Bulletin of Dental Education

July 2011 Kudos

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Dean Rouse Awarded Sterling V. Mead Award 

ADEA President Leo E. Rouse, Dean, Howard University College of DentistryADEA President Leo E. Rouse, Dean of the Howard University College of Dentistry, was awarded the Sterling V. Mead Award by the District of Columbia Dental Society in early June. The award was given in recognition for distinguished contributions to society, the dental profession, and dental research. The Mead Award is named after a distinguished dentist and author who wrote several books on dentistry between 1935 and 1954, including Oral Surgery, Diseases of the Mouth, and Anesthesia in Dental Surgery.

“Dean Rouse was chosen for the Sterling V. Mead award for his outstanding contributions to dental education and for his continued efforts to foster the alliance between the DC Dental Society and Howard University College of Dentistry,” said D.C. Dental Society President Patrick M. Grogan, D.D.S.

Dr. Rouse is also a 24-year veteran of the U.S. Army, concluding his career as the Commander and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Army Dental Command. He was appointed Dean of Howard University College of Dentistry in 2004. Dr. Rouse has also served as Chair of the ADEA Council of Deans and as an ADEA Commissioner on the Commission of Dental Accreditation (CODA). He received the ADEA Presidential Citation in 2009 for distinguished service to the Association and dedication to the advancement of the dental education community.

Dr. Alexander Receives 2011 Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award 

The California Wellness Foundation presented Dr. Charles J. Alexander with its 2011 Champions of Health Professions Diversity award, given to those who have demonstrated their remarkable commitment to increasing California’s health care workforce and its diversity.

Dr. Alexander is currently the Director of the Academic Advancement Program (AAP) at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). AAP supports students from educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, including first-generation college students and students from low-income families and underrepresented populations. At UCLA, Dr. Alexander also serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Student Diversity in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and as an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Division of Public Health, School of Dentistry.

Previously, Dr. Alexander was the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Dentistry. He founded UCSF’s Dental Careers Program, which offered the nation’s first dental post-baccalaureate program. Prior to that, Dr. Alexander created and ran student diversity programs at Marquette University and Brandeis University. A Past President of the National Association of Medical Minority Educators, Dr. Alexander received UCSF’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for leadership and inspiration in advancing social and economic justice goals. He has also served as Chair of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Dental Pipeline Project II Advisory Committee.

Dr. Cleveland Receives Dr. James J. Crawford Award 

The Organization for Safety, Asepsis and Prevention (OSAP) honored Dr. Jennifer L. Cleveland with the Dr. James J. Crawford Award in June. The award recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of dental infection control. Nominees for the award must have made major contributions in science, education, or public policy related to OSAP’s core competencies of dental infection control, office safety, and occupational health.

Dr. Cleveland, a Dental Officer/Epidemiologist in the Division of Oral Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has contributed to knowledge of infection control and safety since joining the CDC in 1991. She has written numerous peer-reviewed articles on infection control and has addressed audiences around the world. She has led many initiatives advancing the field, including those related to prevention of occupational blood exposures, update on tuberculosis guidance, HIV screening in dental practices, and the cooperative agreement with OSAP. She has served on the editorial review boards of the Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) and OSAP’s Infection Control in Practice publication.

Dr. Tolarova Honored with Henry Schein Humanitarian Faculty Award 

The University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s Humanitarian Dentistry Organization (HuDen) presented Dr. Marie M. Tolarova with the second annual Henry Schein Humanitarian Faculty Award in early June. The award honors one Dugoni faculty member for time dedicated to providing free dental service and bestows $1,000 on the recipient. Mr. Keith Wilson from Henry Schein, Inc. presented the award.

Dr. Tolarova is Executive Director of the Pacific Craniofacial Team and Cleft Prevention Program. She donates much of her time to researching and treating patients with cleft lip and palate. Dr. Tolarova sits on the Board of Trustees of the International Cleft Lip and Palate Foundation (ICPF), a multidisciplinary humanitarian foundation established in 1997 devoted to cleft lip and palate patients. She donated her $1,000 award to a scholarship fund that will support colleagues from developing countries who attended the Cleft 2011 International Cleft Lip and Palate Conference, which Dr. Tolarova helped coordinate.

"Our selection committee of students and faculty was so impressed with the quality of Dr. Tolarova's humanitarian activities and service, as well as the tremendous quantity of projects she has been involved in," said Mr. Cedric Papa, President of HuDen.

An officially sanctioned organization at the school since May 2010, HuDen was created to celebrate humanitarian dentistry, serve as a resource for current humanitarian dentistry groups, and publicize ongoing volunteer and service projects.

Dr. Hechter Receives Alumni of Distinction Award 

The University of Manitoba Dental Alumni Association announced that Dr. Frank J. Hechter is the recipient of the Alumni of Distinction Award for 2011. “Dr. Hechter’s track record of achievement has been enormous,” UMDAA president Dr. Chris Cottick said in making the announcement. “He also received tremendous support from our membership at large who fully endorsed his nomination for our annual award.”

A member of the Class of 1971, Dr. Hechter has served the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry as a professor in both the undergraduate and graduate orthodontic programs for almost 30 years.

With the University of Winnipeg, Dr. Hechter was appointed to the Board of Regents in 1993, acting as Chair from 1998 to 2000. In 2008, he was named a Fellow of the University of Winnipeg honoris causa.

Two UIC Faculty Honored by University for Teaching Excellence 

Dr. Maria Therese GalangDr. Maria Therese Galang, Assistant Professor of Orthodontics, and Dr. Judy Chia-Chun Yuan, Clinical Assistant Professor of Restorative Dentistry, of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry, were selected by their peers to receive 2010-11 Teaching Recognition Awards from the UIC Council for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). A total of 20 UIC faculty campus-wide were chosen.

“I strive to constantly improve my courses and I make sure that everything I teach is clinically applicable,” Dr. Galang said. “My goal is to keep students engaged and show them how the specialty of orthodontics will come into play in their future careers as they take care of their patients.”

“I also am extremely proud of the students I have mentored for various research projects—undergrads, predocs, and residents. A number of them even have won awards, and that always makes a mentor proud,” Dr. Galang said.

Dr. Judy Chia-Chun YuanDr. Yuan also expressed her gratitude. “It is an honor to receive this award,” she said. “I am indeed thankful for this award that recognizes an educator’s dedication to the students and school. I am grateful to have a group of energetic, wonderful students who keep me motivated.”

Dr. Yuan also is an inspiration to students, having been selected in 2009 for a Crystal Apple Award by the Class of 2011. She also is part of the predoctoral implant team that recently was chosen for an ADEA/Zimmer Dental Implant Teaching Award, and has had several articles published in dental journals on gender disparities, education, and teaching.

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