Remembering Dr. Douglas Junge
Dr. Douglas Junge, a Professor Emeritus, passed away on May 5 at the age of 75. Dr. Junge was not only an excellent faculty member but also a supportive mentor and teacher, innovative researcher, and friend to many.
Dr. Junge received his Bachelor of Science degree at the California Institute of Technology and earned his PhD degree in Physiology here at UCLA in 1965. He worked the next two years as an Assistant Research Zoologist in the laboratory of Dr. Hagawari at the Scripps Institute affiliated with UCSD. He then joined the Section of Oral Biology at the School of Dentistry in 1967 as an Assistant Professor, where he devoted the next forty-one years to Oral Biology and UCLA. He officially retired on June 30th, 2008.
Dr. Junge’s research spanned many topics in the field of health sciences, including the areas of taste, ionic single neurons, and mathematical models of neuron behavior. In addition, he studied the neurophysiology of the human jaw muscle system – correlation of small tremor movements of the jaw and associated muscle EMG signals. Towards the end of his academic career, he was working on developing a model of dorsal root ganglion neurons that can account for ion channel properties in neuropathic pain conditions.
In addition to being an excellent academic, Dr. Junge was also a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his loving wife, Janice, and two children, Benjamin and Alexa.
Dr. Wang Recognized as a Distinguished Scientist
The International Association for Dental Research (IADR) recognized Dr. Cun-Yu Wang as the recipient of the 2013 IADR Distinguished Scientist Award in Basic Research in Biological Mineralization. Dr. Wang is noted as having broadly contributed to the mineralized tissues field, having made major discoveries, including the effects of inflammation on bone formation, elucidation of basic mechanisms governing stem cell renewal, and identification of critical epigenetic signals controlling the differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells to bone cells.
Dr. Wang is Chair of the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, and the Dr. No-Hee Park Endowed Chair. He was honored at the Association’s 91st General Session and Exhibition in Seattle on March 20. Congratulations Dr. Wang on this honorable recognition.
Retirement of Karen Lefever
Karen Lefever, the School of Dentistry's Academic Coordinator, announced her retirement from UCLA, effective June 27. Dr. Lefever has been with UCLA for nearly 30 years, initially working for the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute as a Staff Research Associate from 1981 to 1985. In 1985, she took a break to work on her PhD in Education at UCLA, completing this program in 1990. Following her PhD program, she was hired by the School of Dentistry as an Evaluation Consultant, a position she held until 1995 when she became the Academic Coordinator
As Academic Coordinator, Dr. Lefever has provided valuable input on curriculum management and education pedagogy. In addition, she played a significant role in the highly successful accreditation reviews in 1997, 2004 and 2011, and has been a consistent resource for faculty seeking advice for course development, classroom innovation, and effective assessment of educational outcomes. In 2004, she was appointed a lecturer in the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry, and she has been a welcome participant in many courses in the pre-doctoral curriculum. She has been an active member of numerous School of Dentistry committees, and her value has been particularly apparent for the Curriculum and Outcomes Committees. Another significant contribution has been her service as a faculty mentor for students interested in academic dentistry and educational research.
In addition to her PhD from UCLA, Dr. Lefever holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Moravian College, a Master of Arts degree in English from Lehigh University, and a Master of Science degree from Villanova University in Counseling and Human Relations.
Students, staff, and faculty will miss her cheerful support and she will be dearly missed by her colleagues. We wish her the best in her retirement.
Dr. Shah Elected to the Academy of Prosthodontics
Dr. Kumar Shah, a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Advanced Prosthodontics, was elected as an Associate Fellow by the Academy of Prosthodontics. The Academy of Prosthodontics was founded in 1918 and is the oldest and most elite specialty organization in prosthetic dentistry. Its membership is comprised of about 70 distinguished clinicians, educators, and leaders of the profession from around the world. Dr. Shah is most deserving of this rare honor due to his excellent technical skills, clinical insights, mentorship abilities, and leadership qualities.
Dr. Shah’s colleagues and the rest of the School of Dentistry, congratulate him on this election.
Dr. Messadi Recognized for her Mentoring Skills
Dr. Diana Messadi, Professor and Chair of the Section of Oral Medicine and Orofacial Pain, was a finalist for the UCLA Postdoctoral Mentorship award at the UCLA Postdoctoral Scholars Reception. Dr. Messadi was nominated by her geriatric fellows and was one of 16 other UCLA faculty members to make the nomination list. Congratulations to Dr. Messadi on your nomination.
Dr. Chiappelli Addresses Dentists in Brazil
Dr. Francesco Chiappelli, Professor in the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, was named the editor-in-chief of Translational Dental Science and was appointed to the editorial boards of the Brazilian Journal of Oral Sciences as well as the journal Oral Diseases. He will travel to Brazil later this month to give a keynote address on evidence-based endodontics.
Academic Personnel Actions (New Hires) - Feb. 1 to May 7, 2013
|Chris Cerceo||Restorative Dentistry||Lecturer||Feb. 8|
|Vera Stewart||Restorative Dentistry
|Gregory Thurston||Restorative Dentistry||Lecturer||Feb. 19|
|Feridey Carr||Orofacial Pain||Lecturer||March 25|
|Talia Shainhouse||Periodontics||Lecturer||April 1|
|Adam Geach||Adv. Prosthodontics||Lecturer||April 1|
|Marc Hayashi||Adv. Prosthodontics||Lecturer||April 1|
|Anahita Tajbakhsh||Adv. Prosthodontics||Lecturer||April 1|