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Boston—The 36th annual Yankee Dental Congress takes place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Jan. 26-30, 2011.

Sacramento, Calif.—Add California to the list of states that have passed bills prohibiting insurance companies from controlling what a dentist may charge for services the insurers don’t cover.

 ADA consumer advisors Dr. Matthew Messina, an Ohio general dentist, and Dr. Ruchi Sahota, a California general dentist, host the ADA’s “Don’t Play Tricks on Your Teeth This Halloween” satellite media tour live from annual session in Orlando Oct. 7.

Sacramento, Calif.—Dental students in California will soon have a new pathway for obtaining initial licensure. Last month the state became the first in the nation to create a dental school-based portfolio examination process.

Seattle—The University of Washington and Seattle Children’s hospital Sept. 1 launched a new joint venture that encompasses clinical care, research, education and public policy in pediatric oral health care.

The September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association addresses the CDA’s new perinatal oral health guidelines and explains how providers may choose to apply the guidelines to daily clinical practice.

DSS speaker Malcolm Gladwell signs his book, “Blink,” for Dr. Sarah Tevis Poteet of Dallas following the annual session’s Opening General Session and Distinguished Speaker Series Oct. 9.

Albany, N.Y.—New York appears to be the first state to make it illegal for dental manufacturers to establish quotas for dentists to use their products.

Grand Rapids, Mich.—The city’s historic Monroe Avenue Water Filtration Plant, where community fluoridation began in 1945, has gotten new life as the redeveloped Clear Water Place complex.

Boston—A researcher at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine has received a Research Project Grant (R01) from the National Institutes of Health to study the effect of human saliva enzymes on celiac disease.

In September, the ADA recognized dental society activities and excellence in leadership by announcing the winners of the 22nd annual Golden Apple Awards.

The ADA Committee on the New Dentist bestows four prestigious awards every year to recognize members and committees for excellence.

Orlando, Fla.—The ADA Board of Trustees conferred honorary membership Oct. 12 on Mary K. McCue, Dr. Burton Conrod and Dr. Raphael Baldacci Filho Jr. for their dedication to the profession of dentistry.

Orlando, Fla.—The 2010 ADA House of Delegates Oct. 13 approved a 2011 operating budget of $116 million in expenses and $115 million in revenue, calling for a dues increase of $7 plus a separate special assessment of $23 to pay for information technology infrastructure upgrades.

Orlando, Fla.—Dr. Raymond F. Gist of Grand Blanc, Mich., took office Oct. 13 as the ADA's 147th president during the 2010 House of Delegates meeting here at annual session. Dr. Gist, the first African-American to hold the ADA’s highest elective office, succeeds Dr. Ron Tankersley as president.

In balloting Oct. 12 at the ADA’s 151st annual session in Orlando, the House of Delegates elected Dr. William R. Calnon of Rochester, N.Y., president-elect for 2010-11.

Washington—Employers are eligible to receive “billions in tax exemptions and credits” for hiring an estimated 8.1 million new employees who had been unemployed for at least 60 days, the Treasury Department said in a report on the 2010 HIRE Act.
Dr. Ronald L. Tankersley, ADA president (left) confers the ADA’s 2010 Distinguished Service Award to Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, dean of the New York University College of Dentistry.
“We want to prevent caries,” says Dr. Howard Pollick, coming directly to the point of Sunday’s Open Clinical and Science Forum on fluoride at the Orange County Convention Center.

Pageantry at session: Dr. Kimberly Moore, St. Thomas, V.I., stands in the convention center Sunday wearing the crown she won last week.

ADA News coverage of a July conference on workforce issues brought together two ADA members who otherwise might never have met.

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