Get To Yes

“Welcome to a new day for Minnesotans on public programs who want to seek dental care,” Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, PhD, chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care, proclaimed Wednesday, October 20.

HPV Vaccine

A proposed study by two School of Dentistry researchers has received a $127,000, two-year grant to study hesitancy and willingness to provide HPV vaccinations among dental providers.

Cynthia L. Stull, RDH, MDH, DHSc

Cyndee Stull, RDH, MDH, DHSc, has been appointed as the Division Director and Program Director for Dental Hygiene at the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry, Sheila Riggs, DDS, DMSc, chair of the Department of Primary Dental Care announced Monday, September 13.

“I am confident that Dr. Stull’s leadership and vision will continue to advance the quality, reputation and impact of our Division of Dental Hygiene,” Riggs expressed in an announcement to faculty and staff.

A Message from the Dean

One of the high points of being an academic is the feeling one gets when an editor sends the email that says, “It is a pleasure to accept your manuscript…” Having a manuscript accepted in a peer reviewed journal is a great accomplishment in and of itself. Every now and then, some level of additional recognition comes with these publications, such as "Article of the Year," or other additional measure of honoring your work. As Dean, it is always special when our students, staff or faculty publishing manuscripts are honored in this manner.

Laurie Strand, DDS

Laurie Strand, DDS, is the 2020 Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Year awardee, announced earlier this summer.

Chosen each year based on a student vote, the Adjunct Clinical Faculty of the Year award recognizes one adjunct instructor who serves in the clinics each year for their excellence in teaching and clinical expertise.

When Strand found out she had received the award, she was surprised and delighted. Having been on leave for the summer, she heard from a colleague that a large package had been delivered for her. She opened it, and inside was her plaque.

Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS

Donald Nixdorf, DDS, MS, Director of the Division of Temporomandibular Disorders & Orofacial Pain, became vice president of the International Network of Orofacial Pain and Related Disorders Methodology (INfORM) in July.

“I am excited to continue the work of the people who came before me, and continue to make an impact in the realm of orofacial pain,” Nixdorf said of the appointment.

CBCT Technology

The School of Dentistry has made a major investment in the future of 3D imaging, thanks to the work of two faculty specialists. Now, they are on a mission to educate more dental professionals in the process.

Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota

2021 marks thirty years of research, collaboration, and advocacy for the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota, and the School of Dentistry has been a part of its research mission every step of the way.

Brent Larson, DDS, MS, and Amy Tasca, DDS, PhD

Amy Tasca, DDS, PhD, became the first holder of the Dr. Robert J. Isaacson Professorship in Orthodontics in July. She will serve as the endowed professor for a three-year term.

Established by a $1 million gift from his wife, Delores, the Isaacson Professorship and fund honors Faculty Emeritus Robert Isaacson, DDS, MS, PhD, who died in September 2018 at the age of 86. The fund was established in 2019 to celebrate Isaacson’s dedication to the field of orthodontics and continue his legacy of influencing and shaping dentists.

Boyen Huang, DDS, MHA, PhD

A CGHSR Global Health Seed fund, along with two other recent grant awards, will propel a teledentistry effort focused on identifying and treating dental trauma.