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A Publication of the University of Florida College of Dentistry Spring 2010


Do something for somebody every day for which you do not get paid.

Albert Schweitzer was born in 1875. The son of a Lutheran pastor, he earned degrees in theology and
philosophy. He was also an accomplished organist and published books on building organs as well as
books on theology.
Something was lacking, though: he wanted to provide direct service to humanity. At the age of 30,
he enrolled in medical school, saying that he'd been "giving myself out in words" and wanted instead to
work with his hands. For his work with his hands, he eventually won the Nobel Peace Prize.
As dentists, we have the skills and training to heal with our hands. This issue of Gator Dentist Today
focuses on that aspect of our profession and the many ways we give-or give back-as volunteers to our
community, other communities and to the college.
Those of you who serve on our college's Academy of Alumni & Friends Board of Directors, as Class
Leaders, or on the Development Advisory Committee, strengthen our college by sharing your insight; by providing your support for
our activities and programs; and by helping to develop and maintain a bond among the school, our alumni, and dentists in Florida.
About 400 dentists serve as courtesy faculty at the clinics in our Statewide Network for Community Oral Health, or by teaching
D.M.D. students and residents at the college. You strengthen our curriculum and the professionalism of our students by sharing your
experience, your time and dedication, as well as expanding access to dental care for people in need.
Our students have the opportunity to volunteer in many arenas during their time in the D.M.D. program. Some volunteer close to
home by visiting schools and teaching children how to care for their oral health, or volunteering with the Special Smiles program of the
Special Olympics or at clinics for migrant workers and their families. Others choose to spend their breaks on mission trips to developing
countries where, in one week, they might provide care in orphanages, prisons or communities where no one has ever seen a toothbrush.
Each of these experiences can change their lives and certainly the lives of others.
In the Gainesville area, the faculty, staff and students of our college reach out in countless ways, many of which I never learn about,
to help our community. This past holiday season members of our college organized several collections for local food banks, ensured that
more than 50 children in foster care had their gift wishes fulfilled, and arranged a Christmas Toy Drive for needy families through the
Catholic Charities Bureau.
Many of our alumni, donors and friends make a difference in your own communities, in ways unaffiliated with our college.
We'd like to know more about what you do and how you make a difference. To share your story, please e-mail your information to
With the economic situation in the United States and Florida, the college has been heavily impacted by three years of state budget
cuts. Yet we've continued to grow, excel and achieve in regards to all aspects of our teaching, research and service mission. This continued
success is attributable to the people who work on behalf of our college from within-faculty, staff and students-and from without-our
alumni, donors and friends. Together we are a strong force for dentistry in our state, our nation and in other parts of our world.

Best regards,

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Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P.H.
Professor and Dean

Timothy Garvey, D.M.D., took his first mission trip to the
Dominican Republic in 1987, just seven years after graduating from
the College of Dentistry. He's been back every year since, and is pretty
certain that he's still sleeping in the same cot he first slept in more than
20 years ago.
Fortunately Garvey, a clinical associate professor in the Department
of Pediatric Dentistry, isn't there for luxury or relaxation. Twenty-four of
the 25 communities where he and his teams provide care on these trips
don't have dental facilities at all. Most don't have electricity or running
water. But he keeps going back because "I got hooked," he said, "and you
never run out of teeth to fix."
In 1987, he said, he had no idea what he'd gotten himself into when
he agreed to be part of a dental mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
Now, Garvey is one of several college faculty who help oversee the work
performed by D.M.D. students volunteering on mission trips during
their breaks.
Garvey said not much has changed since his initial trip, including that
cot, but adds that the rustic atmosphere is part of the charm. That charm
is what's drawn him-and many others-back year after year, to serve
patients in need and help train tomorrow's dentists and volunteers.
In August 2009, Garvey led a group of 33 (26 students, five doctors,
one dental technician, and one assistant) to the Dominican Republic on
a seven-day journey coordinated with the Universidad Nordestana. The
group split into five teams that traveled to different locations each day,
ultimately providing care to 25 communities.
The destinations included a residential nutrition center for sick and
malnourished children in Las
Matas de Farfiin, and a prison
in San Juan de la Maguana.
Just a month before the team
arrived, a new road was plowed
to a mountain community,
Yacahueque. Previously the only
access was by a six-hour hike.
When the college's mission
group arrived, it was the first
time any dentist had visited
that community-the first time
some residents had ever seen a
toothbrush or toothpaste.
The settings were rustic:
24 of the locations had no
dental facilities, and there
was typically no electricity or
Part of I h at te re running water. Despite the
imparting to the students challenges, the team saw about
is about wht o Ou gain 600 patients and removed more
when you give of your than 1,500 teeth.
talents and skills. Charles Lesch, a dental
technician at the college,
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I believe it brings us back to the reason most of us wanted to be den
medicine doctors in the first place, to help others."

year for the third time. He established a rudimentary clinic outside the
team's home base with two dental chairs, making it possible for some
patients to receive restorative care.
Enrique Bimstein, C.D., a professor in the Department of Pediatric
Dentistry, is another faculty member who coordinates some of the
college's mission trips and has led four: three to Mexico's Yucatin and
one to Costa Rica.
After graduating from the Universidad Aut6noma de Mexico,
Bimstein- along with the other graduates-was asked to work in
underserved communities in Mexico City and remote, rural areas for one
year without pay. When he joined the college, Dean Teresa Dolan asked
him to develop humanitarian/educational trips to Mexico in cooperation
with the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatin.
"I was amazed to witness the remarkable personal and professional
effect of these trips on the dental students. They described the experience
as life-changing," said Bimstein. "Therefore, as an educator, I became
committed to working with these mission trips to contribute to the
students' perception of dentistry and of life in general."
Susie Perez, Class of 2012, was a rising sophomore when she had the
opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic last summer. Born in
Cuba and raised in south Florida, Perez speaks fluent Spanish, which
made her valuable to the team as a translator. "I would be working on
one patient while translating for another patient," she said.
Each team had a mix of students from different classes so that the
rising seniors and juniors could assist the rising sophomores. "The
seniors taught us a lot," said Josh Perry, Class of2012. "With their help
and the help of the dentists on the trip, we were able to hone our skills
and learn a great deal in a short time. And the patients were so grateful,
so appreciative for our help."

Perry and Perez both plan to go back next
summer--which, according to Garvey, is one of the
key goals of these trips.
"In addition to the fact that the students'
opportunity to learn is absolutely incomparable,
part of what we're imparting to the students is about
S. what you gain when you give of your talents and
skills. Many of our dental students have never been
exposed to a fraction of the need they see in these
environments. It creates a long-term commitment
to service for many of the students who participate,"
Garvey said.
Ralph Urbino, D.M.D., Class of 2004, serves
as such an example. He has volunteered for six
dental mission trips. His first was as a rising senior,
his second as a resident and his last four were as
courtesy faculty, including the most-recent trip to
the Dominican Republic where he helped teach the
tal students and oversee their work.
Why does he keep coming back? His first trip to
I'. E 1.1 D Haiti as a freshman dental student convinced him it
was something he wanted to continue doing for the
rest of his career. "The personal and professional satisfaction I feel when
providing emergency dental care, with no reimbursement, for those
who cannot provide for themselves,
is part of what being a doctor is all
about for me," he said. "Also, to be
able to impart knowledge on dental
students who are amongst the most
eager to learn, is always a breath of
fresh air, and I feel honored to have
the opportunity to do so. The students
challenge me with their questions, and
I always learn from them as well."
Urbino recommends the experience Vhen the college's
to other practicing dentists. "I believe mission group arrived,
it brings us back to the reason most it vas the first time
of us wanted to be dental medicine some residents had
doctors in the first place, to help ever seen a toothbrush
others. Often in the U.S. with our or toothpaste.
business and practice management
obligations, I believe we lose sight of this," he said. "Also, it's always fun
to go from practicing in an operator or a hospital operating room with
all the bells and whistles, to performing emergency oral surgery under a
tree on a broken wooden chair in a remote location. It reminds me of the
amazing ability we have as dentists to help others, anywhere."
In 2010, there are three mission trips planned. The college will return
to the Dominican Republic; is working with the Universidad San
Francisco de Quito to coordinate a trip to Ecuador as part of Project
Health; and is organizing a trip to Guatemala through the Christian
Dental Students Association.

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On May 1,2009, Timothy Wheeler,
D.M.D., Ph.D., a professor and chair of
the Department of Orthodontics and
Assistant Dean for Advanced and Graduate
Education, was appointed Academy 100
Eminent Scholar Chair.
Wheeler has been in clinical dentistry
.. for 20 years. As Eminent Scholar, his
TimothyWheeler, duties include contributing to the clinical
D.M.D., Ph.D.
instruction of dental and advanced
education students; providing at least one course in dental
continuing education each year; and mentoring at least one junior
faculty member in clinical or translational research each year.
Wheeler currently oversees graduate clinics and teaches several
clinical courses to residents each year. Under his leadership, the
program introduced new clinical techniques, such as Invisalign and
I-braces, and offered the latest technology, such as all-digital records,
in advance of other programs nationally. Wheeler also initiated the
Orthodontics Fellowship Program, which is highly regarded among
U.S. dental schools and has served as a model for similar programs.
Wheeler is active in clinical research, securing industry and
National Institutes of Health funding. His research has included
testing ways to biochemically accelerate tooth movement;
improve treatment methods; and explore dental health both
during and after orthodontic treatment.
In addition to Wheeler's education and research activities, he
treats private practice patients in the college's Faculty Practice.
The Eminent Scholar Chair was created in 1984 by the Academy One
Hundred scholarship society.The chair has been vacant since 2008.
Criteria include"outstanding professional reputation and
outstanding contribution of scholarly activities." The selection
process involved a search committee composed of senior college
faculty, and nominations were solicited from faculty members.
During his tenure at the college,Wheeler has been a research fellow
in the Department of Oral Biology; a resident in the Department
of Orthodontics; an assistant professor in Oral Biology and
Orthodontics; coordinator of graduate research in Orthodontics;
an associate professor in Oral Biology and Orthodontics; director
of postgraduate Orthodontics; Director of Advanced Education;
Director of Advanced and Graduate Education; and an associate
professor and chair of Orthodontics. He became professor and chair
of Orthodontics in 1998 and Assistant Dean for Advanced and
Graduate Education in 2001.
Wheeler has been a member of numerous local, state, national
and international dentistry organizations. Past leadership
positions include director of the American Association of Dental
Research and councilor of the Orthodontic section for the
American Dental Education Association. From 2004-2005, he was
director for the International Association of Dental Research.
His list of honors and awards include membership in Omicron Kappa
Upsilon, the Paget's Disease Foundation Annual Research Award and
the UF Outstanding Achievement and Performance Award.



Slow and steady wins the race

Margie Hartwig, D.M.D., Class of 1988,
describes herself as "a tortoise, not a hare." She
said her nature has always been slow, steady
and determined and that, eventually, she
reaches her goals. One such goal is to help
create a lasting professional legacy for her friend
and classmate. Claire Pitts Brown lost her battle
with colon cancer in 1999, leaving a husband

Claire Pitts Brown, D.M.D.

and daughter behind.
"She had such an upbeat, uplifting personality. She always had a smile on
her face," Hartwig said. Hartwig and Brown were friends and study partners
throughout dental school and remained in touch after graduation.
"She was a little different than the typical student of the time. She and I
were both already married, and she also had a daughter, Lauren. Going back
to school certainly created a financial hardship and scholarship funds helped
Claire when she was in school. If she had lived, I am sure she would have
wanted to give back to students like herself, which
is why a scholarship fund seemed like a perfect
legacy for Claire," Hartwig said.
Before starting dental school, Brown was a
dental assistant in the military. After graduation,
she moved back to her hometown of Ocala, Fla.,
near her parents, and established a dental practice.
Hartwig said that Brown was an excellent
student and very meticulous. "I know she was an
amazing dentist and her contributions to our
Margie Hartwig, D.M.D.
Margie Hartwig, D.M.D. profession were cut short. I wanted her to have a
dental legacy that she wasn't able to carry out herself."

The UF College of Dentistry Academy of Alumni and Friends has
presented the Outstanding Alumni and Alumnus Awards to Yvette
Godet, D.M.D., and Laurence Grayhills, D.M.D., M.S., M.A.G.D. The
awards were established in 1991 to honor graduates in one or more
of the following areas: service to the college, the profession or the
community at large; development of innovations in clinical care;
and advancements of dental
research and education.

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are truly outstanding
professionally and personally.
I am amazed by their drive,
their warmth and willingness
to give more than is expected
to the profession and the
college. I am very proud
to count them among our
graduates," said Teresa A.
Dolan, D.D.S., M.P. H., dean of
the college.
Godet graduated with the
Class of 1997 and, even
in school, she was known

as an outstanding role model who quietly went about the business
of excelling as a dental student without fanfare or fireworks-not
seeking or expecting recognition for her efforts. After graduating,

Saluting our volunteers

Thankyou to these volunteers who make a difference for our college, our students and our legacy.

Steven Bogdanoff, D.M.D.
Gerald K. Weaver, D.M.D.
Vice President & President-Elect
James E. Martin III, D.M.D.
Barry Setzer, D.D.S.
Immediate Past-President
Nereyda Clark, D.M.D.
Faculty Representative
Stephen Cochran, D.M.D.

Laurence Grayhills, D.M.D.
Gregory Reddish, D.M.D.
Gerald Kluft, D.D.S.
Past Chair
Steven Bogdanoff, D.M.D.
Patricia Botero
Dental Ambassador President, Class of 2010
Sam Caranante, D.D.S.

1976 Paul L.Benjamin, D.M.D.
1977 Marvin Wells, D.M.D.
1978 David C. Sarrett, D.M.D., M.S.
James Haddix, D.M.D.
1979 Estaban Mulkay, D.M.D.
1980 Steven P. Bogdanoff, D.M.D.
Larry J. Cook, D.M.D.
1981 Bruce D. Manne, D.M.D.
Jacquelene G. Farnham, D.M.D.
1982 Jay Garlitz, D.M.D.
Shaun Graser, D.M.D.
Henry A. Sweeny, D.M.D.
1983 Mark Mautner, D.M.D.
Steve Parker, D.M.D.
1984 Jan Westberry, D.M.D.
1985 Laurence Grayhills, D.M.D.
1986 Matt McLellan, D.M.D.
1987 Hank Miller, D.M.D.

Laurence Grayhills, D.M.D.
William G. Harrison, D.D.S.
Philip Hedger
Student Representative, Class of 2010
Nancy Horton, D.M.D.
Alana Keough, D.M.D., M.S.
Lee Anne Keough, D.M.D.
Robert Lalane, D.M.D.
Rebecca Lenard
Student Representative, Class of 2012

Randy Caton, D.D.S., P.A.
Larry Cook, D.M.D.
Geraldine Ferris, D.M.D.
Jenna Godwin
Dental Ambassador Vice-President,
Class of 2011
Alan Hays, D.M.D.
Clark Hodge, D.D.S.
Mark Mautner, D.M.D.
Gary Nawrocki, D.M.D.

1988 Frank"Dusty"May, D.M.D.
1991 Rosario Aviles, D.M.D., M.S.
1992 Craig L. Oldham, D.M.D.
1993 Adam Strimer, D.M.D.
1994 Wanda Goodreau, D.M.D.
Gregory Goodreau, D.M.D.
1995 Shari Witkoff, D.M.D.
Scott Jackson, D.M.D.
1996 Twyla Roberts, D.M.D.
1997 Peter G. Lemieux, D.M.D., P.A.
1998 Jeff Ottley, D.M.D.
1999 Joseph C. Joyce, D.M.D.
2000 Eric Mohr, D.M.D.
Tamara-KayTibby, D.M.D.
Douglas Fabiani, D.M.D.
2002 Shawn Perce, D.M.D.
2003 Sheryl Brady Ely, D.M.D.
Stephanie Reeder, D.M.D.

In 2001, Hartwig work
with the Office of
Development at the college
to establish a scholarship
fund in Brown's name: the
Claire Pitts Brown Class of
1988 Scholarship Fund.
Hartwig, still working to
build a dental practice at
the time, pledged $10,000
to be given over 10 years.
Today the fund has
$30,000 in pledges and a
goal of $100,000, at
which point the fund is


eligible for state matching funds at 50 percent. Once the fund matures,
it will generate income that will be used to award a scholarship to dental
students like Brown.
Hartwig is originally from Boca Raton, Fla. She moved with her
husband, George, to Warner Robins, Ga., just outside of Macon, where
she established a general dentistry practice and still lives today.
"Margie stands as an example of how smaller gifts add up over time
and become very meaningful," said Teresa A. Dolan, D.D.S., M.P. H.,
dean of the college. "She also engaged her fellow classmates to join her in
pledging. Together their giving will make a lifetime difference for some
of our dental students."
Hartwig isn't done yet. She's hoping that through the generosity of her
classmates, they'll reach $100,000 by the 25-year class reunion in 2013.

Godet established a dental office
in Gainesville, Fla. Foryears she
has hosted pre-dental students in
the Summer Learning Program,
sharing her love and respect
for dentistry and serving as a
compelling and graceful role
model for these students.
Grayhills, who graduated with the
Class of 1985, is a tireless volunteer From left: Grayhills, Dolan and Godet dur-
for the dental profession, the ing the Fall 2009 Academy of Alumni and
Friends Annual Meeting.
college and his community. He
was an enthusiastic and inquisitive dental student and brings a sincere
level of enjoyment and spirit to everything he does. He went on to
found two dental practices in Wellington, Fla.: Grayhills Mohip Dental
of Wellington and The Laser Dental Centre of Wellington.
In his community, Grayhills donates hundreds of hours annually to
groups such as the Boys and Girls Club and the Heart Association of
West Palm Beach. He also teaches dental hygiene and criminal justice
courses at Palm Beach Community College. He has a special interest
in forensic criminal science and served for 18 years as the Forensic
Odontologistfor the Palm Beach County Medical Examiner.
He can be spotted during many home Gator football games, driving
an orange and blue golf cart in his signature orange flight suit
embroidered with the UF College of Dentistry logo: a true, passionate
ambassador for the college and the dental profession.


Si McAninch, D.M.D., P.A.
Craig Oldham, D.M.D.
William F. Robinson, D.D.S.
Venita J. Sposetti, D.M.D.
Faculty Representative
Andy Trammell, D.M.D.
Rafael Urbino, D.M.D.
Jan Westberry, D.M.D.
Brett Zak, D.M.D.

Craig Oldham, D.M.D.
Stephen Page, D.M.D.
Keith Riley, D.D.S.
Boyd Robinson, D.D.S.
Faculty Representative
Barry Setzer, D.D.S.
Douglas Starkey, D.M.D.
Clay Walker, Ph.D.
Faculty Representative

2004 Brian Rask, D.M.D.


Diane Hilton-Piper, D.M.D.
Julie Geiger, D.M.D.
Meenal Patel, D.M.D.

2008 Kristopher Harth, D.M.D.
2009 Yehuda Benjamin, D.M.D.

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0 Faculty Awards, Honors and Achievements
0 L.Jeannine Brady, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Oral Biology, was one of
four recipients of the 2008-2009 Doctoral Mentoring Award given at the Convocation
of the University of Florida Colleges of Medicine & Dentistry Interdisciplinary Program
in Biomedical Sciences. The award recognizes excellence, innovation, and effectiveness
in graduate student mentoring. Brady's application was also selected for consideration
among faculty from all colleges forthe university-wide award.
0 Robert Burne, Ph.D., a professor and chair of the Department of Oral Biology,
received the 2009 Research in Dental Caries Award from the International Association
for Dental Research (IADR). Burne received the honor in recognition for his work in
oral microbiology, applying molecular biology and molecular genetic techniques to
the study of oral pathogens and, in particular, to the physiology and pathogenesis of
Streptococcus mutans.
0 Nereyda Clark D.M.D., was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2009 Examples of
Excelencia in recognition of her directorship of the Internationally-Educated Dentist
Program.The Examples of Excelencia initiative identifies and honors programs and
departmentsthat are at the forefront of increasing academic opportunities and
improving achievement for Latino students at the Associate, Baccalaureate, and
Graduate levels.
0 Sharon Cooper, Ph.D., R.D.H., M.S., M.Ed., an associate in the Department of
Operative Dentistry, successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation in Higher Education
Administration, "Dental Faculty Perceptions of Workplace Environment and Career
Satisfaction at the University of Florida College of Dentistry."Cooper's dissertation
research investigated faculty perceptions of the academic work environment that best
predicted career satisfaction at the college, and that would affect the recruitment and
retention of dental faculty.
0 Luisa F. Echeto, D.D.S., M.S., a clinical assistant professor in the Department of
Prosthodontics, recently received the Florida Dental Association's Dental Educator
Award. Echeto was nominated by student members of the Class of 2010 based on her
"outstanding contributions to the quality of dental education."
0 Richard Lamont, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Oral Biology, received
a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), an honor bestowed on
less than 5 percent of NIH-funded investigators. Lamont initially received a five-year,
$2.4 million grant for his study,"P. Gingivalis Interactions with Gingival Epithelial Cells,"
which investigatesthe molecular dialogue between oral bacteria and host cells and
has yielded ground-breaking insights into bacterial lifestyle within humans. In May the
original award was named a MERIT Award, which upgrades the grant from a five-year
to a ten-yearterm, and guarantees additional funding during the second five-year
phase of the study.
0 Henrietta L. Logan, Ph.D., a professor in the department of Community Dentistry
and Behavioral Science and director of the Southeast Center for Research to Reduce
Disparities in Oral Health, received a UF Research Foundation Professor award. Logan
was selected for her notable record of research and strong research agenda likely to
lead to further distinction in her field.This three-year award garners a $5,000 annual
salary supplement and a $3,000 grant.
0 Samuel Low, D.D.S., M.S., associate dean and professor in the Department
of Periodontology, was installed as President of the American Academy of
Periodontology Board of Trustees. Low is also an advisory faculty member to the
Pankey Institute for Advanced Dental Education that focuses on hands-on educational
experiences and a highly developed dental curriculum.
0 Luciana Shaddox, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., received notification that her study,
"Mechanisms and Treatment Responses of Aggressive Periodontitis in Children,"
received $ 2.1 million in funding over five years from the National Institute of Dental
and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part ofthe NIH.The co-investigators of this grant
are Shannon Wallet, Ph.D.; Ikramuddin Aukhil, B.D.S., M.S.; and Clay Walker, Ph.D.
Enrique Bimstein, C.D., and Ingvar Magnusson, D.D.S., Ph.D., also helped during the
initial phases of the study.The study investigates innate inflammatory response and
the role of specific bacteria before and after conventional periodontal treatment in
children with aggressive periodontitis.
* Glenn Turner, D.M.D., M.S.D.,
director of the Maxillofacial
Prosthetics Service and associate
professor in the Department of
Prosthodontics, recently ended a
year of serving as president of the
American Academy of Maxillofacial
Prosthetics and presided over the
AAMP's 57th annual meeting in
San Diego, Ca.
* FongWong, B.S.D, D.D.S.,
C.A.G.S, M.S.D, an assistant
professor in the Department
of Prosthodontics, was
elevated to Full Fellow status
in the American Academy
of Maxillofacial Prosthetics
(AAMP) during their annual
meeting in San Diego, Ca.

0 Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Awards
0 Thomas A. Brown, Ph.D., professor, Oral Biology. His award will allow him to gain
advanced training in microbial biofilm analysis during a four-day Medical Biofilm
TechniquesWorkshop at the Danish Technical University in Lyngby, Denmark, in
August. Following the workshop, Brown will spend two months developing techniques
for real-time imaging of biofilm growth in collaboration with Scott Grieshaber, Ph.D.,
using a confocal microscope in the Department of Oral Biology.
M Frank Catalanotto, D.M.D, professor, Community Dentistry and Behavioral
Sciences. He will use his award to attend an intensive, internationally- known, five-
day Bioethics Course at Georgetown University in June that introduces participants
to the philosophical underpinnings of bioethics and current major topics in that
field pertaining to medical practice, law and public policy.The course is designed to
provide participants with a solid decision-making framework in clinical, research and
policy arenas.
* Shannon Holliday, Ph.D., associate professor, Orthodontics. His award will allow
him to work in an Oral Biology lab at the college with David Culp, Ph.D., on vectors
required for the construction of a transgenic replacement knock-in mouse. He will
focus on learning "recombineering,"a molecular technique developed during the last
decade that allows subtle alterations to be made in the mouse genome.
* Mary F. Stavropoulos, D.D.S., associate professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
She will use her award to participate in a fellowship program in the Executive
Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program, a core program of the Institute
forWomen's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine in
Philadelphia, Pa. At the end of the fellowship, Stavropoulos will design an "Institutional
Action Project"based on an institutional goal of the college.

* Promotions &Tenure
* Indraneel Bhattacharyya, D.D.S., M.S.D., Oral and Maxillofacial Diagnostic Sciences,
awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor
* L. Jeannine Brady, Ph.D., Oral Biology, promoted to professor

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