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Robert Isaacson, DDS, MS, PhD

Described as a visionary long before the phrase was popularized, four-time University of Minnesota alumnus Robert Isaacson, DDS, MS, PhD, was a man whose eye was always on the future. It was a perspective on life and work that he shared with his wife of 46 years, Delores, who was on campus March 25 to help announce the couple's commitment of $1 million to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Division of Orthodontics. The generous gift establishes the Dr. Robert J.

Give Kids a Smile 2019

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry dental, dental hygiene, dental therapy students, pediatric dentistry residents, staff and faculty came together on Saturday, February 9, at Moos Tower to provide oral health care to underserved children at the 14th annual Give Kids a Smile day.

(From L to R) Dean Gary Anderson and Professor Brett Larson

The 51st Professor of the Year Gala was held November 26, 2018, at the McNamara Alumni Center.  Dr. Brent Larson was honored with being the 2017 Century Club Professor of the Yearr awardee and given the signature plaque from Dean Gary Anderson.  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.

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry faculty, staff and students helped raise $37,184 as part of the 2018 Community Fund Drive. The entire University raised $1,358,463, with funds benefitting non-profit organizations in our community, the campaign's six federations, and the University of Minnesota.

The School of Dentistry had a participation rate of more than 42%.

University of MInnesota School of Dentistry students established a new student group and also hosted a culture celebration this fall.

Keith A. Mays, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

The Journal of Dental Education has identified two articles written by School of Dentistry faculty and staff as among its “Most Notable Articles of 2018”. Included on the list of notable articles are:

Soraya Beiraghi, DDS, MSD, MS, MSD (Dev/Surg Sci-Pediatric Dentistry) was inducted into the Academic Health Center's (AHC) 2018 Academy for Excellence in Health Care Practice at a reception held in early November. Induction into the Academies for Excellence is the AHC's most prestigious distinction, given to individuals who attain the highest level of recognition by their peers. Dr.

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MScEng (Restorative Sci-Biomaterials) and Robert Jones, PhD, DDS (Developmental/Surg Sci- Pediatric Dentistry) have been awarded a two-year subcontract from TDA Research (Wheat Ridge, CO) to collaborate on the development of a novel, long-term stable dental resin polymer system for initial use to improve dental sealants and, later, restorative materials.

Chainbreaker 2018

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry bicyclists and volunteers turned out in force Saturday, August 11, to raise funds to support cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center.  The August 10-12 Chainbreaker bike-a-thon rallied more than 1,000 riders from throughout the University and community, including 78 from the School of Dentistry who rode in two pelotons/teams – Lytic Cycles and School of Dentistry – with each rider completing 25, 50, 100 or 180-mile routes.  The event started with a celebration festival Friday evening as riders and guests enjoyed an

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).

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