Dean's Newsletter - Spring Quarter 2013
Dear Students, Residents, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Friends,
It was another busy spring quarter at the UCLA School of Dentistry, with many noteworthy activities to highlight. Most important, we are quickly approaching our 46th Commencement Ceremony, where 100 DDS degrees, one PhD degree in oral biology, and 15 Master of Science degrees in oral biology will be conferred. I am very proud of the Class of 2013 and all their many accomplishments. I wish them well as they progress in their careers.
At the beginning of March, the School was the fortunate recipient of a $5 million pledge from Dr. Mick and Mrs. Mary Dragoo. The gift establishes the UCLA Mick and Mary Dragoo Periodontal and Implant Clinical Research and Patient Care Center; a place where our faculty will conduct independently funded clinical research to advance scientific knowledge in periodontal and implant dentistry. We are very excited about the new Center and are extremely grateful for the generosity of the Dragoos and their commitment to improving dental patient care worldwide.
In April, the School announced that First 5 LA, the Los Angeles–based child advocacy and grant-making organization, awarded the School an additional $11 million, bringing the total funding to nearly $21 million. The partnership establishes the UCLA–First 5 LA Children's Dental Care Program, which will support the delivery of dental care to children, from birth to age 5 and pregnant women in LA County.
The UCLA campus has embarked on a $4.2 billion Centennial Campaign, a landmark fundraising initiative in celebration of its 100-year anniversary. During the next six years, ending in 2019, the School will work towards raising support for our students through scholarships, endowment funds for pipeline programs, and recruiting and retaining world-class faculty through endowed chairs. The School will also seek to establish two new centers for patient care: the Center for Craniofacial Reconstruction Research and Special Patient Care and the Center for Geriatric Dentistry.
There are several other exciting newsworthy activities occurring throughout the School, including several student awards, cutting edge research studies, and faculty achievements. I encourage you to read this newsletter in its entirety, and I wish everyone well for the remainder of the spring quarter.
No-Hee Park, D.M.D., Ph.D.
Dean & Distinguished Professor