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        January 2009

College News

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Carole Anderson is Appointed Dean of the College of Dentistry

In a meeting with the College’s faculty members on January 7th, Ohio State Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Alutto announced the appointment of Carole Anderson as Dean of the College of Dentistry, effective February 1st.

Ending the two-year search for a new dean of dentistry, Alutto said, “Carole is one of the most outstanding administrators I have ever worked with, and I am confident she will intelligently, honestly and openly continue to provide the leadership necessary to optimize the College of Dentistry’s opportunities and address its challenges.”

Throughout her 23-year career at Ohio State, Anderson has held numerous executive management positions. She served as interim dean of the Graduate School from April 2005 to September 2006, and while serving as dean of the College of Nursing from 1986-2001, she was also the assistant vice president for health sciences and executive dean of the health sciences. Most recently, she has been the interim dean of the College of Dentistry since 2006, while holding a concurrent appointment as vice provost for academic policy and faculty resources.

In an open forum with dentistry students on January 8th, Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee echoed Provost Alutto’s remarks as he introduced Anderson’s deanship appointment. Commenting on Anderson’s successful career in numerous senior administrative positions at Ohio State, Gee said, “Carole Anderson has been successful in an array of executive-level leadership positions at this University, and she is one of the premier administrators at Ohio State. The College is in very capable hands with her as dean.”

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Dean Hosts Recognition Dinner for Part-Time Faculty

On the evening of January 20th, Dean Carole Anderson hosted a recognition dinner in honor of the College’s part-time dental faculty members whose excellent service supports the College of Dentistry’s mission and initiatives.

A dinner was held at the Blackwell Hotel to recognize the contributions this group has made to the College over the past two years. Full-time faculty members, family and friends joined the honorees for the event, and Dean Anderson included her personal thanks to the group, as well as presenting each part-time faculty member with a certificate in recognition of his or her service excellence. “This College is very lucky to have such a talented group of professionals,” Anderson said. “We want you to know your hard work does not go unnoticed and we’re thankful to have you all here.”


Financial Aid Office Launches New Web Site

To better serve the College of Dentistry’s students, the Financial Aid Office has updated its web site with new graphics, new options for financial aid services and information, and an interactive budget section that offers students a template for developing a budget that includes both personal and academic expenses.

The new and improved web site offers information about debt management, scholarships, loans, and financial aid application deadlines, as well as providing a “financial topics and resources” page that gives information on an array of topics ranging from establishing residency in the state of Ohio, the process for paying in-state and out-of-state taxes, as well as getting information about OSU’s tuition assistance programs.

Click here to view the new financial aid web pages.


Post College Assembly Set for April 30th – May 2nd

The College of Dentistry’s 65th Annual Post College Assembly will be held from April 30th through May 2nd at The Blackwell Hotel on the OSU campus. The event will feature continuing dental education courses, as well as a variety of alumni events.

Continuing Education (CE) courses will be presented on a variety of topics, including laser periodontal pocket therapy, posterior implants, dental radiography, ultrasonics, bisphosphonates, esthetics, and more.

Alumni events will include a dean’s reception and a Golden Buckeye reception, as well as the annual Dental Alumni Society and Dental Hygiene Alumni luncheons. For more information, contact Kate Charlesworth-Miller.


Faculty News

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Faculty Awards Presented at Drake Union Gathering

College of Dentistry faculty and staff members gathered at the Drake Union on December 12th for the annual holiday celebration and the presentation of the College’s faculty and staff awards.

This year’s research excellence award recipients included Division of Oral Biology Professor Ning Quan, who received the Stazen Senior Faculty Award which recognizes the development of a productive and successful research program. Professor of Periodontology Purnima Kumar was honored with the Stazen Junior Faculty Award for research excellence.

The Fields Award, which is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in teaching and research, was awarded to Dr. Ronald Kerby, a professor in the Division of Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry.

The Larry J. Peterson Young Educator’s Award, which honors a faculty member who has taught for 1-3 years, and who has shown “exceptional enthusiasm for teaching,” was presented to Professor of Pediatric Dentistry Sarath Thikkurissy for his dedication to excellence in teaching.

Professor of Periodontology Lewis Claman received the Postle Teaching Award in recognition of his outstanding accomplishments and his dedication to instruction for the College’s undergraduate, pre-doctoral and graduate students.


Dr. Steven Ganzberg Returns to College
as Director of Dental Anesthesiology Program

Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and former part-time faculty member Steven Ganzberg has returned to the College as a full-time faculty member and the director of the Dental Anesthesiology Program.

Ganzberg, who holds a Doctor of Dental Medicine (D.M.D.) degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, is an internationally recognized expert in the field of anesthesiology, as well as being a Diplomate of the American Dental Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Orofacial Pain.


Staff News

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Jesse Tudor Wins Dawson Staff Award for Excellence

At the College’s holiday celebration and awards presentation event at the Drake Union on December 12th, administrative staff member Jesse Tudor was honored with the College’s Mark Dawson Memorial Staff Award for Excellence, which recognizes outstanding service and contributions from the College’s full-time staff members.

Tudor, who holds a master’s degree in business administration, is the Assistant to the Chair of the Primary Care Division, and she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Health with a focus on Community Health and Education.


Student News

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Dental Students Take Mission Trip to Uganda

While many students packed their bags and headed home for the winter break, a group of OSU dental students traveled to Kampala, Uganda, to provide local villagers with free dental care and oral health education — both of which are in great demand in this underserved region of Africa. The mission trip was a collaborative effort with the Global Youth Partnership for Africa (GYPA), a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering understanding, appreciation, and respect between young American and African student leaders who are the global decision-makers of tomorrow.

Throughout the ten-day trip, College of Dentistry faculty member Cheryl Lampe and dental students Andy Gilbert, Jennifer Cohen, Rebecca Goldberg, Tyrun Ray, Dawn Broyles, and Chris Balsly (shown left to right) treated approximately 500 Ugandans in the village of Namuwongo outside of Kampala.

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D2 Student Uses Artistic Skills to Redesign College Mural

Second year dentistry student -- and former artist and painter -- Scott Bossert has taken on the large-scale project of redesigning the College’s wall-length mural outside the basement-level Pre-Clinic Laboratory.

In addition to his usual schedule of classes and clinic hours, Bossert is redesigning the outdated mural, using evenings and weekends to finish the project. As a former OSU architecture student, Bossert has taken numerous art classes that included watercolors and oil painting on canvas. In 2005, he was chosen as Ohio’s only representative for a one-year art design program in Berlin, Germany.

Having spent many hours in the basement-level Pre-Clinic Laboratory, Bossert wanted to help brighten up that area, and the redesign of the outdated mural was a way to make a  difference. After creating a new design that received administrative approval, Bossert began work on this long-term artistic project that features an array of OSU images, including a football player catching a pass, a large-scale image of Brutus Buckeye, and a giant, full-color block-O.


MandiBall Set for February 20th

The College of Dentistry’s Student Government Association (SGA) will present this year’s MandiBall celebration — formerly called the ToothBall — at 8:00 p.m. on the evening of February 20th.

Sponsored by the Dental Alumni Society, this year’s event will feature music by the Marino Brothers (DJs), heavy hors d’oeuvres, and an open bar at the Gateway Theater on North High Street. All students, faculty, staff and alumni are invited to attend this annual celebration.

Tickets must be purchased by February 16th, and prices are as follows: $25 student closed bar ticket; $35 student open bar ticket; $35 faculty/staff/alumni closed bar ticket; $45 faculty/staff/alumni open bar ticket. For more information, contact:


Dentistry Students Bring Health and Hope to the Dominican Republic

The cheer “O-H I-O!” has been shouted out in countries all over the world by OSU alumni, faculty and students who serve as volunteers and ambassadors for hope, health and change.

Recently, a group of Ohio State’s College of Dentistry students brought this great OSU cheer, a helping hand, and new hope to the Dominican Republic, as they joined with practicing dentists and professional hygienists from the U.S. and Ecuador to provide dental health care for those in need in Santo Domingo, the capital city of the Dominican Republic, and the surrounding cities of La Romana and Las Americas.

The College of Dentistry’s student team spent December 12th through the 21st (2008) in Santo Domingo and the surrounding region, where they were paired with local mentors who introduced them to the Dominican culture, while also preparing them for their stint as international health care volunteers. Providing free dental treatment to members of the local community, the students performed dental restorations, removed decayed teeth, and provided cleaning and preventive dental care for Dominicans who would otherwise have no access to dental treatment.

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Dental Hygiene Students Help with “Project Compassion”

The College of Dentistry’s members of the Student Chapter of the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) collected food items for Project Compassion, a non-profit organization that provides services to men, women and children in central Ohio who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

Working together throughout November and December (2008), the College’s dental hygiene students filled 50 bags of groceries, and they purchased 15 fleece blankets to contribute to Project Compassion, which serves more than 100 HIV/AIDS clients in the Columbus area.


Dentistry Students Present First “Practice Connection” Donation
to the College of Dentistry

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.

The web site offers dental practitioners the ability 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.

Having made a commitment to give a portion of their profits from the Practice Connection to the College of Dentistry, Kelley, Snyder and Sheth (shown left to right above) presented their first donation check to Associate Dean Cheryl Devore and Assistant Dean Darrell Young on January 22nd.

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.

“This first check is a small one,” Snyder said, “but we hope to present the College with larger and more significant donations in the future, as we expand the Practice Connection to make it as successful as possible.”

The most recent improvements to the include a redesigned pricing structure for individual and multiple postings, and new options for posting as many profiles as needed, both of which are changes that accommodate dental brokers and a broader range of clients.

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:


President Gee Hosts Open Forum with Dentistry Students

Dentistry student and Vice President of the Inter-Professional Council Daniel Klauer worked with student leaders to organize an open forum discussion with Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee on January 8th.

Opening the discussion by introducing Carole Anderson’s appointment as Dean of the College of Dentistry, Gee engaged in an hour-long question and answer session that included students’ comments on the need for a new dentistry facility, as well as questions about tuition rates and plans for an array of future-oriented improvements in the College.

Gee’s responses focused on comparing this College with other colleges of dentistry throughout the U.S., and he emphasized the importance of implementing dentistry's new and ambitious strategic plan, fostering collaborations with the Medical Center, and directing the College’s efforts toward moving it into a “world class” status.


Alumni News

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New Membership Benefit for Dental Alumni Society Members

The Dental Alumni Society (DAS) currently offers annual members a 5% discount for Sterilization Monitoring Services and Continuing Education courses, with 10% discounts given to lifetime members.

As of January 2009, both annual and lifetime DAS members will receive the additional benefit of submitting information about available practices and positions for posting on the College’s “job postings” page, which is located in the alumni section of the College of Dentistry web site.
To submit information about available practices or positions, contact Kate Charlesworth-Miller.

For alumni who are not DAS members, the offers dental practice and position postings for dental hygiene and dentistry practitioners, students, and recent graduates.


Endowment Fund Honors Memory of Dr. John Horton

The late Dr. John Horton, a former chair of the Division of Periodontology and a well-respected faculty member and alumnus, has been honored by Drs. Lori Little-Levenson and Ira Levenson, who have partnered with other alumni to create an endowment in Dr. Horton’s name for the Division of Periodontology.

After Dr. Horton’s passing in October 2008, contributions to the endowment fund poured in from the College’s faculty members, former students, and the many friends Horton made throughout his lifetime. As a result of these donations, the endowment fund has reached nearly $15,000, and it will be fully endowed once it totals $50,000.

For more information about this endowment fund, contact Rachel Childress or call 614-366-1392.


Reunion Weekend Football Tickets for DAS and OSU Alumni Members Only

Football tickets for this year’s OSU vs. USC game during the annual Alumni Reunion Weekend (September 12th) are available only to members of both the Dental Alumni Society and the OSU Alumni Association.

To verify membership in the OSU Alumni Association, call 1-800-762-5646; for Dental Alumni Society membership information, contact Kate Charlesworth-Miller or call 614-293-0571.


Research News

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College Hosts Annual Research Day -- February 17th

The College of Dentistry will host its 25th Annual Research Day on Tuesday, February 17th, from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Biomedical Research Tower.

The Annual Research Day event gives the College’s students and researchers an opportunity to present abstracts in a public forum and to compete for awards. Featuring the College’s biomedical researchers, this event also provides a venue in which dentistry colleagues and visitors from other departments at OSU can learn about the new and innovative research projects being conducted within the College.

Guest speaker Susan W. Herring, Ph.D., of the University of Washington will deliver a presentation titled, “We Are What We Eat: Jaw Muscles and the Skull.”

College presenters include dental and dental hygiene students, post-doctoral and Ph.D. students, residents, and fellows. More than 50 abstracts will be presented, covering an array of research topics. Posters will be displayed throughout the day, with presenters available to discuss their research findings with visitors, guests, and judges.

The event is free and all OSU health sciences professionals are welcome to attend. For more information, click here.


Dr. John Sheridan is Honored as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dr. John Sheridan, a professor in the College of Dentistry’s Division of Oral Biology, has joined the ranks of the most prestigious researchers in the nation with his recent selection as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Established in 1848, AAAS is the largest general scientific society in the world, and those who are honored as Fellows in the organization represent an elite group of scientists whose outstanding work has increased the body of knowledge in a particular subject area.

Dr. Sheridan’s Fellow award is a result of his “distinguished contributions to the fields of oral biology, molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics.” Sheridan is the College of Dentistry’s Associate Dean of Research, and he is a faculty member in the College of Medicine’s Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics. He also holds the George C. Paffenburger Endowed Chair in Dental Research, which supports his study of the interactions of the mind and body as they relate to the regulation of the human immune system.

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Faculty Researchers Publish Pain Management Findings
in Journal of the American Dental Association

Researchers in the Advanced Endodontic Program at the College of Dentistry continue to make advances in helping patients experience less pain during dental treatment. The latest finding, recently published in the prestigious Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), shows that articaine is superior to lidocaine when administered next to the tooth of the first molar following a jaw injection or alveolar nerve block.

After randomly testing seventy-three adult subjects, endodontic alumnus Andrew Haase, Professor Emeritus Al Reader, Associate Professor John Nusstein, Faculty Emeritus Mike Beck, and Assistant Professor Melissa Drum concluded that a 4 percent articaine formulation resulted in successful pulpal anesthesia 88 percent of the time for the first molar, in comparison to 71 percent of the time with a 2 percent lidocaine formulation after a standard jaw injection.

This new method of pain management is significant to all dentists and patients because it presents a way to numb the first molar in the lower jaw when an inferior alveolar nerve block fails to prevent the sensation of pain.

Click here to read the published article.


“Seed Grant” Program Provides Funding for New Research Project

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.

The most recent recipient of seed grant funding is Oral Biology Professor Joseph Travers, whose research project is titled, “An In Vitro Model for Gustatory Oromotor Processing in the Caudal Brainstem.”

Travers’ research focuses on the highly complex “reticular formation” section of the brainstem where there are essential circuits that are necessary for coordinated oromotor (chewing and swallowing) functions. Travers’ laboratory uses neuroanatomical, neurophysiological and neuropharmacological approaches to find out how the brain’s circuits process sensory information to switch between multiple behaviors.


Upcoming Events

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February 4: “Book Club” lunch discussion at 11:30 a.m. in the dean’s conference room; the topic will be “The Skillful Teacher,” by Stephen D. Brookfield. Contact:

February 17: Research Day events held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Biomedical Research Tower. Contact:

February 20: MandiBall celebration at 8:00 p.m. in the Gateway Theater on North High Street. Contact:


Continuing Dental Education

February 19 – 23: CE at Sea
Western Caribbean Cruise: topics include the use of adhesives as alternatives to complete crowns and restoring anterior teeth with all-ceramics.

February 21 – 22: Local Anesthesia for the Dental Hygienist
Topics include the neurophysiology of pain and pain control, understanding the pharmacology of local anesthetics, and the safe administration of local anesthetics under dental supervision.

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.


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