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St. Louis, Mo.—To help further education and research in the field of orthodontics, the Schulman Study Group gave the American Association of Orthodontists Foundation $500,000—one of the of the largest gifts the AAOF has received.The gift is called the “Martin ‘Bud’ Schulman Post-doctoral Fellowship Award,” named after the founder of the Schulman Study Group, one of the largest orthodontic study groups in the U.S. and Canada.

Washington—The Department of Justice issued a final rule increasing civil penalties for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which covers “professional offices of health care providers” including dental offices. This rule is effective April 27, 2014, according to the March 28 Federal Register notice. However, the DoJ announcement said, “The new maximums apply only to violations occurring on or after April 28, 2014.”

Editor's note: This is the first in a unique series of ADA News articles following a patient's full-mouth reconstruction from A to Z. Installments will appear as treatment milestones are reached.

Learn about employment agreements and how to decipher them in a new ADA publication.

Scottsdale, Ariz.—See the latest in office design at JADA Live in June.

Thanks to the recruitment efforts of current members, the ADA welcomed 119 new members in 2013, recruited through the Member-Get-A-Member program.

Sacramento, Calif.—California may soon have a state dental director, a position long sought after by the state dental association.

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