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Marie Moeckel

Marie Moeckel is a force of nature. She’s an artist, a writer, a creator who doesn’t plan to stay in one place too long.

“All my life, I’ve wanted to go, and do, and travel,” she said. “Wild horses couldn’t change my mind.” She’s bold and excited about life.

“There was a side of me that was very alive in college,” she explained. “I was a person with a big personality.”

But that’s not who she was in dental school.

Colton Cannon, DDS/MPH Class of 2023

Colton Cannon, DDS/MPH ’23, has always had a passion for oral health advocacy. It’s why he’s pursuing a dual degree in dentistry and public health: so he can explore ways to make oral healthcare available for everyone.

“I'm working to become the most well-rounded oral health care provider I can,” he explained. Recently, that’s meant two big undertakings: an election, and a new organization.

Where's My Red Instructor Light?

An oral health professional completes a procedure flawlessly. They’ve checked every box, completed every necessary step, and are proud of their work. Satisfied, they turn to switch on the red light that tells their instructor they’re ready for a check—and it’s not there.

Pete Hehil, DDS ’88

As the COVID-19 pandemic rampaged the United States and shut down Minnesota, students at the School of Dentistry were left with impossible choices.

Candidates for graduation scrambled to find last-minute housing and extend their stays in Minneapolis as some faced a lengthened program. Students who didn’t own computers had to figure out a way to attend their courses virtually. “So much was unknown,” recalled Emily Best, acting director of development.

Journal of Dental Education

Interim Dean Keith Mays, DDS, stressed the importance of a collaborative, comprehensive approach to oral and overall health in a recent Perspectives piece.

The article appeared in the January issue of the Journal of Dental Education, the American Dental Education Association’s peer-reviewed, monthly publication.

Dean Mays wrote the piece to call attention to the role of oral health practitioners, like those educated at the School of Dentistry, in promoting overall health and in preventative care.

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MSc Eng will be inducted into the 2021 cohort of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, the organization announced this week.

Teresa Fong, DDS

On February 1, 1950, then President Harry S. Truman proclaimed February 6 as National Children’s Dental Health Day. He declared that “the health of our children is of supreme importance to the future of the nation,” referencing the United States Congress’s joint resolution encouraging him to:

Earl S. Weber, DDS

In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson and minister Jesse E. Moorland founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, now known as the Association of African American Life and History. In 1926, this association sponsored a national Negro History Week, which occurred the second week in February, the same week of Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglass’s birthday. Then, in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month.

Give Kids a Smile

A winter tradition at the School of Dentistry, Give Kids a Smile brings student and faculty volunteers together to provide free oral health care to children in need throughout the community. The February event not only gives children much-needed treatment, but also connects families to a home for regular oral health care.

But, like so many other things, the pandemic forced a change of plans. Thankfully, however, the Give Kids a Smile organizers have been planning for this possibility since last fall.

Uncovered: Minnesota's Dental Emergency

“What would it take to make dentistry painless for all Minnesotans?” asked the narrator of a TPT documentary that aired this weekend.

Uncovered: Minnesota’s Dental Health Crisis documents the breakdown in oral health in the state and explores the role of Critical Access Dental providers in delivering preventive and emergency oral health care to Minnesotans on Medicaid and without insurance.

The documentary, produced by AppleTree Dental, features expertise from Director of Dental Therapy Karl Self, DDS, MBA, among others.

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