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Park receives SCADA award for summer research

Sofia SooYoung Park, DDS ’25, won first place in the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research Application (SCADA) Basic and Translational Science Research category at the American Association for Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Research’s 2022 Annual Meeting

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Arnett receives Colgate grant for research on motivational interviewing

Michelle Arnett, RDH, MS, BS, assistant professor of dental hygiene, received a Colgate CARES award to explore the efficacy of motivational interviewing (MI) at oral hygiene appointments. The Colgate Award for Research Excellence is a year-long research grant that provides $30,000 to a researcher in their first five years as an investigator. According to Colgate, “the goal of the program is to advance oral healthcare therapies in the realm of basic science, translational science and clinical care.” Arnett is the second dental hygienist in the Colgate CARE grant history to win this competitive grant. 

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Johnson receives Patriot Award for service member support

Sara Johnson, assistant dean for student and resident affairs for the School of Dentistry, received the Patriot Award on March 15, 2022. Awarded by the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), the Patriot Award recognizes “the efforts made to support citizen warriors through a wide range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed,” according to the ESGR.

Paul Olin, DDS, MS

Paul Olin, DDS, MS, named Professor of the Year

Paul Olin, DDS, MS, interim associate dean for patient care and clinical services, was selected as the 2021 Century Club Professor of the Year, Dean Keith Mays, DDS, MS, PhD, announced at Research Day last week. 

Lesley Tuomi presents to a class

Meet Distinguished Dental Hygiene Alumna Lesley Tuomi

“Lesley is a dynamic, young Dental Hygienist who is passionate about providing dental care,” said Carol Dahlke, who nominated Tuomi for the award. “Shei is a perfect role model of what a distinguished dental hygiene alumna looks like.

Enhancing classroom engagement in the pandemic and beyond

Across programs and subjects at the School of Dentistry, faculty members pride themselves on their innovative, engaging teaching styles. Whether didactic or clinical, courses encourage active learning and hands-on experiences. But what happens when “hands-on” is no longer an option?

Scholarship: a part of our core work | A Message from the Dean

One of the high points of being an academic is the feeling one gets when an editor sends the email that says, “It is a pleasure to accept your manuscript…” Having a manuscript accepted in a peer reviewed journal is a great accomplishment in and of itself.