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College Gears Up for Alumni Reunion Weekend --
September 11th and 12th!
The College of Dentistry's
Alumni Reunion and Tailgate Weekend is
coming soon, and we hope you'll join us for this year's fun-filled
events! On Friday, September 11th, private receptions will be held for
the classes of 1959, ’64, ’69, ’74, ’79, ’84, ’89, ’94, ’99, and 2004 at
the Hyatt Regency Convention Center (Columbus), followed by a gala
dinner where you can reconnect with classmates, faculty, and fellow
The next day -- Saturday, September 12th -- will feature the Alumni
Tailgate in the courtyard adjacent to Postle Hall, followed by the OSU
vs. USC football game. The tailgate will be held from 4:00 to 6:30
p.m., with the football game kickoff scheduled for 8:00 p.m. All
College of Dentistry faculty, staff and students are welcome at the
tailgate, and we look forward to seeing you there!
~Registration for alumni weekend receptions and the tailgate will close
Tuesday, September 8th. Call 1-800-762-5646 to register
In conjunction with the tailgate and other reunion weekend festivities
on September 12th, the Continuing Dental Education program will offer a
course from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. titled,
OSU vs. USC CE: The Carroll Tressel Effect; Their Role in the Changing Face of Dentistry,
featuring Dr. Curtis Jansen.
For more information about Reunion Weekend
and Tailgate events, call 614-366-4990 or e-mail
Construction and Campus Parking Information
When the Ohio State Buckeyes kick off their 2009 season, fans will
travel through areas of significant road construction before reaching
campus. Motorists should be prepared for delays along route 315, which
is currently under construction.
Fans who attend this season's football games -- especially the night
game vs. USC -- may experience long delays as they leave the campus
area. Vehicles parked closest to the stadium will likely take the
longest to exit. In general, fans planning to travel south after the
game should plan to park in lots south of Ohio Stadium; likewise, fans who are
traveling north after the games should park in lots north of Ohio
Stadium. [A color-coded parking map is available at
Alternative routes and road construction updates are available on the
following web sites: for information about State Route 315 construction,
click here; to find alternative routes to Postle Hall, go to:
dentistry maps and directions;
for OSU campus and related road construction updates, please visit the
OSU Parking and Transportation
alert" web site.
College Honors Students
in White Coat Ceremony -- September 21st
On September 21st, the College of Dentistry's new dental students and
dental hygiene students will celebrate their dream of becoming dental
professionals during the annual White Coat Ceremony.
The event serves as
an official welcome into the College of Dentistry, and it marks the
beginning of the professional educational experience of the members of
the Dental Class of 2013 and the Dental Hygiene Class of 2012. The
coveted white coats that the students wear proudly at the event are a
visual symbol of their newfound commitment to the art and science of
This year's event will be an evening ceremony held on the patio of the
Blackwell Inn. As a special feature of the ceremony, each student will
receive a white coat and an official welcome to the College by Director
of Admissions Joen Iannucci, College of Dentistry Dean Carole
Anderson, and selected faculty representatives.
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Pediatric Dentistry Professor da Fonseca Leads
Symposium on Children's Health
Dr. Marcio da Fonseca is a dentistry professor whose
career is dedicated to making children healthier.
Now a clinical professor of pediatric dentistry at Ohio
State and at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in
Columbus, Dr. da Fonseca’s work with children began when
he did a pediatric dentistry rotation as a Doctor
of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) student. “After I
worked with those kids, I knew that was what I wanted to
do with my life and my career,” da Fonseca said.
After graduating with his D.D.S. degree, Dr. da Fonseca
completed a Master of Science degree in pediatric
dentistry at the University of Minnesota, where he spent
two years learning about oral health care for children.
Following that experience, he received a pediatric
dentistry fellowship at The Children’s Hospital in
Denver, Colorado, where he began working with
young patients whose health problems were
children who were critically ill, an oral cavity infection or an abscessed tooth
could mean the difference between life and death, and it
was then that Dr. da Fonseca discovered another calling
-- that of educating his medical colleagues about the
connection between oral and systemic health in children.
With that goal in mind,
Dr. da Fonseca developed an annual symposium that draws
pediatric dentists and adolescent health care
specialists from the U.S. and abroad.
Co-sponsored by the College of Dentistry, this year’s
symposium on October 9th will be the
Symposium on the Oral-Systemic Health Connection in
Children (OSHCC), and it will include an international
panel of pediatric health care specialists. Held in
Columbus at the
Conference Center at NorthPointe, the
goal of the symposium is to discuss the connections
between oral health and systemic health in children, and
to examine those connections as they relate to providing
medical care for children and adolescents.
For more information about the symposium, visit the
OSHCC web site or contact
Dr. Marcio da Fonseca at 614-722-5648.
Click here to read more.
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Periodontal Resident is Finalist in Balint Orban Memorial Award Competition
Third-year periodontal resident Chad Matthews has
been selected as a finalist for the
Balint Orban Memorial Award for Periodontal Research
at the Annual Meeting of the
American Academy of Periodontology in Boston on September 12th. The Balint
Orban Competition is open to current students or recent
graduates of U.S. or Canadian periodontics programs,
and it includes a total of eight finalists who will
present their research to a panel of judges at the
Dr. Matthews worked with faculty advisor and
Professor of Periodontology Purnima Kumar
on his research project titled, "Effects of smoking
on subgingival bacterial acquisition and colonization."
SRG Selects Lauren Mell 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
D3 student Lauren Mell was recently selected as SRG's student
researcher of the month for a research project she conducted under the guidance of
Professor of Periodontology Dimitris Tatakis, who provided help in the
development of her research abstract. Titled, "Gingival Morphology Differences
Periodontal Phenotypes," Mell's research project examines several gingival
that play a role in the prevalence and
severity of gum recession, which can be a symptom of
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ADA Reception in Honolulu
Aloha! We’re celebrating the 150th anniversary of the
Association (ADA) in Hawaii this year, and we look forward to welcoming
our alumni at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki on October 2nd for our Alumni
Reception. Joining us will be Dean Carole Anderson and Development Director Rachel Childress, as well as members of the Dental Alumni Society
Board of Governors.
If you plan to attend the ADA meeting and our Alumni Reception, please let
us know. Send an e-mail to Kate Charlesworth-Miller
or call 614-366-4990.
Alumni Historical Records Wanted for OSU Archive!
The College of Dentistry’s Alumni Affairs office has an opportunity
to ‘digitize’ its records by creating electronic copies of all issues of
The Alumni Quarterly, as well as records from the past 30+ years of
Dental Alumni Society meetings, which includes official “minutes,”
hand-written notes, and agendas. If you have hard copy (paper) records
to be preserved for future generations of dental alumni, contact
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Dr. Peter Reiser's Research Findings Published in the
Journal of Experimental Biology
Dr. Peter Reiser holds dual appointments as a professor
of oral biology in the College of Dentistry, and as a
professor of physiology and cell biology in the College
of Medicine. Reiser's decades of research have included
projects that examine various species' craniofacial
(head and face) muscles, jaw muscles, and the proteins
or “myosin” that comprise these muscles that allow
mammals to consume and chew their food.
Dr. Reiser’s research has been published in an array of
academic journals, including the
of Physiology, the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and
the Journal of Clinical
Investigation. His most recent publication is in the
Experimental Biology, a leading international
journal that publishes inter-disciplinary research
on the form and function of living organisms at
all levels of biological organization, from the
molecular and subcellular to the integrated whole
August 2009 edition of the journal, which features
Dr. Reiser's article,
Carnivore's Masticatory Myosin in Squirrel Jaws,
also includes publications that examine the effects of
age and behavioral development in honey bees, and the
intricacies of cognitive mapping in humans and other
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Staff Appreciation Day is a Success!
Dentistry's annual “Staff Appreciation Day” was held
August 20th in recognition of the contributions made by
the College’s administrative and professional and
classified staff employees. As part of the celebration,
a barbecue luncheon was provided for staff members in
the courtyard adjacent to Postle Hall.
A good time was had by all this event, and staff members
offer a special thanks to the Office of Human Resources for
organizing the luncheon, and to the faculty volunteers who
helped with event coordination.
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September 10: "Educating the Net Generation"
lunch and learn session: 11:30 a.m. in room 4141 (Postle
September 11 and 12:
The College of Dentistry celebrates
Alumni Reunion Weekend with receptions at the Hyatt Regency (Columbus) on
Friday, the 11th, and the
OSU vs. USC Tailgate on the 12th from 4:00 to 6:30
in the Postle Hall courtyard. Contact:
Charlesworthfirstname.lastname@example.org; Also on Saturday,
September 12th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., an OSU vs. USC CE course
The Carroll-Tressel Effect; Their Role in the Changing
Face of Dentistry; Contact:
September 17: Faculty retreat at the
Conference Center at Northpointe; RSVP to
by September 8th.
For more information, contact:
September 21: White Coat Ceremony: September
21st on the patio of the Blackwell Inn; Faculty
attendees must RSVP
Delong.email@example.com by September 11th. For more
American Dental Association (ADA) Annual Session and
Alumni Reception in Honolulu at the Hyatt Regency
3rd International Symposium on the Oral-Systemic Health
Connection in Children (OSHCC); Contact:
daFonseca or call: 614-722-5648
Continuing Dental Education
September 12: OSU vs. USC CE:
The Carroll Tressel Effect; Their Role in the
Changing Face of Dentistry; This course is presented from 10:00 a.m.
to 2:00 p.m. on the same day as the OSU vs. USC football game and the
College of Dentistry
Reunion Weekend Tailgate, which begins at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00
p.m., just prior to kickoff at 8:00 p.m.
EFDA Review; This course prepares the Registered Dental Hygienist or
Certified Dental Assistant for the EFDA certification examination
administered by the Commission on Dental Testing in Ohio.
Arthur B. Lewis Lecture Series: Diagnosis,
Treatment Planning, and Treatment Mechanics; This course
emphasizes diagnosis and treatment planning goals for orthodontic
patients, including surgical, non-surgical and "borderline"
CAD/CAM Technologies: Pushing New Horizons in Dentistry (AGD Mastership
Program);Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist;
This course is part of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) Mastership
Program. (Participants do not have to be members of the AGD in order to
take this course.)
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.