School News

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.
 
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:

UMN PASS Class of 2019

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry welcomes the UMN PASS Class of 2019. The class of 16 students with dental degrees represents 12 countries: Belarus, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Iran, Iraq, Nepal, Nigeria, Poland, Sudan, and Venezuela.

MDRCBB 25th Anniversary

The University of Minnesota School of Dentistry’s Minnesota Dental Resource Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics (MDRCBB) celebrated its 25th anniversary with colleagues from around the world on October 17-18, 2016.

Gary C. Anderson

Gary C. Anderson, DDS, MS, a tenured faculty member in the Department of Developmental and Surgical Sciences, Division of Pediatric Dentistry, has been named interim dean of the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, effective November 21, 2016. His appointment follows the departure of Leon Assael, DMD, who retired from his position as dean in August. Anderson currently directs the School of Dentistry’s Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies Clinic.

Clean water

University of Minnesota School of Dentistry faculty members Mark Herzberg, DDS, PhD and Sheila M. Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc were among those receiving the first Grand Challenges Research grants from the University.

The School of Dentistry at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair

University President Eric W. Kaler and Mrs. Karen Kaler were among the more than 500 fairgoers who stopped by the School of Dentistry's booth at the Minnesota State Fair on August 26. The exhibit featured activities that promote the school's patient clinics and research expertise, and advance awareness of oral health as an integral component of health and wellbeing.

DDS Class of 2020 takes their oath

First-year dental, dental therapy and dental hygiene students were welcomed to the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry on September 16, 2016, at Northrop Auditorium at a White Coat Ceremony.

In the clinic setting, professional attire evokes the trust and respect of patients. The White Coat ceremony impresses upon future practitioners the significance of that trusting relationship and celebrates their commitment to the goals of professionalism, ethical practice, scientific and technical expertise, and compassionate service to others.

Dr. Todd Thierer

The University of Minnesota Provost’s Office has appointed Todd Thierer, D.M.D., M.P.H., to serve as acting dean of the School of Dentistry.

Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson announced the appointment on Wednesday, August 29, at a meeting with School of Dentistry staff and faculty. Thierer, whose term as acting dean became effective August 31, replaces the retiring Leon Assael, D.M.D. Thierer currently serves as associate professor and associate dean for clinical affairs.

The Minnesota Department of Health has awarded the School of Dentistry an 18-month, $144,802 grant to improve access to and quality of oral health care for Minnesota's underserved, limited English proficiency population by developing oral health care providers' capability to work with trained interpreters.

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