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The 2008 ADA Golden Apple Awards mark the 20th annual recognition of outstanding achievement in dental society activities and excellence in leadership.

Using what he jokingly dubbed a "dentist video game," Dr. Todd Ehrlich, an Austin, Texas, general dentist, demonstrated a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing system at the ADA's all new Live Operatory Center Wednesday afternoon.

Brett Druger and Aaron Brody of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/New Jersey Dental School are the winners of the Council on Ethics, Bylaws and Judicial Affairs' Student Ethics Video Contest.

Keynoting the ADA's first symposium on oral health literacy Wednesday, former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona, M.D., hailed the Association for recognizing oral health literacy and cultural competency as "extraordinarily important" issues in health care, and for promoting oral health as "inextricable" from general health.

Welcome to the ADA's 149th annual session, where attendees have hundreds of opportunities to learn, network, shop for the latest dental products and services, and enjoy ADA-exclusive special events. "The 2008 annual session marks the kickoff of the ADA's year-long 150th anniversary celebration," said Dr. Mark J. Feldman, ADA president.

You won't want to miss the ADA's first-ever Oral Health Literacy Symposium starting today, because what you don't (and do) say can hurt your dental practice.

Attendees' continuing education doesn't have to end when they return home from San Antonio—they can make their ADA annual session learning experience a yearlong process by joining the new ADA365 online community.

With the ADA Board of Trustees' support, the Opening Session of the House of Delegates will include a statement from the Speaker of the House on ethics and integrity in the dental profession.

The development of the Community Dental Health Coordinator has been in the works since 2006, with pilot training programs set to start early next year. The House of Delegates will consider a resolution to provide long-term financial support for the program

The ADA is continuing to make inquiries of the Federal Trade Commission to learn how new federal regulations, called the "Red Flags Rules," may affect dental practices.

More than three weeks have passed since Hurricane Ike pummeled the Texas and Louisiana coasts. The ADA estimates some 3,400 active member homes and offices were located in the hurricane's 12-county impact area, with approximately 200 of those located in devastated areas.

Nashville—The American College of Prosthodontists will hold its 38th annual session Oct. 29-Nov. 1 at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

In August 1859, 26 men representing several existing dental associations gathered at Niagara Falls, N.Y., and formed what would become the American Dental Association.

San Antonio—In an informational report of the Board of Trustees to the 2008 ADA House of Delegates, the Joint Subcommittee on Ethics and Integrity in Dental Education describes key activities and recommendations.

Based on a request from the American Dental Assistants Association to explore additional ways to collaborate, the ADA Board of Trustees has directed the councils on Membership and Dental Practice to study ways the ADA can work with ADAA, the oldest and largest group representing professional dental assistants.

San Antonio—The National Museum of Dentistry will preview the Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body portion of its newest traveling exhibition, Your Spitting Image, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, Booth 2940.

Two reports from the 2006-07 Survey of Dental Education are available. They are Volume 2—Tuition, Admission and Attrition, and Volume 5—Finances.

Phase 1 of the Community Dental Health Coordinator has been completed and Phase 2 begins in early 2009.

Bethesda, Md.—The National Institutes of Health will convene a consensus development conference Oct. 20-22 to assess available evidence on the management of hepatitis B.

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