Dr. Martha Somerman to Receive Harvard Dental School’s Highest Honor
Martha J. Somerman, D.D.S., Ph.D., Dean of the University of Washington (UW) School of Dentistry and soon-to-be Director of the National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), has been chosen to receive the 2011 Paul Goldhaber Award from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine.
The Goldhaber Award, the Harvard dental school’s highest honor, goes to a recipient “who is held in the highest international esteem in his or her field relating to oral and systemic health.” The award was established in 1989 to honor Dr. Paul Goldhaber, a periodontist and researcher, upon the completion of his 22 years as Dean.
Dr. Somerman, an internationally respected researcher, educator, and periodontist, has been Dean of the UW School of Dentistry since 2002. She leaves UW in August to become Director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), where she will lead scientific direction, policy development, program review, and administrative management.
Professor Patricia Capps Receives Distinguished Teacher Award
Patricia A. Capps, CDA, RDH, M.S., received the Indiana University School of Dentistry Distinguished Teacher Award in April 2011. The award is given annually to a single faculty member within the school. Prof. Capps is the first dental assisting educator at Indiana to receive the award. She is also the current Chair of the ADEA Section on Dental Assisting Education.
Prof. Michele Darby Receives Distinguished Alumni Award from Pitt
On April 2, 2011, Professor Michele L. Darby received the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award in Dental Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. The award was given at the Eleventh Annual Dean’s Scholarship Ball at the Senator John Heinze History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Presented by Dean Thomas W. Braun, the award was in recognition for Prof. Darby’s years of sustained leadership in dental hygiene education, her professional service and accomplishments, and in being the first dental hygienist to become a Distinguished Fulbright Scholar.
Prof. Darby is Chair of the Old Dominion University School of Dental Hygiene and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine’s dental hygiene program. Recently, Prof. Darby spent several months as a Fulbright Scholar in Irbid, Jordan, teaching students and assisting faculty in achieving education standards similar to those in the United States.
Dental Hygiene Students Win State Awards
Dental hygiene students from the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith (UA) took first, second, and third place in a competition held at a meeting of the Arkansas State Dental Association.
UA Fort Smith students, who were up against seniors from the University of Arkansas in the Medical Sciences program, made four table clinic presentations during the event.
The winners were:
First place: “Alzheimer’s Disease: A Thought to Remember,” presented by Ms. Amber Walker, Ms. Morgan Farrow, Ms. Jill Teague, and Ms. Tasha Oden.
Second place: “Botox Usage in Dentistry,” presented by Ms. Kelly Stone, Ms. Alyssa King, Ms. Jessica Darter, and Ms. Sarah Clark.
Third place: “Omega-3 and Omega-6: Role in Periodontal Disease,” presented by Ms. Ashley Hightower, Ms. Hannah Brumley, Ms. Billie Clark, and Ms. Melanie Sanders.
Prof. Mitzi Efurd, Executive Director of the UA dental hygiene program, said the judges, who were all members of the Arkansas State Dental Association, were impressed with the UA Fort Smith projects. “The judges had a hard time deciding and said all of our students’ work was excellent, extremely informative, and well done,” said Prof. Efurd. “We can be very proud of how well our students competed.”
Dr. David Johnsen Receives IDA Special Recognition Award
David C. Johnsen, D.D.S., M.S., Dean of the University of Iowa (UI) College of Dentistry, has received the Iowa Dental Association's (IDA) Special Recognition Award for extraordinary contributions to the dental profession. The IDA honored Dr. Johnsen and other award recipients in a special ceremony during the association's Annual Session in Coralville, Iowa.
Dr. William Strohman, Immediate Past President of the Iowa Dental Association, noted Dr. Johnsen's leadership and ongoing dedication to furthering the profession of dentistry as reasons for his receiving the recognition.
Dr. Johnsen was ADEA President from 2002 to 2003. He also served on the Administrative Board of the ADEA Council of Dentals from 1998 to 2001. He currently serves on the National Advisory Dental and Craniofacial Research Council.
Dr. Johnsen has been Dean of the UI College of Dentistry since 1995. He received his D.D.S. degree from the University of Michigan and his master's in pediatric dentistry from UI.
Dr. William Johnson Named President of the American Association of Endodontists
William T. Johnson, D.D.S., M.S., was elected President of the American Association of Endodontists (AAE) during the association’s recent Annual Session in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Johnson, the Richard E. Walton Professor and Chair of the Department of Endodontics at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry, previously served as President-Elect and Vice President of the board and has been a board liaison to and member of various AAE committees including Public and Professional Affairs, Research and Scientific Affairs, Educational Affairs, Annual Session Planning and Continuing Education.
Dr. Johnson received his D.D.S., M.S., and certificate in endodontics from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, Dr. Johnson has served in several capacities on its Board of Directors, including two terms each as Secretary and President. He is a member of the ADEA Council of Hospitals and Advanced Dental Education Programs, as well as active in other professional organizations including American Dental Association (ADA) and the International Association for Dental Research (IADR). He is a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists.
Following two years of active duty with the U.S. Army, Dr. Johnson served in the 294th Medical Detachment of the Iowa Army National Guard and holds the rank of Brigadier General (retired). He is also a prolific author and lecturer on endodontic topics.
Dr. Gary Hartwell Named Vice President of the American Association of Endodontists
Gary R. Hartwell, D.D.S., M.S., was elected to serve as Vice President of the American Association of Endodontists during its 2011 Annual Session in San Antonio, Texas.
Dr. Hartwell is the Endodontic Program Director, Chairman, and a Professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
A Diplomate of the American Board of Endodontics, Dr. Hartwell is an accomplished endodontic educator previously serving in leadership capacities at Virginia Commonwealth University and the U.S. Army Dental Corps. He has had several hospital appointments and most recently taught at the Veterans Administration hospital in Hampton, Virginia. Dr. Hartwell received his D.D.S. from West Virginia University, his certificate in endodontics from the U.S. Army Dental Corps, and his M.S. in oral biology from the George Washington University.