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Dean Leon Assael

Leon A. Assael, DMD, a professor at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, was named Chair of the 2017-2018 ADEA Board of Directors during the meeting of the ADEA House of Delegates in Long Beach, California, in March 2017.

Assael served as School of Dentistry Dean from 2012 to 2016.

Shelley N. Grimes

Shelley N. Grimes, PhD, an associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, passed away on March 20. She was 54.

Research Day

About 300 community practitioners, students, staff, and faculty attended the dental school’s 13th annual Research Day on March 10. 

Lessons in a Lunch Box lunch boxes

Forty first-grade students at Elizabeth Hall Elementary School in North Minneapolis learned about dental health, healthy diets, and careers in dentistry at Minnesota’s first annual Lessons in a Lunch Box: Healthy Teeth Essentials & Facts About Snacks® Program held February 24, 2017.

Pediatric dental care

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry welcomed Dumas Ting, CEO of China-based Golden Meditech Insurance Group, to the University of Minnesota Pediatric Dental Clinic, Made Possible by Delta Dental of Minnesota on February 9. Ting was in Minneapolis to learn more about the clinic operations and the public-private partnership between the University and Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation that helped launch the clinic in 2012.

Native American Community Clinic Dental Clinic

The Delta Dental of Minnesota Foundation awarded a one-year $100,000 (renewal) grant to the Native American Community Clinic (NACC) Dental Clinic to increase access to oral health care for Native American children in the clinic's service area.

Rice Regional Dental Clinic 1

Rice Health Foundation (RHF) raised $218,000 to support the Rice Regional Dental Clinic in Willmar. Launched in 2007, the clinic serves patients from 17 rural counties and is staffed year-round by University of MInnesota School of Dentistry students and residents. To date, some 640 dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students, along with 23 pediatric dentistry residents, have completed rotations at the clinic and provided care for more than 13,000 patients.

Give Kids a Smile
Nearly 400 students, staff and faculty volunteers were on-hand to welcome 143 children and their families to the School of Dentistry's Give Kids  a Smile (GKAS) event on February 4, 2017.   Now in its 13th year at the dental school, the student-organized event provides much-needed care for children who've had difficulty accessing dental services. It also connects these children and their familiaies with U-M Dental Clinics as a dental 'home' for ongoing oral health care needs.
 
Sheila Riggs

Minnesota Business magazine named Sheila M. Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc, Chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, to its The (Real) Power 50 list.

Riggs and 49 others will be honored at an awards gala on April 27 in Saint Paul and featured in the May 2017 edition of the magazine.

Dental Therapy Class of 2016

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Dental Therapy Class of 2016 celebrated at the Campus Club on December 8, 2016. The banquet was attended by 110 students, guests, faculty and staff.

Emily Strawhacker was the recepient of the Karl D. Self Student Acheivement Award. She was given the award by Ms. Karen Bohnen, a 2014 Dental Therapy graduate and the DT representative on the School of Dentistry Alumni Board.

The DT Class of 2016 features:

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