Bulletin of Dental Education

February 2012 Kudos

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Dr. Bill Wathen Recipient of the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry's Distinguished Alumni Award 

William F. Wathen, D.M.D., was recently named the recipient of the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Dentistry’s Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dr. Wathen has practiced dentistry for 44 years after receiving his degree from UK’s College of Dentistry in 1967. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 to 1970 and was Director of the Dental Assistants Training Program at Trimble Technical High School Clinic in Texas from 1971 to 1976. He has served as a Clinical Instructor in Oral Medicine/Oral Pathology at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. For the last 20 years, he has served in various faculty positions at the Baylor College of Dentistry.

Dr. Neal Johnson Recipient of Dugoni Faculty Award 

The California Dental Association Foundation has announced that  Neal A. Johnson, Ph.D., D.D.S., is the annual recipient of the Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award.

Dr. Johnson, an Associate Professor at the Loma Linda University (LLU) School of Dentistry, is the sixth recipient of the award. He graduated from LLU in 2008 and currently teaches microbiology for dental students, research ethics, biomedical sciences, and general pathology.

“I strive to instill upon my students an understanding that success is not measured by grades but by those who benefit from their leadership and expertise,” Dr. Johnson says.

The Dugoni Faculty Award acknowledges and supports individual faculty members for their exceptional leadership, innovation, collaboration, compassion, philanthropic spirit, and integrity in dental education. The award was developed to support individuals who contribute to the scholarly and creative activities of California dental students. Faculty affiliated with the state’s six dental schools are eligible.

Dr. Johnson has worked with the American Dental Education Association and International Association for Dental Research, as well as research groups in Australia and Jamaica, looking at neutraceutical therapy for oral cancer and oral bacterial infections.

Dr. Connie Drisko Honored 

Dean Connie L. Drisko of the Georgia Health Sciences University College of Dental Medicine has been named to the Board of Directors for Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the Central Savannah River Area.

Dr. Charles Goodacre Inducted Into the Royal College of Surgeons 

Charles J. Goodacre, D.D.S., M.S.D., Dean of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry, was inducted into the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) at the end of 2011. He is one of two American dentists in the RCSI, which has only six dentists enrolled as members.

The RCSI has played a major role in medical education and training in Ireland. Founded in 1784 to train surgeons, the college today provides extensive education and training in the health care professions at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

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