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What Do These Four People Have in Common?

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Gies AwardsWhat do Dr. Caswell A. Evans, Jr., Dr. Michelle M. Henshaw, Dr. Bernard Machen, and Dr. Diarmuid B. Shanley all have in common? They'll be at the 2011 William J. Gies Awards on March 14, 2011, where they will receive Gies Awards.

You're part of the winners' circle too if you are associated with Tufts University School of Dental Medicine or University of the Pacific Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, which will also be recognized. Join your colleagues for an evening of celebration. There are a limited number of general admission tickets to this dinner and awards ceremony, so visit registration on site in San Diego to add yours as soon as possible.

The Gies Awards program is a way for the ADEAGies Foundation to honor deserving people and entities that carry forward Dr. Gies' legacy of vision, innovation, and achievement. The Gies Awards draw attention to the essential role of dental education and educators in enhancing global oral health.

In 1950, friends and colleagues of Dr. Gies formed the William J. Gies Foundation with seed funds raised by the American College of Dentists. The first U.S. foundation to support dental education and scholarship, it joined with ADEA in 2002 to form the ADEAGies Foundation. In 2007, the ADEAGies Foundation announced "The Gies Awards," a preeminent recognition of contributions to and support of global oral health and education initiatives, to be presented annually in a public celebration.

In the three years since the debut of the Gies Awards, the reaction of winners and the dental education community has been extremely favorable. "The ADEAGies Award is a recognition that has a tremendous impact not only on the individuals who are honored, but upon the whole dental education community," said 2010 Gies Award winner for Outstanding Vision - Dental Educator, Prof. Patricia Nunn from Texas Women's University. "It gives us all a sense of pride in what we are doing and accomplishing. It's so difficult day-to-day to realize that we truly are making a difference-just the fact that efforts of colleagues are recognized on a national stage provides validation of the importance of our work.

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