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2011 News Archive

Las Vegas—The ADA Annual Session has gone social—linking social networking attendees to the latest information on the meeting via Facebook and Twitter.

New York—Dr. Irwin D. Mandel, a “pioneering dental researcher” and the first recipient of the ADA Gold Medal, died May 26. He was 89.

Jefferson City, Mo.—The Missouri Dental Association opposes creation of a dental therapist position in the state, Dr. Mark Zust, MDA president, told the dental board in May 27 testimony.

Tallahassee, Fla.—As of Oct. 1, Florida will no longer offer its own clinical licensure examination.

Pulaski County, Va.—Dr. Carole Pratt, who practiced general dentistry in rural Virginia, is going to Washington, D.C. as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow “thrilled for the opportunity to learn about the policy-making side of improving health care access.”

Ft. Detrick, Md.—Dr. Robert Vandre didn’t start out wanting to be a dentist, but a series of fortuitous steps led him from physics to dentistry to directing the Army’s Combat Casualty Care Research and transforming the way wounded soldiers are treated.

Facebook is making it easier for new dentists to stay connected.

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is looking for general dentists in New York, California, Louisiana and Tennessee to participate in focus group research related to the Medicaid electronic health record incentive program.

Joplin, Mo.—By Missouri Dental Association estimates “essentially half of this city’s dental community has been affected” by the deadliest U.S. tornado in 60 years. “This is very devastating for the dental community and the entire surrounding area and city of Joplin,” said MDA Executive Director Vicki Wilbers.

Washington—Modest investments will help states improve access to dental care and build a healthier future for children, the Pew Children’s Dental Campaign said May 24 in a second annual report card, The State of Children's Dental Health: Making Coverage Matter.

Babil Province, Iraq—Identical twins and military dental officers Dr. Aleksandr Baron and Dr. Dmitry Baron discuss combat dentistry in terms of stress and triage.

Las Vegas—The ADA has updated the links for downloading the Annual Session mobile applications for smartphones.

Wells Fargo Practice Finance, the only practice finance company endorsed by ADA Business Resources, is sponsoring a Practice Survival Workshop to help dentists with concerns about maintaining a healthy cash flow in today’s challenging economy.

Baltimore—The National Museum of Dentistry’s efforts to inspire children to make healthy choices just got a major boost from ADA Business Resources.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.—Dr. Hiram Johnson crouched in the upstairs hallway with his wife, daughter and son-in-law, his grandsons tucked in an upstairs bathroom.

Las Vegas—Dentists, dental assistants, dental hygienists, office managers, exhibitors, spouses and friends traveling to Annual Session in October can make a difference in the lives of developmentally challenged individuals or families in crisis by donating to a service project sponsored by the Alliance of the ADA.

Las Vegas—The International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners will hold its annual conference June 20-24 at the Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino.

Through July 31, members of the American Student Dental Association are invited to submit entries for the 2011 Student Ethics Video Contest.

Beginning June 1, Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children (the Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) will accept applications for three grant programs.

San Francisco—Planners of the 2012 National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence are seeking abstracts from dentists, as well as other health professionals, health policymakers, victim advocates and others.

The ADA Council on Scientific Affairs has approved for circulation, review and comment Proposed ADA Specification No. 139 for Dental Base Polymers. This standard classifies denture base polymers and copolymers and specifies their requirements. It also specifies the test methods to be used in determining compliance with these requirements.

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