Dean's Newsletter - Winter Quarter 2013
Dear Students, Residents, Faculty, Staff, Alumni and Friends,
I hope 2013 is shaping up to be a successful and productive year for everyone. The School of Dentistry started the calendar year off busy in all our areas of focus. A positive development for the U.C. System was the passage of Prop 30 last November by roughly 55 percent of the voters. Even though the approved measure is only a temporary fix to the budget short-falls, it was nonetheless a big win for all K-12 schools, colleges, and universities across the state, as it stopped a $6 billion budget cut to California’s educational system.
In response to the State’s on-going budgetary challenges, we continue to closely monitor our expenditures and look to new sources of revenue. I want to thank everyone for their continued dedication, especially our alumni and donors for their support and our faculty and staff for their hard work.
At the beginning of the year, I was pleased to announce that long-time faculty member Dr. Earl Freymiller, an eminent oral and maxillofacial surgeon and professor, was appointed the inaugural holder of UCLA's Bob and Marion Wilson Endowed Chair. This endowed chair was established to support the teaching, research, and public service activities of a distinguished faculty member.
The creation of the School’s eighth endowed chair is particularly exciting given that, 15 years ago, the School of Dentistry did not have a single endowed chair. Now, we are a leader among dental schools in the nation when it comes to the number of endowed chairs established to help recruit and retain world-class faculty members.
On the research front, the School of Dentistry continues to be a leader in cutting-edge projects. This is evidenced by an article written by Dr. David Wong that was featured in a special supplement of the Journal of the American Dental Association on the growing field of salivary diagnostics and its clinical implications.
The School of Dentistry also participated in several public service activities, including the annual BBCN Bank health fair. This year, nearly 200 adults and children received free dental care administered by 19 pre-doctoral students and six faculty members. In addition, the Section of Pediatric Dentistry participated in the annual Give Kids a Smile Day. Thirteen Pediatric Dentistry residents, 11 faculty members, and more than 100 dental students provided the communities of Lennox and Inglewood with free oral health care for approximately 90 children.
This newsletter features many exciting news items that I encourage you to read, and I wish everyone well for the remainder of the winter quarter.
No-Hee Park, DMD, Phd