Clifton O. Dummett, D.D.S., a pioneer in academic dentistry, former dental dean, and humanitarian, passed away on September 12, 2011. Dr. Dummett was Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry. His teaching career in periodontics began at Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry, where he ultimately became Professor of Periodontics. He became Dean and Director of Dental Education at age 28 in 1949, establishing a record as the youngest dental dean in the United States.
The ADEA Curriculum Resource Center (ADEA CRC) continues to grow. A curriculum module on periodontology was added to website’s three existing modules: dental plaque biofilm, dentin hypersensitivity, and erosion.
A new pilot project at the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry has brought iPads into the school's main clinic. Students are using iPads equipped with a special application that gives them a new way to communicate with patients, discuss oral health topics and dental procedures, and educate patients about the health of their mouths.
Three universities have planned to work together to fill in the gaps in dental care in eastern Kentucky. The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry is partnering with Morehead State University and the University of Pikeville as part of the Appalachian Rural Dental Educational Partnership Plan.
The University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine has received a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant for $500,000 to replace its 14-year-old Mobile Dental Unit—the van that gives the children of Chautauqua County access to oral care.