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Gig Harbor, Wash.—When Dr. Robert Todd Erickson was named the 2009 ADA Foundation Hillenbrand fellow last month, it was just another unexpected step on a career path that started with oral surgery.

Oklahoma City—On July 7, the Oklahoma Dental Association announced the appointment of F. Lynn Means as its new executive director.

ADA Business Enterprises, Inc. (ADABEI), a wholly owned ADA subsidiary, announced today that ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing (ADAidm) of Salt Lake City, one of its joint venture companies, is no longer able to provide marketing services to its customers due to significant production and operational difficulties.

A festive crowd of 225 guests donned black-tie and contributed nearly $15,000 to the ADA Foundation during the ADA Sesquicentennial Celebration in Chicago June 13, one of several events taking place this year to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Association.

I've always thought that about three years after graduation from dental school, the school should send you the essay that you wrote to get into school. I would imagine that most of us wrote about how our interest in science led us into health care, and how we thought dentistry would be a great way to contribute to being of service in our community and society.

In a message of solidarity to members contending with a down economy, the ADA Board of Trustees will send the House of Delegates a balanced budget proposal for 2010 and no recommended increase in membership dues.

ADA Business Enterprises, Inc. (ADABEI), a wholly owned ADA subsidiary, announced today that ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing (ADAidm) of Salt Lake City, one of its joint venture companies, is no longer able to provide marketing services to its customers due to significant production and operational difficulties.

In only one month of release, the ADA satellite media tour "Dentists Are Doctors of Oral Health" has aired 158 times and reached more than 4.5 million viewers.

On Hold Advertising Inc., which offers message on hold and appointment reminder services, was selected for endorsement by ADA Business Resources this month following a thorough review of companies in this category.

The Journal of the American Dental Association ranks among the 100 most influential journals of biology and medicine published worldwide over the last century, according to the Special Libraries Association.

Appointments are now available for the ADA Foundation Health Screening Program, which marks its return at this year's annual session in Honolulu.

Boston—The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and Forsyth Institute have teamed up to offer a five-day interactive evidence-based dentistry course Oct. 19-23 at the Forsyth Institute.

Providence, R.I.—A bill passed in Rhode Island last month will prevent dental plans there from capping the amount dentists can charge for services the plan doesn't cover.

Dental leaders admire the direct approach and simplicity of the Rhode Island bill.

Dentists may utilize the ADA Contract Analysis Service before signing any new participating provider agreement. The service is available at no charge to member dentists requesting an analysis through their constituent dental societies.

Washington—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is weighing advisers' recommendations for new guidance on products containing acetaminophen because of concerns about potential liver damage.

Washington—Dental externs Brittany Bensch and Jacinta D. Watkins describe their summer with the ADA Washington Office as "an excellent opportunity" and "challenging yet enriching."

Reno, Nev.—Calling it the "highlight of my teenage years," David Christopher Evans was thrilled to accept his first place award from the ADA Foundation for the second year in a row at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

Washington—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is weighing advisers’ recommendations for new guidance on products containing acetaminophen because of concerns about potential liver damage.

Acetaminophen is an aspirin substitute used in products prescribed by dentists and physicians and available over the counter to reduce pain and fever.

Seven new standards and one new technical report from the ADA Standards Committee on Dental Products have been approved and are now available from the ADA.

New York—The New York Academy of Sciences and Oral Health America will convene a symposium Oct. 16 to focus on oral health and the significant role it plays in the overall health of seniors.

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