Bulletin of Dental Education

Transitions, Appointments, and Awards - November 2012

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Dr. Thomas Indresano Appointed to Dr. T. Galt and Lee DeHaven Atwood Endowed Professorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

A. Thomas Indresano, D.M.D. was appointed to the University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s Dr. T. Galt and Lee DeHaven Atwood Endowed Professorship in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.

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The endowed professorship honors Dr. Indresano's achievement in the field and leadership as chair of the school's Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department. University Provost Maria Pallavicini, Dean Patrick J. Ferrillo, Jr., dental school administrators and faculty were among those on hand to recognize the honor and thank members of the Atwood family, which graciously funded the endowed professorship.

In 2012, the Alumni Association of the University of  the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry awarded Dr. Indresano with its highest award, the Medallion of Distinction. The prestigious medallion recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the School of Dentistry, research, dental education or the community.

 "I am highly honored to be named the Dr. T. Galt and Lee DeHaven Atwood Endowed Professor in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery," says Dr. Indresano. "I consider the naming of this professorship as a validation of the work our faculty, staff and residents do in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery."


University of Manitoba Celebrates 2012 Alumni of Distinction Dr. Nisnick, D.M.D., M.S.D.

The spotlight beamed brightly on an innovator and true pioneer in North American health care at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry and Dental Alumni Association’s annual Alumni of Distinction celebration September 28, 2012. 

Gerald Niznick, D.M.D., M.S.D., received the 2012 Alumni of Distinction award, one of the highest honors in Manitoba oral health. The former Winnipeg resident has been developing and manufacturing dental implants for 27 years. With 35 U.S. patents to his name, he has been referred to by Barron’s magazine as the “Godfather of American Implant Dentistry.”

In addition to his work an oral health innovator, the member of the university’s Class of 1966 has been heralded for his long and successful career as an entrepreneur, establishing several successful enterprises built around the technology he pioneered. Most recently, the former Winnipeg resident returned home to launch the Niznick Overdenture program, an initiative that university academics feel could change the face of the implant industry in Canada.

Sharing the spotlight was be Mrs. Diane Girardin, a long-time instructor and alumna of the university’s School of Dental Hygiene. Mrs. Girardin has been named one of the school’s top instructors for over 10 consecutive years. 

ADA Foundation offers grants for domestic and international dental student service

The ADA Foundation is accepting applications for two grants that support dental student outreach to underserved populations domestically and internationally.

Dental student groups are invited to submit applications for either the Bud Tarrson Dental School Community Leadership Award or the Dr. Thomas J. Zwemer Award. Applications must be completed and submitted to the ADA Foundation by Nov. 26.

For applications and award guidelines, visit adafoundation.org

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Opens Application Process

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Competition System is open for applications to the Medical Research Fellows Program.  The program enables students at U.S. dental schools to participate in a yearlong, mentored, basic, translational, or applied biomedical research training experience at an academic or nonprofit institution, or at HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus near Washington, D.C.  For more information, visit  www.hhmi.org/medfellowships . 

ADA Foundation accepting applications for Predoctoral Dental Scholarships

The American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation is accepting applications for predoctoral dental student scholarships. Approximately 50 scholarships worth $2,500 each will be awarded.

Applications must be completed and submitted to the ADA Foundation by November 30, 2012.

The goal of this program is to facilitate the education of academically gifted dental students and to help predoctoral dental students defray a part of their professional education expenses.

The predoctoral dental student scholarships offered by the ADA Foundation each year include at least 25 Predoctoral Dental Student Awards, at least 25 Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships, up to two Robert J. Sullivan Scholarships and up to two Dr. Robert B. Dewhirst Scholarships.

The Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarship Program targets African-American, Hispanic and American Indian dental students, all of whom have been identified as underrepresented minorities in dentistry.

Recipients of the Robert J. Sullivan and Dr. Robert B. Dewhirst Scholarships will be selected from the pool of applicants for the Dental Student and Underrepresented Minority Dental Student Scholarships. 

The criteria for the Robert J. Sullivan Scholarships are the same as for the Predoctoral Dental Student Awards. 

Two Dr. Robert B. Dewhirst scholarships may be awarded, one to an applicant from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry and one to an applicant from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of the University of Southern California.

Visit www.adafoundation.org and click on “How to Apply” for more information on these ADA Foundation scholarships.

ADA Foundation Looks to Bolster Scholarship Efforts

In response to rising education costs, the American Dental Association (ADA) Foundation has launched a campaign to at least double the amount of funding it can make available for predoctoral dental student scholarships. The foundation’s goal is to increase the number and dollar amount of scholarships granted.

Foundation leadership is working with the American Student Dental Association to communicate the need for more scholarship funding and to seek contributions from members of the dental profession and the oral health care industry.

For more information about how to contribute to the ADA Foundation’s scholarship funding goals, contact Gene Wurth, executive director, at wurthg@ada.org or 1-312-440-2819, or Cathy Haibach at haibachc@ada.org or 1-312-440-2544.

The Association of American Medical Colleges Relaunches "Aspiring Docs"

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has relaunched “Aspiring Docs” with new content. This resource for future medical doctors has a growing library of fact sheets, podcasts, a new blog, and Ask the Experts interviews about the process of becoming a physician. The site also features Inspiring Stories. In addition to reaching the original target audience of African American, Latino, and Native American students, the site serves as resource for any student interested in medicine. Visit www.aamc.org/aspiringdocs to peruse the refreshed site.

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