Bulletin of Dental Education

May 2011 Transitions

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Journal of Dental Education Names Associate Editor

Dr. Marita R. InglehartDr. Marita R. Inglehart has been appointed Associate Editor of the Journal of Dental Education (JDE), the premier scholarly journal for academic dentistry published by the American Dental Education Association (ADEA).

The JDE plays a central role in connecting members of the dental education community and keeping them abreast of the latest research and developments. Dr. Inglehart will bring to the journal her esteemed background in higher education research and teaching, and her experience as a reviewer for more than 20 scholarly journals. She will be involved in all aspects of the submission and review process using the JDE’s paperless review system, implemented in 2010.

Dr. Inglehart has been a faculty member at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Dentistry for more than 20 years. She is currently Associate Professor with concurrent appointments in the Department of Periodontics and Oral Medicine and Department of Psychology. She is active in many organizations, is a UM Student Research Program Advisor, and reviews grant proposals for the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR).

Dr. Huw Thomas Named Dean of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 

Huw F. Thomas, B.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., is the new Dean of the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, effective August 1, 2011. Dr. Thomas comes to Tufts from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he has served as Dean of the School of Dentistry and Professor of Pediatric Dentistry since 2004. He has helped bring UAB to the forefront of curricular reform in dental education while building a strong research agenda within a clinical education setting.

Prior to joining UAB, Dr. Thomas held positions of increasing responsibility at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the University of Connecticut Health Center. A native of Wales, Dr. Thomas earned his dental degree from the prestigious Guy's Hospital, University of London, England. He received a pediatric dentistry certificate from Eastman Dental Center in Rochester, New York, and a master's degree in dental research from the University of Rochester. He earned his doctorate in biomedical sciences from the University of Connecticut Health Center.

Dr. Thomas is the author or co-author of more than 150 published articles, chapters, and abstracts in numerous scientific journals. His research focuses on tooth development, particularly that of the tooth root and periodontium. Most recently his studies have examined nutritional influences on the development of tooth enamel.

He holds fellowships in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American College of Dentists, and International College of Dentists, and is a member of several national and international associations and societies, including the Omicron Kappa Upsilon Dental Honor Society. His numerous leadership positions within the primary professional organizations of his field have included Chair of the American Dental Education Association Council of Deans; Chair of the Section on Dentistry and Oral Health Sciences, American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a consultant and Chair of site visit teams for the Commission on Dental Accreditation. Dr. Thomas previously served as a member of the National Board Test Construction Committee of the American Dental Association; Hatton Awards Committee, American Association for Dental Research and International Association for Dental Research; executive committee member and program chair, Section on Pediatric Dentistry and Oral Health, American Academy of Pediatrics; and Chair of the Council on Scientific Affairs, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.

In 2010, he received an Award for Excellence from the Society for Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine.

Dr. Jeffrey Ebersole Installed as AADR’s 40th President 

Dr. Jeffrey L. Ebersole was installed as the 40th President of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) at the conclusion of the association’s 40th Annual Meeting in San Diego, California, in March. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 89th General Session & Exhibition of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) and the 35th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

Dr. Ebersole is the Alvin L. Morris Professor of Oral Health Research, Director of the Center for Oral Health Research, and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Pittsburgh. He has been a member of IADR/AADR since 1972 and served on the AADR Board of Directors and several IADR and AADR committees. In 1983 he received the IADR Basic Oral Science Research Award, and in 2000 he received the IADR Basic Research in Periodontal Disease Award. His principal research interests are in the immunobiology of inflammation and innate and adaptive immunity in the oral cavity, resulting in more than 250 publications, book chapters, and reviews.

Dr. Dianne Rekow Installed as IADR’s 88th President 

Dr. E. Dianne Rekow was installed as the 88th President of the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) at the conclusion of the association’s 89th General Session & Exhibition in San Diego, California, in March. The meeting was held in conjunction with the 40th Annual Meeting of the American Association for Dental Research (AADR) and the 35th Annual Meeting of the Canadian Association for Dental Research.

Dr. Rekow is currently the Senior Vice Provost for Engineering and Technology at New York University (NYU) and Provost of the Polytechnic Institute of NYU. She is also a professor of orthodontics and of basic science and craniofacial biology at NYU College of Dentistry. Dr. Rekow holds a D.D.S., an M.S. in mechanical engineering, a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering, a certificate in orthodontics, and an M.B.A.

Dr. Rekow is committed to encouraging basic scientists and clinical researchers to share information as a means of increasing the prospects for translational research. Her research interests include performance and properties of brittle materials, tissue response to scaffolds, and ceramic-based dental restorations. She publishes and lectures extensively on orthodontics, dental materials and techniques, and establishing guidelines for the testing of new, advanced ceramic materials for use in crowns.

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