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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation has awarded the University of Minnesota Foundation (on behalf of the School of Dentistry) a grant of $1,000,000, payable over three years, to fund the UCare Mobile Dental Clinic.