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On Hold Advertising Inc., which offers message on hold and appointment reminder services, was selected for endorsement by ADA Business Resources last month following a thorough review of companies in this category.

Washington—Congress' August recess offers invitation and opportunity to amplify the Association's health care reform message.

Washington—The Federal Trade Commission announced another Red Flags enforcement delay to Nov. 1 "to assist small businesses" in understanding the regulation.

ADA Business Enterprises, Inc., an ADA subsidiary, announced July 10 that ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing (ADAidm) of Salt Lake City, is no longer able to provide marketing services to its customers due to significant production and operational difficulties.

Silver Spring, Md.—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on July 28 issued its final regulation on dental amalgam, reaffirming the agency's position that the material is a safe and effective restorative option for patients.

Honolulu—The famed Waikiki Shell will host two unique annual session special events celebrating the ADA's sesquicentennial.

Staten Island, N.Y.—Hope for A Healthier Humanity, a charitable organization that provides medical and dental care and education in the Caribbean and Latin America, seeks dentist volunteers for three dental brigades in 2009.

The ADA Board of Trustees has selected 12 dentists to participate in the 2009 Institute for Diversity in Leadership.

This year, the ADA Health Screening Program is available by appointment only to clinical dental professionals who are registered for the annual session in Honolulu.

The ADA is taking the lead role in forming a Dental Quality Alliance that will develop programmatic performance measures to assess oral health care quality for Medicaid patients.

The Academy of General Dentistry's Board of Trustees announced the appointment June 1 of Charles "Chuck" J. Macfarlane, CAE, as AGD's new executive director.

Washington—On July 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to rule on a classification for encapsulated amalgam.

Dr. Jamie Sledd upgraded her Web site earlier this year and couldn't be happier with the results. "It gives new patients a sense of who we are before they even walk in the door," says Dr. Sledd, a member of the ADA Council on Dental Practice.

Just a short motor coach ride from ADA Headquarters, the Association's Board of Trustees started their Monday morning June 15 with a trip to Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood to visit the Erie Family Health Center and its state-of-the-art dental clinic.

Somers, N.Y.—At 88, Dr. Mel Amler can still picture the black of the jungle at night, still feel the fear that coursed through him with every step.

Gothenburg, Sweden—Since 1962 Dr. Jan Lindhe has published some 400 articles on the diagnosis, pathogenesis and clinical understanding of periodontal disease, and also written the internationally-used textbook Clinical Periodontology and Implant Dentistry.

Madison, Wis.—The 5th National Summit on Smokeless and Spit Tobacco will convene at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center here Sept. 21-23.

The ADA Standards Committee on Dental Informatics has approved for review and comment two draft technical reports.

Do you know a dentist whose extraordinary volunteer efforts have made a difference? The Association is seeking nominations for the third annual ADA Humanitarian Award. Nomination materials must be postmarked on or before Oct. 15.

Minneapolis—Minnesota has become the first state in the country to offer candidates for dental licensure the opportunity to take a non-patient based clinical licensure examination.

Gig Harbor, Wash.—When Dr. Robert Todd Erickson was named the 2009 ADA Foundation Hillenbrand fellow last month, it was just another unexpected step on a career path that started with oral surgery.

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