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AADR-ADEA Deans' Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill Set for Early April 2011

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In the Press Room during a private tour of the White House on an earlier AADR-ADEA Deans' Advocacy Day. Back row (from right to left):  Dr. Ronald J. Hunt, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona; Dr. Huw F. Thomas, Dean, University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry; Dr. Sharon P. Turner, Dean, University of Kentucky College of Dentistry; and Dr. Lawrence I. Goldblatt, University of Indiana School of Dentistry. Front row:  Dr. Cecile A. Feldman, Dean, University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey New Jersey Dental School, and Dr. Eric J. Hovland, Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. Mark your calendars and register now for Deans' Advocacy Day   on Capitol Hill, April 3-5, 2011, in Washington, DC. The featured speaker will be one of the Republican Party's best-known media consultants and political strategists, Mr. Alex Castellanos, a frequent contributor to CNN, The Huffington Post, NationalReview.com, and CNN.com. Attendees will hear his insights on what to expect from the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Deans' Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill is jointly hosted by ADEA and the American Association for Dental Research (AADR). The event begins with an evening reception on April 3. All activities at this year's event will be held at the historic Phoenix Park Hotel, located only two blocks from the United States Capitol building and within walking distance of congressional offices. There is no registration fee for the event. All participants are responsible for their own hotel and travel expenses. ADEA has secured a hotel rate of $229 per night.

Mr. Alex CastellanosOn Tuesday, participants will meet with legislators at their Washington, DC, offices. AADR-ADEA Deans' Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill attracts seasoned advocates as well as novices, and participants have the opportunity to learn from experts on how to make the strongest case for dental education and research programs.�

Dr. Sandra C. Andrieu, ADEA President and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Louisiana State University, points out, "We don't know how the actions of this new Congress are going to affect the future of oral health, dental education, and dental research. That's why we must meet with legislators and ask them to reaffirm their commitments to these programs." Dean Leo E. Rouse, ADEA President-elect and Dean of Howard University College of Dental Medicine, added that "despite ADEA's esteemed reputation and success in achieving legislative policy priorities, it's the constituents from a legislator's district who can best explain the value of local programs and their impact on citizens in the district."

Dr. David T. Wong, AADR President and Associate Research Dean at the University of California at Los Angeles School of Dentistry, made a special appeal to dental researchers to attend AADR-ADEA Deans Advocacy Day. "We must maximize all opportunities to engage members of Congress in efforts to strengthen the future of the dental research enterprise within academic dental institutions. Advocacy Days give us the direct personal contact needed with legislators and their staff to educate them so they realize that dental researchers are leaders in the field of science and so they understand how our research achievements can positively impact health."

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