Faculty News

Posted on: Wednesday, 02/19/2014

Election to the Chinese Academy of Engineering

At the end of December, Dr. Cun-Yu Wang was elected as a foreign member to the Chinese Academy of Engineering – one of the most prestigious and exclusive engineering and medical academies in Asia. He was one of only six individuals in the world to be elected as a foreign member in 2013 and is the only faculty member from UCLA to ever receive this distinction. Membership into the Chinese Academy of Engineering is deemed one of the highest honors in the fields of engineering, medicine, public health, biotechnology, and pharmaceutics in China.

Dr. Wang is the No-Hee Park Endowed Professor and Chair in the Division of Oral Biology and Medicine, the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at the School of Dentistry, and a Professor of Bioengineering at the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science. Congratulations Dr. Wang on this great honor.


Breakthroughs in Nanotechnology

Dr. Dean Ho, Professor in the Section of Oral Biology and Co-Director of the Weintraub Center for Reconstructive Biotechnology, was named a finalist for the RusNano International Nanotechnology Prize, which honors significant translational breakthroughs in nanotechnology. Congratulations Dr. Ho.


Thank you Jon Standlee for Your Years of Service

After 48 years of service, Jon Standlee, DDS, FACD, retired from the School of Dentistry as of December 31, 2013. Dr. Standlee was hired as a part-time faculty member in 1966 in the department of operative dentistry, retired at the end of 1992, and shortly afterwards became a recalled professor. He contributed to the School’s educational program with lectures, preclinical and clinical assignments in the Sections of endodontics, fixed prosthodontics, biomaterials, restorative dentistry, and the now dissolved sections of biomechanics and operative dentistry.

Dr. Standlee graduated from the USC Dental School. He contributed to more than 50 publications of original research and books in the field of biomechanics in clinical dentistry. He has served the field in various roles, including the past president of the Santa Barbara – Ventura Countries Dental Society and President of OKU at UCLA. Since 1968, Dr. Standlee concurrently maintained a private practice in Santa Barbara.


Thank you Sue Spackman for Your Years of Service

Last October, Dr. Sue Spackman, a lecturer in the Division of Restorative Dentistry, retired from the School of Dentistry to accept a position at the Loma Linda School of Dentistry. She was first hired in 1994. Dr. Spackman received her DDS degree from the School of Dentistry in 1983, a Certificate in Geriatric Dentistry Medicine from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1988 and concurrently a Certificate in Advanced Dentistry for the Disabled from the University of Washington. In 2003, she received a Certificate in Medical Education Fellowship from the UCLA School of Medicine. From 2011 until her departure, she was an Assistant Researcher in the Section of Oral Medicine & Orofacial Pain, Division of Oral Biology & Medicine at UCLA School of Dentistry.


Remembering Our Dedicated Faculty

Dr. Gerald “Jerry” Gelfand, a dedicated faculty member in the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS), passed away on Wednesday, October 23rd. He began his career at the School of Dentistry in 1979 as a part-time faculty member and through the years served the Section as a member of the OMS Resident Selection Committee and the OMS Appointments and Reappointments Committee.

After receiving a DMD degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Dr. Gelfand went on to pursue OMS residency training at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center. Over the subsequent years, he maintained an active private practice in OMS in Woodland Hills.

Jerry dedicated his life to the field of dentistry and OMS. Among his many accolades, he was President of the Southern California Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (SCSOMS), President of the Western Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, President of the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS), and was also appointed a Fellow of the American and International Colleges of Dentists and the Pierre Fauchard Academy.

Jerry was the longest-standing volunteer faculty member in the Section of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. His devotion to dentistry, his specialty, and to our school has made a significant impact. With his passing, the School of Dentistry has lost a true friend and he will be greatly missed.