Faculty & Staff News

Posted on: Wednesday, 08/28/2019

Promotion of Academic Exchange

Congratulations to Dr. Henry Takei, distinguished clinical professor of periodontics, who was awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon from the Consulate General of Japan in Los Angeles. He received the award for promoting academic exchange between Japan and the U.S. and helping develop the field of periodontics in Japan.

Dr. Takei has been a faculty member at the dental school since 1967 and recently retired from private practice. For the past 46 years, he lectured extensively throughout the world and traveled annually to teach periodontics to dental students and practicing dentists in Japan.


Stepping Down After a 40-Year Career

Dr. Carol Bibb Steps DownDr. Carol Bibb '78, professor of oral medicine and orofacial pain, stepped down at the end of the fiscal year after dedicating 40 years to the UCLA School of Dentistry. She was the associate dean for student affairs for 14 years and prior to this important role, she served as the general clinic director for five years.

Throughout her tenure, Dr. Bibb taught in a range of formats, from lectures and small group case-based seminars, to preclinical laboratory instruction and chair-side clinical supervision. She has taught pre-doctoral students and residents and has served as a research mentor for dental students and master’s degree candidates. She is now on recall and will focus her energy on curriculum innovations.

Faculty Honors

Dr. Alireza Moshaverinia, assistant professor of prosthodontics, will be formally recognized with the Distinguished Researcher Award by the American College of Prosthodonists at their annual awards and president’s dinner on November 1. The annual awards are meant to honor individuals for outstanding and substantial contributions to the specialty or the College.

Dr. Moshaverinia was also one of 12 UCLA faculty members who were selected to present innovative research projects at the UCLA Bioscience Innovation Day. At this same event, three of his lab members presented their innovative projects and a PhD student working in his lab, Sevda Pouraghaei, won second place in the poster competition in regenerative medicine category.


At the May Legislative Assembly Meeting on May 30, 2019, Dr. Shane White, professor of endodontics, was elected as the Senate Vice Chair/Chair-Elect for the 2019-2020 term. The Academic Senate provides the organizational framework that enables the faculty to exercise its right to participate in the University's governance.

Dr. White has specialty training in both prosthodontics and endodontics. His research focuses on dental biological materials, primarily on tooth enamel itself -- a remarkable bioceramic. His creative activities broadly span basic science, clinical outcomes and teaching approaches. He has served as chair of the section of endodontics.

Passing of Dr. Roy Eversole

Dr. Lewis Roy Eversole, former chair of the section oral and maxillofacial pathology and oral medicine, passed away on August 5, 2019, at the age of 76.

Dr. Eversole was a UCLA Dentistry faculty member from 1990 to 1998; and for the majority of that time, he served as chair. He was a productive author, and a fine musician and artist, as well as a wonderful colleague. He was very well known and respected throughout his field. In addition to his time teaching at UCLA, he held academic appointments at the University of the Pacific, Dugoni School of Dentistry. He also owned an oral pathology diagnostic service in San Diego. He was often described as, “a Renaissance man,” “a Brilliant scholar,” “having the best sense of humor” and “a friend to everyone.” He is survived by his wife and five children. A service was held on August 26th.

Spotlight on Staff: Lizzie Nevarez

Meet Lizzie Naverez, a group practice administrator, who has been with the dental school for two years. Aside from enjoying student interaction, she also enjoys country music and going to UCLA footbal games. To read the full interview.


ADA: “Dentistry for the Modern Age” Workshop

Practice and teach at the cutting edge of dentistry. For dentists and dental educators looking to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in their fields, the American Dental Association is hosting the workshop Dentistry for the Modern Age. Dentists participating in the workshop stream How to Provide Excellent Care will learn how to apply the latest clinical recommendations and practice scientifically informed treatment. Educators participating in the stream How to Teach Evidence-Based Dentistry will learn how to build an EBD curriculum that instills students with the curious mind-set needed to provide evidence-based care.

Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Colgate, this workshop is scheduled for November 14–16, 2019, at ADA headquarters in Chicago, and attendees will earn 21 continuing education (CE) credits. To register, visit ADA.org/modern. Course tuition is $1,200 for ADA members and $1,500 for non-ADA members.

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