Awards

Research Day

About 300 community practitioners, students, staff, and faculty attended the dental school’s 13th annual Research Day on March 10. 

Sheila Riggs

Minnesota Business magazine named Sheila M. Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc, Chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, to its The (Real) Power 50 list.

Riggs and 49 others will be honored at an awards gala on April 27 in Saint Paul and featured in the May 2017 edition of the magazine.

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:

Stephen Shuman

Stephen Shuman, DDS, MS, an Associate Professor in the Department of Primary Dental Care and the Oral Health Services for Older Adults Graduate Program, and the Walker Methodist Health Center in Minneapolis were recently honored with the 2016 Innovation Award from LeadingAge, the national association of more than 6,000 nonprofits representing the entire field of aging services and dedicated to expanding possibilities and advocacy for the aging.

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.

Give Kids a Smile

Jeffery M. Karp, DDS, MS (Developmental/Surg Sci-Pediatric Dentistry) is a member of a three-person interdisciplinary team named by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® to participate in its new Clinical Scholars Program. The three-year national leadership program brings together 30 innovative clinicians from different fields/specialties to tackle complex health problems.

Walker Dental Clinic opening day

LeadingAge National named the Walker Methodist Health Center Dental Clinic as the recipient of its 2016 Innovations Award. LeadingAge is the national organization of 6,000+ not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging services, including 38 state partners. The award will be presented in October at the organization's annual meeting.

Kim Johnson

Kimberly Johnson is a ‘can do’ and ‘will do' educator, clinician, researcher and volunteer whose commitment to professionalism serves as an example to those who know her.

A three-time graduate of the University of Minnesota, Johnson is an alumna of the School of Dentistry GDA, BS and Master’s degree programs in dental hygiene.

Jorge Perdigao named 2015 Century Club Professor of the Year

Jorge Perdigão, DMD, MS, PhD, was named the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry's 2015 Century Club Professor of the Year on April 29, 2015. The award is the school’s highest honor and is presented annually to one faculty member in recognition of outstanding service as a teacher and for significant contributions to the education, research and service mission of the school. The award was presented at the dental school's Celebrating Dentistry reception at the St.

Michael Zakula

Michael Zakula ('76) is a problem solver and a change agent whose efforts to support dental education and enhance access to dental care for northeastern Minnesota patients have resulted in initiatives that serve as models for the nation.

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