Dr. Louis B. Sullivan, former Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, visited the School of Dentistry on April 14 to meet with dental therapy students and educators and tour the school's team care clinic. The visit followed his testimony on April 13 before the North Dakota interim Health Services Committee about the importance of dental care and overall health, dentist workforce shortages in that state, and the licensure of dental therapists to enhance patient access to care.
The William J. Gies Foundation has named the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities, and the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, as recipients of the 2016 ADEAGies Award for Vision by a Public or Private Partner, in recognition of their combined efforts to develop dental therapy education in Minnesota.
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry Professor Mark Herzberg, D.D.S., Ph.D. will receive the 2016 William J. Gies Award for Vision, Innovation and Achievement (The Gies Award). Presented annually by the American Dental Education Association Gies Foundation, the Gies Awards are the profession’s preeminent recognition of exceptional contributions that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and service.
University of Minnesota School of Dentistry second-year student Aaron Henderson was recently elected vice president of the American Student Dental Association. Henderson previously served as ASDA district trustee, chapter publications co-chair, and chapter licensure chair. Additionally he served as student district delegate to the Minnesota Dental Association's House of Delegates in September 2015 and was, for two years, his class representative to the association's New Dentist Committee.
The University of Minnesota Dental Clinics have earned the service industry's coveted Angie's List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. The award marks the fourth time Angie's List honored the University of Minnesota Dental Clinics in the last five years.
The Fairview Foundation teamed with dental hygiene students at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry to apply fluoride varnish on the teeth of 350 children and provide oral health education to families throughout the fall semester.
The School of Dentistry celebrated with members of its fifth class of dental therapy graduates at a Senior Banquet held in their honor at the Campus Club on Thursday, December 3, 2015. More than 80 students, guests, faculty and staff were on-hand to congratulate dental therapy graduates Scott Danzl, Megan Guthmiller, Ashley Mayry, Katie Lynne Olson, Kassie Scott, and Lucky Vang.
The ADEAGies Foundation has named the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, along with the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) and the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, as recipients of its prestigious 2016 Gies Award for Outstanding Vision by a Public or Private Partner for their efforts to advance dental therapy education in Minnesota. The Foundation also named School of Dentistry Professor Mark Herzberg, D.D.S., Ph.D., as the 2016 recipient of the Gies Award for Outstanding Achievement by a Dental Educator.
The American College of Prosthodontists (ACP) honored Heather J. Conrad, D.M.D., M.S., FACP, FRCD(C), with the Educator of the Year Award. Dr. Conrad was honored in October 23, 2015 at the Annual Awards and President’s Dinner during the 45th Annual Session of the American College of Prosthodontists in Orlando.
Six-time University of Minnesota graduate E. Dianne Rekow, D.D.S., Ph.D., received the Outstanding Achievement Award, the University of Minnesota's highest recognition, and Michael Zakula, D.D.S. received the University of Minnesota Alumni Service Award at an October 15 ceremony.