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Dr. Todd Thierer

The University of Minnesota Provost’s Office has appointed Todd Thierer, D.M.D., M.P.H., to serve as acting dean of the School of Dentistry.

Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson announced the appointment on Wednesday, August 29, at a meeting with School of Dentistry staff and faculty. Thierer, whose term as acting dean became effective August 31, replaces the retiring Leon Assael, D.M.D. Thierer currently serves as associate professor and associate dean for clinical affairs.

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded the School of Dentistry an 18-month, $144,802 grant to improve access to and quality of oral health care for Minnesota's underserved, limited English proficiency population by developing oral health care providers' capability to work with trained interpreters.

Mobile Dental Clinic 1

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded the University of Minnesota Foundation (on behalf of the School of Dentistry) a grant of $1,000,000, payable over three years, to fund the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic.

MRI technology is not commonly found in a dental practice. But findings from a proof of concept study posted online in advance of publication by DentoMaxillofacial Radiology report that MRI technology can help dentists identify microrcracks in teeth and allow for intervention before significant damage is done.

Walker Dental Clinic opening day

LeadingAge National has named the Walker Methodist Health Center Dental Clinic as the recipient of its 2016 Innovations Award. LeadingAge is the national organization of 6,000+ not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, including 38 state partners. The award will be presented in October at the organization's annual meeting.

Dean Leon Assael

Leon Assael, D.M.D., will retire as dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry by the end of the 2016-17 academic year.  

Retroviruses

In a study published online in the Journal of Virology, University of Minnesota scientists in the School of Dentistry-based Institute for Molecular Virology, analyzed seven different retrovirues, including two types of HIV as well as HTLV-1, a virus that causes T-cell leukemia.  They found that no two kinds of retroviruses look -- or act -- the same.   

Donor Impact Report

The School of Dentistry's list of donors for calendar year 2015 is now available as well as the first-ever Donor Impact Report. This annual publication highlights how gifts are being used at the School of Dentistry.

Graduation Outside Northrup Auditorium

Students, family, friends, faculty and staff gathered on May 13 to celebrate the accomplishments of our students at the School of Dentistry's 127th Commencement Ceremony held at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. A total of 177 candidates were recognized: Doctor of dental surgery (109); Advanced dentistry education and oral biology programs (38); Master of dental therapy (6); Master of science in dental hygiene (3); and Bachelor of science in dental hygiene (24).

Shelley Grimes, Scott McClanahan, Wei Zhang

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the University of Minnesota Board of Regents has recognized the varied and significant contributions of three School of Dentistry faculty members. The Regents approved promotions for the following individuals who were recognized at the University's Promotion and Tenure Reception on May 17 at McNamara Alumni Center. Our sincere congratulations to:

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