ADEA Challenge Coins: Representing Our Common Bond

Recently, ADEA President and Dean of Howard University College of Dentistry Leo E. Rouse presented Dr. L. Jackson Brown with an ADEA Challenge Coin for his service as Editor of the Journal of Dental Education. The ADEA Challenge Coin is a new concept in the Association, pioneered by Dr. Rouse. Challenge coins are a tradition that has its roots in the U.S. military but has gained prominence in other types of organizations.

ADEA CRC Has the Latest on Biofilm, Erosion, and Dentin Hypersensitivity

Does one of your courses for the fall term need some freshening? If the topic is connected to biofilm, erosion, or dentin hypersensitivity, you’re in luck. For each of them, the ADEA Curriculum Resource Center currently contains course assignments, an image gallery, a resource library, case studies, and student handouts. Coming soon is new content on the relationship between periodontal diseases and overall health.

ADEA Customizes MedEdPORTAL for Oral Health

A version of the MedEdPORTAL website customized for ADEA provides a centralized location for news, updates, and featured publications relevant to oral health. The MedEdPORTAL partnership between ADEA and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) enables a higher degree of collaboration and integration between dentistry and medicine, ultimately benefiting patient care.

Apply Now for 2012 ADEA Awards, Fellowships, and Scholarships [August 2011]

ADEA, in conjunction with its corporate, professional association, and foundation partners, is pleased to announce the availability of its 2012 awards, fellowships, and scholarships. Among the awards offered are student scholarships, recognition for teaching excellence, fellowships, and student research funding opportunities.

CODA Votes to Set Standards for Dental Therapist Programs

On Friday, August 5, 2011 the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) voted to set standards for U.S. dental therapist programs. The decision is in response to a request by the University of Minnesota, the first U.S. dental school to initiate such programs.

Don’t Miss A Great Opportunity: Register Now for Upcoming ADEA Meetings [August 2011]

The 2011 ADEA BFACA Mid-Year Meeting will be held at the Kabuki Hotel in San Francisco, California from October 13-16. This meeting is open to all of those interested in Business, Financial, and Clinic Administration (BFACA). Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from exciting keynote speakers, network with other professionals, and tour a local dental school (preregistration is required).

Final Call for the 2011 ADEA/AAL Institute for Teaching and Learning

The ADEA/AAL ITL is designed for new and junior educators, private practice dentists transitioning to academic careers, and more senior faculty who want to get reenergized with the latest teaching and learning strategies for the classroom and the clinic. The mission of the ADEA/AAL ITL is to help you succeed in academic dentistry.

New IOM Report Outlines Opportunities for Dental Education Community to Address Access to Care Challenges

A report released in August 2011 by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, details recommendations to meet the oral health care needs of the underserved in the United States. Its motive is to bring into sharp focus the greatest barriers faced by the most vulnerable populations and ensure that oral health care is included in the national conversation that continues around health care.

New Manual Provides Strategies to Combat Faculty and Minority Shortages in Academic Dentistry

A faculty shortage and the lack of underrepresented minority (URM) faculty place academic dentistry in the midst of a crisis. The American Dental Education Association (ADEA), supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, has identified best practices to recruit and retain URM faculty that highlight the importance of leadership, institutional climate, mentoring, and valuing diversity.

Showcase Your Students In the BDE Special Issue [August 2011]

Each year, dental educators share the stories of students with interesting achievements both inside the classroom and out. Who do you know who should be featured in a future edition of the Bulletin of Dental Education Online (BDE) or the 2012 ADEA Official Guide to Dental Schools?

U.S. Dental School Applicants and Enrollees Data Available Online

The executive summary and tables of this annual analysis conducted by ADEA are now available at, in the Publications section under “Free Online Publications.” They include data on key characteristics of applicants and first-time enrollees of entering dental school classes.

UTHealth Receives Gift in Honor of Dr. Ralph Cooley

Dr. Denton A. Cooley, a world-famous heart surgeon and founder and President Emeritus of the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, made a large gift to the University of Texas at Houston (UTHealth) School of Dentistry in memory of his father, the late Dr. Ralph C. Cooley. Dr. Cooley was a 1908 alumnus of the school.

Dentistry in the News - August 2011

Numerous media outlets covered the publication of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Oral Health Access to Services report, Improving Access to Oral Health Care for Vulnerable and Underserved Populations, on July 13, 2011. Among them were the Los Angeles Times and Fox Broadcasting stations like KVVU Las Vegas and WTVT Tampa Bay‎.

Around the Dental Education Community - August 2011

Taking time from exams and patients, 25 University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry students participated in the Pacific One Word Project, a pilot program organized by the school’s Office of Academic Affairs. They were asked to select a single word that describes themselves at their “ideal” or “best” self and write a short explanation of their choice.

August 2011 Kudos

Dr. Cyril Meyerowitz, Director of Eastman Institute for Oral Health, was presented with the Foundations of Excellence in Research Award from the New York State Dental Foundation. The award is in recognition of Dr. Meyerowitz’s commitment to applying creative, science-based methods to foster greater understanding of and to improve overall oral health.

August 2011 Transitions

Dr. William H. Crawford, Jr., former Dean of University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, died on June 18, 2011. Dr. Crawford was named Dean in 1977 and served in that position until 1990. During his 13 years of leadership, the school underwent several changes, including renovations to the Norris Dental Science Center, the creation of the Special Patients Clinic and the Sterilizer Monitoring Service, and the opening of the Center for Craniofacial Molecular Biology on the Health Sciences campus.

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