On September 23, 2008, James Crall testified at the "Congressional Oversight Hearing on Reforms to Pediatric Dental Care” in his capacity as a child advocate for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Alan Felsenfeld has completed his fourth and final year as the editor of the Journal of the California Dental Association. During his tenure, the journal underwent a rebranding and redesign and increased and improved the quality of its scientific articles. Felsenfeld leaves the editorial position to take his elected post as speaker of the house of the California Dental Association, the second-largest dental organization in the nation, after the American Dental Association. In addition, at the 2008 ADA meeting, Felsenfeld received the Certified Dental Editor Award and was inducted into the prestigious Interrnational College of Dentists for his clinical practice, academic standing and leadership.
The International Academy of Dentistry International honored Earl Freymiller with its Humanitarian Award at the organization's annual meeting in San Antonio in October 2008.
Former provost of the University of California and dean of the the UCLA School of Dentistry Rory Hume is profiled in The National, United Arab Emirates' English-language newspaper, concerning his ambitious goals at the helm of UAE University. Hume "has pledged to make it one of the top 100 institutions in the world and the best of its kind in the Middle East." Click here for the full article, "UAE University aims for top of the table."
Congratulations are in order for Clarice Law, who recently passed the Oral Clinical Examination in Pediatric Dentistry. She is now a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and of the American Board of Orthodontics.
A lecturer in oral and maxillofacial surgery, Larry J. Moore, DDS '81, MS '79 has been elected 2008-2009 vice president of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
Ichiro Nishimura has been appointed director of the Jane & Jerry Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology effective January 1, 2009.
As part of a series of briefings delivered by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, on September 8, 2008 Francisco Ramos-Gomez participated in a panel discussion entitled "El Camino de Como Integrar Prevencion: Innovative Approaches to Prevention." Ramos-Gomez will become president of the Hispanic Dental Association effective January 1, 2009.
On October 18, 2008, Latinos for Dental Careers (LDC) held its Third Annual Scholarship Awards Dinner at the University of Southern California Town and Gown, where the organization named Bruce Sanders, our assistant dean of outreach and diversity, the 2008 Honoree for his exceptional contributions to the education of students from disadvantaged and underrepresented backgrounds. Dr. Santos Cortez (left), president of LDC, presented the award.
In July 2008, David Wong won a GSK Innovation in Oral Health Research Award. In addition, Wong is the editor of and a contributor to Salivary Diagnostics, the premiere textbook on the subject, published in November 2008 by Wiley-Blackwell.
Donor Wall Installed
Celebrates cumulative giving in support of teaching, research, patient care and public service
The School of Dentistry is grateful for the philanthropic support it receives from alumni, friends, corporate partners, foundations, and other organizations. To show its appreciation, the school installed a donor wall on the fifth floor of the dental school in the summer of 2008.
Designed to recognize the school's most generous supporters, this new permanent installation includes the names of donors that have contributed a cumulative $100,000 or more to the UCLA School of Dentistry since its inception in 1964. The donor wall will be continually updated to reflect new gifts and the ongoing support of those who make our progress possible.
Pictured above are Mrs. Geraldine and Dr. Jack A. Weichman, longstanding school "sponsors" who have generously donated both time and funding in fulfillment of the School's mission to improve oral health. Among their many gifts to the school, the Weichmans established the Dr. Jack A. Weichman Chair in Endodontics. The donor wall honors the couple and many others who share their interest in supporting dental education, research and patient care at UCLA.
GENEROUS GIFTS IMPROVE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Upgrades to the student lounge, Isolite handpieces and pulp testers in the clinic
In late summer, Mrs. Peggy Schaefer funded the refurnishing of the Jim and Peggy Schaefer Student Lounge. Students are making more use of the space than ever before, citing a huge leather sofa and a flat screen television as two of the more compelling new additions.
In another demonstration of student support, the Apollonian Society donated 120 Isolite vacuum systems to the predoctoral student clinics in Westwood and Venice this fall. Units were installed in each clinic cubicle, and the students received training in their use on October 31 and November 6, 2008, relying on each other (and willing faculty members!) to be their first "patients. " The Isolite system acts like a dental assistant by providing retraction, suction and lighting and should enhance efficiency and comfort during patient care. The installation of the Isolite systems was a top priority requested by the students. According to Isolite, UCLA is the first dental school in the nation to install these systems in its predoctoral clinics.
In addition , the Class of 2008 made a generous donation to the general clinic enabling the school to purchase two pulp testers, also for predoctoral students' use. "It has been an honor and a pleasure to receive our dental degree from such a prestigious institution. . . To show our appreciation we would like to improve the clinic for the benefit of our patients," expressed Michelle Duong, treasurer of her class.
Dentistry Employee a Crucial Link in Donor Kidney Chain
Steve Shaevel "paid it forward" in a unique way this holiday season
Academic personnel director Steve Shaevel and his family have a history of health advocacy. His daughter, Marissa (born premature but now a healthy teenager), served as a national ambassador for the March of Dimes. More recently, Steve and his wife, Gail, lobbied Congress and the Senate on World Kidney Day. Once again, it was a personal cause for the Shaevels; An autoimmune disease had left Gail with only one kidney, and when that failed, her life on dialysis--and the kidney donation wait list--began.
Today, Gail is the healthy recipient of a new kidney. And Steve is the proud owner of only one of those organs himself--he gave the other away on November 19, 2008 as part of a kidney donor chain that crisscrossed the United States and freed not only Gail, but two other thankful people, from dialysis. Click here to read the full UCLA Today story of Steve Shaevel's altruistic kidney donation.