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Dr. Wolinsky Accepts Deanship at Baylor

Dean Lawrence E. Wolinsky, Baylor College of DentistryDr. Lawrence E. Wolinsky has been appointed as Dean of Baylor College of Dentistry and officially begins his service on September 1, 2011. Dr. Wolinsky is currently the Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Personnel at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Dentistry and has served for 30 years with UCLA in research, teaching, and administrative roles.

Dr. Wolinsky obtained his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of California, San Diego, his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, and a certificate in periodontology from UCLA. Dr. Wolinsky’s research projects have focused on identifying new treatment methods for periodontal disease and management of caries. He was among the first to explore the plaque-inhibiting effects of natural plant compounds and was instrumental in developing an antimicrobial gel for managing periodontal disease. He also aided in creating a remineralizing toothpaste to help reverse early tooth decay.

Dr. Wolinsky succeeds Dr. James S. Cole, who is retiring from Baylor after 36 years of service to his alma mater, the last 10 as Dean.

WVU Names Dr. Felton as New Dean 

West Virginia University (WVU) School of Dentistry has named Dr. David A. Felton as its new Dean. Dr. Felton is currently Professor of Prosthodontics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry and will begin his service as Dean in August. Dr. Louise T. Veselicky has served as Interim Dean at WVU for the past four years.

Dr. Friedrichsen Named New Dean of WesternU 

Dr. Steven W. Friedrichsen has been named as the new Dean of Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine. He has served as the Interim Dean since February 1, 2011 after Founding Dean James J. Koelbl accepted a position with the University of New England.

Dr. Friedrichsen joined the WesternU faculty as Associate Dean of Patient Care and Clinical Curriculum in January 2010. Prior to that, he was Dean of Creighton University Medical Center School of Dentistry and Special Assistant to the University President for Healthcare Strategies. He also served for more than 20 years as Chairman, Department of Dental Sciences, and Director, Idaho Dental Education Program, at Idaho State University. During that time, he concurrently held the position of Director, Idaho Advanced General Dentistry Residency Program, for five years.

Dr. Friedrichsen has taught at Northwestern University Dental School, Idaho State University, and Creighton University School of Dentistry on such topics as dental anatomy, occlusion, expanded function dental hygiene, dental literature review, and preclinical and clinical restorative dentistry. He has published on a wide array of topics and made numerous presentations to local, state, and national conferences.

“I am honored to continue my service to Western University of Health Sciences and the College of Dental Medicine,” Dr. Friedrichsen said of his appointment. “WesternU is a unique academic environment, and the College of Dental Medicine plays a pivotal role in the university’s vision for the future of health care education. Although we are still a very new program, the college has an inspiring team of faculty and staff who work diligently to help us realize our mission and vision.”

Dr. Stoute Named Director of Admissions at UTSDH 

Dr. Gregory A. Stoute, Director of Admissions at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at HoustonDr. Gregory A. Stoute was recently named the new Director of Admissions at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston. Dr. Stoute, previously an Associate Professor and the Director of Minority Affairs at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, received his D.M.D. from Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and a M.P.H. from Harvard University. He is also a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves Dental Corps and has served at several foreign posts, including Iraq. Dr. Stoute was also the 2009 ADEA/Harry J. Bruce Legislative Fellow.

Interim Dean John A. Valenza said that “Dr. Stoute has unique qualifications in education, student recruitment and retention, and community outreach, and I’m confident he’ll be a tremendous addition to our faculty.” Dr. Stoute will serve both as admissions director and as an Associate Professor in the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Biomaterials.

Dr. Irwin D. Mandel Dies  

Irwin D. Mandel, D.D.S., a pioneer in preventive dentistry and salivary research who played a major role in shifting the focus of the profession from repair to prevention, died May 26, 2011, in New Jersey. He was 89 years old.

Dr. Mandel received his dental degree from the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine in 1945 and subsequently spent his entire career with the university, from 1946 to 1992 (excepting two stints with the U.S. Navy Dental Corps, 1945-46 and 1952-54).

At Columbia in 1971, he founded the Division of Preventive Dentistry at the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, the first such department in the country.  The department’s mission was based on his pioneering research on dental plaque in tooth decay and periodontal disease and on salivary composition. Dr. Mandel was one of the first scientists to point out that saliva could be used as a diagnostic tool for more than oral disease.

Dr. Mandel was an ADEA/American Association of Dental Schools member and a Past President of the American Association for Dental Research. In 1985, the American Dental Association awarded Dr. Mandel its first Gold Medal for Excellence in Dental Research.  Among his numerous accomplishments and honors, he was chief dental adviser to Consumers Union and its publications for nearly 50 years, and served as an active writer and reviewer for the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health (2000).

AAL Announces Dr. Rodriguez as New Vice President for Education 

Dr. Tobias E. Rodriguez, Vice President for Education of the Academy of Academic LeadershipThe Academy of Academic Leadership (AAL) announced the appointment of Dr. Tobias E. Rodriguez as its new Vice President for Education. Dr. Rodriguez will provide oversight and instruction to AAL’s national programs in teaching, learning, and leadership development.

Dr. Rodriguez received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan and previously served on the faculty of the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Dentistry. His expertise includes faculty development, strategic planning, curriculum reform, accreditation, and student research efforts. Dr. Rodriguez has also conducted research in public health and mucosal immunology. He is a graduate of the ADEA Leadership Institute and holds a position as a member of the ADEA Center for Educational Research and Policy Advisory Committee (ADEA CEPRAC).

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