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Make the Most of Your Time at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

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With so many great educational options, you may have trouble choosing which sessions at the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition to attend. Let us take the guesswork out of planning your schedule by pointing out which meetings and programs were designed specifically for you!

Exciting Plenary Speakers

The 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is an opportunity for deans, allied program directors, administrators, faculty and students, residents and fellows to assess and reflect on how the brain operates and learn how best to approach teaching to optimize the student’s learning experience. How does the brain work? How do people learn and what is the most effective way to teach? 

This year, Discourse and Dessert moves to Saturday evening. This Plenary Session will feature Nina Godiwalla, a woman with insights and lessons to share about women in the workplace. Women have historically faced massive hurdles when aiming for the “C-Suite.” Some of those obstacles are deeply ingrained, while others could be easily overcome if the right set of tools were in place, a fact Ms. Godiwalla knows all too well. She entered Wall Street as an outsider—a woman and Indian American—and left enlightened on how minorities can thrive in a male-dominated corporate culture. Tickets can be purchased through the registration page for the annual session.

The Opening Plenary Session on Sunday, March 16, will delve into the Science of Learning with David Eagleman, Ph.D. In his presentation, “Incognito: The Secret Lives of Brains,” Dr. Eagleman will provide a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. Known for a unique and active exploration of ideas, he prompts audiences to recognize the beauty of the brain, question what we perceive as reality and re-think what we know about human nature. 

Monday’s Political Spotlight’s featured speaker is Van Jones, co-host of Crossfire on CNN. In addition to his duties at CNN, Mr. Jones is the President and cofounder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. While best known as a pioneer in the environmental movement, Mr. Jones has worked hard to bring about social justice for nearly two decades, fashioning solutions to some of urban America’s toughest problems.

Rishi Desai, M.D., will close the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition on Tuesday morning. Dr. Desai is a medical educator at the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. His goal is to generate content about pediatric infectious diseases and public health that is comprehensible to anyone, anywhere. In this talk, Dr. Desai will offer recap of the Khan Academy’s founding, a behind-the-scenes peek at how it works, a discussion of why it’s different, a look at education in a larger context, and then, of course, his own involvement there.

Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Symposia

The 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition is bringing together experts from all points of view to address “The Science of Learning.” This year’s Chair of the ADEA Board of Director’s Symposia is a series of three sessions providing attendees with a deep dive into how educators can optimize learning with a better understanding of how the brain works, and, thus, provide the best education to students. Contributors from inside and outside of academic dentistry will share a myriad of perspectives and approaches to improving learning among students.

Opening this series on Monday, March 17 at 10:30 a.m. is “Urban Legend or Brain Fact: The Truth About Learning,” a session presented by Nader Nadershahi, D.D.S., M.B.A., Ed.D., Dan Welch, Ph.D. and Cameron Jeter, Ph.D. This session will explain the brain basics of acquiring and retaining information. Come learn from neuroscientists which methods are fables and which are vetted truths. 

The next offering in this series is Monday at 1:30 p.m. and will address students with learning disabilities, an increasing phenomenon on college campuses nationwide. Sheldon H. Horowitz, Ed.D., National Center for Learning Disabilities, and Pamela Zarkowski, J.D., M.P.H., University of Detroit Mercy School of Dentistry, will present “Strategies and Suggestions for Accommodating Students with Learning Disabilities.” During the symposium, participants will have opportunities to discuss recommendations for policy and procedures as well as share best practices in faculty and staff training. 

The final session in the series, “Engaging the Brain: Art and the Science of Dentistry,” will take place at 8:00 a.m Tuesday, March 18. The technical nature of the dental school curriculum promotes logical, sequential and analytical thought, leaving little room to engage the random intuitive holistic and subjective parts of the brain. This creates a “disconnect” between the art and science of dentistry. Catherine Flaitz, D.D.S., M.S., Karen Novak, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. and Jay Heuman of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, will share how visual engagement with works of art, followed by small group discussions, reflective essays and journal entries can enhance three skillsets: (1) close observation, (2) unbiased analysis and (3) clear empathetic communication—important in the art of patient care.

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