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        May 2009

College News

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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 Endodontics

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 Endodontists.

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 Children’s Hospital

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 health care.

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 Awards


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.

This 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 Faculty Practice.

Click here to view the new DFP web site.


Volpe Prize Winners Announced

(left to right) Herman Thang, Dr. Anthony Volpe, Jill Bashutski and Pooja Maney

The winners of the biennial Volpe Prize 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 U.S.

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.

Faculty News

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Rachel Henry Wins ADHA Future Leader Award

Division of Dental Hygiene faculty member Rachel Henry has been selected as the 2009 winner of the American Dental 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 Hygienists' Association.




Dentistry Professors Canise Bean and Ashok Kumar Speak at Conference on Diversity

Dentistry professors 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 campus.

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 Kalmar

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 health sector.

Click here to read more.


Staff News

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Rachel Vansickle Elected to USAC

OHIO Project Program Coordinator Rachel Vansickle has been elected as a member of the University Staff 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, and treatment.

Student News

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Defay and Landry Win OSU Leadership Award

Dean Carole Anderson with Joseph Landry (left) and David Defay (right).

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.

Chosen by 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.

This 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.

Alumni News

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Dr. Buchsieb Wins PCA Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Buchsieb (left) with Dental Alumni Society President Dr. John Rhodes

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.

Research News

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Dr. Do-Gyoon Kim Receives Recovery Grant Funding

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 Professor Kumar, Mason’s research examined statistical differences in the bacterial composition of the health-associated subgingival plaque among various ethnic groups.

Upcoming Events

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June 7: Convocation ceremony: 2:00 p.m. at the Mershon Center; Contact:

June 8: Teaching book club meeting presents a discussion on Educating the Net Generation; 11:30 a.m. in room 3123 Postle Hall. Contact:

October 9: 3rd International Symposium on the Oral-Systemic Health Connection in Children (OSHCC); Contact: Dr. Marcio daFonseca or call 614-722-5648.


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 assessment.

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.

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