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        April 2009

College News

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Volpe Prize Competition Begins May 15th

The Division of Periodontology announces 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 competition begins on May 15th at the Blackwell Inn. 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.


OHIO Project’s HOME Coach Posted on “Twitter” Blog Site

The College of Dentistry’s mobile dental clinic or “HOME Coach” recently appeared in a blog on “Twitter,” a social networking and microblogging service that's ranked as a “top 50” web site with approximately 15 million viewers. Twitter’s users send and read other users' updates known as “tweets” or text-based posts of up to 140 characters that are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have subscribed to them.

The recent Twitter post referenced a 2008 Columbus Dispatch article about the HOME Coach, offering the blog’s viewers details of the Health Outreach Mobile Experience (HOME) Coach’s mission of providing dental education and treatment for Ohio’s underserved children.

Click here to read the “Twitter” news item.


Lecture Fund Honors Dr. Ernest Svensson

Dr. Ernest Svensson, an OSU alumnus of the class of 1959 and an associate professor in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry, has been honored with an endowment fund that provides compensation for the speaker at the College’s annual Carl O. Boucher Conference.

As the Director of the Advanced Prosthodontics Education Program and a longtime faculty member in the College of Dentistry, Dr. Svensson is a well-respected educator whose many contributions to the College are highly valued by faculty members, students and alumni.

Contributions to the Ernest “Swede” Svensson Lecture Fund can be made by contacting Rachel Childress, Development Director, at or by calling 614-366-1392.


Post College Assembly Onsite Registration Still Open!

The 65th annual Post College Assembly (PCA) event is in full swing, and onsite registration is still available for continuing education courses and selected alumni events. This year’s PCA showcases the College of Dentistry’s faculty experts as they partner with renowned speakers for CE presentations on an array of subjects that include lasers, periodontics, biomodifiers, pediatric dentistry, bisphosphonates, orthodontics, esthetics, anesthetics and more.

All PCA events -- and onsite registrations -- are being held on campus at OSU’s Blackwell Inn, located at 2110 Tuttle Park Place. (Valet parking is available.)

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!

Faculty News

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WBNS-TV 10 and OSU's Research News Feature Dr. Shereen Azer

Associate professor of restorative and prosthetic dentistry Shereen Azer has conducted a research study that was featured recently in Ohio State’s Research News and on Columbus’s channel 10 TV (WBNS) news at 11:00.

Dr. Azer’s new research shows that human teeth lose some enamel hardness after they’ve been treated with several different products used in the home to whiten teeth. The study suggests that future generations of these products may be reformulated to reduce these side effects.

“There is some significant reduction in nano-hardness of enamel, but we're talking on a very minute scale. So even though it may not be visible to the human eye, it’s important for research because that’s how we improve products,” said Dr. Azer, the lead author of the study.

Azer and his research colleagues also noted that human teeth typically do restore their previous hardness after losing small amounts of enamel calcification, but this is the first study to show at a nanometer scale -- measured in billionths of a meter -- how human teeth are affected by some popular home whiteners.

The products used in this research study were Crest Whitestrips Premium Plus, Crest Whitestrips Supreme, Nite White ACP, Oral B Rembrandt and Treswhite Opalescence.

Click here to read the OSU Research News article.


Evans Appointed Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Residency Program

Following a national search, Associate Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Erik Evans has been appointed as the College of Dentistry’s Director of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Program, after serving as the interim director of the program for the past year.

Evans holds a D.D.S. degree from The Ohio State University (1996) and an M.D. degree from the Northwestern University Medical School (2001). A board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Evans was formerly a clinical instructor of oral and maxillofacial surgery at The Ohio State University. He currently serves as an assistant professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery with concurrent appointments at the College of Dentistry, the OSU Medical Center, and the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.


Seghi Wins Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award for Excellence in Research Contributions

Professor of restorative dentistry Robert Seghi has been selected as a recipient of Ohio State’s Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award, which recognizes outstanding interdisciplinary research accomplishments as shown by co-authored publications, jointly sponsored research programs, and co-advising students.

Seghi partnered with (OSU) mechanical engineering professor Noriko Katsube to examine the effect of adhesive resin cement on crack propagation in ceramic dental restorations. One of their resulting publications that has an impact in the fields of fracture mechanics and dentistry is titled, “Statistical Failure Analysis of Adhesive Resin Cement Bonded Dental Ceramics.”

Seghi and other Lumley Interdisciplinary Research Award winners will be honored at the College of Engineering’s annual faculty awards dinner on May 4th.

Staff News

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DSAC Announces Rho Sigma Staff Award Recipients

The Dental Staff Advisory Council recently announced the April (2009) recipients of the College of Dentistry’s Rho Sigma staff award, which is presented monthly. Julie Lovell [Primary Care Information Associate] and William (Ernie) White [Electronics Technician] were honored with this award that recognizes their professionalism and their “pleasant demeanor that has a positive effect on the College.” Lovell and White each received certificates of recognition, and they were invited guests at a DSAC breakfast celebration held in their honor.


“Operation Feed” Program Continues Through May 15th

The College of Dentistry participates each year in the campus-wide Operation Feed program that collects food and funds for the Mid-Ohio Food Bank. Dentistry’s faculty and staff participants collected more than $1600 dollars and 900 food items for the food bank in 2008.

This year’s Operation Feed program will continue through May 15th. Canned food contributions can be left in the "drop boxes" at these College of Dentistry locations: the Office of Human Resources; the lobby area on the 4th floor; the area outside the implant clinic on the 3rd floor; and in the front desk area of the dean’s office. Contact or for more information.

Student News

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IPC President Daniel Klauer Announces $11K Given for Student Support

Inter-Professional Council (IPC) President and third-year dentistry student Daniel Klauer recently announced the disbursement of $11,000 from the IPC's Professional Development Fund in support of Ohio State’s professional students. The IPC is the official student government organization for OSU’s six professional colleges that include dentistry, law, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.

"The mission of this organization is to support and address the needs of professional students while fostering a sense of camaraderie," Klauer said. "Our Professional Development Fund allows us to meet our students’ various needs, and we’re grateful that we can support extramural activities and other professional development programs for students in the professional colleges at Ohio State."


Snider Wins American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Abstract Trainee Award

Heidi Snider, a student in the College of Dentistry’s Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC) combined D.D.S. and Ph.D. program, has won the American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Abstract Trainee Award, which supports members whose first-author abstracts are selected for oral presentation at an AAI Block Symposium.

A graduate fellow in the Division of Oral Biology, Snider works closely with Dr. Abhay Satoskar, a faculty member in the College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. Snider’s research focuses on immunology issues related to Leishmania, a parasitic disease commonly found in the tropics, sub-tropics, and parts of southern Europe.

In July, Snider will join 40 other graduate students chosen worldwide who will present their research at the 2009 RCAI International Symposium on Immunology sponsored by the RIKEN Research Center for Allergy and Immunology (RCAI) in Yokohama, Japan.

Jacki Mays is Featured Guest Speaker on “Dentally Speaking” Radio Talk Show

Jacki Mays, a student in the College of Dentistry’s Comprehensive Training in Oral and Craniofacial Sciences (CTOC) program, was the featured guest speaker for the April 19th presentation of a radio talk show called “Dentally Speaking,” hosted by Columbus-based dentist Dr. Brian Kvitko.

The “Dentally Speaking” program was broadcast on Fox Sports radio station AM 1230 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., and it showcased the College’s CTOC program that offers students a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree in conjunction with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in oral biology.

Mays, whose seven-year commitment to this dual-degree graduate program has yielded outstanding immunology research and a number of related publications, has accepted 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 immunologists.

Distributed by Fox Sports radio, the “Dentally Speaking” program was broadcast via Clear Channel AM 1230 on selected stations throughout the U.S. Interviews are also available (commercial free) by podcast.

Click here to listen to the radio interview with Jacki Mays.

Click here to read more.


Weisenstein Scholarship Donors Meet with Dean and Students

The Weisenstein Endowment Scholarship Fund that benefits D.D.S. students at Ohio State was created by Terry and Christy Weisenstein in honor of Terry’s father, the late Dr. Paul R. Weisenstein, a former faculty member at the College of Dentistry.

During a recent visit to the OSU campus, Terry and Christy Weisenstein and Mrs. Thelma Weisenstein, wife of the late Dr. Weisenstein, met with several dentistry students who received funding from this endowment, all of whom expressed their gratitude for the financial support.

Dean Carole Anderson met with and thanked the Weisensteins. “Your generosity shows our students and faculty members that our alumni and friends are committed to the future of this college and that they believe in its mission,” Anderson said. “On behalf of the college, I thank you for your gift and your support.”

Alumni News

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Register Onsite for Post College Assembly Events!

PCA Events Still Open: Onsite registration for the 65th annual Post College Assembly is still available at the Blackwell Inn on Ohio State’s campus. 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!

Raffle Tickets and Silent Auction: The Dental Alumni Society’s Board of Governors is raffling off a pair of OSU vs. USC football tickets to support the Dental Alumni Society Student Fund.  Tickets will be available at Post College Assembly, as well as other events leading up to Alumni Weekend ‘09.  A gift basket will also be offered in a silent auction to benefit the Student Fund. (Silent auction and raffle tickets are available at the development booth at PCA.)


Reunion Weekend 2009 Football Ticket Lottery

On Saturday, September 12th, Ohio State’s football team will play the USC Trojans! The Dental Alumni Society will hold its annual tailgate prior to the game, and all alumni are welcome to purchase tickets for themselves, their families and friends for this event. Because of the limited number of football tickets this year, a lottery will be conducted to distribute the tickets that are available.

Click here for football ticket lottery details.


John Frye, D.D.S. ’05 Joins OSU Presidents Club

Dr. John Frye (class of 2005) and his brother, Dr. Bret Frye (class of 1992), are the team that makes up the Frye Dental Group of Marietta, Ohio. John’s recent donation to the OSU College of Dentistry’s Pre-Clinic Lab Fund has earned him recognition from the President’s Club. John credits his brother, who is also a President’s Club member, and their dental practice staff for the success that has enabled him to give back to his alma mater.

As one of the College’s youngest President’s Club members, Frye’s donation will be used to improve the College of Dentistry’s Pre-Clinic Lab facility that serves as dental students’ primary work space.

“I’m giving back to OSU and the College of Dentistry because somebody gave for me,” Frye said. “Someone I didn’t know made gifts in the past to help purchase the equipment I used, and the opportunity to give back is a nice benefit. I think the students will appreciate a nice facility and how it affects their ability to learn and to achieve.”

Research News

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NIDCR Web Site Features College of Dentistry Research

The National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) recently featured on its web site a research article written by members of the College of Dentistry’s Periodontics and Oral Biology Divisions.

The article titled, “Gene Change and Aggressive Periodontitis in African Americans,” was written by Periodontology Graduate Teaching Associate Pinar Emecen, Oral Biology Research Associate Pooja Maney, Montana State University Professor of Microbiology John S. Mills, and Periodontology Professor John Walters.

The publication suggests that biology-based dentistry may transform the profession so that dentists no longer rely on X-rays, mechanical instruments, and ceramo-metallic materials to visualize and repair damaged tissue. Instead, diagnoses and treatments will use molecular information as operational guides that also employ the body’s own cells and biochemistry as their engineering materials.

Click here to read more.

Dentistry Faculty Receive CCTS Pilot Grant Awards

The OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) and the College of Dentistry recently awarded pilot grants to the following faculty recipients:

Ulysses J. Magalang, M.D. ~ College of Medicine
Research project: Health outcomes of treatment of obstructive sleep apnea with dental devices

Dimitris N. Tatakis, D.D.S., Ph.D. ~ College of Dentistry
Research project: Intervention strategies to improve periodontal surgical outcomes in smokers

Susan Mallery, D.D.S., Ph.D. ~ College of Dentistry
Research project: Mucoadhesive patch delivery of fenretinide and berry anthocyanins for oral cancer chemoprevention

These awards are intended to encourage new multidisciplinary research groups to address integrated solutions to complex clinical and translational problems, while also providing support for new research teams.  The awards are funded by the College of Dentistry and the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS/CTSA).

“Seed Grant” Awarded to Dr. Sarandeep Huja

In 2006, the College’s Office of Research created a “Seed Grant Program” 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.

This year’s most recent “seed grant” recipient is Dr. Sarandeep Huja, an associate professor and Graduate Program Director in the Division of Orthodontics, who received funding for his project titled, PTHrP and Craniofacial Development, which examines the role of PTHrP -- a parathyroid hormone-related protein -- as it relates to craniofacial development.

Dr. Huja is engaged in various research initiatives that include a project titled, 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 in this study have received additional funding from the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation, and a grant proposal has been submitted to the NIH.

Upcoming Events

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May 1: DDS IDOL kicks off its 5th annual competition on Friday, May 1st at 5:00 p.m. in 1183 Postle Hall. Contact:

May 1: FREE Oral Cancer Screening Exams provided from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic on the 2nd floor of Postle Hall. Contact:

May 7: Lunch discussion and video presentation on 10 Ways to Improve Blended Learning Course Design: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in room 1188 Postle Hall. Contact:

May 15: Volpe Prize competition held at the Blackwell Inn. Contact:

May 16: Join the College of Dentistry's team in a “Race for the Cure 2009” 5K fun run in downtown Columbus at 8:00 a.m. $25 registration fee includes fun run participation and a t-shirt. Contact:


Continuing Dental Education

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.

April 29 – May 2: Post College Assembly: Events include an array of continuing education courses and alumni reunion events. Onsite registration is still available at the Blackwell Hotel on the OSU campus.

May 15: Osseointegration Lecture Series 6, Optimizing Esthetic Results: Topics include identifying options for the replacement of a single tooth, predictably and esthetically; understanding the benefits and procedures for solid abutments; and recognizing the role of implant design and surface topography in maintaining bone and soft tissue.

May 29 – 31: AGD Mastership Program: Presented at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio; courses include prosthetic treatment planning and advanced technologies for dental implants.

June 27: FREE CEUs offered by "Special Olympics Special Smiles" at OSU’s Recreation and Physical Activity Center (RPAC). Dentists and dental hygienists receive free continuing education units for volunteering at this Ohio Summer Special Olympics oral health screening event. Contact: or call 614-292-3160

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