In The News 2013

In The News 2013

Anna Thurmes (Craniofacial Clinics) was interviewed by KARE 11 for a story about a two-year old Haitian orphan with Cruzon Syndrome being treated at Amplatz Hospital. The story aired May 6. See the story here.

The School of Dentistry andDean Leon Assael were mentioned in a Star Tribune column about Minnesota’s dental therapy initiative. The article referenced a letter written by Dean Assael in support of “this great advance in dental care” sent to the state of New Hampshire, as well as his testimony on behalf of dental therapy legislation efforts taking place in Maine.

The MDRCBB and other 2013 Gies Award winners were announced in a variety of online business publications, including Businesswire, Yahoo!Finance, and Morningstar (requires membership).

Give Kids a Smile Day (GKAS) co-coordinator McKensie Tappe (D3) discussed the dental school’s 2013 GKAS event via podcast on The Next DDS (enrollment required to access podcast).

In one of the best articles ever written about the Willmar clinic, Casey Chantelois and Katie Divine (both D4 students), Renee Johnson (Primary Dental Care-Dental Hygiene), and Paul Schulz (Primary Dental Care-Outreach) were quoted in a West Central Tribune article titled “Dental students give back through volunteering and public service”. The article highlighted the clinic’s Give Kids a Smile Day event. It also discussed the dental school’s outreach program, noting that our community-based service learning initiative helps meet both the immediate and long-term needs of the community; students care for patients and experience life and practice in underserved communities, making them more likely to consider these practice opportunities after graduation.

ART — the mechanical chewing machine developed by Ralph DeLong (Restorative Sci-Prosthodontics) and the dental school’s Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics — was featured on the University’s homepage as an example of how “Discovery Illuminates Everyone” through developments in robotics. “Discovery Illuminates” is the University’s newest public awareness campaign that began in 2006 as “Driven to Discover” and featured the school’s Simulation Clinic in 2007. Read here.

Dental therapists educated at the University of Minnesota are helping patients’ smiles. Wadena Pioneer Journal, Green Bay Press Gazette, Karl Self (Primary Dental Care-Dental Therapy) and recent dental therapy graduate Jason Allred were interviewed. Read here.

Our ancestors had healthier mouths, according to a study published in Nature Genetics. The study attributes the difference to the meat-dominated diet of our ancestors, which changed when humans began farming. Rob Jones (Developmental/Surg. Sci-Pediatric Dentistry) was interviewed by KARE 11.

Anna Thurmes (Developmental/Surgical Sci-Cleft Palate Clinic) was interviewed for an article in the Minnesota Daily. Read here.

Don Nixdorf (Diagnostic/Biol Sci-TMD) was featured on the American Dental Education Association website in an article titled “Educator Spotlight”. Read here.

Paul Schulz, (Primary Dental Care-Outreach) and Rob Jones (Developmental/Surg. Sci-Pediatric Dentistry) commented on a Minnesota Department of Health study which found that more than half of Minnesota 3rd graders have tooth decay. Read the Star Tribune article here. Note photo of D4 student Neil Keane and Dental Assistant Susan Raden aboard the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic. Rob Jones was also interviewed on the same topic by Fox 9.

Xi Chen (PhD student in the Graduate Program in Oral Biology) is the winner of a 2013 IADR/Heraeus Travel Award. Five (5) awards were granted (one person from each of the following regions: North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa/Middle East; and the Asia/Pacific Region). The Travel Award was created to encourage young investigators to undertake research in new/innovative testing methods of dental materials, and new ideas and approaches to improve and develop dental materials. Xi is a dentist completing her 3rd year in the PhD Program and also is a MinnCResT Fellow. Conrado Aparicio (Restorative Sci-Biomaterials) is her research advisor. This award provides $2,500 for expenses to attend the 2013 IADR General Session & Exhibition in Seattle, WA.

Kyle Holmberg (D4) is the first student to be featured on the Academic Health Center website as part of its Gamechanger series of articles. Holmberg is currently spending a year conducting research at the National Institute for Dental and Craniofacial Research as a participant in the inaugural class of the NIH Medical Research Scholars Program. The group is comprised of 43 medical students, two dental students, and one veterinary medicine student.

The School of Dentistry patient clinic is included in a Star Tribune list of dental care options for low-income individuals without insurance.

The Minnesota Daily told the story of Give Kids a Smile Day in photos. For text, visit Health Talk.

The School of Dentistry Masters of Dental Hygiene Program and three recent graduates were featured in the March 2013 issue of RDH an article titled “How the Master’s Degree Opens Doors.” The alums discussed reasons why they sought a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota and the ways in which they perceive the degree will benefit them.

Jeff Karp authored an article about the new University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic, Made Possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota, which was printed in the Newsletter for the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read the article.

Karl Self (Primary Dental Care-Dental Therapy) and recent School of Dentistry dental therapy graduate Megan Meyer were quoted in USA Today articles about dental therapy in Minnesota. Two different versions of the article ran. The 1/2/13 on-line article “Dental therapists aim to fill dental-care gap: MN leads in using midlevel providers such as dental therapists to reach more people in need” featured quotes by Megan Meyer. The print article ran 1/3/13, which included quotes by Dr. Self. An abbreviated version of the first article was also printed in the Green Bay Press Gazette and And, in separate media coverage, the Wadena Pioneer Journal ran a story about recent dental therapy graduate Jason Allred who will practice at Woodland Dental in Wadena.

An article in the December 18 issue of the West Central Tribune reported on the 5th year anni-versary of the Rice Regional Dental Clinic and announced receipt of a $175,000 grant from Delta Dental of Minnesota to support mew initiatives. Jeff Ogden (Finance) was featured, as was University Regent Dean Johnson.

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