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In August, the ADA Committee on International Programs and Development awarded the Certificate of Recognition for Volunteer Service in a Foreign Country to dentists and dental students who spent at least 14 days performing dental services in a foreign country. Recipients were nominated by their state or local dental society, federal dental services or dental school. A total of 37 volunteers from 16 states and the United Kingdom were honored.

Kabul, Afghanistan—Since 2003, a dentist based in Santa Barbara, Calif., has spent much of his time, most of his money and all of his compassion establishing a dental clinic and education program in war-torn Kabul.

The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry has updated its Critical Summaries, posted online at ebd.ada.org.

Orlando, Fla.—What better place than Florida to start thinking about retirement? And what better place to discuss a team approach to risk management than among thousands of your colleagues?

The Dental Assisting National Board is offering two publications featuring resources, requirements and information on a state-by-state basis.

As annual session approaches, the ADA takes account of its year. In part one of a two-part series, several ADA leaders offer insight on the Association's accomplishments in streamlining operations and enhancing communications, advocacy and membership activities from June 2009 to June 2010.

Charged with developing a set of clinical recommendations on nonfluoride caries preventive agents, the ADA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hosted an expert panel Aug. 9-11 at Association Headquarters.

Orlando, Fla.—The ADA Store at annual session is one-stop shopping for the latest ADA patient education tools and professional resources.

Orlando, Fla.—The American Association of Dental Boards' annual meeting takes place at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel here Oct. 7-8.

Orlando, Fla.—Members of the ADA Continuing Education Recognition Program Committee will present an overview of the CERP program at annual session Sunday, Oct. 10 from 1-4 p.m.

The ADA has specially negotiated discounted rates for ADA members in downtown Chicago available through 2011 at several hotels, including Affinia Chicago, Hilton Suites, Homewood Suites, Four Seasons, Ritz-Carlton, Whitehall Hotel and Wyndham.

Orlando, Fla.—This year at annual session, dentists and their team members can learn about practice-based research networks.

Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin this summer issued reports on access to oral health care issues in their states.

Los Angeles—The American Academy of Gold Foil Operators will hold its annual meeting Oct. 20-24 at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, and at the W Hotel.

Looking for strategies to use their Give Kids A Smile or similar programs as a springboard to find dental homes for underserved children, more than 130 participants attended the annual GKAS Promising Practices Symposium July 22-23 at ADA Headquarters.

When it comes to Medicaid, "Every state is different."

Bethesda, Md.—Dr. Gustav O. Kruger, author of the Textbook of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, died July 5. He was 93.

San Diego—Four awards were presented during the 24th ADA New Dentist Conference June 26.

Orlando, Fla.—Brush up on how to better resolve disputes with patients and payers and understand dental coding with two annual session seminars.

San Antonio—Dr. M. Ted Wong, an ADA member promoted to major general at a July 15, 2010, ceremony, now serves as the 26th chief of the U.S. Army Dental Corps and additionally as deputy commanding general for readiness, Western Regional Medical Command, and commanding general, William Beaumont Army Medical Center.

Washington—Dr. Elaine C. Wagner, an ADA member and Navy captain, was appointed as the 36th chief of the Navy Dental Corps at an Aug. 13, 2010, ceremony where she relieved Rear Adm. Richard C. Vinci, who continues as deputy chief, logistics and installations for U.S. Navy Medicine after three years' service as dental chief. Capt. Wagner was selected recently for promotion to the rank of rear admiral.

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