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Dr. Ronald L. Tankersley describes his career in dentistry and his role as ADA president-elect as integral to a life he sees as full of opportunities and challenges, with both offering a chance to "do good."

Dallas—The dental student ambassadors who coordinate initiatives to encourage more underrepresented minorities to seek careers in dentistry are taking their program to the next level.

Washington—Health Volunteers Overseas seeks dentists to volunteer as educators in a new program to train dental therapists and establish guidelines for a sustainable oral health program in Rwanda.

Dental student groups or faculty mentors are invited to submit an application for the ADA Foundation's E. "Bud" Tarrson Access to Oral Health Care Award.

The fourth edition of the International Dental Volunteer Guide—completely updated and revised—is available from the ADA Division of Global Affairs.

The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry has received a grant to host several ADA Evidence-Based Review (AER) workshops at dental schools where evidence-based reviewers will learn how to write the summaries.

Atlanta—The United States Air Force and the Organization for Safety and Asepsis Procedures are co-sponsoring their 2010 Federal Dental Services Infection Control Training Course Jan. 11-14 at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta-Ravinia Hotel.

Washington—Citing "the best available science," the American Dental Association urged members of Congress against supporting a resolution which "advances the misconception that because dental amalgam contains mercury, it is toxic."

Dr. Lina Kulkarni is furthering her studies in orthodontics as a resident at the University of Tennessee. Drs. Amber and Casper Maurer are working together to build a new practice in Grand Junction, Colo., and Dr. Charles Samaras, an established practitioner based in Pinehurst, N.C., is an authority on technology and practice management.

Washington—Two dentist members of Congress urged colleagues in the House of Representatives "NOT" to sign onto H. Res. 648, "which calls for limiting and even eliminating the use of amalgam in certain circumstances."

Honolulu—It's not too late to plan a trip to this Pacific paradise, where dentists from around the globe will gather Sept. 30-Oct. 4 to celebrate the ADA's sesquicentennial during the annual session.

Albany, N.Y.—The New York State Dental Association announced Sept. 9 the appointment of Dr. Mark J. Feldman, ADA immediate past president and former ADA treasurer (2000-06), as its new executive director.

They lecture together sometimes on "the psychological environment of mass casualty," best of friends, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid as they saw themselves then and can still chuckle about.

Honolulu—When packing for annual session, the ADA would like to remind attendees that attire in Hawaii is "resort wear," even at the most luxurious resorts and restaurants.

The American Dental Association and the FDI World Dental Federation will observe the second annual World Oral Health Day Saturday, Sept.12.

ADA guidance to help dentists comply with the Department of Health and Human Service's interim final rule effective this month is available to ADA members at The rule regulates when and how dentists must notify patients if their health care information has been exposed in a security breach.

The ADA Council on Dental Practice says the Dental Practice Hub will be the best online destination for dentists.

For 2009-10, 15 new ADA Seminar Series speakers have been introduced with seven new topics covering the oral-systemic connection, treatment planning and the diagnosis of oral diseases.

Dentists who have requests they want considered for the next version of the Code on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature, effective January 2011, have until Oct. 1 to submit them.

Washington—The Association commended sponsors of workforce legislation offered in the U.S. House of Representatives as "a vital first step toward alleviating faculty shortages at dental schools throughout the country."

Phoenix—Geraldine Furst was raised on the adage that if you have two apples, you give one away. If you have two dollars, you share. It's a philosophy she continues to practice today.

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