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Combating climate change in the dental field: The UWSOD Climate Action Sustainability Team

CAST team members planting trees on the Snoqualmie riverbank at an ‘Adopt-a-buffer event.

June 26, 2024 - The UW School of Dentistry CAST, a student-led group made up of faculty and students, has a mission to integrate sustainability within the School and dental profession. Read more about UWSOD CAST.

School of Dentistry creates endowed scholarship for disadvantaged students

Dr. Narvaez and Norma Zavala celebrate the scholarship gift with Dean Ritter

June 21, 2024 - Thanks to the ongoing support of Dr. Alex Narváez (‘82) and his wife Dr. Norma Zavala (UW Psychology ‘80) as champions of diversity and creating opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds, the School of Dentistry has established the Sea Mar Community Health Centers-Narváez/Zavala Family Endowed Scholarship in Dentistry. Read more about Endowed Scholarship in Dentistry.

Department of Orthodontics to establish Dr. Roy Gunsolus Endowed Research Fund

Dr. Gunsolus

June 11, 2024 - The Roy Gunsolus Endowed Research Acceleration Fund in Orthodontics has been established in honor of the late Dr. Roy Gunsolus by his wife, Barbara Gunsolus. Read more about Dr. Gunsolus.

Drs. Randall, Holtzmann take home research awards at AAPD 2024

AAPD 2024 Awards

June 5, 2024 - At the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) Annual Session in Toronto, held from May 23 - 26, two UW School of Dentistry members took home prestigious awards. Read more about AAPD awards.

Dr. Austin Gaal spreads cleft care expertise, treatment at home and abroad

Dr. Gaal with patient family

May 29, 2024 - UW Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) residents are lining up to follow Dr. Austin Gaal on his outreach trips to Bolivia, and beyond, to treat children with cleft lip and palate. Read more about Dr. Gaal.

Remembering three longtime faculty of the UW School of Dentistry

Drs. Chuck Bolender and wife, Lars Hollender and Dan Middaugh

May 22, 2024 - Three retired members of the UW School of Dentistry faculty sadly passed away recently. Drs. Chuck Bolender, Lars Hollender and Dan Middaugh were all longtime faculty whose impacts are still being felt on the school. Read more about faculty passages.

Former Director of Radiology Dr. Lars Hollender passes away at age of 90


May 22, 2024 - Dr. Lars Hollender, who was internationally renowned for his work in maxillofacial imaging, and was considered one of the best diagnostic oral and maxillofacial radiologists in the world, recently passed away at the age of 90. Read more about Dr. Lars Hollender.

All-around School of Dentistry pioneer Dr. Dan Middaugh passes away


May 22, 2024 - Dr. Dan Middaugh, a giant in the School of Dentistry’s history whose accomplishments and impact on the School and the dental community at-large are many and far-reaching, passed away on May 5, 2024. Read more about Dr. Dan Middaugh.

Longtime chair of Prosthodontics Dr. Chuck Bolender passes away


May 22, 2024 - Dr. Chuck Bolender, who had a long and distinguished career in prosthodontics and made a lasting impact on the UW School of Dentistry and the dental profession, passed away on April 30, 2024. Read more about Dr. Chuck Bolender.

Dr. Claire Mills selected as 2024-25 Magnuson Scholar

Dr. Claire Mills with poster

May 16, 2024 - Dr. Claire Mills, one of six students in the dual degree DDS/PhD program, has been selected as the UW School of Dentistry’s Magnuson Scholar for the 2024-25 academic year. Award recipients are chosen based on academic performance and research potential. Read more about Dr. Claire Mills.

UW School of Dentistry has significant turnout for March dental conferences in New Orleans

Members of the DeRouen Center and its partners gather for a celebratory dinner for all the work they’ve accomplished over the past year.

April 11, 2024 - This past March, all eyes in the dental world were on New Orleans, LA as the city hosted both the IADR/AADOCR/CADR General Session & Exhibition and the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition. Read more about IADR and ADEA Conferences.

Third-year student Teddy Dong takes third place in national research competition

April 6, 2024 - Last month, third-year student Teddy Dong received third place in the Dentsply Sirona AADOCR Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) Clinical Science/Public Health Research category. Read more about Teddy Dong.

Min Lin wins ADEA national scholarship award for preventive dentistry

Min at awards ceremony

March 29, 2024 - At the American Dental Education Association (ADEA) Annual Session & Exhibition, which took place from March 9-12 in New Orleans, LA, third-year student Min Lin was selected from a national pool of applicants as one of 12 students to receive the ADEA/Haleon Preventive Dentistry Scholarship. Read more about Min Lin.

UW rural dentistry program helping to fill vital need across Washington

Dr. Morales

March 21, 2024 - School of Dentistry to double number of RIDE graduates, meeting demand in small and underserved communities. Story by: Jackson Holtz // Video by: Kiyomi Taguchi // Photos by: Dennis Wise

Read more about RIDE Program.

Generous gift leads to Eugene Natkin Endowed Professorship

Dr. Eugene Natkin and his wife, Marylee Natkin, attending a School of Dentistry event.

March 7, 2024 - The UW School of Dentistry and the Department of Endodontics are proud to announce the establishment of the Eugene Natkin Endowed Professorship in Endodontics. This professorship was made possible by a generous $500,000 gift from Dr. Natkin’s wife, Marylee Natkin. Read more about Natkin Professorship.

Dr. Thomas Dodson appointed as first-ever Worthington Chair

Dr. Dodson accepts the Worthington Chair appointment, presented by Dr. Guillermo Chacon

February 28, 2024 - The Philip Worthington Endowed Lectureship in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) was established in 2003 by generous alumni and friends from the Department of OMS to honor the life and career of Dr. Philip Worthington, who served as the OMS Department Chair from 1977 to 1998. Read more about Worthington Chair.

Graduate and Predoctoral students shine at Research Day 2024

Nine students were presented with awards at this year’s Research Day.

February 5, 2024 - Dr. Claire Mills and Sydney Kim each took first place in the Graduate Trainee and Dental Predoctoral Oral Presentation competitions respectively at the School of Dentistry Research Day this past Wednesday. Read more about Research Day 2024.

UW periodontal study receives FDA approval for anti-aging drug use

Periodontal Study banner

January 29, 2024 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Dr. Jonathan An from the UW Department of Oral Health Sciences to lead the first-ever study to evaluate rapamycin in older adults with periodontal disease. Read more about periodontal study.

Dr. Alvin Wee to take over as Chair of Restorative Department

Dr. Alvin Wee

January 24, 2024 - Dr. Alvin Wee of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry has been appointed as the new Chair of the Department of Restorative Dentistry and Professor within the department, effective July 16. Read more about Dr. Wee.

Dental student Jennifer Tang receives Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award

Jennifer Tang outside bus

January 12, 2024 - Fourth-year dental student Jennifer Tang has been selected as the School of Dentistry’s 2024 recipient of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award. Read more about Jennifer Tang.

The School of Dentistry’s Strategic Plan is here!

Strategic Plan Booklet Cover

December 18, 2023 - Advancing Oral Health for All, is an ambitious and bold plan that looks directly and optimistically to the future, building on the outstanding accomplishments of our history, in addition to the new knowledge of today. Read more about the strategic plan.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack visits School of Dentistry, RIDE program

Vilsack visit to the University of Washington School of Dentistry

December 5, 2023 - On Monday, Nov. 13, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Thomas Vilsack visited the University of Washington School of Dentistry where he took a tour of the facilities and hosted a Rural Health Discussion Panel. Read more about Vilsack visit to UWSOD.

UW periodontal researchers discover mirrored shift in oral microbiome caused by inflammation

Dr. McLean and Dr. Kerns

November 28, 2023 - A team of UW researchers have made a discovery that inflammation in one area of the mouth can cause a shift in the body’s immune responses in other healthy parts of the mouth, subsequently resulting in a shift in the microbiome. Read more about periodontal research.

Learning on location: dental students provide care, boost skills during service trip to Jamacia

Students in Jamaica

October 30, 2023 - Last month, students from the University of Washington School of Dentistry were able to take part in an impactful volunteer outreach trip, sending 28 dental students to Jamaica to treat over 700 patients in need. Read more about Volunteer Outreach.

Third-year student Teddy Dong wins AAOMS Presentation Award

Teddy Dong

October 23, 2023 - Third-year student Teddy Dong received the 2023 Oral Abstract Scientific Presentation Award at the 105th American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) annual meeting held last month in San Diego, California. Dong, a predoctoral student, won the award while competing against residents. Read more about Teddy Dong.