Saturday, March 16 Session Daily


Welcome to the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

This is the first issue of the Session Daily for the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. The Session Daily is your one-stop source for program highlights, special events and general news about the ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. Watch your inbox for a new issue of the Session Daily tomorrow, Monday and Tuesday mornings.

Over the next four days, ADEA is offering a variety of interactive educational sessions and workshops, as well as engaging plenary sessions. Be sure to attend one or all of the three Chair of the ADEA Board of Directors Symposia. Additionally, you will have ample opportunity to network and socialize with peers and colleagues at events such as the Welcome Reception today from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom A-B, East Tower, Ballroom Level. There’s so much to do and see, and we encourage you to use the ADEA Live mobile app (conference registration number required) and the online program planner to navigate the meeting.

The Exhibit Hall is open on Sunday and Monday, March 17–18. Visit more than 75 exhibitors and explore the ADEA TechExpo and poster presentations by faculty and students. We have limited programming during Exhibit Hall hours so you can take advantage of enhanced offerings and the scheduled networking opportunities, including a coffee break and lunches for attendees. Don’t forget to stop by the ADEA Showcase, Booth 1119:

  • Learn more about ADEA membership and resources, including ADEA meetings and professional development opportunities, advocacy and government relations efforts, the ADEAGies Foundation® and ADEA publications—including the Journal of Dental Education (JDE) and ADEA Directory of Institutional Members and Association Officers.
  • Have a question about the Journal of Dental Education? Stop by JDE Office Hours to ask the editors in person! JDE Office Hours: Sunday, March 17, from 12:15 – 2:00 p.m., and Monday, March 18, from noon – 2:00 p.m. (Booth 1119 in the Exhibit Hall).
  • Stop by the ADEA Headshot Café at the ADEA Showcase for a FREE professional headshot on Sunday, March 17, from 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Monday, March 18, from 10:00 a.m. – noon and 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Our onsite photographer and makeup artists are there to help you put your best face forward! For quick tips on how to prepare for your headshot, follow these simple rules: it’s best to wear neutrals, stay away from patterns, keep accessories simple, relax and smile!
  • Enhance your digital identity! Visit the ADEA Social Media + Digital Tools Lab, Booth 1103, to upgrade your social media presence. Our onsite experts are available during #ADEA2019 to review your existing digital profile and help you enhance it. Participate in 20-minute sessions available throughout the day, including a session at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday titled “280 Characters or Less: Using Twitter to Tell a Dental School’s Story.” Hear how Dr. John Valenza, Dean, University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD), uses Twitter to engage followers and tell UTSD’s story online.

The Annual Session & Exhibition will end with the closing of the ADEA House of Delegates at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19. 

Again, welcome, and enjoy your time here in Chicago!

Explore Chicago!

This week, Chicago is welcoming over 3,000 registered attendees for the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. Ninety-five years ago this March, Chicago hosted the very first annual meeting of the American Association of Dental Schools (AADS) at The Congress Hotel, which is still in operation today. Since then, Chicago has been the location for 20 AADS/ADEA annual meetings (21 if you include this year’s meeting). Chicago has changed a bit since 1924, but there is no shortage of things to do during your downtime at this year’s ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition. One thing is certain—you are sure to bump into other meeting attendees!

A hub of invention with legendary architecture, a rich history, renowned museums, 77 diverse neighborhoods and fierce hometown pride, Chicago has something for everyone—whether it’s sightseeing, shopping the Magnificent Mile, foodie adventures, live music or St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

The Hyatt Regency Chicago is perched directly over the Chicago River; you’ll have a great view of the downtown area. While it’s known to be a family-friendly hotel, one of its most popular attractions is BIG Bar, which claims to have the longest freestanding bar in North America.

Spending St. Patrick’s Day in the “Greenest City in the World” will be a memorable experience. Beyond the 50-year tradition of dyeing the Chicago River green (for about five hours, starting at 9:00 a.m. today), the city hosts three parades, numerous celebrations and sets the entire downtown area aglow with green lights—all for the love of St. Patrick. Chicagoans of all ancestries pack downtown streets to get a glimpse of the festive floats, Irish dancers, bagpipe bands, and all the other marchers of the Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade. For those who would rather not crowd into a packed and boisterous pub, events like St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at Navy Pier provide family-oriented fun.

Also known as “the City of the Big Shoulders,” Chicago is the birthplace of the skyscraper and considered the most influential architectural city of the 20th century. Chicago’s silhouette is punctuated by the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. Wikitravel has an excellent Chicago Skyline guide to help you choose your ideal vantage point. And here are some great places for an elevated view:

  • 360 Chicago—Formally called the John Hancock observatory, you can buy a ticket for one visit, or for a morning plus night visit to see how the skyline changes when looking at it from 94 floors up!
  • Skydeck—Located in Willis Tower (formerly known as Sear’s Tower), Skydeck is also an attraction that offers 360-degree views. On a clear day, you can see for 50 miles in every direction, with views extending across four states: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin
  • John Hancock Center’s Signature Room and Lounge—Located on the 95th and 96th floors, offers cocktails and/or upscale dining along with a stratospheric view of the lake and city.

In 2017, Bon Appétit magazine named Chicago the Restaurant City of the Year. As you explore the city, keep an eye out for local delicacies like paczkis—a Polish pastry made with fried dough —and jibaritos, garlicky Puerto Rican sandwiches made with fried plantains instead of bread. And if you want to dabble in deep dish pizza during your stay, two famous establishments are just a few minutes away from the hotel: Bella Bacinos (at 75 East Wacker Drive) and Giordano’s (at 135 E Lake Street).

In addition to the excellent attractions noted on ADEA’s website for the conference, here are a few more nearby tourist-pleasers that make it worth bundling up and taking in the cultural riches of downtown Chicago.

  • Chicago Riverwalk: The 1.25 mile long path along the main branch of the Chicago River was completed in 2016. Since its opening, the Riverwalk has been a bustling hub of activity, offering a variety of venues and spaces for residents and visitors to eat, drink and play (two-minute walk from Hyatt Regency Chicago)
  • The McCormick Bridgehouse & Chicago River Museum: celebrates the Chicago River and its world-famous movable bridges (three-minute walk from Hyatt Regency Chicago)
  • American Writers Museum: A celebration of the American writer, the museum features a timeline of literary history in the United States and interactive exhibits. NOTE: Bob Dylan: Electric is on display until April 30 (five-minute walk from Hyatt Regency Chicago)
  • Chicago Architecture Center: Explore Chicago’s architecture via outdoor and indoor tours (one-minute walk from Hyatt Regency Chicago).
  • Buddy Guy’s Legends: Classic blues club with up-and-coming and famous acts seven nights a week, plus New-Orleans-inspired grub (six-minute drive from Hyatt Regency Chicago).

We hope enjoy the many exciting options Chicago has to offer during your stay!

More Chicago Fun Facts

  • The official origin of the name “Chicago” is that it is the French version of the Miami-Illinois word shikaakwa (stinky onion), named for the garlic plant (not onion) Allium tricoccum, common along the Chicago River.
  • Chicago is the third most populous city in the United States. 
  • Chicago has the only river that flows backwards.
  • Chicago is the home of the Twinkie.
  • The Art Institute of Chicago’s Art of the United Nation has largest collection of impressionist artwork.
  • Spray paint was invented in Chicago.
  • “The Loop” = Downtown Chicago. Technically, “the loop” originally referred to Chicago’s raised rail system (a.k.a. the “L”), however, it has since become synonymous with the downtown area of Chicago. 
  • Chicago is called “the Windy City” because of its politics. The city has a history of boastful and long-winded leaders, thus earning it the nickname.
  • Occasionally, someone actually refers to the giant metallic bean in Chicago’s Millennium Park by its real name, “the Cloud Gate.” This is sure to even confuse some Chicagoans, as the obvious name preference around the city seems to simply be “the bean.”
  • Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, built in 1930, is the oldest planetarium in the world
  • Many of the locations for the 1986 classic film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off can be found around Chicago, of course, but not all of them. Like many John Hughes films, it’s set in the fictitious Illinois town of “Shermer” (Shermerville was the name of Hughes’ neighborhood of Northbrook until 1923).


YESTERDAY: Leadership Institute Class of 2019 Graduates

Congratulations to the ADEA Leadership Institute Class of 2019! The Commencement Reception was held Friday, March 15, at 6:00 p.m. 

Leadership Institute Class

In addition, orientation for the incoming ADEA Leadership Institute Class of 2020 occurred yesterday afternoon. We welcome the new class!

Download the 2019 Annual Session & Exhibition MOBILE APP!

Navigate the 2019 Annual Session & Exhibition with ADEA Live—the official #ADEA2019 mobile app, powered by CadmiumCD. With ADEA Live you can:

  • Stay organized with up-to-the minute exhibitor, speaker and event information.
  • Build your schedule, take notes and download session presentations. 
  • Locate sessions and exhibitors with a comprehensive mobile map. 
  • Receive important, real-time information across all your devices. 
  • And, much much more!

Downloading the app is easy!

  • For Apple iOS devices, search for “ADEA Live” in the Apple App Store. 
  • For Android devices, search for “ADEA Live” on Google Play. 

Get Ready to Play ADEA Quest!

Download the ADEA Live mobile app and play ADEA Quest—fun, interactive and informative in-app game during #ADEA2019! Once onsite in Chicago, select “ADEA Quest” in the 2019 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition mobile app to get started. 

Visit with participating exhibitors in the Exhibit Hall on March 17 and 18 to unlock a series of in-app questions by scanning each booth’s unique QR code. Accumulate 2,019 points to qualify for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Winners will be announced on the in-app Leader Board and prizes will be drawn live from the ADEA Showcase, Booth 1119 in the Exhibit Hall, at 1:30 p.m. on March 17 and 1:00 p.m. on Monday. Good luck!

Smile Big, Win Big! 

Smiling Selfies

Join in on the fun at the ADEA 2019 Social Media + Digital Tools Lab by entering our #ADEA2019 Selfie Contest. EVERY DAY during the Exhibit Hall hours, a random winner will be chosen at 2:45 p.m. and notified via direct message.

Sound like fun? Snap a selfie and join in!

Here is how to enter:

  • Stop by the ADEA 2019 Social Media + Digital Tools Lab, booth 1103.
  • Snap a photo at the selfie wall and show off your killer grin.
  • Post your selfie on your favorite social media platform to a public profile using the hashtags #ADEA2019 #ADEASMLab
  • Multiple selfies/entries are allowed and encouraged!

Each winner will receive a surprise techy gift!

Check Out Tomorrow’s Events at the ADEA Social Media + Digital Tools Lab

Stop by the ADEA Social Media + Digital Tools Lab, booth 1103 in the Exhibit Hall, on Sunday for these sessions:

Special Event: 
12:30 – 12:50 p.m.   280 Characters or Less: Using Twitter to Tell a Dental School’s Story
Join Dean John Valenza as he describes his journey using Twitter and social media to tell the story of the University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston (UTSD). He will discuss how he engages with faculty and students to use his platform to provide a digital voice about what is happening at UTSD.

1:30 – 1:50 p.m.       Improve Your Professional Brand on Social Media

2:00 – 2:20 p.m.       Master LinkedIn to Build Your Professional Brand

3:40 – 4:00 p.m.      From 0 to 100: Building Your Professional Website

4:15 – 4:35 p.m.      Livestreaming Bootcamp

Ask the Editors About Publishing in the Journal of Dental Education

Stop by the ADEA Showcase, Booth 1119 in Exhibit Hall, during “JDE Office Hours” with your questions about publishing in the Journal of Dental Education:

  • Sunday, March 17, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m.—Dr. Nadeem Karimbux, JDE Editor
  • Sunday, March 17, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.—Dr. Lynn Whittaker, JDE Executive Managing Editor
  • Monday, March 18, noon – 2:00 p.m.—Dr. Marita Inglehart, JDE Associate Editor

TODAY: Don’t Miss These Events!

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
ADEA Signature Series—Academic Leadership in a Global Environment 
Grand Ballroom A-B, East Tower, Ballroom Level (Ticketed Event)

9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
ADEA GoDental® Recruitment Event
Regency Ballroom, West Tower, Ballroom Level

11:00 a.m. – noon
Emotional Intelligence: A Powerful Clinical Tool for Instructors and Students
Plaza B, East Tower, Lobby Level
This topic is gaining much traction in the allied dental education world. There is much confusion among educators as to what it is, how to correctly define it, and how it actually impacts both students and faculty.  

4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
ADEA House of Delegates Opening Session
Grand Ballroom C-F, East Tower, Ballroom Level

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
ADEA Welcome Reception
Grand Ballroom A-B, East Tower, Ballroom Level  

TOMORROW: Exhibitor Update

Brasseler USA (ADEA Corporate Member)
Booth: 508
Contact: Sue DeNitto (

Image Navigation Ltd.
Booth 1223
Contact: Elyakeem Kinstlinger

TrueVision 3D Surgical (New Exhibitor)
Booth 1233
Contact: Latifa McQuiggan

TOMORROW: Don’t Miss These Events!

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Opening Plenary—Why Collaboration Changes Everything
Grand Ballroom C-F, East Tower, Ballroom Level

10:30 a.m. – noon
Chair of the ADEA Board of Director’s Symposium—International Collaboration to Advance Dental Education
Regency A-B, West Tower, Ballroom Level

10:30 a.m. – noon
Update on Dental Licensure: The Momentum for Change
Randolph 3, East Tower, Concourse Level.
Dental licensure changes are happening across the United States. Leaders from ADEA, the American Dental Association and the American Student Dental Association will present the most recent improvements in the licensure landscape. In addition to reviewing the progress made by the Task Force on Assessment of Readiness for Practice, this session will engage stakeholders in joining the Coalition for the Modernization of Dental Licensure.

Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Exhibit Hall Open
Riverside, East Tower, Exhibit Level 

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Journal of Dental Education Office Hours—Dr. Nadeem Karimbux, Editor
Exhibit Hall, Booth 1119

12:30 – 5:00 p.m.
ADEA Headshot Café—Exhibit Hall
Booth 1119

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Journal of Dental Education Office Hours—Dr. Lynn Whittaker, JDE Executive Managing Editor
Exhibit Hall, Booth 1119

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders Fellows’ Symposium
Columbus E&F, East Tower, Ballroom Level
This session is a culmination of the year-long 2018 ADEA Summer Program for Emerging Academic Leaders. Fellows give 15-minute presentations on the collaborative research they conducted during program. Applications for the 2019 Emerging Leaders program, which kicks off in July in Washington, DC, will be accepted soon.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
CODA Orientation for Allied Dental Education Programs with Site Visits
Acapulco, West Tower, Ballroom Level
CODA continues to be one of the most requested topics at our annual allied dental program directors’ conference.  There are 574 CODA accredited allied dental programs so pointing attendees to this special session just for allied would be very useful.  

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Achieving Excellence Through Difference Plenary Reception
Grand Ballroom A-B, East Tower, Ballroom Level Grand Ballroom A-B, East Tower, Ballroom Level
Sponsored in part by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare

5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Journal of Dental Education Reviewer Appreciation Reception
Water Tower, West Tower, Concourse Level


Registration Booth 

Prior to attending any sessions, you must check in at the registration area to pick up your badge and conference materials. The registration booth is located in the Grand Foyer, East Tower, Ballroom Level of the Hyatt Regency Chicago, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. today. 

ADEA House of Delegates

Members of the ADEA House of Delegates (ADEA HOD) can pick up their credentials today between 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The ADEA HOD Booth is located in the Grand Foyer, East Tower, Ballroom Level of the Hyatt Regency Chicago. (If you’re arriving today, please be sure to pick up your registration materials first.) 

Continuing Education Credits

Gain CE credits by evaluating the sessions you attend today using the mobile app or by logging into the program planner.