Students & Staff News

Posted on: Monday, 11/20/2017

Pre-Doc Students Team-Up for AIDS Walk LA

A large team of pre-doctoral students walked in the AIDS Walk LA, the annual fundraising walk benefiting AIDS Project Los Angeles Health and 20 other L.A. County HIV service organizations. In its 31 years, AIDS Walk Los Angeles has drawn hundreds of thousands of supporters to walk, and millions more to donate, raising more than $82 million to combat HIV and AIDS. The UCLA Dentistry team raised more than half of their goal.

Coming Together in the Kitchen

At the beginning of October, UCLA Dentistry students had the chance to bond with colleagues from the Schools of nursing, public health, and medicine in a unique setting. A new program, called the “teaching kitchen”, was created to teach graduate students healthy eating and cooking skills. The inaugural class took place at Sur La Table's Westwood store and was taught by two UCLA dietitians and a chef. The organizers of the program are gearing up for a second class with the hope that it will become a more formal part of the curriculum. Read full story.

Fourth-Year Dental Student Recognized for Committment to Service

Congratulations to Darron Miya, Class of 2018, a 2017 recipient of the Dental Trade Alliance Foundation Scholarship. This prestigious national scholarship is awarded for academic excellence and commitment to community service as highlighted in a 2-minute video created by the applicant. Darron's future plans include a postgraduate program in orthodontics, and continuing his volunteer service.

First-Year Dental Student Receives Scholarship

First-year pre-doctoral student, Elianne Vazquezwas the winner of the 2017 DDSRank Dental Scholarship. The scholarship program, which was started to help students dedicated to a career in dentistry afford an education, is being awarded for the third time. DDSRank is a top dental SEO company. Read full press release.

Upcoming Financial Aid Workshops

Bruins on a Budget
Tuesday, November 28, Noon to 1 pm in room #CHS 13-041

This workshop will give you the tools you need to find UCLA resources in managing debt and budgeting your finances throughout dental school.

Credit Management
Wednesday, December 6, Noon to 1 pm in room #CHS 13-041

This workshop will provide you with the tools in managing debt, understanding the cost of education and budgeting tips.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP confirming your attendance.

ALL STUDENTS are encouraged to attend these workshops as debt management is an important skill to have as a professional dental student.

Welcome to the UCLA Dentistry Family (June 19 through Oct. 30)

Name Working Title Hire Date Unit 
New Hires        
Michael Alonzo Sterilization Assistant  10/9/2017 Central Services, General Clinic 
Catherine Eshaghzadeh Administrative Assistant  8/14/2017 Pediatric Dentistry 
Anna Guzman Director of Student Affairs 7/12/2017 Student Affairs & Outreach
Thalia Henao Administrative Specialist  10/2/2017 Pediatric Dentistry
Theodore Kee Lab Assistant  7/1/2017 COHNOR
Chaune Kuromoto Administrative Assistant  8/23/2017 Diagnostic and Surgical Sciences
Michelle Lee Administrative Assistant  6/19/2017 Oral Pathology 
Antonio Miranda Sterilization Assistant  6/26/2017 Central Services, General Clinic 
Agustin Rios Administrative Specialist  8/23/2017 Oral Medicine
Nathalia Sanchez Administrative Specialist  10/16/2017 Pediatric Dentistry 
Ana Vega Avalos Administrative Assistant  8/2/2017 Orthodontic Clinic
New and Expanded Duties       
Grace Gonzalez  Administrative Specialist, Supervisor  6/12/2017 Venice Dental Center