Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends,
I’d like to welcome everyone back to School, hopefully you all had a nice summer. Despite having a smaller student body on campus during the summer quarter, the School of Dentistry remained busy throughout the past few months.
Most recently, we welcomed the Class of 2016 at the traditional White Coat Ceremony. As always, I am very impressed by this bright, young group of students that hail from all over the country and who I expect to achieve great things during their time at UCLA. I would like to extend my thanks to the Apollonian Society who has sponsored the White Coat Ceremony since 2006.
On the research front, several new multi-million dollar grants came in over the last few months, further boosting our world-renowned research enterprise. We received a $5 million grant from NIH to help train the next generation of dentist-scientists and oral health researchers, a $9 million grant from First 5 LA – the child advocacy and grant-making organization to increase dental care access for young children and a $3.8 million grant from NIDCR to develop a salivary test to predict the onset of post-traumatic stress disorder.
We were also very busy in our community outreach and public service efforts. Most recently, faculty, residents and pre-doctoral students provided dental services to hundreds of uninsured Angelinos at a free health clinic that was organized by Care Harbor. I had the opportunity to witness firsthand the invaluable success that volunteers like me provided to the thousands of underserved and uninsured individuals in Los Angeles. It was a very moving experience to be able to represent the School and work alongside other volunteers as we improved the oral health of the community.
I am also happy to report that we have several new academic appointments, which are featured in this newsletter.
A faculty move that I would like to highlight is the retirement of Dr. E. Barrie Kenney. Unfortunately for the School, Dr. Kenney chose to retire after 38 years of service at the end of June. I can’t begin to thank him enough for being such a dedicated faculty member.
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I encourage everyone to read this newsletter and the Annual Report to catch up on the School’s activities and I wish everyone a healthy and productive fall quarter.