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University of Minnesota researchers have discovered this previously unknown signaling pathway that regulates surface proteins on bacteria that can lead to new targets for antibiotics.

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MScEng

Conrado Aparicio, PhD, MScEng, is the real deal. He is the consummate educator with superb student evaluations and a mentor of award winning students at all levels of professional education. Lauded by students as “100% good” and “a precious treasure”, he also is universally respected by faculty and colleagues as a scientific pioneer and thought leader with a global reach. 

Dentistry Leads

Congratulations to the Dentistry Leads cohort on successfully completing the Dentistry Leads program! The Dentistry Leads program, provided by the University of Minnesota’s Leadership and Talent Development office, assisted 16 School of Dentistry faculty in developing leadership skills, capacity, and readiness to better position themselves to take on larger leadership roles and effectively address departmental challenges.

Larry Wolff

Congratulations to Larry Wolff, MS, PhD, DDS, (Developmental/Surg Sci-Periodontology) who recently received a University of Minnesota 2018-19 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Graduate and Professional Education.

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: