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2011 News Archive

Columbus, Ohio—The Ohio State University announced May 9 the appointment of Dr. Patrick M. Lloyd as dean of the College of Dentistry.

The ADA will launch a new website May 16 that builds on 80 years of Seal of Acceptance history in helping patients make informed decisions about safe and effective consumer dental products.

Jemez Pueblo, N.M.—Welcomed by Pueblo of Jemez children with a traditional Butterfly Dance—symbolizing good health and a long life—ADA President Raymond Gist embarked on an historic visit to Indian Country March 16 that focused on collaboration and advocacy between organized dentistry, tribal leaders and policymakers to improve the oral health of Native Americans.

Electronic publishing may get all the attention these days, but most ADA members still prefer print media, and most also count the ADA News as their print publication of choice for news and information about dentistry and the ADA.

Istanbul—The 18th International Turkish Dental Association Congress will convene in İstanbul’s Haliç Congress Centre on May 26-28.

Washington—Co-chairs Dr. Rhett Murray and Dr. Dennis Zent of the American Dental Political Action Committee presented grassroots awards “representing the best in member advocacy” May 11 at the Washington Leadership Conference.

Health Literacy Out Loud features a new free podcast, “From the Tooth’s Point of View: Communicating Health Messages with Wit and Whimsy,” featuring ADA member dentist Dr. Jeanette Courtad.

Dr. David VanSlambrouck faced a $200,000 bill upon exiting dental school at the University of Michigan.

Washington—The fourth American Dental Association Foundation Give Kids A Smile Awards Gala was a night of celebration May 10 with a rooftop view of landmarks in the nation’s capital beneath a blue expanse of evening sky in honor of many smile benefactors.

Washington—Congressional offices welcomed dentists bearing messages during the May 9-11 Washington Leadership Conference.

Washington—When he returned May 9 to the Washington Leadership Conference, where he launched his campaign for Congress two years ago, freshman Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) thanked the nation’s dental leaders for his election.

Washington—It’s a tale of two freshmen, both incidentally from Florida and merely seated next to each other when they met at the Washington Leadership Conference, each at a different stage in their chosen profession, both testing leadership waters in different ways but here to learn.

Washington—ADA President Raymond F. Gist, welcoming the nation’s dental leaders to the May 9-11 Washington Leadership Conference, gave himself a 90-second test to deliver a key message, an “elevator speech” on the role of workforce in oral health for all Americans.

Burlington, Vt.—The Vermont legislature rejected a proposed 3 percent tax on dental services, a victory for the Vermont State Dental Society and the thousands of dentists and residents who protested.

Baltimore—Private practice dentists are shaping the oral health research agenda with their questions, the top official of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research told a town hall meeting April 25.

Washington—The Association urged Congress May 3 to support the public-private partnerships forming in Indian Country to advance the oral health of Native Americans.

Bethesda, Md.—National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., announced the appointment of Dr. Martha Somerman, dean of the University of Washington School of Dentistry, as new director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, effective Aug. 29.

Washington—A free half-day training webcast of the Health Care Fraud Prevention and Enforcement Action Team Provider Compliance Training is set for May 18.

Dental professionals can hold this year’s most versatile tool for Annual Session planning and information in the palm of their hands when they download the free ADA Annual Session Mobile Application to their smartphones.

Things are looking up, both statistically and in spirit.

Pittsburgh—The ADA, the Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention celebrated 66 years of community water fluoridation at the National Oral Health Conference April 12, honoring more than 100 states and communities with 2010 Fluoridation Awards at Pittsburgh’s Westin Convention Center.

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