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Dean Hosts Town Meeting
College of Dentistry Dean Carole Anderson held a “town hall” meeting
on May 26th that was attended by faculty, staff, and students. The
meeting began with the Dean’s presentation of her goals for bringing the
College into the top ten ranking of schools of dentistry nationwide,
which includes creating a “high performance culture” among faculty,
staff and students, as well as initiating a College-wide improvement in
service to students and patients.
Other topics for discussion included implementing the College’s new
Strategic Plan and acting on the recommendations made by the external
review committee in 2008. Dean Anderson also emphasized the need for
increased research initiatives and new collaborations with the OSU
medical center, in addition to creating a shared vision among faculty,
staff and students, providing effective leadership, and fostering a
commitment to excellence in all areas within the
College of Dentistry.
Click to hear the Dean's Town Hall Meeting.
Click here to see the PowerPoint presentation.
College Presents William J. Meyers Endowed Chair in
Dean Carole Anderson with Dr. William Meyers
At a reception on May 19th, College of Dentistry Professor Emeritus
William J. Meyers was recognized with the presentation of an endowed
chair named in his honor. Dean Carole Anderson made the official
announcement of the William J. Meyers Endowed Chair in Endodontics,
which will support a distinguished endodontic educator and researcher.
A longtime faculty member and administrator in the Division of
Endodontics, Dr. Meyers joined the College of Dentistry in 1976,
providing outstanding leadership as the Endodontic Division Chair from
1976 to 1995. Throughout his distinguished career, Meyers has been
honored with a number of prestigious awards, including the (2005) I.B.
Bender Lifetime Educator Award from the American Association of
Dr. Meyers has also served as president of the Columbus Dental
Society and he is the past president of the Ohio Association of
Endodontists. Still a part-time faculty member in the Division of
Endodontics, Dr. Meyers said of the endowed chair named in his honor,
“This is great – not because I’m great in any way, but because this
endowed chair will be a wonderful thing for the Division of Endodontics.”
Meyers added, “I’d like to thank everyone who made a contribution that
helped to accomplish this goal. Your efforts and your generosity are
amazing and I'm very honored.”
College Sponsors International Symposium at
The College of Dentistry’s Division of Pediatric Dentistry and the
Department of Dentistry at Nationwide Children’s Hospital will
co-sponsor the 3rd International Symposium on the Oral-Systemic Health
Connection in Children (OSHCC) on Friday, October 9th.
The goal of the symposium is to discuss the connections between oral
health and systemic health in children, and to examine the implications
these connections have as they relate to the delivery of oral and dental
For more information about the conference, visit the
OSHCC web site or contact the conference chair,
Dr. Marcio daFonseca, at 614-722-5648.
Student Government Association Presents Faculty
At a reception on May 12th, the College of Dentistry’s Student
Government Association (SGA) presented this year’s dental hygiene and
dentistry faculty award winners. An annual event for the last 16 years,
each dentistry and dental hygiene class votes to choose the instructors
who receive these awards that recognize teaching excellence.
year’s winners are: Dr. Shereen Azer (Restorative and Prosthetic
Dentistry); Dr. Zdenka Bartz (Restorative and Prosthetic
Dentistry); Ms. Susan Bauchmoyer (Dental Hygiene); Dr. Lewis
Claman (Periodontology); Dr. Erik Evans (Oral and
Maxillofacial Surgery); Dr. Richard Fertel (Pharmacology); Dr.
Reza Heshmati (Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry); Dr. Joen
Iannucci (Clinical Dentistry); Dr. Robert Jaynes (Primary
Care); Dr. William Kaye (Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery); Dr.
Camilo Machado (Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry); Ms. Anne
McCaffrey (Dental Hygiene); Ms. Beverly McClure (Dental
Hygiene); Dr. David Padgett (Oral Biology); Dr. Sarath
Thikkurissy (Pediatric Dentistry); Dr. Gabriela Weiss
(Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry).
College Launches New DFP Web Site
To better serve the College of Dentistry’s patients, the Dental
Faculty Practice (DFP) clinic has updated its web site with new graphics
and new options for patients seeking information online. With the launch
of this new site, DFP patients and web users now have access to detailed
insurance information and a complete list of DFP practitioners. Patients
who are new to the clinic can also download information and fill out
required forms before they arrive for their first visit.
Other improvements include the option of scheduling an appointment
online, and the site also provides "user friendly" descriptions of the
comprehensive dental and oral health care services offered by the Dental
Click here to view the
new DFP web site.
Volpe Prize Winners Announced
(left to right) Herman Thang, Dr. Anthony Volpe, Jill Bashutski and
The winners of the biennial
competition were announced at a reception and dinner held on May
15th. Sponsored by the College of Dentistry’s Division of Periodontology
and the Colgate-Palmolive Company, the Volpe Prize recognizes the best
clinical research in periodontology by students in dentistry, and the
competition draws participants from Canada, Mexico, and the continental
This year’s winners were Jill Bashutski, first place prize
winner from the University of Michigan, and runners up Pooja Maney
(The Ohio State University) and Herman Thang (University of
Toronto). 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.
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Rachel Henry Wins ADHA Future Leader
Division of Dental Hygiene faculty member Rachel
Henry has been selected as the 2009 winner of the
Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) Hu-Friedy Esther
Wilkins Future Leader Award. As the recipient of this
honor, Ms. Henry is recognized among the nation’s dental
hygienists who “exhibit a strong commitment to the
dental hygiene profession and who have demonstrated
leadership in the American Dental Hygiene Association
within five years of graduation from an accredited
dental hygiene program.” An alumna of the College of
Dentistry’s Dental Hygiene Program, Ms. Henry will
receive this year’s ADHA Future Leader Award on June
20th at the Annual Session of the American Dental
Dentistry Professors Canise Bean and
Ashok Kumar Speak at Conference on Diversity
Ashok Kumar and
Canise Bean were featured guest speakers at the
15th Annual National Conference on Diversity, Race, and
Learning held May 5th at the Fawcett Center on OSU’s
Sponsored by Ohio State’s Office of Minority Affairs
and the Office of Continuing Education, the theme for
this year’s conference was Beyond the Diversity
Rhetoric: Academic, Corporate, & Community
Responsibility. Dentistry professors Bean (shown left) and Kumar made
presentations on the topic titled, “Diverse Populations:
A Positive Outcome of Community-Based Education.”
ADA News Features Oral Cancer Expert
Panelists -- Including Dentistry’s Representative John
A recent edition of the American Dental Association’s
principal publication, the
ADA News, featured an article about a recent expert
panel discussion held at the ADA Association
headquarters in Chicago. The aim of the April 13-15
meeting convened by the American Dental Association
(ADA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
was to develop effective oral cancer screening
recommendations for health care practitioners.
Dentistry’s Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
John Kalmar was among the panelists that included
nationally recognized experts in oral cancer, as well as
representatives from ADA councils and selected
physicians and dentists from academia and the public
Click here to read more.
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Rachel Vansickle Elected to USAC
OHIO Project Program Coordinator Rachel Vansickle has
been elected as a member of the
Advisory Committee (USAC).
Established in 1986, USAC serves as an advisory body to the University
President, and its mission includes maintaining an
active line of communication with the University
community, while providing a forum through which
university staff can raise, discuss, and make
recommendations on non-academic issues. USAC is
comprised of 30 staff members chosen from various units
throughout the university, with each member serving a
term of three years.
“Race for the Cure” Dentistry Team
Joins Group of 46,000
The College of Dentistry’s “Gummy Gums” Race for the
Cure team joined with thousands of other participants in
the Susan G.
Komen Breast Cancer Race for the Cure on May 16th in
downtown Columbus. Thanks to all who joined the effort,
a group of more than 46,000 walked and ran to help find
a cure for breast cancer, while raising almost $2
million to support breast cancer education, research,
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and Landry Win OSU Leadership Award
Dean Carole Anderson with Joseph Landry (left) and David Defay
Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) graduating seniors
David Defay and Joseph Landry were selected as
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.
a committee of faculty and staff from throughout the
University, award recipients are honored for their
academic excellence, and their leadership abilities both
within and outside their professional programs.
year’s Outstanding Professional Student Award winners
were recognized at the
University’s 48th Annual Leadership Awards ceremony
held on May 15th. The event was attended by OSU
President E. Gordon Gee who praised this year’s winners
who are student leaders at Ohio State today, as well as
leaders in their chosen professions in the future.
DDS Idol Winners Take Top Prizes!
Each year in the spring quarter, the College's
Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S) and Dental Hygiene (D.H.) students hold
their own version of the popular American Idol competition, which they
call DDS Idol. A good time was had by all at this event that featured
students who sang and competed for prizes, and dental faculty members who
served as “Idol” judges.
Congratulations to this year's DDS Idol winners: 1st place, Beau Hunter & Jeremy Miller; 2nd place, Scott Bossert;
3rd place, J. Bard Parker & David Hoag.
Click to view this year’s event photos.
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Dr. Buchsieb Wins PCA Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Buchsieb (left) with Dental Alumni Society President Dr. John
The College of Dentistry’s 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award was
presented to Dr. Walter Buchsieb at this year’s Post College Assembly on
May 1st. A former Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of
Orthodontics, Dr. Buchsieb has been a longtime friend and advocate for
the College who worked closely with dentistry’s development officers to
help build support for the Vig/Williams Endowed Chair in Orthodontics,
which was funded in 2008.
Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Buchsieb has spent more than
25 years in private practice, and he has held an array of leadership
positions in dental organizations. He is a past president of the Ohio Dental Association, and he
has also held the position of President of the College of Diplomats of
the American Board of Orthodontics.
Dr. Buchsieb has also been a recipient of the James A. Brophy
Distinguished Service Award, and he has been elected to membership in
the Pierre Fouchard Academy, Who's Who in America, the International
College of Dentists, and the American College of Dentists. In addition
to his Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Dentistry, Dr.
Buchsieb has been a past recipient of the Dental Alumni Society’s
Distinguished Alumni Award, which honored his tireless support and
generous efforts on behalf of the College of Dentistry.
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
you’d like to have preserved for future generations of dental
alumni, please contact Kate Charlesworth-Miller at
or call 614-366-4990.
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Dr. Do-Gyoon Kim Receives Recovery
The College of Dentistry’s Office of Research
recently announced that
Assistant Professor of Orthdontics Do-Gyoon Kim
is Ohio State’s first recipient of an
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act award from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIA) for his R-21
project titled, “Viscoelastic deformation of bone matrix in postmenopause.” Dr. Kim’s other research projects include
investigations of the mechanics related to orthodontic
tooth movement, degenerative joint diseases, and the
interaction of tissue and biomaterials at the macro,
micro, and nano levels.
Periodontology Professor Kumar Mentors Denman
Research Award Winner
Periodontology Professor Purnima Kumar recently served as a
research advisor for Matthew Mason, a
2009 Denman Research
Award winner who will join the College of Dentistry as a Doctor
of Dental Surgery student this fall. Mason’s research project won
the first place award in the Denman competition’s Health
Professions/Clinical division with his project titled, “The
Contribution of Ethnicity to Subgingival Microbial Colonization.”
Working closely with
Kumar, Mason’s research examined statistical differences in the
bacterial composition of the health-associated subgingival plaque
among various ethnic groups.
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June 7: Convocation ceremony: 2:00 p.m. at the Mershon Center; Contact: Delong.firstname.lastname@example.org
June 8: Teaching book club meeting presents a discussion
on Educating the Net Generation; 11:30 a.m. in room
3123 Postle Hall. Contact:
3rd International Symposium on the Oral-Systemic Health
Connection in Children (OSHCC); Contact:
daFonseca or call
Continuing Dental Education
FREE Online CE (2 CEUs) Oral Health Risk Assessment: An online
interactive case study that focuses on advancing practice skills in risk
June 18: Imagine Implants: An Implant Sim-Lab Hands-On Course: This
implant sim-lab course is an integrated surgical and prosthetic
experience that includes simulated surgery on fully anatomic models.
July 11: Tooth Anatomy for the Dental Auxiliary: This course
provides an overview of the terminology and characteristics of all teeth
in the adult and deciduous dentition. The course is open to all dental
professionals, but it is a mandatory prerequisite for acceptance into
the EFDA Continuing Education Curriculum offered through OSU.