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        December 2008

Welcome to the College of Dentistry News!

This new electronic publication features updates on recent and upcoming events in the College of Dentistry, as well as faculty, staff, student, alumni and research news.

Each edition will include quick and easy links to current articles on the College homepage, and links to faculty bios, research abstracts, slide shows, videos, and other publications featured in the news items.

We hope you enjoy this e-newsletter, and we welcome your feedback!

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College News

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Delta Dental Gives $450 K to Mobile Dental Clinic

One of the College of Dentistry's slogans is “great smiles begin here,” and thanks to the work done by the College’s mobile dental clinic, called the “H.O.M.E. Coach,” great smiles really do begin when the Coach visits Columbus area elementary schools to provide dental care to the community’s children in need.

Launched in 2005, the H.O.M.E. Coach needed additional funding this year, and that need was met by a donation of $450,000 from the Delta Dental Foundation of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. The gift was officially presented on May 9th at the College of Dentistry’s Annual Post College Assembly, but the celebration of that gift took place on August 28th, at a “back to school” event at Columbus’ Weinland Park Elementary School.

Honored guests at the “back to school” celebration included Interim Dean of the College of Dentistry Carole Anderson, Superintendent of Columbus City Schools Gene Harris, Delta Dental of Ohio’s Marketing President Michael Clark, and Ohio State’s President E. Gordon Gee.

Click to watch video (provided by the Columbus Dispatch)

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Dean Search Update

The search for a new College of Dentistry dean began again in July when the College retained the services of a consulting firm, Isaacson Miller Search Consultants, to assist with the recruitment of candidates.

On August 7th and 8th, representatives from Isaacson Miller visited the College and met with key constituents, including faculty and staff, in an effort to better understand the College’s requirements in terms of qualifications, experience and personal characteristics in those who are chosen as top candidates. Other issues addressed by Isaacson Miller included the primary objectives that the new dean must accomplish, as well as input on potential candidates and recruitment recommendations.

The chair of the search committee, Melvin D. Shipp, Dean of Ohio State’s College of Optometry, recently sent an update to dentistry’s faculty and staff that summarized the current status of the search for candidates as being in the “quiet phase,” with a group of individuals having been identified as qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

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The Volpe Prize

The Division of Periodontology invites students to participate in the biennial Volpe Prize competition for the best clinical research in periodontology by students in dentistry. The competition draws participants from Canada, Mexico, and the continental U.S.

Co-sponsored by OSU’s College of Dentistry and the Colgate-Palmolive Company, the event begins on May 15, 2009 at the Blackwell Hotel. Competition finalists receive a $500 travel grant, and the winner receives the Volpe Prize trophy, a certificate of recognition, and a cash prize of $3,500.



Making a “Dent in Diversity”

Carole Anderson (left) and   Canise Bean (right) with Cheryl Boyce.

The College of Dentistry's Office of Community Education brought together faculty, alumni and friends of the College at a “Dent in Diversity” dinner and discussion session on November 14th to consider new strategies aimed at increasing the College’s recruitment of minority students.

Interim Dean and Vice Provost Carole Anderson, and Director of the Office of Community Education Canise Bean joined keynote speaker Cheryl Boyce, the Executive Director of the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, as they answered questions about how to improve or “make a dent” in the need for increased diversity among the College’s doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) and dental hygiene students.
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White Coat Ceremony Welcomes New Students

On September 24th, 104 new dental students and 33 new dental hygiene students celebrated their dream of becoming a dental professional during the College of Dentistry’s annual White Coat Ceremony. The event was held this year in the ballroom at Ohio State’s Blackwell Hotel, and it was attended by more than 500 friends and relatives of this year’s new students.

The White Coat Ceremony serves as an official welcome into the College of Dentistry, and this year’s event marked the beginning of the professional educational experience of the members of the Dental Class of 2012 and the Dental Hygiene Class of 2011. The coveted white coats, which the students wear proudly at the event, are a visual symbol of their newfound commitment to the art and science of dentistry.

Click here to view White Coat Ceremony photos.


Faculty News

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Dentistry Professor Speaks at 2009 World Dental Congress

Dr. Abdel Mohammad, professor of geriatric dentistry and director of the College of Dentistry’s Community Outreach and Engagement Program, has been invited by the Fédération Dentaire Internationale (World Dental Federation) to speak at the FDI Annual World Dental Congress in Singapore on September 2, 2009. The title of his presentation will be, “Gerodontology: Oral Healthcare for the Ambulatory and Institutionalized Elderly Patient.”

Professor and Director of the College’s Geriatric and Community Outreach Programs, Dr. Mohammad oversees the Nursing Home Program, the Geriatric Clinic, the Appalachian Program, the Tobacco Cessation Clinic, and other programs aimed at educating the local community and providing oral health care to those in need.


Daniel Ward Develops an Equation for the Perfectly Proportioned Smile

Dr. Daniel Ward, an assistant clinical professor in the College’s Department of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry, has developed an equation that will help dentists find the exact proportions needed to “engineer” a perfectly balanced smile.

Featured in the May issue of Dentistry Today, Dr. Ward’s dental esthetics research and his development of the RED (recurring esthetic dental) equation give dental professionals the ability to change the proportions of any patient’s teeth to suit that individual’s face, bone structure, and general physique.
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Scott Herness Named President of “AChemS”

Dr. Scott Herness, a dentistry professor and chair of the Division of Oral Biology, was recently selected as the president-elect of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences (AChemS). The premier professional society for olfaction and taste research in the U.S., AChemS serves as a directory of medical and academic professionals with chemosensory expertise, and it sponsors the journal, Chemical Senses, published bi-monthly by the Oxford University Press.

Herness, whose research on taste receptor cells has resulted in several grant-funded research projects, has been an advocate and longtime advisor for the Association for Chemoreception Sciences. As president of AChemS, he will serve as the liaison between the Association and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).


Dentistry Researchers Pursue the Perfect Smile: Findings Published in JADA

College of Dentistry professors Stephen Rosenstiel and Henry Fields have conducted a research study that was recently featured in the prestigious Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA). A premier, peer-reviewed publication that presents the best and most significant research in dentistry, JADA’s articles feature research that has a significant impact on the practice of clinical dentistry, such as the esthetic smile research conducted by Drs. Rosenstiel and Fields.

In an article titled, “Esthetic and Smile Characteristics from the Layperson's Perspective: A Computer-Based Survey Study,” Fields and Rosenstiel have presented the results of their research that will help dentists refine their orthodontic and restorative or prosthodontic treatments to give patients the closest approximation of an esthetically perfect smile.
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Staff News

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Development Director Moves to Central Management Committee

Colleen Garland, dentistry’s Senior Director of Development, has left her position with the College to assume a new role in the University’s central development office. As a newly appointed Senior Director of University Development, Ms. Garland joins the Management Committee headed by Peter Weiler, Senior Vice President for Development and President of the OSU Foundation. Her new duties will include the oversight of all major gift programs, and establishing goals for development staff in 12 of the University’s fundraising units.

Bidding the College farewell, Ms. Garland said, “It’s been an incredible honor to serve the College of Dentistry and to help advance its goals with private support. From the $1M commitment made by Ed and Chris Maag, to the Delta Dental Foundation’s commitment of $450 K, and the innumerable gifts for scholarships and faculty support, it’s clear that dentistry is a wonderfully giving profession. I look forward to experiencing that same generosity all across this great University!”

For the next 12 months, Rachel Childress will serve as the interim senior director of development, a role she has held in the past, while the College conducts a search for its next senior development officer. Contact: or call 614-366-1392.


Hygiene Chair Appointed as Interim Director of Continuing Education

Michele Carr, Associate Professor and Chair of the Division of Dental Hygiene, has been appointed as the interim director of the College’s continuing education program. Ms. Carr will work with Interim Dean Carole Anderson, the College’s Executive Committee, and the Continuing Education Advisory Committee to manage the continuing dental education program and its initiatives for the coming year.


New Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs -- Dec. 1st

As of December 1st, Kate Charlesworth-Miller assumed the role of Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs. This new position will focus on alumni activities, while working closely with the Dental Alumni Society and serving as the primary liaison to the Alumni Society board. Duties related to the position include organizing class reunions, tailgate activities, and the alumni event portions of the annual Post College Assembly. Contact: or call 614-293-0571.


Student News


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Dentistry Student Wins Outstanding Professional Student Award

Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) student Tyler Scott is an elected delegate of the American Dental Association (ADA), and he is the chairperson of the Council on Professional Issues for the American Student Dental Association (ASDA). In addition to these honors, he is also one of four recipients of Ohio State’s Outstanding Professional Student Award. This honor is among the highest of those presented to professional students at the University, and its purpose is to recognize students who have made outstanding contributions to Ohio State through their leadership and their commitment to service.

Selected by a committee of faculty and staff throughout the University, award recipients are chosen for their academic excellence, and their leadership abilities both within and outside their professional programs. Recipients of the Outstanding Professional Student Award were honored at the University’s 47th Annual Leadership Awards ceremony in May that had as its theme, “The League of Extraordinary Leaders.”


Dentistry Students Create Internet Job Search

College of Dentistry students Rajan Sheth, Dan Kelley and Kevin Snyder have developed a new web-based job search tool that helps connect dental students and graduates with practicing dentists who seek partners and staff for their practices.

The new web site is called The Practice Connection, and it serves as a networking tool that allows dental practitioners to create a profile that includes pictures, relevant statistics, and a detailed description of their practice and positions that are available. Users can log in to search profiles for the ideal associate, partner, buy-out, or support staff.

Links to The Practice Connection are available in the "job postings" sections on the College's alumni web page, and on the current students page. Or go directly to the web site at:


Student Researcher Joins National Institutes of Health

Dentistry student Jacqueline (Wiesehan) Mays will graduate from the College of Dentistry next June with a combined Ph.D. in oral biology and a D.D.S. degree, both of which she acquired through the College’s Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC) program, which is funded by an NIH/NIDCR-supported T32 training grant.

Throughout her seven-year commitment to this dual degree program, Mays has worked closely with Dr. John Sheridan, the Associate Dean of Research in dentistry, and a member of the Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics in the College of Medicine.

Mays’ research with Sheridan has focused on the role of stress-induced regulation of the immune system, and their findings have shown that controlled social stress can stimulate enhanced immunological activity in mice that are subsequently exposed to a microbial infection. As a result of this research and a number of related publications, Mays has accepted the offer of a post-doctoral research position at the prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, working with Drs. Jack Bennink and Jonathan Yewdell, two of the NIH’s nationally renowned viral immunologists.


Dentistry Students Receive Inaugural Eliades Award

The College of Dentistry recently announced the inaugural recipients of the Constantinos Eliades Award. The award, which was established by dentistry alumnus Theodore Eliades in memory of his nephew, Constantinos Eliades, is given to College of Dentistry residents specializing in orthodontics or dental materials. The award helps to fund a research project and/or travel to present findings at an AADR or IADR meeting. This year’s recipients are orthodontic residents Dr. Dana Casaus (left) and Dr. Darin Lunt (right).


Alumni News

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ODA Gives Top Awards to Dentistry Alumni

The College of Dentistry’s alumni have a history of dedication to the art and science of dentistry that was recognized in September at the 142nd annual session of the Ohio Dental Association (ODA). At the meeting and the reception that followed it, three College of Dentistry alumni were presented with top awards.

Dr. Dennis A. Burns, a Columbus dentist whose undergraduate and D.D.S. degrees are from Ohio State, received the ODA’s 2008 Distinguished Dentist Award, which is the highest honor bestowed by the association. Dr. Carole Kelley, the founder and president of the Heart of Gold Foundation, was the recipient of the ODA’s Marvin Fisk Humanitarian Award. And Dr. Joel Weaver II was honored with the ODA’s Achievement Award that recognizes outstanding contributions to the dental profession.
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Dr. Donald Bowers Wins Distinguished Alumnus Award

The College honored Dr. Donald F. Bowers (Class of 1959) this year with its Distinguished Alumnus award, which recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements among dentistry alumni. The award was presented by Bowers’ friend and colleague Dr. Robert Stevenson at the 2008 Alumni Luncheon during the Post College Assembly in May.

As an additional honor, the Ohio Dental Association Foundation recently featured a new essay contest that recognizes Bowers’ work as a co-author of the popular monograph, “A Historical Remembrance of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry.” This year’s inaugural Bowers Essay Award winner was Ohio State dental student Gabrielle Torbeck, D3, who won the competition with her essay titled, “Women Changing the Face of Dentistry in Ohio.” Read essay...


Alumni Reunion Weekend and Tailgate Festivities
 Save the Date for 2009!

Sept. 11-12, 2009!

Nearly 500 OSU College of Dentistry alumni and friends returned to OSU in September for the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend and Tailgate. Alumni traveled from as far away as Alaska to reconnect with faculty, students, and former classmates. Reunion events held at the Hyatt Regency for the classes of ’63, ’68, ’73, ’78, ’83, ’88, ’93 and ’98 were well attended by alumni who enjoyed catching up with good friends and fellow Buckeyes.

Alumni reunion receptions and a dinner will be held on Friday, September 11, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency (Columbus), with a pre-game tailgate held prior to the OSU vs. USC game on September 12th in the courtyard of Postle Hall. For more information, e-mail Kate Charlesworth-Miller or call 614-293-0571.


Dr. William Myers Celebrates 100th Birthday

Dr. William Myers (D.D.S. ’32) celebrated his 100th birthday in June at a gathering at his home that was attended by friends, family, and several College of Dentistry staff members. A loyal alumnus and regular attendee of the annual Post College Assembly events, Dr. Myers’ centennial was recognized with personal letters of congratulations from dentistry’s Interim Dean Carole Anderson, as well as a special note of congratulations from President Gee.

Dr. Myers practiced dentistry for several decades in Newark, Ohio, and his long career has seen many changes in the profession, including the introduction of the first nylon toothbrush in 1938, the addition of fluoride to commercial toothpaste in the 1950s, as well as the latest innovations in cosmetic dentistry and the use of lasers.

The College congratulates Dr. Myers on his centennial birthday celebration!


Wacksman-Shrum Scholarship Honors a Father’s Legacy

 Dr. Gene Shrum (right)and DeeDee (Shrum) Wacksman

College of Dentistry alumnae DeeDee (Shrum) Wacksman honored her father, the late Dr. Gene Shrum (D.D.S. ’47) with a scholarship that recognizes his dedication to the practice of dentistry. After graduating from Ohio State in 1947, Dr. Shrum enjoyed a rewarding career that spanned decades, and he lived to see his daughter DeeDee graduate from the College’s dental hygiene program.

Following in her father’s footsteps both as a dental professional and a lifelong learner, DeeDee (Shrum) Wacksman established the Wacksman-Shrum Dental Scholarship Fund that provides two scholarships each year--one for a D.D.S. student, and one for a dental hygiene student at Ohio State.

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Lawrence Scholarship Supports Appalachian Students in Ohio

Interim Dean Carole Anderson (far right) with Scott and Jessica Lawrence

Dr. Scott Lawrence (D.D.S. ‘85) and his wife Jessica are helping to meet the dental health care needs of Ohioans through their gift of $50,000 that provides scholarship funding for students in underserved regions of the state. The Scott and Jessica Lawrence Scholarship Fund provides need-based support for College of Dentistry students from Appalachian counties in Ohio.

"By giving to a worthy young student, we’re really just sharing the bounty that God has so generously given to us," Dr. Lawrence said. "I realize we can’t single-handedly change a young doctor’s thinking, but I do believe we can demonstrate with our gift just how many blessings we have had in dentistry.”


Research News

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“Seed Grant Program” Supports Innovative Research

The College’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. To date, five of the College’s faculty researchers have received seed grants for proposals in an array of subject areas, with two of those projects generating new funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Dr. Bailey

Assistant professor of oral biology Michael Bailey is conducting research on the “Impact of Social Stress on Macrophage Responsiveness to Porphyromonas Gingivalis,” which examines the link between the stress response and periodontal inflammation. This research has resulted in two abstracts, three manuscripts in process, and a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant for a closely related project.

Dr. Huja

An associate professor and Graduate Program Director in the Division of Orthodontics, Sarandeep Huja’s research is focused on “Bisphosphonate Associated Osteonecrosis Following Controlled Injury,” which examines Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (ONJ) and potential methods for preventing injury-related bone decay. Dr. Huja’s preliminary findings have received additional funding from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, and a grant proposal has been submitted to the NIH.

Dr. Kumar

Purnima Kumar is an assistant professor of periodontology whose research explores a “Quantitative Analysis of the Subgingival Microbial Community in Smokers.” This research has yielded the groundbreaking discovery of “novel” or unidentified bacteria associated with periodontal disease in smokers. In response to a proposal for additional funding, the NIH has given Dr. Kumar a grant that supports the expansion of her research over the next two years.

Dr. Quan

Ning Quan was awarded a seed grant in 2007 to initiate his research related to “Local Inflammation and Muscle Weakness.” Quan’s research data suggests a potential new treatment for inflammation-induced muscle weakness, and his study has generated one publication with a second in progress. An NIH grant submission is under consideration.

Dr. Zhao

Fang-li Zhao is an assistant research professor in oral biology who received seed grant funding for his proposal titled, “Elucidating the Function of the Ion Channel TrpM5 in Native Taste Receptor Cells.” The project seeks a better understanding of the physiological events that allow taste buds (or taste receptor cells) to respond to taste stimuli. The results of this research were presented at the 29th annual meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences, and an application for additional funding has been submitted to the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Sheridan

The College’s Associate Dean of Research John Sheridan commented on the progress made by these faculty researchers. “Our seed grant recipients are outstanding researchers whose projects have great potential for contributing new knowledge in their field. We’re already seeing tremendous results from these research initiatives, and we know there are more great discoveries ahead.”



Upcoming Events

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December 9: Dr. Alan Kalish, Director of the Office of Faculty and TA Development, will give a presentation for College of Dentistry faculty members on December 9th in room 1188 of Postle Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The subject of the presentation is “The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: How to Design and Conduct Research Projects Related to Instruction.” Contact: Sue Kestner at

December 12: OSHA/BBP lecture--mandatory for all dentistry faculty, staff, residents, graduate students and student employees; 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Thurber Theatre at the Drake Union. Contact: Manju Oommen at

December 12: Awards Presentation for faculty & staff at the Drake Union -- 3:00-3:30 p.m.; College Holiday Party (Drake Union) -- 3:30-5:30 p.m.

December 14: (Sunday) Autumn Quarter Commencement; Jerome Schottenstein Center; 2:00 p.m.


Continuing Dental Education

December 15-16: An Update on the Clinical Management of Temporomandibular Disorders - for clinicians involved in the management and treatment of temporomandibular disorders and the use and fabrication of occlusal appliances.

December 19: “Last Chance CE” - for dentists and hygienists in need of continuing education credits before the end of the year. An array of courses will be offered on subjects that include CPR renewal, composite restorations, dental ethics, radiography techniques, and more.


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December 15-16:
An Update on the Clinical Management of Temporomandibular Disorders: Presented by Dr. Jeffrey Okeson

December 19:
“Last Chance CE




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