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129th School of Dentistry Commencement

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry held its 129th Commencement Ceremony in Northrop Memorial Auditorium on May 11. Included among the graduates were 115 new doctors of dental surgery, 36 recipients of advanced education degrees (master and PhD) and/or certificates, 7 dental therapists who received master's degrees, and 33 dental hygienists (27 who received a bachelor of science degree and 6 who earned a master of dental hygiene degree).

Brent E. Larson

Brent E. Larson, DDS, MS, University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Professor and Director of the Division of Orthodontics, received  the 2017 Century Club Professor of the Year award. The Century Club Professor of the Year is the School of Dentistry’s highest honor and is awarded each year to a faculty member in recognition of outstanding contributions to the School of Dentistry in the areas of education, service and research.

Hiwet Ephrem and Cheryl Anderson-Cermin

Hiwet Ephrem, MSDH, RF was named School of Dentistry Alumni Society (SODAS) Distinguished Dental Hygiene Alumna and Cheryl Anderson-Cermin, DDS was named SODAS Distinguished Dental Alumnus on April 26 at the annual Star of the North Meeting.

Hiwet Ephrem: Distinguished Dental Hygiene Alumna 

(Left to Right) Dr. Carl Schneider, Executive Director of Northern Minnesota Dental, Dr. Gary Anderson, Dean of the U of M School of Dentistry, Jennifer Enich, Andy Aldrich, Dr. Michael Till, former Dean of the School of Dentistry, and Dr. Michael Zakula,

Jennifer Enich and Andy Aldrich, second year dental students at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, were recently awarded Dr. Michael Till – Northern Minnesota Dental Scholarships.  Jennifer is the daughter of Dr. Steve and Tonya Enich of Side Lake and Andy is the son of Gary Aldrich of Hibbing.

Louis M. Mansky, PhD

University of Minnesota researchers in the Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) have made a key discovery that could have important implications for developing a strategy to stop the spread of a highly infectious virus currently spreading among remote areas of central Australia. Called human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), infection rates are reportedly exceeding 40 percent among adults in those communitites. HTLV-1, the first human cancer virus discovered, can cause leukemia and lymphoma.

Harold Tu, DMD, MD, FACS

Harold K.Tu, DMD, MD, FACS, associate professor and director of the Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery in the University of Minnesota’s School of Dentistry, was appointed to the new, federal Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force. Formed by the U.S.

Ines Lazo

The Minnesota Literacy Council recently featured University of Minnesota School of Dentistry IT member Ines Lazo on its YouTube page. The video tracks Lazo's journey from Ecuador to the Dental IT team.

 

Galina Yakovlev

Second year University of Minnesota School of Dentistry student Galina Yakovlev was awarded second place in the Student Competition for Advancing Dental Research and its Application (SCADA) for her poster titled "Investigating the effect of PEITC, a natural chemopreventive agent, on the tobacco carcinogen-induced DNA damage in oral cells." She accepted the award at the American Association for Dental Research annual meeting, held March 21-24 in Ft. Lauderdale , Fla.

Give Kids a Smile

On February 10, 2018, more than 450 volunteers - including dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students and faculty, staff and residents from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry as well as outside licensed providers, pre-dent and interprofessional students - helped 197 kids at Give Kids a Smile.

The annual volunteer-run event helps connect children in need to the health care system and to the U-M Dental Clinics as their dental home.

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