Ms. Liz Koch Inducted as New Commissioner of the NCCA
Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) Chief Operating Officer Liz Koch was inducted as a Commissioner of the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) at the 2009 Annual Educational Conference of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (formerly the National Organization for Competency Assurance). Ms. Koch is one of 12 NCCA Commissioners and will serve in the Administrative Reviewer capacity.
Ms. Koch will be responsible for reviewing the policy and procedures of credentialing organizations. "One of my main duties will be to review new and renewal applications and make accreditation decisions at meetings held throughout the year," Koch stated upon her induction. She was nominated for the position by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence's Nominating Committee and elected by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence's membership.
Dr. William V. Giannobile Selected as New Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Research
The International and American Associations for Dental Research (IADR/AADR) have selected Dr. William V. Giannobile as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dental Research. Dr. Giannobile will succeed Dr. Anthony J. Smith, who has served as Editor-in-Chief since 2004.
Dr. Giannobile is a William K. and Mary Anne Najjar Endowed Professor of Dentistry and the Director of the Michigan Center for Oral Health Research at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. He is also Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering. Previously, Dr. Giannobile served as a faculty member at Harvard and The Forsyth Institute in Boston. He spent a sabbatical year in 2006 as a Visiting Professor at the University of Genoa Medical School and the University of Milan School of Dentistry in Italy.
After receiving his D.D.S. and M.S. in Oral Biology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Dr. Giannobile received his certificate in Periodontology and the Doctor of Medical Sciences in Oral Biology degree from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. He also completed postdoctoral training in molecular biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Jeffrey Platt to Succeed Dr. Michael Cochran as Editor-in-Chief of Operative Dentistry
Dr. Jeffrey A. Platt, Indiana University (IU) School of Dentistry, will take over as Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Operative Dentistry, published by the Academy of Operative Dentistry. Dr. Platt is the Ralph W. Phillips Scholar in Dental Materials at IU and has directed the school's Dental Materials division since joining the full-time faculty in 2000. A fellow of the American College of Dentists and the International College of Dentists, he is also President of the International Association for Dental Research's Dental Materials Scientific Group. Dr. Platt has served on several other editorial boards, including the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry and the Journal of Prosthodontics.
Dr. Platt will take over for IU colleague Dr. Michael A. Cochran, who has been Editor-in-Chief since 1999. Dr. Cochran scheduled his departure to coincide with his retirement from IU. Recently named a Professor Emeritus in the school's Restorative Dentistry department, he will remain on the journal's editorial staff.
Dr. Cochran brought several changes to the publication during his tenure, including a redesign, an increase in size, and embracing Web publishing opportunities to provide both print and electronic versions. In his farewell column in the November-December 2009 issue, Dr. Cochran expressed his pleasure in his colleague's appointment, describing Dr. Platt as "both a leader and team player" who will bring "new perspective, vigor, and vision" to the journal.
Mr. Daniel Hammer Honored With Good Samaritan Award
Mr. Daniel Hammer, a second-year student at University of Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, recently received the Dr. Thomas R. Bales Family Endowment Good Samaritan Award. The award was established to recognize a second-year student for demonstrating exemplary kindness to fellow classmates. He was selected by a vote of his classmates after being nominated by a committee comprised of faculty, administrators, and student body officers.
"Pacific fosters a culture focused on community involvement â€“ ranging from within our dental school class to the greater San Francisco area. I am grateful for all the opportunities available to help improve these communities and make a difference," remarked Mr. Hammer. He is president of Pacific's American Student Dental Association chapter and co-founder of the student-led community outreach Pacific Pays it Forward (see related story).
Dr. Andres A. Pinto to Develop Guidelines for Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation
Dr. Andres A. Pinto, Assistant Professor of Oral Medicine-Clinician Educator at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, has been invited by the Sjogren's Syndrome Foundation (SSF) to help develop clinical practice guidelines for treating the disease. The SSF is the only national nonprofit organization focused on increasing research, education, and awareness for Sjogren's Syndrome. Dr. Pinto has been a member of the SSF Medical and Scientific Advisory Board since 2007 and has participated in several collaborative projects.
Dr. Pinto will participate in the Oral Working Group, which covers treatment of the oral manifestations of Sjogren's. The guidelines development project is anticipated to take approximately three years to complete. "The development of these guidelines will provide evidence-based recommendations that can serve as background for future clinical research in this field," said Dr. Pinto. "I am very excited about joining a group of national and international clinicians and researchers in this project."