The school bids farewell to retiring faculty
On June 28, 2011, the school bid a fond farewell to four retiring members of the full-time faculty: Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky, Dr. John Yagiela, Dr. Marvin Marcus and Dr. Kenneth Troutman. Colleagues and family members of the retirees gathered at the UCLA Faculty Center to recognize their combined 109 years of service to the dental school.
Dr. John Yagiela and Dr. Carol Bibb took the lectern to honor the career of Dr. Larry Wolinsky who, after 31 years at UCLA, retired in order to take on the deanship at Baylor College of Dentistry.
Then the tables turned on Dr. Yagiela, a 29-year veteran of the dental school, who was the subject of the recollections shared by Dr. Christine Quinn and Dr. Ronald Mito.
Dr. Val Spolsky and Dr. James Freed shared their fond remembrances of the time they spent working with Dr. Marvin Marcus, the standout of the retiree group with an incredible 41 years of service to his credit.
Dr. Clarice Law and Dr. Donald Duperon honored the contributions of Dr. Kenneth Troutman who gave eight years to UCLA in two separate appointments to the dental school.
Dean No-Hee Park thanked the retirees for their longstanding commitment to the school--to the students, the staff, the patients and to their fellow faculty members--and presented each of them with plaques to honor their many years of dedicated effort.
Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky chosen to lead Baylor College of Dentistry
Dr. Lawrence Wolinsky, previously the associate dean of academic programs and personnel at the UCLA School of Dentistry, will assume the deanship at the Texas A & M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry in August 2011.
“I am proud to welcome Larry to the community of U.S. dental school deans,” said Dean No-Hee Park. “I know I speak on behalf of the entire UCLA community when I say that we heartily congratulate Larry and look forward to watching the next step of his successful career.”
“UCLA has afforded me opportunities to grow academically and professionally,” said Wolinsky. “Baylor College of Dentistry has a long tradition of clinical excellence and I am looking forward to working with my new colleagues to elevate the school’s profile on the international stage. I believe dentistry can be better integrated into the national conversation on healthcare, and that on a global level, dentists should be better integrated as health care providers working as part of a team of health professionals.”
For more details, see the dental school website.
Dr. Kathryn Atchison to take on new role in establishing collaborations
by Cynthia Lee/UCLA Today
Professor Kathryn Atchison recently announced her intention to step down from her current position as vice provost of intellectual property and industry relations on June 30 in order to play a different role within the Office of the Provost.
As vice provost for new collaborative initiatives, she will work closely with the academic units and vice chancellors to increase and facilitate the establishment of creative collaborative programs.
Effective July 1, the Office of Intellectual Property and Industry Sponsored Research (OIP-ISR) will move to the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, reporting to Vice Chancellor James S. Economou.
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Scott Waugh thanked Dr. Atchison for her important work with the OIP-ISR and for now turning her talents to expanding UCLA’s ability to generate and develop innovative programs on campus, nationally, and worldwide. Waugh also commended the staff for “performing their challenging jobs with a high level of professionalism, competence and success, and our goal is to enable their continued effectiveness through a smooth transition.”
Dr. Atchison became UCLA’s first vice provost of intellectual property and industry relations, serving on a part-time, interim basis starting in January 2005 and assuming full-time duties at the request of former Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Daniel Neuman in June 2006.
“Under Kathryn’s leadership, UCLA has made great strides in technology transfer nationally and internationally,” Waugh said in an announcement of the news. “Today, we have a portfolio of approximately 1,800 inventions, close to 600 active U.S. patents and another 600 foreign patents. Our 280 active license agreements represent a five-fold increase compared to 2001. UCLA faculty’s technologies now serve as the foundation for commercialization for over 100 companies. Last year, UCLA received $35 million in royalty and fee income plus patent reimbursement revenue, a sum that has doubled in six years.”
For more information, read this announcement.
Dr. Peter Moy named to Nobel Biocare Chair in Surgical Implant Dentistry
UCLA Today reported June 21, 2011 that the UCLA School of Dentistry named Dr. Peter K. Moy as the first person to hold the Nobel Biocare Endowed Chair in Surgical Implant Dentistry.
The noted oral and maxillofacial surgeon aims to make UCLA a world-recognized center for excellence in the practice of dental implant therapies and surgical techniques.
Nobel Biocare, a world leader in the development of innovative restorative dental solutions, established the chair in 2006.
"It is an honor to be asked to lead the school's implant dentistry program," Dr. Moy said.
"Dr. Moy's expertise in the field of dental implants positions the UCLA School of Dentistry at the cutting edge of this burgeoning field," said Dr. No-Hee Park, the dental school's dean. "The endowed chair enables us to provide the highest level of patient care while we equip the next generation of dentists with the best possible training in the field. Additionally, the chair will energize research collaborations among UCLA faculty in disciplines such as dentistry and engineering, which I expect will translate to new clinical advances."
To read the full UCLA Today story, click here.
To read the dental school's press release, click here.
Dr. Carol Bibb is Distinguished Faculty of the Year
Every year, the faculty of the UCLA School of Dentistry selects a distinguished peer for his or her exemplary contributions in teaching, research, and professional service. This year the faculty chose to recognize Dr. Carol Bibb. For more than three decades, Dr. Bibb has built an extraordinary record of performance as an educator both at UCLA and on the national stage.
Currently, Dr. Bibb serves two roles at the school. She is clinical professor of oral biology and medicine and associate dean of student affairs. In fulfilling the duties of both titles, her work as a committed, caring teacher is an inspiration to all her colleagues and students, and especially to the future teachers she so enjoys mentoring.
Dr. Bibb's history as one of the dental school’s finest teachers dates back to 1979, one year after her graduation--from the doctor of dental surgery program at UCLA--when she was invited back to teach one day per week without salary in the ‘Dental Morphology’ course for first-year dental students. Over the years, her involvement in dental education has deepened and her contribution has multiplied. The selection committee for this year's award particularly noted Dr. Bibb's talent for successful innovation exemplified by the "Basic Dental Principles" teaching apprenticeship which she introduced as well as her longstanding work as a consultant in test construction for the American Dental Association National Board of Dental Examiners.
Currently, Dr. Bibb's focus on mentoring aligns with the National Institutes of Health-funded education research program known as "Recruiting, Mentoring and Empowering the Next Generation of Academic Dentists." As Dean No-Hee Park noted when he presented the Distinguished Faculty of the Year Award at the school's commencement ceremony in June 2011, the dental school community is fortunate to have someone like Dr. Bibb who provides a crucial service to the dental profession by addressing the growing shortage of dental educators nationwide.
Dr. Bruce Sanders steps down from position as Associate Dean of Outreach & Diversity
Dr. Bruce Sanders stepped down from his position as Assistant Dean for Outreach & Diversity effective June 30, 2011 in order to spend more time with his family.
A member of the dental school faculty for 37 years, Dr. Sanders gave 15 years of service as both a full-time and a part-time faculty member and 22 years as a volunteer faculty member. For the past 13 years, his major focus has been on student diversity and outreach. Working without compensation, Dr. Sanders demonstrated extraordinary dedication to bringing diversity to the UCLA School of Dentistry's classrooms.
Dr. Charles Alexander is recognized as a Champion of Health Professions Diversity
Dr. Charles Alexander received a 2011 Champions of Health Professions Diversity Award from The California Wellness Foundation in recognition of his commitment to increasing California’s health care workforce and its diversity. In addition to his role as an adjunct associate professor at the dental school, Dr. Alexander serves as UCLA’s associate vice provost of student diversity and director of academic advancement programs.
Dr. Paulo Camargo recognized for outstanding teaching, mentoring
Dr. Paulo Camargo is the recipient of the American Academy of Periodontology's 2011 Dental Educator Award for Outstanding Teaching and Mentoring in Periodontics.
Teaching awards for Drs. Lee & Roos
Two members of the faculty of the David Geffen School of Medicine who also teach at the dental school, Dr. Eryn Ujita Lee and Dr. Kenneth Roos, have won teaching awards. Dr. Lee, a member of the department of biological chemistry, and Dr. Roos, a member of the department of physiology, each received the 2011 Award for Excellence in Education at a special reception the evening of May 23, 2011.
According to Dr. Alan G. Robinson, UCLA associate vice chancellor for medical sciences, and Dr. LuAnn Wilkerson, the medical school’s senior associate dean for Medical Education, “These peer-reviewed awards were established to recognize outstanding dedication, innovation, and sustained excellence in clinical and classroom teaching. The recipients have distinguished themselves as exceptional educators.”
At the dental school, Dr. Lee organizes Foundations of Basic Science and Systems 2 (Gastrointestinal, Endocrine and Reproductive), while Dr. Roos teaches in Systems 1 (Cardio, Respiratory & Renal) and Systems 3 (Neuroanatomy and Musculoskeletal). Dr. Roos is also the medical school representative on the dental school’s curriculum committee.
CODA, JCNDE tap Dr. Nadia Chugal
The Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations (JCNDE) appointed Dr. Nadia Chugal to serve on the National Board Endodontics Test Construction Committee for 2012. The term is for one year and begins January 1, 2012.
In addition, the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) appointed Dr. Chugal as a Commission Consultant for the year 2011/2012. She will serve as a site visitor for postgraduate endodontic programs.
Dr. Shane White
Dr. Shane White has been appointed as one of two faculty members on the 11-member University of California Retirement System Advisory (UCRS) Board Council. The UCRS administers assets of more than $50 billion.
Also, Dr. White has been asked to serve as an international consultant for the development of a standardized Postgraduate Prosthodontic Curriculum (to include foundational endodontics) that is being designed for use in all South African Dental Schools with post-DDS training programs.
Class of 2011 honors faculty members in special awards ceremony
Each year, the graduating class of doctor of dental surgery students dedicates a part of its Senior Awards Ceremony & Banquet to the recognition of select faculty members whom they credit with having contributed meaningfully to their educational experience. This year, the senior class made the following awards:
- Most Caring Instructor: Dr. Sam Chui
- Most Inspiring Instructor: Dr. Richard Stevenson
- Class Role Model: Dr. Robert Duell
- Excellence in Periodontics Education: Dr. Mark Lieberman
- Excellence in Restorative Dentistry Education: Dr. Donald Fisher
- Excellence in Pediatric Dentistry Education: Dr. Philip Trask
- Excellence in Endodontic Education: Dr. Gerald Longhurst
- Excellence in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Education: Dr. Earl Freymiller
- Excellence in Prosthodontic Education: Dr. Takahiro Ogawa
Dr. Colby Smith is newly wed
On May 21, 2011, only four days after the successful accreditation site visit of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry postgraduate training program at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center, Dr. Colby Smith, the program's director, married Stacie Michelle Fejtek.
Recent academic personnel actions
The Office of Academic Personnel processed several new hires and four retirements during the last few months of the 2010-2011 academic year. For a list of academic personnel actions, click here.