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Transitions, Appointments and Awards - April 2014

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Dr. Guthmiller appointed Dean of the UNMC College of Dentistry

GuthmillerJanet Guthmiller, D.D.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor in the Department of Periodontology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Dentistry, has been appointed as the new Dean of the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry (UNMC COD).

Dr. Guthmiller will succeed John Reinhardt, D.D.S., who is stepping down after 14 years as UNMC’s dentistry dean.

“Dr. Guthmiller brings a wealth of experience as a dental educator and researcher,” says UNMC Chancellor Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D. “She possesses the leadership qualities we need to build on the reputation and accomplishments of the College of Dentistry.”

Prior to her current position, Dr. Guthmiller served on the faculty of the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery (now the University of Maryland School of Dentistry) and the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She has been the Associate Dean at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2007.

Dr. Guthmiller is very excited to lead UNMC COD. “I am honored to be a part of this great institution,” she says. “I hope to sustain the excellence and build on the strengths of the College of Dentistry.” Dr. Guthmiller plans to partner with dental students, faculty, staff and alumni and friends of UNMC COD, as well as UNMC’s other colleges, on initiatives that will benefit all Nebraskans.

“As a statewide campus, UNMC has a mission not only in education, research and clinical care, but also in service,” she says. “I look forward to seeing how the college can work and collaborate to help identify and address oral health needs throughout Nebraska and beyond.”

She is an accomplished researcher, author and teacher with special interests in genetic studies of periodontal bacteria and the expression and activity of innate antimicrobial peptides. During her time in academia, she also spent 14 years as a practicing periodontist. As an educator, she has a deep interest in mentorship programs for students and faculty. She is the recipient of multiple collegiate and national recognitions.

“Dr. Guthmiller separated herself from a talented field of candidates through the scope of her research and educational work, as well as her ability to quickly connect with all groups,” says Joan Sivers, D.D.S., Assistant Dean of Clinics at UNMC COD and Chairwoman of the Search Committee.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1984 from Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, and graduated in 1988 with her doctor of dental surgery degree from the University of Iowa College of Dentistry. She then entered the National Institutes of Health-sponsored Dentist-Scientist Program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. As a part of this program, she earned her periodontal certificate in 1992 and a doctorate in cellular and structural biology in 1993. 


Call for Nominations—2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence

The American Dental Association (ADA) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. The award was established to recognize investigators whose clinical research has had a meaningful impact on some aspect of clinical dentistry. Twenty-three distinguished recipients have received the award since its inception in 1991.

This award honors the memory of Dr. Norton M. Ross (1925–1990), a dentist and pharmacologist who spent most of his career in academic and research positions. Dr. Ross elevated clinical research to a higher level of scientific standards. His considerable contributions to the fields of oral medicine and dental clinical research have had a positive and lasting influence on public oral health. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions in clinical investigations that have advanced the diagnosis, treatment and/or prevention of craniofacial-oral-dental diseases, as well as outstanding research endeavors in other areas.

To suggest a candidate, submit a concise letter of nomination describing the nominee’s accomplishments in the context of the award’s objectives, the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a list of publications. The letter should be explicit in describing the impact of the nominee’s research on clinical dentistry. Selection is based on the scope of the nominee’s research, with special emphasis on its impact on clinical dentistry and on publications in refereed journals. Award recipients typically demonstrate a high level of creativity and innovation. 

Nominations must be received at ADA by June 27, 2014. Please address nominations to Kathleen Alexandrakis, The Norton M. Ross Award, American Dental Association, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611, alexandrakisk@ada.org, 312-440-2852.

The ADA sponsors the award with the generous support of Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products, Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc. The recipient will receive a $5,000 honorarium and a plaque.

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