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School has big impact at free Seattle clinic
Dean Joel Berg joined a contingent of Dentistry faculty, students and alumni who helped deliver free dental care to more than 3,400 Puget Sound residents during a massive four-day clinic at the arena Oct. 23-26.
School aiding effort to boost low-income dental health
Advantage Dental Services and the UW School of Dentistry have announced that they will launch an effort next year to improve the dental health of low-income mothers and children in Oregon.
Noted alum elected president of International College of Dentists
Dr. Dexter Barnes of Seattle, a prominent 1969 graduate of the School of Dentistry, was elected President of the International College of Dentists (ICD) at the group’s recent meeting in San Antonio, Texas.
State dentists recognized for legislative venture with UW
A collaboration by the School of Dentistry and Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) to broaden participation in an outreach to state legislators has earned WSDA a Golden Apple award from the American Dental Association (ADA).
Dr. Dodson wins Gies Award as specialty educator
Dr. Thomas Dodson, Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, has received a William J. Gies Foundation Award for distinguished achievement as a specialty dental educator.
David Shin, Dr. Emily Chu win Research Day honors
Second-year student David Shin and oral biology graduate student Dr. Emily Chu won top honors in poster competitions during the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Sept. 19 at the UW Health Sciences Center.
School honors staff for outstanding efforts
Five School of Dentistry staff members were recognized for exemplary work during a luncheon earlier in September at the Husky Union Building on the UW campus.
Dr. Mouradian announces retirement
Dr. Wendy Mouradian, Associate Dean for Regional and Interprofessional Affairs and founder of the RIDE regional program, has announced that she will retire on Sept. 15.
Class of 2016 marks start of careers as clinicians
Sixty-seven members of the Class of 2016, including five in the International DDS program, received their official clinical coats on Saturday in the School of Dentistry’s 10th annual White Coat Ceremony.
Dr. Kimberly Espinoza is new DECOD director
Dr. Kimberly M. Espinoza, formerly a member of the University of New Mexico dental faculty and director of one of that state’s primary special-needs dental clinics, began work on July 1 as the new director of the School of Dentistry’s DECOD special-needs clinical program.
School joining major Seattle health outreach
In one of Seattle’s biggest-ever public health outreach events, the School of Dentistry will join a sprawling volunteer coalition to help provide medical, dental and vision services to thousands of people in October.
UW forges link with Thailand’s leading dental school
A new agreement between the UW School of Dentistry and Thailand’s leading dental school is expected to generate more faculty exchanges and research collaborations as it helps expand the School’s global footprint.
Dr. Sara Gordon named new associate dean
Dr. Sara Gordon of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has been named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Dentistry, Dean Joel Berg has announced.
Shunning fluoride linked to immunization refusal
School of Dentistry faculty member and researcher Dr. Donald Chi has uncovered a behavioral link between parents who refuse to immunize their children and parents who decline topical fluoride treatments for them.
Dr. Darveau, colleagues shed new light on link between gum disease, vascular inflammation
A new journal publication co-authored by Dr. Richard Darveau, Chair of the Department of Periodontics, has shed further light on how the bacterium that causes periodontal disease can evade the body’s immune response and trigger inflammation in blood vessels outside the oral cavity.
Class of 2014 receives degrees at graduation
Sixty-six members of the Class of 2014 received their doctoral hoods on June 7 during the School of Dentistry’s annual graduation ceremony at Meany Hall on the UW campus.
UW leads oral health research workshop in Peru
In May, the School of Dentistry led a weeklong workshop in Peru that expanded its clinical research training activity into the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.
OKU honorary awards scholarships, inducts new members
The UW chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dental honorary society awarded scholarships to the top two students in each of the classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017 and also inducted new faculty and graduating student members at its annual banquet on May 28 at the UW Club.
Delta Dental gift honors area dentist’s memory
Dr. Jack Neal, a prominent Seattle-area oral and maxillofacial surgeon who passed away on April 15, will be honored with a new endowment at the School of Dentistry.
Promising new dental approach for patients with autism outlined
Dr. Travis Nelson of the School of Dentistry’s Center for Pediatric Dentistry has been developing a new approach to the dental treatment of children with autism for the last year and a half.
‘Virtual fair’ for prospective students April 29-30
On April 29 and 30, the School of Dentistry will participate in an online forum in which prospective dental students can speak with admissions officials free of charge.
Dr. Mouradian gives Harvard’s Giddon lecture
Dr. Wendy Mouradian of the School of Dentistry faculty discussed “The Intersection of Dentistry and Medicine in the Future” as she presented Harvard University’s Donald B. Giddon Annual Lecture in Behavioral Medicine and Dentistry earlier this month.
Dr. Worakanya Buranaphatthana named Magnuson Scholar
Dr. Worakanya Buranaphatthana, a first-year PhD candidate in Oral Biology in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, has been named a University of Washington Magnuson Scholar for 2014-15.
Three students receive national scholarship awards
School of Dentistry students Jose Mendoza, Chelsea Momany and Todd Billington have received national scholarship awards.
Dr. Darveau honored for work in microbiology
Dr. Richard Darveau, Chair of the Department of Periodontics, has been elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in recognition of his record of scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.
Dental students join health sciences exercise
When UW medical student Jory Wasserburger served a rotation in a Wyoming family physician’s office last year, the doctor wondered about the high number of child patients with untreated tooth decay. So he asked Wasserburger to look into the problem and brainstorm some community strategies.
School mourns Kimberly Hanson Huggins
Kimberly Hanson Huggins, RDH, a longtime School of Dentistry faculty and staff member who was a strong, active voice for patients with special needs, passed away after a battle with breast cancer on Jan. 20, 2014. A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8 at All Saints Church, 1716 Second Ave. N. in Seattle.
Student Gabriel Dawson honored for Husky Smiles work
Fourth-year student Gabriel Dawson received a Volunteer Service Award at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. birthday commemoration at the UW Health Sciences Center on Jan. 16.
School researchers patent new antibacterial agent
Four School of Dentistry faculty members have received a patent for a new way of using titanium-based materials to fight oral bacteria.
Dr. Niousha Saghafi wins wire sculpture contest
Creating an intricately woven wire tree adorned with a swing and a bench, Dr. Niousha Saghafi won the annual Department of Orthodontics wire sculpture contest for first-year residents.
Dr. Beirne, Dr. Johnson receive Rothwell teaching awards
Dr. O. Ross Beirne of the UW Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Dr. Glen Johnson of the UW Department of Restorative Dentistry have received the 2013 Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Awards, the School of Dentistry’s highest teaching honor.
Dr. Dodson announces “OMS Grand Rounds” lecture series
Dr. Thomas Dodson, Chair of the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS), has announced the launch on Jan. 15, 2014 of “OMS Grand Rounds,” a wide-ranging series of lectures of high interest to the OMS community.
Health Sciences expands interprofessional education
Interprofessional education (IPE) has become one of the most important new directions in curriculum planning for University of Washington Health Sciences schools, including the School of Dentistry.
Jonathan An wins ADA student research award
Third-year student Jonathan An won the American Dental Association’s Student Clinician Scholar Award during the ADA’s annual session in New Orleans earlier this month.
Sunstar Americas boosts UW pediatric oral health research
Dr. Donald Chi of the UW Department of Oral Health Sciences faculty has been named the recipient of the initial Sunstar Americas Pediatric Prevention Award.
Ex-FDA official outlines regulatory challenges at Research Day
Dr. Larry Kessler, a former top official at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, discussed the formidable challenges in getting new dental technology through the regulatory process in a keynote address at the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Sept. 20.
Dr. Larry Kessler to present keynote talk at Research Day
Dr. Larry Kessler, Chair of the UW Department of Health Services, will discuss “Regulatory and Scientific Challenges in Advancing Dental Technology” in the keynote address at the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Friday, Sept. 20.
School recognizes 5 for outstanding staff work
The School of Dentistry recognized five staff members for outstanding work during the past year at a luncheon on Sept. 4 at the Husky Union Building.
School mourns Dr. Ralph Yuodelis, leader in restorative dentistry
Dr. Ralph Yuodelis, a leading figure in restorative dentistry at the University of Washington and nationally, passed away early on Aug. 18 at the age of 81. He had suffered a stroke in July.
Dentistry tackles a job for Huskies: mouthguards
When UW opponents play what coaches like to call “smash-mouth football,” the Huskies will be ready, thanks to a little help from School of Dentistry faculty, students and staff.
Grad Pros resident earns top research honor
Dr. Marta Revilla, a third-year UW Graduate Prosthodontics resident, was awarded first place in the 2013 Pacific Coast Society of Prosthodontics Graduate Student Research Competition at this year’s annual session in Anchorage, Alaska.
School mourns Dr. Vincent G. Kokich
Dr. Vincent G. Kokich, one of the School of Dentistry’s most illustrious alumni and among the world’s pre-eminent dental educators, passed away on July 24 after collapsing at his home in Gig Harbor, Wash., apparently from a heart attack. He was 68.
Dr. Peter Milgrom to speak on oral health at NIH seminar
Dr. Peter Milgrom of the Department of Oral Health Sciences will be a featured speaker at the Health Disparities Seminar Series of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md., on Aug. 15.
Macy Foundation Faculty Scholar to work with Pediatric Dentistry
Mayumi Willgerodt, an associate professor in the University of Washington School of Nursing, will collaborate with The Center for Pediatric Dentistry in her work as a 2013-14 Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation Faculty Scholar.
Prosthodontists honor Dr. Sorensen
Dr. John Sorensen of the Department of Restorative Dentistry has been named to receive the 2013 President’s Award of the American College of Prosthodontists, the ACP has announced.
Dr. Rebecca L. Slayton named Law/Lewis Professor
Dr. Rebecca L. Slayton has been named Law/Lewis Endowed Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, pending formal approval by the UW Board of Regents.
Rock ’n’ Roll team makes strides for oral health
Students, faculty members and staff from the School of Dentistry took to the streets to raise money for oral health during Seattle’s annual Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon on June 22.
Rock ’n’ Roll team giving everyone a run for their money
Students, faculty members and staff are warming up to represent the School of Dentistry at this year’s Seattle Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon, which takes place on Saturday, June 22.
Dr. Mouradian receives 2013 Shils Award
Dr. Wendy Mouradian, Associate Dean for Regional Affairs and RIDE, has received a 2013 Shils Award from the Dr. Edward B. Shils Entrepreneurial Education Fund for her work with the UW Regional Initiatives in Dental Education program.
Class of 2013 receives its doctoral hoods
Members of the Class of 2013 received their DDS degrees at the School of Dentistry’s annual Investiture of Doctoral Hoods ceremony on June 8 at Meany Hall on the UW campus.
OKU inducts new members, awards scholarships
The UW chapter of the Omicron Kappa Upsilon (OKU) dental honorary society bestowed six scholarships and inducted new alumni and faculty members during its annual dinner on May 30 at the Husky Union Building.
Dr. Thomas Dodson to lead Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Dr. Thomas B. Dodson of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine has accepted an appointment to become chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at the UW, Dean Joel Berg has announced.
Dr. Emily Chu selected as UW Magnuson Scholar
Dr. Emily Chu, a first-year graduate student in the School of Dentistry’s DDS/PhD program, has been selected as a 2013-14 University of Washington Magnuson Scholar.
American Indian Dentistry meeting to have UW presence
Representatives of the School of Dentistry will be key presenters at the annual conference of the Society of American Indian Dentistry May 31-June 2 in Tulalip, Wash.
Drs. Bloomquist, Natkin to be feted at Dean’s Club Dinner
Dr. Dale Bloomquist, Associate Professor Emeritus and Acting Chair of the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, and Dr. Eugene Natkin, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Department of Endodontics, will be honored at the 29th annual Dean’s Club Dinner on Saturday, April 27.
Rumple elected ASDA vice president
Third-year student Tyler Rumple was elected vice president of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA) during the organization’s annual meetings in Atlanta March 6-9.
UW to present major global health study
The UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) will present a review of the largest-ever epidemiological analysis of levels and trends in health on Monday, March 11, at 4 p.m. in Hogness Auditorium in the Health Sciences Center.
Faculty has flurry of journal publications
In the space of about one week at the end of February, School of Dentistry faculty members published several studies in major journals.
IADR symposium to honor faculty member’s memory
A satellite symposium at this year’s annual meetings of the International Association for Dental Research in Seattle will honor the memory of the late Dr. H. Asuman Kiyak.
School launches Center for Global Oral Health
The School of Dentistry has announced the formation of the Center for Global Oral Health (CGOH), a new organization designed to promote collaborations in dental research and education, including faculty and student exchanges, with partners around the world.
Norma Wells honored for community work
Norma Wells, Associate Professor in the Department of Oral Health Sciences, who created the UW Oral Health Collaborative, was honored for her community service during the UW Health Sciences Center’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative program on Jan. 17.
Dr. Davis, Dr. Roberts have top Ortho sculpture entries
Dr. Blake Davis’ design of an angler hooking a catch from a boat has won the annual Department of Orthodontics sculpture contest. Dr. Soleil Roberts’ wire bust of an ancient Egyptian queen was voted runner-up.
Drs. Truelove and Wataha receive Rothwell Teaching Awards
Dr. Edmund L. Truelove and Dr. John C. Wataha received Bruce R. Rothwell Distinguished Teaching Awards, the School of Dentistry’s highest faculty recognition, during the School’s faculty retreat on Dec. 14.
Delta Dental/Washington Dental Service gives major gift
The School of Dentistry has announced a major new commitment by Delta Dental/ Washington Dental Service (DD/WDS) to support the school’s vision of transforming dental education.
Peter Yamamura earns first prize in ADA/Dentsply research awards
Third-year student Peter Yamamura received first-place honors in the American Dental Association/Dentsply Student Clinician Research Awards during the recent ADA annual meetings in San Francisco.
Five receive Distinguished Staff awards
Five School of Dentistry staff members were recognized Friday for their outstanding work during the School’s annual Distinguished Staff Awards.
Dean Berg urges wider research collaboration
Dean Joel Berg urged wider research collaboration with partners in the University of Washington and private industry in his keynote speech during the School of Dentistry’s annual Research Day on Sept. 21.
Grad Pros residents earn research honors
Residents in the Graduate Prosthodontics program have swept the two top honors in the 2012 Tylman Award program conducted by the American Academy of Fixed Prosthodontics.
Dr. Rebecca L. Slayton to become Chair of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Rebecca L. Slayton of the University of Iowa has accepted an appointment to become Chair of the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the School of Dentistry, Dean Joel Berg has announced.
Dr. Peter Milgrom receives ADA’s highest research honor
Dr. Peter Milgrom of Oral Health Sciences has received the Norton M. Ross Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, the American Dental Association’s highest such honor.
Dean Berg to give keynote talk at Research Day, Sept. 21
Dean Joel Berg will present a keynote address on "A process for engaging others in interdisciplinary research and commercialization" at the School of Dentistry’s Research Day on Friday, Sept. 21.
Dr. Joel Berg becomes Dean
Pledging to “establish a distinct culture” at the School of Dentistry, Dr. Joel Berg became its 13th Dean on Aug. 15.
Third-year students mark debut as clinicians
The School of Dentistry held its eighth annual White Coat ceremony on Aug. 11 at the UW Health Sciences Center, with members of the Class of 2014 formally donning clinical coats to mark the next phase of their education.
Jonathan An wins IADR Hatton research award
Jonathan An, a rising second-year DDS/PhD student at the School of Dentistry, won the coveted Hatton Award for research on Thursday at the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) meetings in Iguaçu Falls, Brazil.
Runners to raise funds for access to dental care
UW dental students will once again raise funds to support community outreach programs by entering a team in Seattle’s annual Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon on June 23.
Class of 2012 receives degrees at annual Hooding ceremony
The School of Dentistry bestowed Doctor of Dental Surgery degrees on 63 students, its largest graduating class in a generation, at the School’s 63rd annual commencement exercises on June 2.
Dr. Berg takes reins of American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Dr. Joel Berg, Chair of Pediatric Dentistry and Dean-Designate at the UW School of Dentistry, was installed as President of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry at the AAPD’s annual meetings in San Diego last week.
Scholarship fund to honor memory of Dr. Mickaella Griffith
Donations are being accepted for a scholarship fund to honor the memory of Dr. Mickaella “Mickey” Griffith, a long-time member of the Department of Oral Medicine faculty. Dr. Griffith, 76, passed away on May 10 after a brief illness.
New Financial Conflict of Interest regulations
The University of Washington’s policy on Financial Conflicts of Interest (FCOI) will be revised to comply with the Public Health Service (PHS) FCOI regulations which go into effect on Aug. 24, 2012. UW investigators must continue to follow the current UW’s SFI Disclosure Policy (GIM-10) until otherwise informed.
Juliet Dang named Dentistry’s Magnuson Scholar for 2012
Juliet Dang, a second-year PhD candidate in oral biology in the School of Dentistry’s Department of Oral Health Sciences, has been named a University of Washington Magnuson Scholar for 2012.
Husky Fest visitors brush up on School’s clinical care
Students and staff operated a School of Dentistry information booth in Red Square for three days during the UW’s Husky Fest celebration April 19-21. The volunteers handed out information and answered questions about the School’s clinical care, and gave out more than 7,000 free toothbrushes.
National science expo to feature 3-D oral health game
Attack of the S. Mutans!, a 3-D interactive videogame developed by Seattle's Firsthand Technology with the help of the School of Dentistry, will be featured at the USA Science & Engineering Expo on April 28-29 in Washington, D.C.
New group of international DDS students has orientation
The second group of students in the School of Dentistry’s International DDS (IDDS) program received its formal introduction to the School with orientation during the last week of March.
Alice Nunes’ ethics paper published by ACD journal
Fourth-year student Alice Nunes’ paper on ethics was published by the Journal of the American College of Dentists in its final issue of 2011 (Vol. 78, No. 4, pages 19-21).
Jonathan An wins AADR Hatton research award
Jonathan An, a first-year DDS/PhD student at the School of Dentistry, won a prestigious Hatton Award at the American Association for Dental Research meeting in Tampa, Florida in March, Dr. Linda LeResche has announced.
Jones Lectureship draws full house to hear Dr. Gary DeWood
The 42nd annual Ernest M. Jones Memorial Lectureship drew a capacity crowd to the UW Health Sciences Center’s Hogness Auditorium on March 23 to hear Dr. Gary DeWood lecture on “Appliance Therapy and Occlusion in General Practice” and “Seven Habits of Highly Successful Practices.”
Dr. Joel Berg named new Dean
After a national search, Dr. Joel Berg has been selected as the next Dean of the School of Dentistry, University of Washington Provost Ana Mari Cauce has announced.
Runners will again raise funds for access to dental care
UW dental students will once again raise funds to support community outreach programs by entering a team in Seattle’s Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half-Marathon this year.
Dr. Richard Ferguson receives service honors
Seattle orthodontist and School of Dentistry alumnus Dr. Richard Ferguson was honored for his community volunteer service at the UW Health Sciences Center on Jan. 12 during the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

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