ODA Annual Session.

Dr. Fields holds a D.D.S. degree (1973) and an M.S. degree in pediatric dentistry (1975) from the University of Iowa. He also completed a second M.S. degree in dentistry from the University of Washington in 1977, just prior to accepting a faculty position at the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry.

In 1991, Fields joined Ohio State as dean of the College of Dentistry, a position he held for 10 years. Serving as an administrator, an instructor, and as a practicing dentist, Fields is also a member of the Department of Dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Recognized for his outstanding career as a dental practitioner and a scholar, Fields has held numerous leadership positions in dentistry-related organizations. He is a former president of the Ohio Dental Association (2007-08), and he has served on the American Dental Association (ADA) Council on Dental Education and Licensure.

Fields expressed his gratitude at being chosen for the Distinguished Dentist Award. “There are a number of people who are worthy of this kind of thing,” he said. “I’ve been around a long time, and I’m glad people appreciate some of what I’ve done.”
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Dr. Canise Bean Joins Fellows of Pierre Fauchard Academy

Dentistry professor and Director of the Office of Community Education Canise Bean was recently inducted as a Fellow of the Pierre Fauchard Academy. This international honorary dental society focuses on influencing the dentistry profession by recognizing the highest levels of achievement as demonstrated by professional excellence, integrity, and ethical behavior.

Fellows of the Fauchard Academy are members of the American Dental Association or comparable international organizations, and they are inducted by invitation only. As a Fauchard Academy Fellow, Dr. Bean is honored for her “contributions to the art and science of dentistry, and for her dedication to service within the profession and around the world.”

A faculty member in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry and the Director of the College of Dentistry’s Oral Health Improvement through Outreach (OHIO) Project, Dr. Bean has been instrumental in creating and implementing an array of innovative oral health improvement programs for underserved adults and children throughout the state of Ohio.


Student News

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ASDA, Office of Admissions, and SMS Host "Welcome Picnic" for New Students

The Ohio State University chapter of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA), and the College of Dentistry's Office of Admissions and Sterilization and Monitoring Service hosted its annual "welcome picnic" for the incoming class of 2014.

Held in mid-September, the event offered food and fun, in addition to a competition called the "Postle Amazing Race," which tests the new students' knowledge of the people and places that make up the College of Dentistry. Race participants enjoyed the game that also serves as a learning tool, and the winners took home prizes donated by the Sterilization Monitoring Service.


Student Canteen Renovated and Renamed "College Lounge"

Thanks to a series of renovations approved by the Office of the Dean, dentistry's students are enjoying a newly renovated student lounge and lunch area. Formerly called "the canteen," the bright and airy space is now called the "college lounge."

Complete with a newly equipped kitchenette, a comfortable seating area, and a partitioned space where students can play a game of ping-pong, the lounge offers an attractive space where students can eat, chat with friends, and relax between classes.


"Uganda Dental Initiative Team" Hosts Fundraiser -- November 10th

A group of students from the College of Dentistry will spend their winter break (December 9 -22) in Kampala, Uganda, using their dental skills to treat local residents who have limited access to dental health care.

The students formed a team called the Uganda Dental Initiative Team that will work in conjunction with the Global Youth Partnership for Africa, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. The team currently includes dentistry students Sulekha Abdi, Mahvish Ahmed, Alan Detton, Scott Hudepohl, Elena Lebasie, Joseph Pittman, Jeffrey Salatino, Chad Thorpe, and Jaron Traveller, all of whom are working to raise funds for travel and housing costs, and to gather essential dental supplies for use at the clinic in Kampala.

Join the Silent Auction! On Wednesday, November 10th, the team will host a silent auction fundraiser at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant at 2151 High Street. For more information about this event, contact: or

Make a Donation Online: Tax-deductible donations can be made to the Global Youth Partnership for Africa Dental Immersion Fund. To make a donation online, click on “Donate” under the “GYPA Dental Immersion Fund” and enter Tax ID: 03-0580148.


Alumni News

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Alumni Celebrate 2010 Reunion and Tailgate Weekend

On September 10th, dentistry's alumni and friends gathered at Columbus's Hyatt Regency for cocktails, dinner, and camaraderie at the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend reception. Events included recognition of the "Golden Buckeyes" from the class of 1960 who were honored at a gala dinner that included more than 300 attendees.

The next day, Saturday, featured a tailgate celebration at the new Ohio Union where dentistry alumni, faculty, staff and students cheered the Buckeyes' win over the University of Miami Hurricanes.
Save the Date! 2011 Reunion Weekend festivities are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 9th and 10th. Reunion events will be held for the classes of 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996 and 2001. On Saturday, Ohio State's Buckeyes take on the the University of Toledo Rockets. Mark your calendars now, and make plans to come home to Ohio State!
Questions? Send an e-mail to or call 614-292-9254.
Click here to view the 2010 Reunion & Tailgate Weekend slideshow.

Alumni Reception at the Greater New York Dental Meeting -- December 1st

Join your fellow Buckeyes in New York City's Times Square at the Marriot Marquis Hotel on Wednesday, December 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for our first-ever alumni reception at the Greater New York Dental Meeting

Hosted by the Dental Alumni Society, this event is open to all graduates of the College of Dentistry, and we hope to see you there!

To help with our planning, we'll be glad to know if you're attending this event, and if you’re bringing guests. Please send an e-mail to


Distinguished Alumni Award Nominations Sought

Each year at the Post College Assembly event, the Dental Alumni Society presents its Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominees 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 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, please send a letter of recommendation and a CV for the nominee to Nominations must be submitted by January 14, 2011. All nominations will be considered by the Dental Alumni Society's Board of Governors, which will select the winner.


College of Dentistry's "Historical Remembrance" Book
Available for Holiday Gifts

Copies of A Historical Remembrance are available for purchase now. Written by members of the Dental Alumni Society, this hardcover book tells the story of more than 100 years of dental history in the state of Ohio and here at OSU's College of Dentistry.

Filled with facts and photos, this is a publication that dentistry alumni will enjoy reading and passing along to others. Individual copies are available for $30.00 (plus shipping costs). If you're interested in purchasing this book that will take you on a trip down memory lane, please send an e-mail to, and let us know how many copies you'd like to buy!



Research News


Dr. Scott Herness Publishes Research in Neuroscience

Dr. Scott Herness holds dual appointments as chair of the Division of Oral Biology in the College of Dentistry, and as a professor in the School of Biomedical Science in the College of Medicine.

Herness’s decades of research on the biological mechanisms related to our sense of taste have resulted in an array of prestigious publications that include the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Physiology, Chemical Senses, and Neuroscience. He has also been a featured guest on National Public Radio’s popular programs, All Things Considered and Talk of the Nation: Science Friday.

Working with his research team, Herness examines the cellular and physiological mechanisms that taste receptor cells use to respond to gustatory stimuli in the oral cavity -- and his work has changed the notion of how these cells operate.
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Distinguished Lecture Series Continues with Dr. John Brunski

On October 27th, the College's Office of Research presented a Distinguished Lecture featuring Dr. John B. Brunski, a Senior Research Engineer at Stanford University's School of Medicine - Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Brunski's lecture was titled, "A Look at Mechanobiology of the Bone-Dental Implant Interface: Macro, Micro, and Molecular Views."

Dr. Brunski, who holds a Ph.D. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from Stanford University, conducts research on oral and maxillofacial implants and the bone-implant interface.
To find out more about upcoming lectures, contact:


Staff News

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"Staff Spotlight" Features Clinic Coordinator Carol Holdren

The College of Dentistry's new "staff spotlight" series features quarterly interviews with staff members who are making a difference. The College is privileged to have diverse and talented employees who are committed to their public service mission, to the quality of their work, and to the clients they serve. Each installment of the "staff spotlight" will feature one of these outstanding individuals.

Carol Holdren, a Clinic Coordinator in the Division of Orthodontics, works with faculty, staff, students, and graduate students in the Dentofacial program, which is an interdisciplinary team of orthodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons who treat patient with dentofacial health needs.

As an employee in the College for thirteen years, Carol is a dedicated staff member whose goals include
"ensuring that the clinic runs smoothly and efficiently," and "making a positive impact" on the patients and colleagues with whom she works. In addition to her busy job, Carol recently accomplished one of her lifelong goals, which was completing a Bachelor of Science degree in allied medicine.
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Upcoming Events


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November 5: Dean’s town hall meeting with students; room 1187, Postle Hall; 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

November 10: Silent auction fundraiser for Uganda Dental Initiative Team; Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant; contact: or

November 18: Cultural Awareness Council presents “Bad Sugar;” room 1187, Postle Hall; first showing, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; second showing, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.; contact:

December 1: Alumni reception at the Greater New York Dental Meeting; 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis Hotel; contact:


Continuing Dental Education




November 12: Diagnosis and Emergency Management of Dentoalveolar and Maxillofacial Injuries; This course presents an overview of the scientific foundations for diagnosing and treating dental and maxillofacial injuries in adults and children.

November 19: The Wade Lecture: Answers to Clinical Challenges offers useful mechanics for TAD-assisted treatment, transitional tooth replacement, bracketing and archwire selections, and new developments in Invisalign treatments.

November 27: OSU vs. Michigan CE -- CPR Renewal: Come to The Ohio State University campus to renew your CPR certification -- then join us for the OSU vs. Michigan football game! [Football tickets are not included.]


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November 12: Diagnosis and Emergency Management of Dentoalveolar and Maxillofacial Injuries; This course presents an overview of the scientific foundations for diagnosing and treating dental and maxillofacial injuries in adults and children.

November 19: The Wade Lecture: Answers to Clinical Challenges offers useful mechanics for TAD-assisted treatment, transitional tooth replacement, and more.

November 27: OSU vs. Michigan CE -- CPR Renewal: Come to The Ohio State University campus to renew your CPR certification -- then join us for the OSU vs. Michigan football game! [Football tickets are not included.]




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